An interview from the 2016 International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam with Gus Harilaou of Miller Camera Support. Miller Camera Support Equipment designs and delivers professional fluid heads and tripods to the film and television industry, providing support for the world’s leading camera operators. Miller is a long time, global leader in the field of contemporary camera support and holds the first patent for fluid head design for film cameras, which it obtained in 1946. Today, Miller’s tripod and camera support systems are frequently used during electronic news gatherings (ENG), electronic field production (EFP), and digital video applications by the world’s leading networks, production houses, corporate, educational and government institutions in more than 65 countries. In this interview Gus talks with us about the company’s popular Arrow Series, this new range of fluid heads will include the arrowX 3, arrowX 5 and arrowX 7.
A new key feature of the arrowX Series is Miller’s 16 CB PLUS, a unique sequential counterbalance design, which takes traditional counterbalancing a step forward, resulting in repeatable, accurate and rapid setup. Unlike other solutions where a continuous counterbalance or a boost button would shift the whole range by four steps, causing the user to have to start over finding the right position, 16 CB PLUS features eight large counterbalance steps, allowing the user to get to their needed position quickly and efficiently. The CB Plus switch adds a half step enabling counterbalance refinement. This new feature makes the arrowX Series perfect for ENG, EFP, Studio, field OB, or any other use where frequent and fast re-rigging is required.
In addition to 16 CB PLUS, the arrowX Series delivers several additional features that provide the “right feel” that has become Miller’s trademark. These include the ability to remove the clamp stud to easily mount the head on flat base surfaces such as sliders. Where extra rigidity is required, a Mitchel Base adaptor can be fitted. All arrow-x models come with 120mm sliding plate travel to help quickly re-balance changing camera payloads. Precision ball bearing supported pan-tilt movements help deliver silky smooth starts and soft stop fluid actions. Precise floating pan-tilt calliper locks ensure bounce free on-off locking.
These features enable arrowX users to eXpress their ideas and tell their story as intended quickly and efficiently. With that power of eXpression, videographers and cinematographers are achieving higher quality work than they ever could before.
The arrowX 3 boasts a payload range of 2.2-37.48 lbs (1-17 kg), 16 positions of counterbalance and 5+0 pan and tilt drag positions. It is designed for lighter cameras used in ENG, documentaries and EFP applications.
The arrowX 5 has a wide payload range from 2.2-41.89 lbs (1-19kg), 16 positions of counterbalance and 7+0 pan and tilt drag positions. It is designed for larger ENG and EFP applications including documentaries, drama and television commercials.
Finally, the arrowX7 has a payload range from 13.23-57.32 lbs (6-26 kg), 16 positions of counterbalance and 7+0 pan and tilt drag positions. It is designed for heavier rigs, including in-studio and OB applications.
For more information please visit: www.MillerTripods.com