The RadCam Sport is the ultimate GoPro 3 accessory.In a nutshell it’s a robotic, motor assisted handheld stabilization system… think of it as a new digital type of camera stabilizer that in some cases can take the place of a Steadicam.
The RadCam Sport is powered by a lithium polymer battery that drives two brushless motors and the onboard electronics to create a 2 axis gimbal that provides roll and tilt stabilization with no backlash; this constantly keeps the camera level, no matter what movement is going on with the operator.
The RadCam Sport is lightweight and features multiple handles for a variety of shooting positions, options and conditions. It can easily be operated with one or two hands. The RadCam Sport also features a thumb controlled joystick feature that allows you to track your shots easily on the fly. Tired of shooting blind? The RadCam Sport features a live video feed with zero latency. This feed is displayed on a 4 inch LED monitor allowing you to see exactly what you’re shooting in real time.
The RadCam sport is the perfect solution for capturing amazing level, vibration-free footage from a GoPro 3 or 3+. The GoPro 3 series has proven itself to be an amazing sport cam, and the RadCam Sport is the ultimate add-on to take your projects even further. Throw it in a backpack or in the back seat of your car; the RadCam Sport is compact, lightweight, and very robust.
“The size of RadCam Sport is ideal to be used for hand held or inside a car for a POV shot or to frame up on a passenger in the car. I love this new piece of equipment and can’t wait to get my own when they’re available” Jerry Patton, Camera Assistant on Iron Man, Hangover, Fast Five, Pearl Harbor
The RadCam Sport idea was born out of the dedication, hard work and creativity of Tyler Caros and Mike Rivard. Tyler is the Technical Director of RadFlight (parent company of RadCam Sport) which is in the business of flying cameras on drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) for use in movie, television and commercial production. The quality of the video produced is extremely important and stabilization is critical. RadFlight has been constantly working to improve the camera stabilization on its aircraft using the latest technology available. Mike Rivard, founder of RadFlight and Tyler Caros decided they wanted to find a way to bring this amazing airborne technology down to earth. Their goal was to create an affordable high quality piece of stabilization equipment for professionals and amateur cinematographers shooting with the GoPro Hero 3 line of cameras.
For years various companies have tried to stabilize cameras using weights and counterweights on cumbersome rigs which are heavy, uncomfortable and make filming difficult. With today’s new technology, RadFlight has developed the RadCam Sport an innovative product which is easy to carry, versatile and provides excellent quality footage that until now could never have been captured on such a portable handheld device.
Tyler Caros was originally trained at the Art Institute of Los Angeles as a 3D Animation Artist. He worked in this field for several years during which he developed an interest in designing and building remote controlled multicopters, including their onboard electronics and camera stabilization systems. Tyler is also skilled in 3D CAD design and has become an expert in the 3D printing field. With his vast experience and creativity Tyler has taken the latest technology and designed and built a robotic handheld stabilization system specifically designed and built for the GoPro Hero 3 and 3+.
For several years Tyler has been stabilizing cameras on numerous aerial cinematography and photography platforms. His interest in aerial camera stabilization eventually led to creating custom stabilization for numerous applications, including extreme sports, reality TV, news, auto sports, and much more.
The design started out on paper, and numerous sketches were drawn to visualize the first prototype. When Tyler finalized the idea and design, he took to their Airwolf 3D printer to create the first parts. After several tests to make sure things fit properly, and several 3D prints later, the RadCam Sport was ready for testing.
Technical Director Tyler Caros will be overseeing the manufacturing of the RadCam Sport and Mike Rivard will be handling marketing, sales, and distribution. With their respective years of experience in their individual areas, Tyler and Mike make a winning combination for RadCam success.
In designing the RadCam Sport we wanted to create a piece of equipment that was lightweight, easy to use and totally functional. We wanted to create the best possible design using the highest quality materials, electronics, motors and batteries while not cutting any corners.
Our design requires manufacturing using an injection molding process which is expensive. Molded parts are created as 3D objects which allow us to create complex shapes that include housing for electronics, battery and cable channels. Injection molding also results in perfectly fitting pieces and joints for a beautiful, precise finished product.
After extensive research we have decided that the optimal material for making the RadCam Sport will be a variety of Polyurethane. This material is extremely durable, lightweight, and fits our need to create complex shapes. It also is a very good material for use in injection molding manufacturing.
“I’ve had the chance to work with the RadCam Sport prototype and it’s a real game changer. Not only is it incredibly stable but I can see what I’m shooting and frame my shots with the tilt feature. This will be a great addition to my tool box. Tim Baur, Director, Owner Tim Baur Films
·Our Kickstarter campaign activity will also help us estimate and anticipate the demand for the RadCam Sport in the general market. This will ensure that anyone who wants one can get one as soon as possible due to precision manufacturing and a properly populated pipeline.
RadCam’s parent company RadFlight is an established company that prides itself in making our customers happy and completely satisfied. Our products and services are always delivered on time and on budget.
Every project has potential obstacles… there is always a risk that supply chains break down or certain parts don’t turn out right. Because this is the reality of manufacturing, we do our very best to plan ahead and manage the risks. If something does get delayed, we will use our experience to create back up plans and get the job done.
If issues with production do come up that will delay shipping, we will make sure that our communication is honest and that we are forthcoming with our backers about how we will fix the problem. Our backers are our customers and their happiness and satisfaction will have a huge impact on the future sales and success of the RadCam Sport.