ACR The Beast is a camera stabiliser based on the operation of brushless motors, several precise sensors and sophisticated control firmware. Complex and simply difficult shots and takes, which often required huge efforts including the usage of advanced CGI or custom, expensive, built-from-sratch rigs, become a child’s play with The Beast. Even the most demanding scenes will come out completely stable with the horison on perfect position – where every operator wants it to be. The compatibility with various additional equipment allows for shots that were impossible to film before. Every professional operator will greatly appreciate the possibilities of working with The Beast not only while handheld but in pair with cranes, multirotor drones, in Inverted Mode and many other options. The creativity is the ultimate limit. The gear of dreams of professional DoPs and operators is within reach – ready to go after only few minutes of preparation.
Three-axial stabilisation is not a simple task. Many of the devices available on the market offer varying results. We are not affraid to tell our Users – use long focal lengths! Run, jump, travel quickly with The Beast! The hybrid technology will make sure that your shots are genuinely cinematic and first of all – stable.
Three motors are responsible for three axis of rotation. Each motors includes an angle encoder – a type of sensor allowing to count the angle of rotation of each axis in real time with the precision of hundredths of a degree. Additional two three-axial gyroscopic sensors and accelerometers monitor the horison level to be maintained at all times during operation. Twin powerful Cortex microprocessors do the processing of all this data and along with some advanced coding turn a shaking run of an operator into a beautiful, clean take.
Some clever design of the mechanical elements of The Beast was required in order for the electronics to work as desired and deliver such results. The motors were custom-built for The Beast to match our requirements of maximum power and super-fluent transitions between various camera angled positions, The construction is exceptionally solid and compact thanks to the usage of various aluminum alloys, inter allia the very rigid 7075 aluminum and carbon fiber. A special type of finish – the technical anodization – gave a beautiful, matt look to the whole concept. This results in the device not shining due to external light sources during a shot when it is absolutely unnecessary to produce any glare.
Can be powered from standard, small Li-Ion batteries fitting inside a dedicated compartment within the stabiliser pan axis tubes or a large Li-Po battery dedicated to power up, for example, a a stabiliser and a camera together. The Beast itself can work on the small batteries alone from more than 10 hours! The Intelligent Charger with built-in balancer allows to charge both types of batteries with correct settings. Another unique feature is that various external accessories can also be powered up straight from the main power source via two auxillary power outputs – on the vertical arm and on the camera tray. Such accessories include wireless follow focus systems, wireless video transmission and the camera itself. The power management is very efficient and allows for powering up even a RED Epic camera along with accessories when using the large battery!
The back of the gimbal houses another great feature – a small OLED screen and a control panel connected with our unique OnBoard Manager software. This allows for full configuration without any kind of external input! The Beast also tells you about the current configuration, running profile, battery status and many other things with its own voice – it is a talking gimbal! The OLED screen is very bright and clearly visible even in full sun. The magic of The Beast resides here – you have complete control over this amazing piece of engineering just using this small screen and keyboard. You have direct access to every important function either during the preparation process or during live shots – everything only takes seconds to set! This feature almost completely voids the need of using any computers or tablets to set the gear up. It all become plug’n’play easy – a new standard!
The electronics can be very be very complex but what matters for the end user it the simplicity of usage. In case of The Beast you do not have to deal with strange parameters of Ps, Is and Ds or so like the other gimbals require to have tuned for the best results. Our solution has only three power sliders setting the motors performance. That’s it! The things got even more simpler after we introduced special algorythms that setup the powers for you during a few moments of Autotune procedure. Using a stabiliser has never been so easy!
The unique, very characteristic operating mode for the handheld user, the famous Follow Mode, allows you to catch smooth, cinematic takes based on a very responsive and fluent natural movement control system. Additionally the camera position can be controlled via a dedicated Thumbstick or using an external remote control equipment.
The Beast can work in various states thanks to some special stabilisation and control coding. The basic operating mode is the Xtended Stabilisation – a mode which keeps the camera position in one place and facing one point in space regardless of the gimbal position. This behavior is usually used in pair with remote movement control on multirotor drones, cranes, JIBs. You can always switch to the smooth Follow Mode where the stabiliser follows your movements with a configurable delay and removes unwanted jitter and leaning in real time. This function can be toggled on all three axis separately.
