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Leading Motorised pan and tilt Video Heads


The demand for motorised pan and tilt mounts has been increasing considerably in the industry owing to the perfection it offers in the shots. The manufactures understand the increasing need and are offering a wide range of products in the segment. More options leads to more confusion, so Broadcast Video Producer has helped its readers understand the leading products in this segment by enlisting the top mounts in our list.


Vidpro MH-430 Pan & Tilt Gimbal Head

The Vidpro Motorised Pan & Tilt Gimbal Head offers continuous 360° rotation on both the horizontal and vertical axes, and is operated using a wired joystick remote control from up to 20 ft away. The rotation speed is also adjustable, from 3.5 to 0.5 rpm, on the remote. You can easily pan, tilt and rotate 360-degrees your camera from up to 20 feet away with the versatile MH-430 and wired joystick-style remote control.

The head has a 12 lb payload and supports all types of cameras, from compact to full-size models. The camera platform is sideways-adjustable and features a quick release plate with a 1/4”-20 mounting screw. The bottom of the head offers 3/8”-16 and 1/4”-20 mounting threads for attaching to tripods, jibs, and other equipment.

Features

• Pan and tilt your camera from up to 20 ft away
• 360° continuous pan rotation
• 360° continuous tilt rotation
• Smooth and quiet high-torque DC motors
• Wired joystick remote control with adjustable speeds
• 12 lb payload
• Quick release plate
• 3/8”-16 and 1/4”-20 mounting threads on the bottom
• Soft carry case included


Bescor MP – 101 Motorised Pan & Tilt Head

The Bescor MP-101 Motorised Pan & Tilt Head attaches between a tripod and camera and enables remote panning and tilting of the camera. Two independent motors smoothly operate horizontal and vertical motion at adjustable speeds. The head supports payloads up to 6 lb. The two mounting points are the 1/4″-20 tripod threads underneath and the 1/4″-20 camera mounting screw with registration pin on top. All tripods and cameras are compatible.

The MP-101 can be powered by the included Bescor 90-645 battery. The MP-101 can also be powered by either the Bescor PS-260 power supply or four AA batteries available separately.

An Auto Pan Mode allows for continuous panning motion, and a switch selector lets you assign end points at 45°, 90°, or 340°. The maximum horizontal angle is ±170 degrees, and the maximum vertical angle is ±15 degrees. This head can be powered by four AA batteries, the Bescor PS-260 AC power supply, or a Bescor 90-645 external battery, all sold separately.

• Enables panning and tilting of a camera remotely at adjustable speeds
• Attaches between a tripod and camera
• 1/4″-20 threads for tripod, 1/4″-20 screw mount for camera
• 6 lb payload
• Remote control included

CamRanger PT Hub and MP-360 Pan & Tilt head

Add motion to your CamRanger today! A separate CamRanger is required to use the PT Hub and MP-360. The CamRanger PT Hub and MP-360 includes the cables required to connect the tripod head with the CamRanger. The CamRanger PT Hub and MP-360 require the CamRanger to operate.

The MP-360 is 4.5” high, attaches to a tripod with a 1/4”-20 screw, and has a load capacity of 6 lb. It can tilt +/- 15°, pan 360°, and has diagonal motion and speed control. When used with the optional CamRanger, this can all be controlled through the CamRanger app via a smart device, which enables you to shoot time lapses, bulb ramping, panoramas, and motion during videos. The app is supported by iOS devices, Android devices, Mac and Windows computers, and the Kindle.

The MP-360 operates on 4 AA batteries (not included) or AC power (adapter not included, but US/CANADA adapter is available for $12.99).

Pan: Unlimited panning
Tilt: 15 degrees up and 15 degrees down
Weight Limit: 6 pounds
Weight: 2 pounds

Bescor MP-1AC Motorised Pan & Tilt Head

The Bescor MP-1AC Motorised Pan & Tilt Head Kit includes the MP-101 Motorised Pan & Tilt Head and PS-260 AC power supply, which delivers 6 VDC, 700 mA output and features 120-240 VAC worldwide compatibility.

The MP-101 attaches between a tripod and camera and enables you to pan and tilt the camera remotely using an included remote control. It supports up to 6 lb cameras and offers a 1/4″-20 camera mount screw and 1/4″-20 tripod mount thread.

The MP-101 features independent, adjustable-speed pan and tilt motors, and offers a max pan angle of +/-170° and max tilt angle of +/-15°. It also has an Auto Pan Mode that allows for continuous pan motion, as well as selectable end points of 45°, 90°, and 340° assignable via a selector switch.

• MP-101 Motorised Pan & Tilt Head
• PS-260 AC PSU (6VDC, 700mA, 120-240VAC)
• Attaches Between Tripod and Camera
• Enables Remote Pan and Tilt
• Supports up to 6lb Cameras
• Independent Pan and Tilt Motors
• Adjustable Speeds
• +/-170° Max Pan, +/-15° Max Tilt
• Continuous Pan Motion Auto Pan Mode
• Selectable End Points of 45/90/340°


MRMC AFC-180 Pan & Tilt Head

A high-speed compact pan-tilt head ideal for sports broadcasts — wherever you are in the world.

