This intuitive modular system is light-weight and is designed to significantly
extend the capabilities of the extraordinary new family of tape-less
digital cinema cameras as well as oncoming generations of high resolution
digital still cameras.
The PixOrb™ operates with our
comprehensive motion-control software, and is typically tethered
to a laptop computer. It can also run in a stand-alone mode using
on-board pre-programmed routines or run by Joystick or knobs for
very smooth manual control. It can easily be configured on location
or in the studio in a variety of different ways to perform a wide
range of unique tasks using just a few tools.
The PixOrb™ is extremely accurate and repeatable with no mechanical
Our software supports very smooth feathered pan/tilt moves for full
motion video, and time-lapse, photospheres, stitched large format
imaging, and in the future, inward looking Object Movies. All can
all be programmed or preformed accurately and with ease.
This device is especially is well suited for feature film second-unit
cinematography in remote places.
The PixOrb™ can control a third and more axes for complex
moves with straight and curved TrailRail™ ground track, or traveling
suspended under structural beam system that is expandable to span more
than 60 feet supported only at each end.
PixOrb™ has additional applications in special
effects photography such as HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging), time-lapse
photography, and film and video repeatable motion control
This intuitive modular system is designed to significantly extend the
capabilities of the extraordinary new family of tape-less digital
cinema cameras as well as new generation of high-resolution digital
The modular frame system can be taken apart and configured for a range
of camera sizes and lens combinations to minimize weight for transport,
including backpacking, for specific projects.
Adding a longer horizontal base strut and a longer lower horizontal
cradle strut can accommodate multiple cameras for 3D stereo imaging
projects. The erector set approach also makes this equipment especially
well suited for imaging research projects.
For additional power, a second tilt motor can be added to the opposite
side of the cradle.
The onboard battery, allows pan and tilt beyond 360 degrees without
concern about cable management.
Smooth and quiet operation is suitable for natural settings and wildlife
photography. It can also be tethered to a computer for extensive customization
of its motion control routines.
• automatic two-axis indexing and image capturing for creating
spherical and cylindrical panoramas and two-axis time-lapse movies.
• Programmable for any number and size of pan and tilt increments
• Repeatable two-axis moves for creating full-motion film or video
• Can be mounted on our TrailRail™ linear dolly system
for lightweight three-axis still and full motion image capturing.
Accuracy and repeatability is in arc-seconds and exceeds any inaccuracies
resulting from atmospheric aberrations.
Modular aluminum ‘T’ slotted frame mounted on a motorized
base with a precision large diameter four point contact ball bearing
• An exterior fixed frame
• An interior tilt frame suspended within the fixed frame
• (Custom sizing and configurations available)
Mounting and adjustments:
PixOrb™ mounts on any tripod or leveling head with appropriate capacity,
it is engineered to be suspended from above and work equally well inverted.
Dovetailed camera brackets provide for easy front-to-back, side-to-side
and up-down adjustments and locked securely at single points. This
system allows for precise positioning of the lens nodal point for both
vertical and horizontal rotation.
The tilt axis has an electronic brake to hold position with power off,
but the cradle can be released to swing free for balancing when needed.
Motors and Control:
The PixOrb™ has two precision motors equipped with revolvers and 100
to 1 reduction harmonic gear heads. This arrangement provides very
smooth and extremely accurate powered movement in tilt and pan with
no backlash for full repeatability. Full programmable feathers stops
and starts and ramps can be set in the program and saved for future
Import/Export of motion tables allow exchange of position data with
The mount can be pre-programmed to eliminate the need to carry a
laptop when it is not needed.
an optional automatic electric brake can hold the tilt motor in position
when power is turned off. The on-board control box allows the machine
to operate independently from a computer as mentioned above.
Four I/O ports for triggering a camera and accepting input signals,
e.g., from an intervalometer, remote program pause switch, a three
axis Joystick etc.
Toggle switches allow you to select between pre-programmed sequences
The comprehensive software runs on a Macintosh or PC running XP. An
infinite number of preprogrammed moves and be programmed with an easy
to understand interface.
• Operates with a single rechargeable Lithium Ion
25.2 V, 2.9 amp hour, 73 Watt hour battery with a state of charge display.
The PixOrb™ is sold with a wheeled waterproof Hardigg Storm Case with
an extendable handle. A framed backpack is recommended for use in