Each of the movement control options can be used in a special and very comfortable global mode called Inverted Mode. In this mode The Beast is working upside down and the camera is above the handheld module. This allows for some convenient, natural eye-level shooting without introducing too much fatigue to the operator’s arms. Many users also use the built-in camera feedback screens instead of external ones in this mode. The Inverted Mode is also commonly used when The Beast is attached to RC cars, JIBs and other uncommon platforms.
You can also control The Beast via a cabled, analog Thumbstick or using external remote control devices, such us Graupner radios.
Working with The Beast
The classic use of The Beast is within operators hands. Various gear setups allow the use of several advanced functions thanks to implementing remote control devices or joysticks.
After removing the top handheld module the device becomes a classic gimbal – a stabiliser dedicated to be used with copters. Using the Xtended Stabilisation along with remote control input you can achieve amazing results.
JIB, RC cars, other platforms
The creativity of our users has no limits. Many times the versatility of what can be done with The Beast staggered even us – the creators. The Beast in handheld state, handled over to a JIB arm, stabiliser on a performance RC car, stabiliser on a paraglider… On a boar, in the air, in a car. On a rope, on a JIB, under an EasyRig weight support system. The creativity is the limit.
The Beast was successfully tested to work with the following cameras:
- RED EPIC
- RED Scarlett
- Sony FS700
- Sony FS7
- Sony F5
- Sony F55
- Canon C100
- Canon C300
- Canon 5D
- Panasonic GH4
- Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
- The most advanced digital stabiliser on the market
- High-resolution, built-on encoders
- Embedded speaker and OLED screen
- Built-in keyboard control panel for quick and easy configuration via OnBoard Manager
- The ability to provide up to 5A/12V of auxillary power from the vertical arm and camera tray outputs to power up external accessories
- Incredible precision of stabilisation
- Exceptionally lightweight construction – weighs only 2,95 kg (6.5 lb)!
- Made of aircraft grade duraluminum alloy and carbon
- Advanced, hybrid electronics (gyroscopic sensors, accelerometers and encoders)
- Intuitive and powerful ACR Manager software
- Versatility of the working modes: Xtended Stabilisation, Follow Mode, Inverted Mode
- Thumbstick and Remote Control Units available
- Completely toolless camera balancing system
- Maximum payload of 6 kg (13.23 lb)
- Highly comfortable triple grip handlebar – the Handheld Module
- Rotatable, 8-position side handles
- Ability to quickly detach the Handheld Module and use The Beast on other platforms
- Original, in-house project concept
- 2-year limited warranty
- Proudly made in Europe
- The Beast Handheld width: 540 mm / 19.84 inches
Camera shelf size:
- width: 204 mm / 8 inches
- height (from tilt axis): 100 mm / 3.93 inches
- fork depth (from tilt axis): 190 mm / 7.48 inches
- Complete unit: 2,95 kg / 6.5 lb
- Without Handheld Module:, 2,4 kg / 5.29 lb
- Twin small batteries: up to 13 hours depending on payload
- Single large battery: up to 16 hours depending on payload
Maximum payload: 6 kg / 13.23 lb
|The Beast||MoVI M10||Ronin||The Plus|
|Real Inverted mode||Supported||Supported in 2014 new version||No, only whole rig upside down mode||Supported|
|Embedded keyboard and screen||Yes||No||No||No|
|Maximum payload||6 kg (13.23 lb)||5,44 kg (11.99 lb)||7,25 kg (15.98 lb)||2,2 kg (4.85 lb)|
|Typical battery worktime||Up to 13 h||Up to 5 h||Up to 4 h||Up to 2 h|
|Weight (handheld mode)||2,95 kg (6.5 lb)||????||4,15 kg (9.149 lb)||1,9 kg (4.19 lb)|
|Power output on camera tray||5A / 12V||No||3A / 12V
100mA / 5V
|1A / 12V|
- Download the ACR Systems Manager software for Windows and MacOS X
- The mobile app for smartphones and tablets with Android system