The Easyrig system was developed by Johan Hellsten
who was a Swedish cameraman and developed
this system whilst working for Swedish television
which often involved spending long periods of time
doing handheld. He designed an overhead arm that
contained a load-bearing cable and the arm was
attached to a padded vest similar to that
of a Steadicam rig. However, the Easyrig is not a
replacement for Steadicam devices, it is designed to
allow you to shoot handheld steadily for long
periods of time with heavy cameras or cameras
with longer zoom lenses by supporting
some or all of the weight burden.It achieves this by spreading
the weight of the camera off your back, neck, and
shoulders and re-distributes it over your hips
which can support more weight (this is the same
principle as a Steadicam vest). Easyrig systems vary
in their capabilities in both the weight and length
of the arm or the build and the comfort of the harness
so it is important to understand which version
would be suitable for your own project,The arm section
has changed little from the original design and until recently
was restricted by a fairly rigid load-bearing ‘sweet spot’,
often making the system either too strong or too weak for the
camera system being used. This could render
the rig pretty useless unless the camera system was
within the spec of the Newton (N) force of
the cable in the arm and therefore limited its
effectiveness in some cases. The emergence of
gimbal-based systems over the past few years has
also driven a need to find suitable and flexible
support over protracted shooting periods.

Development of the Vario 5 module

with the simple twist of an Allen key at the back of the base section,
the rig can be tuned in to the correct level of support for the operator
whilst the camera or gimbal rig is in position. This rig has proved to be so
popular that recently Easyrig has developed the Vario Strong system for
heavier camera systems like the Alexa with an
anamorphic lens and even the Alexa 65.
The process of using a gimbal presents another
operational issue in that there is also a need for
vertical stabilization which a standard Easyrig
cannot provide and the consequence of this is a
‘sympathetic’ bounce on the rig as it feels the
support of the Easyrig cable moving up and down as
the operator is walking. This issue has been
addressed with a joint collaboration with Easyrig and a
company called Tinnu International with various
forms of additional vertical stabilization on the arm
of which the Serene system is the most popular
This stabilizes this vertical movement and has also
been proven to be popular not only for the
gimbal market but some handheld operators also enjoy
the benefits the Flowcine can bring. The weight
of the rig can therefore be controlled by the Serene
system which has a turning knob to adjust
or a much heavier load spring can be used to support
bigger cameras or gimbal rigs.

Gimbal use and support and Extension Arm Solution

Easyrig also supplies an adjustable extension arm
option for clients which has a twofold benefit.
Firstly, for handheld operators using smaller
cameras that have screens instead of viewfinders it
pushes the camera further away from the operator,
allowing them to focus on the viewing screen.
And secondly, when using gimbals rigs that can be
quite ‘deep’, the extension arm will support the
rig away from the operator’s body.
In fact there are 3 x tube section lengths as follows:
Standard length: (if you shoot from your
shoulders, or very close to the body)
+130mm Arm: (if you shoot from your shoulders,
but want to have the versatility to shoot further
out from your body as well. This is the most popular,
it allows you to have the best of both worlds
without going to the” extreme”) +230mm Arm: if you want
the camera far away from your body, this is mainly used for Gimbal
purposes, such as a Ronin or a MöVI, etc.
You cannot mount a Serene arm on a +230mm arm)
This longer arm is manufactured from steel
to cope with the added stress compared with regular
arm systems. This is especially important
when using a +230mm arm or a +130mm arm in
combination with a Serene arm. The longer arm permits
you to shoot at eye level with a Gimbal system, which is very hard to do with
the regular arm version.


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