The Stage R: Pan/Tilt rotary unit was designed as a versatile rugged system capable of being assembled, adapted and configured in a number of different ways. It can be used either as a standalone 1-axis rotary, a 2-axis pan and tilt setup or on a slider for a full 3-axis motion control system.
When it comes to assembling the system for the first time it's often helpful to see a series of possible configurations then choose one that works the best for your particular creative project. The following video provides an overview of common configurations:
Stage One PLUS Example 3-axis: Slide + Pan + Tilt configuration
Using the Stage One PLUS as an example a typical multi-axis system starts with a Pan unit connected to the cart.
If you have a Multi-angle Leveling Wedge placing this between the first rotary and the cart will allow you to adjust for angled and vertical shots.
By attaching a rotary to the cart in this way and the motor to the underside of the unit it remains clear for full 360 degree panning.
At this point you may connect the camera plate to the rotary for a 2-axis slide + pan system or if you have another rotary to assemble, connect the large L-bracket to the rotational plate in preparation for the tilt unit.
Connect the second rotary to the L-bracket to configure the tilt unit. The second motor connects to the back of the tilt unit and provides 360 tilt freedom. The pan unit has almost 320 degrees of freedom.
Example 2-axis: Pan + Tilt configuration
In this example we have a Stage R: rotary connected directly to a D-Pod micro tripod (or just as easily to any tripod base) for a compact panning and tilting setup.
Stage Zero Example, 3-axis: Slide + Pan + Tilt configuration
Here we have a Stage Zero system with a Multi-Angle leveling wedge attached directly to the cart. Next the Pan unit is connected to the top of the wedge. Lastly the tilt unit is connected to the large L-bracket.
In this particular setup the Tilt motor can be placed under the camera (as shown) or on the back of the tilt unit, allowing the camera to be positioned much lower and have a more compact lower center of gravity.
If you have any questions about setup options or would like to discuss creative ways to use the Stage R: Pan/Tilt system please contact us here.