ACR The Plus is a device capable of stabilising small digital cameras and DSLRs. The stabilisers job is to make sure that the horison level is perfectly kept where it should be even during the most insane shot – it also negates unwanted round movements of the camera. An agile operator experienced in working with Steadicam or similar systems can achieve results not possible before. The versatility of this technology is limited solely by the creativity of users and the gear itself is very easy to configure. Handing over a BeSteady during a single, continuous shot, changing the shooting action from handheld to UAV, working in normal and inverted modes – these tasks require only a moment of preparation and open completely new horizones to open-minded filmmakers. Give it a try!
Thanks to using a twin gyro & accelerometer system the stabilisation itself is sharp and precise while keeping the device simple to use. A powerful processor allowed us to enhance the primal functionality of the stabiliser with a set of new functions: more natural, iconic Follow Mode, larger number of saveable settings profiles, more reliable operation in demanding conditions. Three direct drive brushless motors were created to perfectly control the camera on each of the stabilised axes.
The stabiliser was built according to our own solutions and technology. We used the best available materials – aircraft grade duraluminum, carbon fibres. The electronics and motors were developed from scratch to meet the requirements of our most demanding users.
Is powered by a single LiIon battery (included in the set) fitted inside a dedicated compartment within the carbon tube. Depending on your gear configuration it can work constantly up to two hours on a single charge. The battery charger is also included. A uniqe feature is the possibility to power up external accessories attached close to your camera straight from the main battery thanks to an auxillary power socket located at the camera shelf. Such accessories include wireless video transmission systems, follow focus systems, etc.
ACR The Plus is the upgraded version of the classic BeSteady ONE – the gimble which started our journey. The first units of the predcessor were delivered to the first users around the end of 2013. We would not have made it without the support of hundreds of wonderful people who supported us via the initial KickStarter campaign. Thanks to the invaluable help from many enthusiasts we were able to revaluate, test and complete the upgrade project with success.
The heart of the BeSteady
is within the mainboard. Highly modified BaseCam software, developed in direct cooperation with Alexei Moskalenko, enabled us to create a product tailored for your needs. A fast Cortex processor, vast internal memory and twin gyro & accelerometer system allows the device to easily cope with tasks such as fast running, shooting from moving vehicles and working at uncommon and extreme angles and positions. The lack of complicated configuration procedures (the so-called PID tuning) is gone with the introduction of simple, understandable sliders responsible for setting the needed parameters for every axis.
The uniqe, very characteristic handheld mode, the Follow Mode, allows the operator to catch smooth scenes during continuous takes thanks to responsive and natural movement control system with a lot of precise math behind it. Moreover, the device can be controled using a dedicated analog Thumbstick or an external remote control device.
The stabiliser can work in different modes thanks to the implementation of advanced control & stabilisation algorythms. The basic mode of operation is the Xtended Stabilisation – where the device maintains the exact camera position targeted at a certain point on the horizon. This mode is commonly used while paired with a remote control equipment and under a remotely controlled drone / multicopter or on a JIB / crane arm. Additionally the operator can always use the smooth, cinematic Follow Mode. In this mode the device follows the operators movements with a slight lag behind the actual movement (which is fully configurable) while eliminating unwanted jitter or leaning. The Follow Mode can be toggled for each axis separately.
BeSteady ONE Plus was tested to work with the following equipment:
- Sony Alfa series
- Sony A7s
- Canon 5D
- Canon 6D
- Canon 7D
- Sony NEX-3/-5/-7
- Panasonic Lumix GH series (GH1/2/3/4)
- Sony CX730/760
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Other cameras of similar size and weight are also know to work nicely. Please note, that not every camera + lens combo will provide the best results.
- The most advanced stabiliser for DSLR / mirrorless camers built on the basis of BaseCam SimpleBGC technology
- Exceptionally lightweight contruction – only 1,8 kg (3.97 lb)!
- Made of aircraft grade duraluminum and carbon fiber
- Advanced custom BaseCam electronics
- Sophisticated and easy-to-use configuration software – the ACR Manager
- Various operation modes: Xtended, Follow, Inverted and global Remote Control
- Analog Thumbstick and external Remote Control devices available
- Completely toolless camera balancing
- Maximum payload up to 2,2 kg (4.85 lb)
- Highly ergonomical triple-handle handlebar
- Rotating side handles with various angles
- Quick disengagement of the upper handheld module and easy installation on external carrying platforms
- Our very own construction design
- 2-year limited warranty
- Built in Europe
- The Plus Handheld width: 490 mm / 19.29 inches
Camera shelf size:
- width:165 mm / 6.5 inches
- height: 73 mm / 2.87 inches
- depth: 105 mm / 4.13 inches
- Complete unit: 1,8 kg / 3.97 lb
- Without Handheld Module: 1,2 kg / 2.65 lb
- Single battery runtime: 1-2 hours depending on payload
- Maximum payload: 2,4 kg / 5.29 lb
Characteristics – working while handheld
The common operation of such stabiliser is within the operators hands. Varying gear configurations enables the use of extended functions when paired with any remote movement control. Example projects:
Characteristics – working with UAVs (copters)
fter removing the top handheld module the device becomes a gimble – a stabilisers dedicated to be attached to a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). Here are some examples of using the Xtended Stablisation mode along with remote movement control:
Characteristics – working with JIBs, on an RC car, other uses
The creativity has no limits. The vast range of possible filming options while using a BeSteady stabilisers left even the creators astonished. A BeSteady in handheld confiugration, switched on the go from a JIB arm, attached to an RC car, used on a paraglider. On a board, in mid air, in a car. On a line or paired with an EasyRig weight support system. The creativity itself IS the limit!
- Download the ACR Systems Manager software for Windows and MacOS X
- The mobile app for smartphones and tablets with Android system