The MovieBird Crane still retains the principles of a telescopic crane system. It is designed and built to offer limitless creative possibilities, to reach the most inaccessible places, to manoeuvre in the tightest of corners, telescoping in and out silently for that shot at a moments notice.

High-end digital electronics enable the operator to program the actual range of movement. Nine digitally controlled speed settings with additional smooth logarithmic movement fades.
Leveling system controlled by digital laser encoders ensures that remote is at the true
horizontal position regardless of the speed or complexity of the movement.

The Moviebird is compatible with all Heads supporting Mitchel Plate Mount

MovieBird is fully compatible with all models of Remote Heads and all camera types
from MiniDV to IMAX. For special effects you can even mount moving light sources on it.

MovieBird is completely modular. In the unlikely event of a problem, whatever
and whenever, down-time is kept to an absolute minimum.

Arm ST 30 Unit
Maximum Height 10 Meters
Maximum Reach 9.14 Meters
Minimum Reach 2.10 Meters
Minimum Total Arm Length 4.50 Meters
Minimum Height Dolly + Arm 2 Meters
Maximum Speed (Telescopic Movement) 1.80 M/s
Weight of Arm 200 Kg
Total Counterweight 400 Kg
Dolly ST 30 Unit
Length 1.60 Meters
Width 1.30 Meters
Minimum Height (Dolly + Column) 2 Meters
Maximum Height (Dolly + Column) 2.50 Meters
Weight of Doly 200 Kg
Additional Details
Max Load 75kg/165lbs (head and camera)
Max “All Up” weight: 1497kg/ 3300lbs
Power Consumption: 13 Amps Max
Power Supply: 110V – 230V AC

Setup Instructions for MovieBird ST30

  • Ensure that the crane is still properly strapped down upon arrival (Dolly to floor, Arm to Dolly, Winch to Dolly)
  • Add electronic boxes and remote head and camera package + removing straps and releasing tilt lock making sure arm is held by assistant on outrigger bars.
  • Add Approx 20 Weights ( 10 each side)
  • Remove Transport Arm lock and pull arm out so weight carriage is centered over yoke.
  • Switch on crane electronics.
  • Balance the arm in short Configuration using weight carriage adjustment / 2 x sliding weights / add weight to rear of arm.
  • Telescope crane slowly out and add or remove weights to weight carriage as necessary to maintain balance.
  • Set Parameter Stops.
  • Lock off Counter balance weights and weight carriage and recheck balance
  • Crane is now operational.

Safety Points for MovieBird ST30

  • MovieBird to be operated and assembled by a trained MovieBird Operator.
  • MovieBird not to be left unattended without first securing arm to base with straps provided.
  • MovieBird only to be lifted by its own lifting straps using handles provided on cranes.
  • Care to be taken when lifting counterweights onto saddle.
  • All guards to be left in place on MovieBird during operation (unless removed by MovieBird operator for adjustment only and then to be re-fitted before re-use of MovieBird)
  • Electronic & mechanical “stops” to be in full safe working order ( to be verified by MovieBird Operator)
  • Brake to be operated by MovieBird operator only.
  • Base must be maintained Horizontally in a level position when in use.
  • All personnel in the vicinity of the MovieBird to be made aware of its scope and speed of movement.

Safety GuideLines for MovieBird ST30

  • The assemble instructions must be read and understood before setup or operation. The crane may only be assembled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction manual. The manufacturer’s technical specifications and limits must be adhered to at all times and in no way exceeded.
  • The MovieBird Telescopic Crane may only be setup or operated by trained and experienced personnel.
  • The crane may not be assembled or operated under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicating substances.
  • The manufacturer accepts no liability for damages or injuries for incidents or accidents occurring due to negligence by the crane operator, misuse of the crane or disregarding the instruction manual.
  • The camera crane shall be used on the even terrain.
  • Make sure there are no electronic cables and electronic appliances within the movement range of the crane arm when it is left unattended in assembled state. If the pan and tilt remote head is higher than the central pivot section the crane system should not be left unsupervised.
  • After setup of the crane the pan and tilt remote head should be positioned under the central pivot section. If the pan and tilt remote head is higher than the central pivot section the crane system should not be left unsupervised.
  • Make sure that there are no wires with electric power which has higher voltage than the safety level within the movement range of the whole crane system. The power supply cable should not be pulled when swiveling the crane arm.
  • Avoid abruptly swiveling or stopping the crane as it may cause the crane to fall.
  • The crane must not be used under the environment with wind speed faster than 5.5 – 7 meters per second.
  • When the camera crane is used during wet weather the pan and tilt remote head, controlling box and controlling bar must be protected against the rain as the controlling box is strictly prohibited from making contact with water.
  • When the crane is in operation no one must enter the enclosure of the crane arm. You must avoid anyone standing directly under the crane.
  • No loose objects may be stored or placed in or on the crane.
  • Ensure the location where the crane is installed can support the double overall weight of the crane, (including the counterweight) and operators.
  • When the control system is working the gear of the remote head is not allowed to be turned, if it needs to be adjusted the power supply should be switched off 16. In the interest of safety when operating the crane, abrupt or sudden movement of the crane should be avoided.
  • Only original accessories manufactured by MovieBird Technologies may be used with the crane.
  • Check that there are no objects placed around and on the rail of the moving counterweight trolley.
  • The crane arm must not be extended without another person holding the enclosure of the crane arm tightly.
  • The first three sections of the crane arm must not be held.