The high-speed AFC-180 pan tilt head from MRMC offers super precise and smooth results, making it the de facto choice for fast-moving sporting events such as motor racing.

The AFC-100 head is the ideal choice for a wide range of broadcast applications ranging from studio camera robotics to live events and sports production. Speeds of up to 100° per second can be achieved whilst a high payload capacity offers supports for full studio build-up kits including cameras, teleprompters and accessories.

For live televised sports and events having the right interface is essential for successfully combining remote control and natural looking motion. MRMC’s joystick and pan bar control systems offer the best available translation of operator commands into smooth and precise camera shots. MRMC’s studio control software provides an ideal framework for today’s integrated studio environments. Multiple camera positions can be easily controlled from a single operator and pre-programmed moves and positions executable via a simple touch screen interface. Integration with virtual graphics and automation systems, as well as an open API for direct control from 3rd party products and software is also supported.

BENEFITS

• High bandwidth pan slip-rings with support for up to 3G HD video
• Available with brushless servo or stepper motors
• 360° unrestricted pan with high bandwidth HD throughput
• Ethernet control of pan, tilt, zoom and focus (further options include RS232, RS422 & wireless)
• Integrated control of Canon and Fujinon broadcast servo lenses
• External fibre interfaces for extended operating distances are available
• Single cable provides highly accurate control of iris, zoom & focus for broadcast lens digital servos
• Control options include joystick console, pan-bars, hand-wheels and MRMC’s bespoke Flair software

Vidpro MH – 300 Motorised Pan Head with Remote Control


The MH-300 Motorised Pan Head from Vidpro is an easy-to-use device for adding 360° panning motion to your real-time and time-lapse videos. It features a 1/4”-20 socket for tripod mounting, a 1/4”-20 camera screw, and supports loads up to 2 lb, making it suitable for smart phones, action cameras, mirror less cameras, and compact camcorders. You can select between Continuous Rotation, 270° Side-to-Side, and Time-Lapse operating modes using the included IR remote control, which is also used to adjust rotation direction and speed.

The Continuous Rotation mode is designed for adding panning motion to real-time video, with a maximum speed of 40 seconds for a complete 360° rotation, and a minimum speed of 250 seconds. The Time-Lapse mode offers speeds as slow as one hour and twelve minutes for a complete rotation, enabling longer-span time-lapses with cameras and smart phones that have built-in interval capture/time-lapse functionality. The Motorised Pan Head can be powered using two separately-available AAA batteries or from a 5V DC power source using the included USB cable. To get you up-and-running with the camera of your choice, a phone holder, 3-prong GoPro mount, and a mini tilt head are also included.

Features

• 2 lb load capacity
• Compatible with mirrorless cameras, action cameras, GoPro, camcorders, and smart phones
• Three operating modes: Continuous Rotation, 270° Side-to-Side and Time-Lapse
• Mode, Speed, and Direction are configured and set using the infrared remote control
• Continuous rotation speeds (360° in seconds): 40 sec. (High), 80 sec. (Med), 250 sec. (Low)
• Time-Lapse rotations speeds (360° in minutes): 18 min. (High), 36 min (Med), 1 hr. 12 min. (Low)
• Integrated 1/4”-20 threaded socket for mounting to tripods
• 1/4”-20 camera screw
• Powered by 2 AAA Batteries (4 hours of run time) or continuous 5V USB-DC input
• Phone Holder, GoPro Camera Mount, Mini Tilt Head, and USB Cable included

Libec REM 030 Remote head for handheld cameras


The REMO30 is a high-grade remote head that exceeds your expectations. It is equipped with a unique drive system that transmits motor power accuracy. Every movement can be traced at an ideal speed: pan, tilt, and also diagonal movement which is achieved by combining the power of pan and tilt motors. The REMO30 is splash proof, (meets IPX2 standards), it can tolerate outdoor shootings under severe climate conditions. The REMO30 is a universal remote head; it can be used with other equipment such as tripods and jib arms you already own. You can also enhance your convenience with various optional products, i.e. control unit CU30 which allows a more efficient remote operation, zoom & focus control ZFC-L available for LANC (Sony/Canon) cameras, and other items.

Available for both 75mm and 100mm types, it mounts on nearly any 75mm/100mm jib arms and tripods. The REMO30 ensures a perfect camera balance. This prevents motor and drive stalling during tilt movements. Instead, it offers smooth camerawork at all times. Equipped with an 80mm/3.0” sliding adapter plate, which aids back and forth balancing of a camera. For centre of gravity positioning, fine tune adjustments can be achieved with the tilt arm at 90 degrees. Cable can be routed through the cable leads to prevent tangling, which offers a comfortable operation.

An infinite variable speed control can be achieved by operating the joystick and pan & tilt speed control dials. Equipped with a lock system that can stop either pan or tilt motions. This enables you to focus on a single direction for an accurate operation. The V-mount battery is attachable to the back side of the back side of the control box.