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For the last 40 years Steadicam has given filmmakers the ability to capture smooth and shake free video, allowing them to create some of the world’s most outstanding content. With the advancements in technology and the everyday use of smartphones, Steadicam took their Academy Award Winning Steadicam Stabilising technology and have now put it in the palm of your hand. By using the Steadicam Volt you too will have the ability to capture memorable moments professionally and right from your smartphone!
Engineered to provide the utmost precision and control, the Steadicam Volt will enable smartphone users to capture high quality video content with ease. Additionally, the simulated feeling of inertia on the pan axis will improve the overall handing of the gimbal, giving users the stability they need to film with remarkable precision.
The Volt is equipped with a 3-axis gyroscopic stabiliser, allowing you to get extended stable video footage in two modes; “Movie” and “Sport”. Once balanced the Steadicam Volt’s, motorised gimbal (powered by long lasting rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries) will transition to work manually even if the batteries have run out, unlike any other gyro-stabilised gimbal. Weighing only one pound, the Steadicam Volt provides increased mobility without jeopardising stability.
Mount, Power On & Go!
Engineered to provide the utmost precision and control, the Steadicam Volt will enable smartphone users to capture high quality video content with ease. Additionally, the simulated feeling of inertia on the pan axis will improve the overall handing of the gimbal, giving users the gyroscopic stability they need to film with remarkable precision.
Makes it easy to transport.
IOS & Android App
Helps you balance and fine tune.
Uses Haptic Feedback for precision control
Sport mode & movie mode
Sport mode & movie mode
Future proofed for endless possibilities
|Compatibility||Smartphones weighing between 100-200g|
Q: Why do I need to install the batteries before I balance the Volt?
A: The Volt needs the weight of the batteries in place in order to balance around the center of the gimbal.
Q: There are five weights included with the Volt, how can I tell how many my phone needs to properly balance it?
A: The Volt is designed to balance a phone up to 200 grams in weight ( 7.05 oz). Since every phone is different in size and weight, the number of weights needed to balance your phone at the gimbal will vary. Follow the instructions on the app or the instruction sheet for more information about balancing.
Q: What do you mean by a neutral balance?
A: Neutral Balance is when you hold the gimbal handle and the Volt stays at any angle you set it, including pointing straight down, without tilting sideways, forward, backward, etc. The Volt balances like a professional Steadicam. The weight of the camera (your phone) must be centered above the gimbal and counterbalanced vertically by the weight of the base, plus as many of the add-on magnetic weights as needed. The gimbal (hidden in the housing just above the handle) is like a universal pivot and neutral balancing puts the center of that pivot at the center of the entire weight of the Volt, plus phone. Easiest way to achieve neutral balance I to follow the step-by-step instructions on the app or instruction manual.
Q: Do I need the app to use the Volt?
A: No. As long as the Volt is properly balanced, then it will afford you the opportunity to achieve the same functionality.
Q: I can’t get my phone to connect to the Volt.
A: The Volt app (available through the App Store) requires an iOS operating system of 8.0 or higher. Make sure your phone has this version or higher. On the app, open BT Connection, and then touch “Volt” on the screen. Make sure the Volt is powered “on”. It should connect automatically. If it does not, go to Settings on your phone and check under “Bluetooth” to find and select Volt.
Q: I have an Android phone, will the Volt work with an Android Smartphone?
A: Yes, go to “Google Apps” and download the Steadicam Volt app.
Q: The handle spins once it’s powered up, is this normal?
A: Yes, the Volt operation relies on a tactile feedback to determine where it is in space. Holding the handle offers the resistance it requires to determine that tactile feedback.
Q: How long will the batteries last?
A: When the Volt is properly balanced, there is very little load on the motors, so the batteries can last you for many hours of operation. Unlike conventional gimbal devices where the motors are constantly fighting the unevenly distributed weight and burning through batteries in a few hours or less, a properly balanced Volt significantly extends battery life.
Q: Does the Volt use Lithium Ion batteries and if so, are there any travel restrictions?
A: Yes the Volt uses Lithium Ion batteries and the only travel restrictions are that the batteries must be either installed in the Volt, or stored properly in the case. Li-Ion batteries cannot be in checked baggage, so keep these and the Volt with your carry-on bags when traveling by air.
Q: What does the RED light flashing indicate on the Volt?
A: The red flashing light indicates a motor overload, typically caused by improper balance. Adding too many bottom weights for example puts strain on the motors and loses operational agility. Power down the Volt and review the Balance Procedures to properly get your Volt in neutral balance.
Q: What does the Blue light indicate and why does it sometimes flash?
A: The Blue light indicates that the Volt is powered “on”. When the blue light starts flashing; this indicates that the batteries are running low and in need of recharging. Blue LED will flash at different rates, depending on how empty the battery is. If the battery charge is getting really low, the Blue LED will start to flash faster.
Q: What does the Green light indicate?
A: The Volt has two operation modes, Sport and Movie. When the round (Mode) button at the rear of the Volt is pressed twice, the Volt switches to Movie mode. The green light indicates that you have switched it to “Movie Mode”.
Q: What are the two modes and how do they differ?
A: ‘Sport’ mode is the default (one blue light), for rapidly following action. It features only friction in ’tilt’ (angling up and down), plus inertia and friction in ‘pan’ (angling side-to-side)
‘Movie’ mode initiates with two presses of the red ‘Mode’ button at rear, and is artful, movie-like shooting. Movie Mode includes inertia and friction in both tilt and pan, permitting moves that most nearly resemble Hollywood Steadicam shots. A single press of the Mode button cycles back to ‘Sport’ mode.
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