Polecam Starter Pack to Make Debut at IBC 2011

Like the established Polecam jib, Polecam Starter Pack can be mounted on any standard professional camera tripod

The new entry-level Polecam Starter Pack makes its IBC debut on stand 10.C49 at the Amsterdam RAI Centre, 9-13 September.  Created in response to demand for a simple yet effective crane for D-SLR cameras, it is a modular system which can be tailored to match a wide range of creative requirements.

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With its electronically controlled high-precision motorised head, Polecam Starter Pack delivers dynamic long-reach, broad-swing and high-angle crane shots that capture and hold audience attention.

“Polecam Starter Pack is one of the most exciting developments since we launched the original high-mobility crane in 1996,” states Polecam founder and Managing Director Steffan Hewitt.  “The standard Polecam has developed considerably over that period but this is the first time that we have introduced an entry-level crane backed by a wide range of optional modules.  Polecam Starter Pack gives customers the ability to configure a system that exactly matches their current 2D or 3D requirements.  These include the Wide and Narrow motorised heads which we are launching at this year's IBC.

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“The Polecam Wide head is designed to accommodate D-SLR cameras or compact camcorders of up to 200 millimetres width, 280 millimetres height and 3.6 kilogrammes weight.  The Narrow head is conceptually identical to the Wide head, including high-precision joystick-controlled pan and tilt with U-shaped acceleration and deceleration as well as a wide range of pan and tilt speeds. It is ideal for use with ultra-compact cameras or camcorders.”

“Polecam Starter Pack comes complete with a three-section 3.5 metre boom made of the same military-grade high-strength carbon-fibre as the standard rig,” adds Sales & Marketing Manager Jeremy Curtis.  “A 3.5 metre rig is hugely versatile and anyone needing even greater reach can upgrade to a five-section 6 metre boom simply by adding extra poles.  For applications such as medical television where a specific boom length is sometimes required, we can supply half or quarter sections. There is even the option of expanding to a seven-pole 8 metre length.  As with all Polecam rigs, camera cables can be accommodated inside the boom for maximum operational security.”

Like the established Polecam jib, Polecam Starter Pack can be mounted on any standard professional camera tripod or harness mount.  It comes with all the essential modules needed to form the rig: Polecam Back End, three interlocking 1.18 metre carbon-fibre poles, rig wiring loom, joystick, pan-and-tilt head, AC power unit, rigging stand and saddle bag set.  Total price including Wide or Narrow motorised head is 6,000 GBP.

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Polecam Starter Pack is shipped in high-density custom foam within a cardboard shipping carton.  The high-density foam is designed to drop straight into an optional Pelicase 1770 for transportation.  Other options include a video monitor and battery mounting plates.

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