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ARRI CSS SALES + RENTAL PACKAGES

SALES + RENTAL Trinity and Maxima system packages available

TRINITY Stabilizer System packages available with:
-Arms: GPI Pro-ARRI-Tiffen
-Vest: GPI Pro-Klassen-Tiffen
-Brackets + Cables: To suit the camera package.

MAXIMA Stabilizer System packages available with:
-PLC Electronic Solutions.
-Black Arm Flowcine.
-Mounting for Steadicam Arms: Easyrig/Flowcine + Klassen Slingshot

Please contact 0207 281 0999 or email info@opticalsupport.com for a personalised quote

Official sales dealer ARRI Camera Stabiliser

Optical Support are now an official sales dealer for ARRI Camera Stabiliser Systems. This includes Trinity Stabilizer and Maxima Stabilizer.

TRINITY is the first hybrid camera stabilizer that combines classic mechanical stabilization with advanced active electronic stabilization, provided via 32-bit ARM-based gimbal technology. New angles for the operator and new storytelling options for the director and cinematographer are possible with TRINITY.
By inverting the post, the camera can be moved from low mode to high mode during a shot; using the joystick-controlled, fully stabilized tilt axis to look up or down during this motion is also possible, so a low angle can smoothly transition into an over-the-shoulder shot.By holding the post at 45 degrees and twisting it left or right, the camera can even look around corners, whether in low or high mode.

MAXIMA gimbal is a crucial component of TRINITY, but is also available separately as the MX30 – a 3-axis electronically stabilized gimbal. Its simple, lightweight design and perfect center of gravity provide new levels of freedom while its stable construction allows for compatibility with any camera system weighing 30 kg or less. At the center of the unique design is an extremely durable ball bearing roll cage as well as specially designed brushless motors. Optimized bearings and high torque ensure that there is always enough power in reserve, no matter how demanding the application. Carefully selected components enable seamless, reliable operation and impressive heat resistance.

Any enquiries please contact 0207 281 0999 or email info@opticalsupport.com

Events Optical Support has attended so far in 2017!

Here at Optical Support we love attending events as it gives us a chance to talk to you and show you live our OS products we have.

BSC Expo
24rd Mar – 4th Feb 2017
Battersea Evolution, London

The BSC (British Society of Cinematographers) Expo had a wealth of innovations and engaging presentations which were enjoyed by the 4051 visitors to the BSC Expo two day show. The Optical Support team were there along with Flowcine and Inovativ to showcase their latest product additions.

We were met with attendance of really high quality film personnel and visited by a broad range of industry professionals and those who are newer to the industry.

It was at the BSC Expo that we unveiled our new Jackal Rickshaw which created a lot of interest and excitement! We were exhibiting with our friends from Flowcine who featured their black and dual arm.

BVE
28th Feb – 2nd Mar 2017
Excel London

BVE lists itself as the UK’s leading Entertainment and Media Tech event, with a 20-year history dedicated to the broadcast, production and post-production sectors. We at Optical Support were excited to be there and join the buzz.

In recent years, the show has evolved into an all-encompassing event that now covers, not only our Steadicam equipment from Optical Support, but you could also find more Connected Media, AV Systems Integration, Live Production, VR and creative sectors which complement Optical Supports products.

This year, BVE attracted more than 15,000 visitors, who attended to discover and learn about the latest products, services and trends from more than 300 leading manufacturers and distributors, including us at Optical Support of course.

Round-up of both events attended

Speaking with Chris Edwards, of Optical Support, he commented “We created the Jackal Rickshaw as a tracking vehicle for gimbal operators hand-held use and Steadicam. This has evolved and been developed from our Mantis, the industry standard camera rickshaw. It’s main difference being it’s light-weight, easy to set-up and pack-down. We showcased these at both events and both were well received.

We also showcased our Shotframe, which is a camera mount system which utilises the Betz Wave 1 and Flowcine Serene, all mounted on an Easy Rig. It has a square frame which tilts in the middle and can be adjusted and balanced to suit the camera load and uses the Wave to provide a rock-solid horizon.”

Come and see us at the NAB Show!

24th Apr – 27th Apr
Las Vegas Convention Centre

NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. It takes place this month at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show’s tagline is “Where Content Comes to Life” – and so how do they do it?

Over 100,000 attendees are anticipated for this year’s show. It looks to join together fields of media, entertainment and technology. The Optical Support team will be there showcasing their latest products. This will include our OS Jackal Rickshaw, this has created a buzz at the BSC and BVE this year already, and we are expecting the same for the NAB Show.

What’s hot for this event?

We’ll be launching in the U.S. our well-known favourites, OS Jackal Rickshaw, OS Shot Frame. You’ll be able to find us on the Inovativ stand.

We’ll have our new quick release lever for the GPI Pro Donkey Box 3. This replaces the original lever offering a fast, tools free set-up that allows the quick locking, adjustment and removal of the camera.

