|WEVA NEWS MINUTE: Manfrotto's Unique 'Fig Rig'
September 15, 2005
Sarasota, FL - Videographers got their first up-close look at one of the world’s most unusual-looking stabilizers when they “took the wheel” and went for a spin with the Bogen/Manfrotto “Fig Rig” ($375 list) at the WEVA 15th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo 2005.
WEVA NEWS MINUTE producer Bruce Himmelblau mounted his camcorder to a Fig Rig to capture this demonstration of the unit in action on the WEVA EXPO show floor. Watch Now! (Allow for QuickTime download.)
Developed from a concept envisioned by film director Mike Figgis (“Leaving Las Vegas”) the Fig Rig is a circular frame with a crossbar to mount most MiniDV camcorders. The Fig Rig is designed to become part of the body to produce smooth, steady traveling shots.
As the operator walks, his/her muscles and tendons absorb all the shocks, transferring only fluid movements to the camera. The Fig Rig’s modular design acts as a frame to mount all types of accessories, including zoom controllers, mikes, mixers, lights, monitors, and more.
As there are no straps or harnesses attached to the Fig Rig, quick and wide movements can be made within the same shot, from ground-level to overhead, in one smooth movement.
For more information and additional video, visit the Fig Rig section of the Manfrotto website.
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