3 Axis Gimbal System designed to carry large payloads, so suitable for large and small cameras enabling steadicam-type shots on cabon-fibre/aluminium frame. It is a handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal, for large payload cameras with brushless technology for refined use but with the added advantage of a smaller flight case than the MoVI counterparts and a speedier installation and balancing process to facilitate less preparation time.
These systems carry with them a vast weight of expectation and interest from around the professional image-making world and as such are one of the most important camera movement platform developments of the current decade. The marketing USP of these systems is to signify the ability to deliver smooth camera movement in any situation and to have capabilities in size and flexibility whilst being quick to setup, easy to transport and solidly built. Their ease of setup and build quality is the reason why we now stock these units in favour of competitive systems.
The DJI Ronin features locking clamps instead of custom allen screws, so the balancing and locking mechanisms are much faster. It has a custom battery design, will battery readout and no loose cables. There are no charging and power dangers of lipo batteries on the Ronin.
Follow mode and remote mode can be switched between extremely easily, and the custom iOS
High Build Quality
- Extremely Durable and High Build quality, being manufactured from Aircraft-grade aluminium
- No loose cables and pre-wired with 2 x 12V D-Tap power outlets to power camera and peripherals.
Multiple Modes of operation
- UNDERSLUNG MODE: The default gimbal operation is the Underslung mode. The camera can be comfortably held low to the ground, at chest level or anywhere in between. This mode is also used when the Ronin is suspended from a camera jib or crane.
- UPRIGHT MODE: Flip the gimbal over to bring the camera closer to eye level for a higher perspective without straining to lift it. Use this mode when sticking the Ronin out of a car’s sunroof or when trying to shoot over a crowd of people.
- BRIEFCASE MODE: When a slimmer gimbal profile is needed, i.e. when moving through doorways or narrow paths, Briefcase mode is ideal. It allows the gimbal to be held to the side and close to the legs, much like a briefcase.
Transform tilt and pan movements on the Ronin into smooth and stabilized camera angle changes.
This is a well designed system which works very well with the following cameras that we have tested:
- RED EPIC and RED EPIC Dragon
- Sony A7s, Canon 5D Mk2 & Mk3 and all DSLR form factor cameras
- Canon C300EF and C300PL
- Blackmagic camera
- Alexa Mini
There is now an extension arm version of the DJI Ronin Gimbal systen now available to hire, which will allow the rig to accept longer bodies which will allow you to also use the following cameras. Note that these are not compatible with the regular DJI Ronin version:
- Sony FS-100
- Sony FS 700
- Sony FS-7 with small prime
- Sony PMW-F5
- Sony PMW-F55
- RED EPIC with Optimo/Alura short zoom
These Gimbal system are not yet compatible with all lenses as yet, as many PL lenses are too heavy for Gimbal systems but we have found that with appropriate lightweight cameras we have tested SuperSpeeds, UltraPrimes, CP2s, Mini S4s and Cooke S4s without issue, though worthy of mention is that the extension arm version will give greater versatility of lens choice.
Whilst most DSLR primes lenses will work, you need to be careful with DSLR zoom lenses, as some (such as Canon 24-70 L USM EOS zoom) have moving internal elements,which affect the centre of gravity through the range of the zoom and this affects the balance of the unit, rendering the unit unuseable. Please enquire for more details.
Also ARRI Alexa plus/Classic etc are not compatible either with either system.
We find that the Canon C300EF camera with 16-35 EOS zoom is an ideal combination which has a useful zoom range and the RED EPIC fitted with CP.2 primes or Zeiss ZF DSLR primes also works extremely well.
*** Please note, if you are supplying your own camera, then please include a powering cable to D-Tap, if you wish to power from the Gimbal batteries, as none are supplied with VMI kits ***
We at VMI have learned to set up these devices and have used them successfully based solely on the manufacturers training videos and have arrived at the conclusion that to be able to ‘fly’ these devices correctly, any training needs to be self taught at an individual level as group sessions or an on-set technician will not be as involving or comprehensive as learning to balance and control these devices yourself.
In the same way that steadicams tend to be owner/operator, these devices require practice both in set up and use that can only come from quiet ‘face time’ with the rig and the training videos. Equally because there are some build elements of these systems borrowed from the Model RC world, some of the components are not as robust as the professional imaging world would expect and again quiet practice time will be beneficial to the end user, especially not to cause any damage.
The two main attractions of these systems are unique camera positioning and a market perception of pricing (ie a lot cheaper then a steadicam rig). By recommending to clients that they hire out the rig and all necessary support kit for at least one day before the shoot if they are a first time or inexperienced user in order to self-train, VMI can support the market price perception of these devices without requiring additional on-set support or attend one of our training courses - read below.
It is very much the case with these (and any future similar) rigs that the onus is on the end user to become comfortable and proficient with the set up and operation, and that it is certainly not possible to pick up one up out of the box and be able to use it successfully with a bit of phone support from the rental company.
Also, due to the very nature of the shots and circumstances these devices will be working in, VMI will be issuing a clarification document with every hire that will require the client to understand and take full responsibility for any loss of shooting time and any damage caused by inexperienced operation of the rig. This allows us to pass on a lower cost to the end user and provides timely training ahead of any prospective shoot.
VMI Gimbal Training
VMI is now providing Gimble training courses which offer a discount on your first hire.
Please note that these devices cannot be hired with the VMI ‘damage waiver’, so you will require to have your own insurance policy in place prior to hiring this unit.
Once you have afixed and balanced a camera to the Ronin, then you are ready to shoot and don't need any other accessories but we offer several accessories which will make yours a better and more functional experience! All are optional but all are fully compatible and mounting points for these peripherals are provided, so that you can choose them with confidence that they will work.
SO REMEMBER THOUGH, that you will need to fully accessorise your camera with all peripherals before balancing. Even a memory card, lens cap or camera battery will be sufficient to unbalance the camera, so be clear as to how you want to use the camera and accessorise it fully ahead of the balance process to save you time!
C stand with K clamp and sandbag: a device for resting the camera and device. The sandbag is necessary to drape on the arm of the C stand to counterbalance the weight of the device. A Ronin table stand is provided without charge as part of the basic kit.
ReadyRig Support system. The DJI Ronin when fully fitted is a heavy device and you will need to rest after a long take, so do consider this device which moves the weight from your arms to your torso.
TV Logic 5.6"monitor Bridge-mountings are provided to mount the monitor if you don't want use the camera's own LCD display.
Wireless Lens control systems allow a focus puller to operate focus. Compatible are Redrock wireless LCS, Hocus Axis 1 LCS or Preston FIZ Lite
You may want to have a Director's monitor and this must by design be wireless, so we provide either the Teletest Telesend device, which is small but HDMI input only, so compatible with DSLR cameras such as Canon 5D, Canon C300 and also RED EPIC. For HD-SDI use, we have many wireless video links which can be supplied with a wide range of monitors but is not supplied with one as standard.