U-CRANE (FKA the Russian Arm)

Filmotechnic USA is very proud to bring you our Filmotechnic U-CRANE System (Formerly know as the Russian Arm,  the Sci-Tech Academy Award Winning, High Speed Gyro-stabilized Camera Support System.
WHEN LOOKING FOR A ARM CAR SYSTEM, MAKE SURE IT IS BACKED BY FILMOTECHNIC.  OTHERS MAY CLAIM TO BE A 'U-CRANE' OR 'RUSSIAN ARM', BUT WITHOUT FILMOTECHNIC'S SUPPORT YOU CANNOT ENSURE THAT YOU WILL ACHIEVE THE RESULTS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN THE SAFEST AND MOST COST EFFECTIVE MANNER.
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What is the U-CRANE?
  • The U-Crane is the unique combination of the gyro-stabilized Filmotechnic Flight Head on the end of a gyro-stabilized remote controlled crane arm.

  • It is safely operated via joystick consoles from within the Mercedes ML55 Chase Car or the Porsche Cayenne Chase Car.

  • The crane's standard reach is 14' from the center post, with the capability of extending to 19' with the Russian Arm Extension

  • It is a high speed mobile crane arm used for photographing moving vehicles from just about any & every angle you want in all weather conditions. Shots are setup on the fly & adjusted instantly. Sequences can be as dynamic as your imagination.

Why choose our Filmotechnic U-Crane System?
  • Filmotechnic is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of a comprehensive line of camera support equipment. 

  • Filmotechnic equipment holds numerous international patents and investor certificates and is proud to have its highly qualified personnel that specialize in various disciplines of science and engineering.

  • Our Filmotechnic U-CRANE Systems come standard with Filmotechnic Flight Heads, some of the most reliable gyro-stablized remote heads in the industy.

  • All of our U-CRANE Systems are fully backed by Filmotechnic and our equipment is serviced and maintained by Filmotechnic engineers.  All of our operators and technicians are fully trained by Filmotechnic and are the best in the industry.

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Tech Specs
  • Pan & Tilt axis are gyro-stabilized.

  • 360° panning capability around the ML55 or picture vehicle.

  • Minimum safe operating camera height off the road surface is 12”.

  • Reach from the centre post is 14’.

  • Fulcrum sits 8’ off the ground.

  • Maximum lens height is 14’, armed 90° to either side of the Chase Car’s chassis.

  • With an 18 mm lens a full frame top shot can be achieved.

  • Stabilization tail fin allows the U-CRANE to pan side to side, back and forth at high speeds.

  • Operating Tilt angle ±45°.

  • Speed 6 sec / 360°.

  • Max camera payload capacity 55 lbs.

  • Set-up Time on ML55 Chase Car: 1 hour (including camera).

  • The U-CRANE is fully controlled from within a car and is capable of operating at speeds up to 110 mph.

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Filmotechnic USA is the ONLY certified supplier of the U-CRANE (FKA The Russian Arm) and Gyro-stabilized Flight Heads in the Southeast.