We will also be exhibiting our new OS products Antlers, the Alexa Plate 3 and Tilt Dock.

The entire digital ecosystem will be in attendance at NAB, this includes broadcast, digital media, film, entertainment, telecom, post-production, academia, mobile, advertising, military, government, retail, security, sports, live events, online video, IT, virtual and augmented reality, and so many more.

Want to find out more about our Optical Support products we’ll be showing? Click here to book tickets.

 

We’re moving – and our phone number is innactive.

As we are currently moving offices our usual phone number is inactive. If you need to contact us by phone please use the following numbers:

0208 800 0193

07702 606509

07720 277 071

07912 300 585

Alternatively email us on info@opticalsupport.com.

Please bear with us as some responses may be delayed but we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thank You
The Optical Support team

The highlights of Cinec

Optical Support exhibited their latest equipment at Cinec, The International Trade Fair for Cine Equipment and Technology, held in Munich in September. Camera and steadicam operators from Europe and around the world visited the stand. We exhibited with our friends Chris Salas, the Inovativ Sales Manager and Peter and Micke from Flowcine. All of the equipment complemented each other perfectly. The stand was the go-to for camera support and stabilisation.

The Optical Support Shot Frame combined with the Wave generated lots of interest, we had lots of questions about GPI PRO products and a lot of requests for the DB3 Locking System. The Viper 300 HD Video Link and the Wave also proved very popular. We’ve just had a busy few weeks finalising and sending out all of the orders which were placed at the show.

Our personal highlight – People smiling at us and watching as we took our Rickshaw on tour around the whole venue a few times.

Missed us this year at Cinec? Just give us a call or email to see if we can help with lens and steadicam needs.

We are exhibiting at the Cinec International Trade Fair for Cine Equipment and Technology

Cinec is the International Trade Fair for Cine Equipment and Technology. It is being held in Munich, Germany, 17 – 19 September. It’s known as the trade fair for all levels, of all things cine equipment. You can find us at our stand C28, where we will be exhibiting with Flowcine and Inovativ.

Producers in the film, TV, and video industry will be presenting their latest developments to professionals who are involved in taking content from creation to consumption. Join us at Cinec for networking and take away unique insights in recent technical cine achievements. It’s an opportunity to learn how consumer expectations and modern audiences are changing. With over 4000 visitors and 180 exhibitors, Cinec is a major trade fair for business experts in the motion-picture-world.

We will be exhibiting some of our most popular equipment, including the GPI PRO fitted with our OS Products accessories and the latest version of the Mantis Rickshaw. We will also be showing off our brand new handheld frame, The Shot Frame, utalising products from Betz and Flowcine.

Our friends at Flowcine will have their brand new products The Black Arm which is on sale now! Plus, the highly anticipated X-Bone Exovest Backmount Adapter is just about to launch, which will also be on the stand. You can be one of the very first to see how well this works. Inovativ will be exhibiting their Scout 37 EVO together with full range of Digiplate accessories.

Don’t miss out on our 10% off special offer we will also be running for our OS Products and the excellent Viper 300 Video Link.

To view more details or register for a place, please click here:

http://www.cinec.de/en/

We have some great used gear for sale!

As the UK’s leading cinema equipment rental facility, we occasionally end up with a surplus of ex-rental equipment that we can sell on to our customers at reduced prices. Here’s a round-up of the latest ex-rental equipment we have for sale:

Navtech Video Link


The NavTech transmitters’ modules provide for a very robust digital video link. By using the latest technology for compression and modulation this ensures for very efficient and non-line of sight propagation.
Includes:

  • 1 x Receiver
  • 1 x Transmitter
  • 2 x TX Aerials
  • 2 x Standard RX Aerials
  • 2 x High Power RX Aerials with N-type Adaptor
  • 1 x 3 Metre BNC cable
  • 2 x Lightweight BNC cables
  • 1 x 12v XLR – TX cables
  • 2 x GPI Pro – TX power cables
  • 1 x Arri – TX power cables
  • 1 x Pana – TX power cables
  • 1 x Snap on – 12v XLR adaptors
  • 1 x 12v XLR – receiver power cables
  • 1 x Hand-held monitor & strap
  • 1 x Doggybag monitor raincover

Total: £750

Boxx Transmitter


The Boxx system has been designed for high quality, zero delay, short range transmissions. Feauring extremely high quality uncompressed video and <1 millisecond latency.
Includes:

  • 1 x Transmitter unit
  • 1 x Receiver unit
  • 1 x High gain antenna
  • 6 x RX aerials
  • 5 x TX aerials
  • 4 x HD BNCS
  • 2 x GPI Pro – Boxx power cables (2x1ft & 1x2ft)
  • 2 x XLR – Boxx power cables (2x1ft & 1x4m)
  • 2 x DTAP – Boxx TX
  • 1 x XLR – spliiter mini XLR cable
  • 1 x Mini jack – mini XLR
  • 1 x Clamp bracket
  • 5 x RX leads

Total: £3500