SANDSTORM FILMS

TECHNODOLLY

AVAILABLE TO HIRE WITH OUR STUDIO OR ON LOCATION

SANDSTORM FILMS

TECHNODOLLY

AVAILABLE TO HIRE WITH OUR STUDIO OR ON LOCATION

WHAT IS IT?

The TechnoDolly is completely unique. A fully repeatable camera crane and all axis motion control rig in one. Although it looks like a SuperTechnoCrane, every axis is evaluated and is fully repeatable. Use it on main unit productions as a camera crane and at the click of a button repeat the move instantly. Or for smaller crews and motion control work, simply program keyframes or input 3D moves from your VFX department and watch it fly, like a camera crane, from keyframe to keyframe in a way that looks like it’s being operated by a human – rather than a robot. In a nutshell: 

 

  • Multi-axis repeatable camera crane with motion control functionality.
  • Studio or Location operation 
  • Custom built lowloader box van for transport – no tachograph required for flexible delivery and collection to suit production
  • Off the van and setup in under an hour without track and normally 90-120 minutes including track (at ground level)

THE TECHNODOLLY IN ACTION

TECHNODOLLY SPEC

  • Power = 1 x single phase 63A feed for full operation – can be run with less power, but it is slower and more prone to stall)
  • Camera weight = 35kg – note the camera size also (see below)
  • Full FIZ lens control including Preston and C-Motion integration for seamless memorised focus pulls in repeat passes
  • Repeat passes and motion control can be triggered via bloop or other external trigger, like QTake or TimeCode
  • Shooting area:
    • 4.2m (14’) from ground level (boom can also ‘undersling’ by 3.2m (10’) when mounted on a rostrum to achieve greater movement area) achieving a lowest position to highest position distance of 7.4m (24’)
    • 3.6m (12’) telescopic boom from crane centre
    • 2.4m (8’)  telescopic extension (minimum to maximum point on telescopic boom only)
    • Over 18m (60’) of dolly travel on full 6 section track + telescope extension

 

SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY

The TechnoDolly’s memory is controlled via a custom built Linux interface and can be manually driven via a toggle ‘pickle’ hand control in repeat mode or moved completely manually and memorised for repeats.

TechnoDolly is compatible directly into Unreal Engine for fully repeatable, fully real-time integration. It also works in Motion Builder for previewing camera moves in 3D / CGI visualisations.

It is also possible to synchronise with QTake for live overlays and frame accurate synchronisation as well as timecode for music synchronization. 

 

MOUNTING THE TECHNODOLLY ON A ROSTRUM

It is possible and often most suitable to have the TechnoDolly placed on a high-level rostrum, when building your rostrum, please ensure that it has adequate space for the grip to work from to swing the crane.

 

 

TRANSPORT

Our TechnoDolly has its own custom built lowloader box van, this means unlike many other TechnoDolly rigs we are not restricted by tachographs and can bring the crane onto set quickly with a small team… it’s also a lot less hassle and a lot more affordable.

 

 

TECHNODOLLY SPEC

  • Power = 1 x single phase 63A feed for full operation – can be run with less power, but it is slower and more prone to stall)
  • Camera weight = 35kg – note the camera size also (see below)
  • Full FIZ lens control including Preston and C-Motion integration for seamless memorised focus pulls in repeat passes
  • Repeat passes and motion control can be triggered via bloop or other external trigger, like QTake or TimeCode
  • Shooting area:
    • 4.2m (14’) from ground level (boom can also ‘undersling’ by 3.2m (10’) when mounted on a rostrum to achieve greater movement area) achieving a lowest position to highest position distance of 7.4m (24’)
    • 3.6m (12’) telescopic boom from crane centre
    • 2.4m (8’)  telescopic extension (minimum to maximum point on telescopic boom only)
    • Over 18m (60’) of dolly travel on full 6 section track + telescope extension

 

SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY

The TechnoDolly’s memory is controlled via a custom built Linux interface and can be manually driven via a toggle ‘pickle’ hand control in repeat mode or moved completely manually and memorised for repeats.

TechnoDolly is compatible directly into Unreal Engine for fully repeatable, fully real-time integration. It also works in Motion Builder for previewing camera moves in 3D / CGI visualisations.

It is also possible to synchronise with QTake for live overlays and frame accurate synchronisation as well as timecode for music synchronization. 

 

MOUNTING THE TECHNODOLLY ON A ROSTRUM

It is possible and often most suitable to have the TechnoDolly placed on a high-level rostrum, when building your rostrum, please ensure that it has adequate space for the grip to work from to swing the crane.

 

 

TRANSPORT

Our TechnoDolly has its own custom built lowloader box van, this means unlike many other TechnoDolly rigs we are not restricted by tachographs and can bring the crane onto set quickly with a small team… it’s also a lot less hassle and a lot more affordable.