RodCam: A Handheld Camera Crane For Smooth Dynamic Camera Movements

November 6th, 2014

RodCamFrom a post at Planet5D.com:

With moves afoot in some countries to ban the use of Go Pro-toting drones after some spectacular accidents in public places, what better time than now to introduce a safe and affordable alternative? Michael Georgens of Aachen, Germany, has done exactly that with his RodCam, recently demoed at IBC 2014.

Based on the good old fibreglass fishing rod, Herr Georgens’ RodCam is not likely to put any national aviation authority noses out of joint or raise calls for new laws to regulate or ban its use. Fly-fisher folk and long-rod beach fishers seem to have escaped regulation despite the risk of flying hooks and poking tips so a Go Pro bouncing on a curvy stick should be considered safe enough.

This may well be a workable alternative for real estate photography. Particularly in areas where small UASs are not legal or risky. The RodCam site is here.

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7 Responses to “RodCam: A Handheld Camera Crane For Smooth Dynamic Camera Movements”

  • “This may well be a workable alternative for real estate photography”
    not for almost $5,000 U.S. it’s not..wow

    And you still need to buy these

    ?GoPro Hero4 Black Edition
    ?GoPro remote

  • Yeah, cool modification on this but I have to say the price is a little far fetched..if there was one less zero on there I would be all over it!

  • For $5000 I have a few fishing poles I will sell you.

    If you need a little more height, could always tether some helium filled balloons…or the deluxe version, tether a blimp that includes a motor for direction/wind control using an additional channel on the remote that the gyro already uses. If the fishing pole is $5000, the blimp should be $10,000. Where is that Kickstarter website when you need it!

  • What a great tool. And for the kind of day rates I used to be able to command before 2008 I would buy one, but for the rates I can work at in RE, not a chance especially after having to buy 2 Phantom 2 Vision +’s. Which may well find use as door stops. But a great tool once the price comes down. I could have used it to great effect yesterday when I had to get above the tree tops in a citrus grove to actually see the house I was supposed to shoot. A pole is great but does not move around for video. But like everything, given a bit of time, perhaps the manufacturer will bring down the prices as they develop market share and sales to be able to recoup development costs and obtain bulk purchasing discount of parts. We can hope.

    Meanwhile, I wonder if I can chop off the motor arms on one of my Phantoms and dangle the mutilated body with a long, stout fishing pole. Perhaps the FAA is challenging me to get creative. Now what did I do with the reciprocating saw?

  • Yes, price is very high, but this seems like it might be an ideal alternative to a drone. Perhaps the price could come down with a version that is not broadcast-capable. This thing could get you various camera movements and perspectives in a much safer way than with an R/C drone, and in places where using a drone would be risky, or prohibited. It would also circumvent the need to apply for a flight permit every time you fly, like you are legally required to do here in Canada with a commercially operated drone.

  • We have to agree with the previous comments. Great idea but the price is clearly not commensurate with the potential benefit. If there were a way of reducing the outlay, we would be more interested in investigating the idea further.

  • We have to agree with the previous comments. Great idea but the price is clearly not commensurate with the potential benefit. If there were a way of reducing the outlay, we would be more interested in investigating the idea further.

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