Letus Helix
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Lightweight

Every effort was made to shave out as much material as possible. The skeleton design provides a light weight frame work without sacrificing strength.

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Optically Centered

Our patent pending design balances the camera on its optical center. This allows you to do nodal point rolls and greatly aids in image stabilization.

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Easy Setup

Because we balance every thing around the optical center of the camera, setup is crazy fast. You can be up and running in a matter of minutes, not hours.

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Right Side Up

Other devices on the market are simply helicopter gimbals with a handle attached to the top. We designed ours from the ground up for "hands" not "helicopters".

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Features

Balancing is a Breeze
Ask a traditional helicopter camera gimbal operator to change a lens mid shoot and watch them cringe. Not so with Helix. Re-balancing the Helix after a lens changes is simply a matter of sliding a single axis forward or back. You can be back up and running without missing a beat.
Flat Bottom Design
Call us crazy but we don't think you should have to carry around a special rig to hang your stabilizer up. You should be able to just set it down! Because we designed Helix from the ground up rather than the sky down, it has a flat bottom. Simply set it down and, viola, it sits there calmly waiting for the next shot.
Modular
One, two, or three axis. It's your choice! The Helix system can be built up or torn down to accommodate your needs. Use one axis on top of a SteadiCam for an auto-horizon solution. Switch to a three axis setup to go full handheld. The choice is yours.
Production Proof
In a real production environment, you need a bullet proof design. We carefully designed the Helix to be a clean, ready-to-use rig that didn't have wires dangling about and awkward, non-standard powering solutions.
Designed for Film Makers
From day one the Helix was designed for film makers. It is not a re-purposed design with fragments from the RC helicopter world still clinging to the frame. It is designed to be easily utilized without adding to an already complex film making workflow.
Letus Backed
We've been around for a long time. Since the 35mm adapter days, Letus has continued to build and support quality products for the film industry. We are an established company familiar with the industry not a fly-by-night start up looking to make a quick buck. The Letus name means you'll have the backing of a company who is committed to your success as a film maker.

Specifications


Helix Specs:

  • Width: 18in / 45cm (3 axis handle to handle)
  • Weight: 6 pounds for 3 axis
  • CNC milled 6061-T6 Swiss sourced aluminum
  • Black anodized finish
  • 16 pound weight capacity
  • Custom brushless motors capable of supporting over 20 pounds each
  • Wire routing grooves in frame for clean design
  • Slip ring on roll access providing 360 degree free range of motion for power and SDI to camera
  • Rear ports: SDI out, Joystick in, 8-18v Power in
  • Top slip-ring passthrough ports: SDI in, 8-18v Power out
  • Blue LED power indicator / menu button
  • 5 internally stored profiles for adjusting response rates
  • Optional remote control via RC transmitter or BlueTooth transmitter (details coming soon)
  • Hot shoe mount in top center of Helix
  • 1/4-20 mounts on top and bottom of each side handle
  • 1/4-20 mount on front plate for optional support rod mounting via bracket

BaseCam Control Board Specs:

  • 32-bit MCU — ARM Cortex M4. Effectively calculates the complex tasks for 3-axis stabilization.
  • Allows camera control with the RC or analog joystick.
  • Use several switchable profiles for different modes of operation
  • Supports variety of RC protocols: PWM, Sum-PPM, spektrum and s-bus.
  • Battery voltage monitoring, compensating voltage drop in the PID-regulator.
  • Low battery alarm (output to 5V active buzzer).
  • Increased number of inputs for controlling signals + 3 additional reserved input/output AUX1-AUX3.
  • Can supply up to 1A current for external devices on the 5V power line.
  • Dedicated UART-socket to connect optional Bluetooth module
  • Reverse-polarity protection, overheat and overcurrent protection
  • USB interface for a PC connection, to configure, control and upgrade firmware.
  • Graphical user interface to manage the settings. Windows / OS X / Linux versions.
  • Second IMU that increases the short-term precision of the stabilization 10x-30x times.

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