1. Attach universal gimbal attachment to top handle of the gimbal
2. Stow one arm away
3. Attach arm to gimbal
4. Adjust support arm tension
Ready Rig can be used for both gimbal and handheld work. While our system is known in the industry as a gimbal support vest, it is also a very efficient and practical weight support solution for handheld operating. Not only does the system reduces strain by supporting the weight of the camera, it also allows operators more freedom to move and position the camera while stabilizing unwanted shake. To quickly and easily be converted into handheld mode within seconds.
Single Arm Advantages:
- Attaches easily to any top handle
- Less restricted side to side positioning.
- ‘Free Pan’, unrestricted panning 360 degrees, easy to attach.
- You can operate in 'don juan' (operator runs facing forward but camera is facing backwards.
- Higher boom range due to lack of support rod interference
- Puts the camera in the centerline of the body.
- Allows for heavier camera packages.
Attaches the universal straps to each side of the camera, either via camera handles, or additional camera cage.
- Alternative configuration is to attach both universal straps to top handle.
- Adjust both Ready Rig support arms to the camera package weight.
- Optional: Place Monitor on ProArm mount for optimal viewing
Advantages in using Ready Rig in handheld configuration over other body worn vests used for handheld camera support.
Ready Rig’s design allows operators to achieve smooth booming up/down and lateral side to side positioning of the camera. In both single and dual arm configurations, the support arms pivot and rotate at the top of each shoulder, allowing the camera to be positioned anywhere within arms length. This gives operators the ability to dynamically reposition the camera during the scene, allowing them to react and adjust the camera angle for optimal framing. Dynamic pivoting has major advantages over other camera support systems in that the motion is smoother, similar to having a jib on the body, and the support arms are always located a few inches above the camera operators arms. Compare this to other ‘hanging’ type camera vests where a rigid structure holds up a string or bungee material, the frame is fixed and often the Operator has to choose a specific height and is limited to the up and down and or side to side motion.
The second advantage is the vests profile. Many other systems on the market are bulky and can get in the way of operating, especially in-doors or in tight locations. One example of this is fast movements in doors where support vests often contact the top of door frames or operators smash into the wall. Ready Rig’s profile is very small and compact, we’ve designed the vest so that the support arms are no taller than the head and wider than the shoulders. This allows operators to operate naturally, since the system is no larger than their natural body size which equates to body position awareness/situational awareness. When the operator stops worrying about hitting things, they can focus on the shot and operate with confidence knowing that there will not be any unwanted bumps and damage to the set.