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The Black arm

The Black arm is a 3-axis dampening system with a additional vibration mount for stabilizing roll and tilt errors as well as vertical motion and vibrations. The Black arm is a hardmount system, made for gimbals, that you want to mount on vehicles such as cars, ATVs, boats, snowmobiles etc.

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Standard or Complete

The Black arm comes in two versions. The Black arm Standard is made to work for gimbals and cameras with weight range between 5-13kg (11-28lbs). The Black arm Complete is for users working with higher loads and carries between 5-32kg (11-70lbs). Of course you have the option to upgrade the Standard version into a Complete, if needed.

The Black Standard ships with two 7.0mm springs, that carries the 5-13kg. The Black Complete ships with four 7.0mm springs and four 7.5mm springs, that takes the entire range of 5-32kg. You can use the springs in single (one spring on each side) or dual (two springs on each side) configuration, to precisely achieve the lift needed.

The damping action of all axes, vertical, tilt and roll is created by custom made actuator hydraulic dampers that are fully adjustable. You adjust the damping with a knob that has 22 steps, to precisely dial in the exact amount of damping you need for your shot. The Black Standard ships with one damper for each of the three axes, while the Black Complete ships with a total of six dampers, allowing for dual dampers on each axis if needed, or as spares.





Anti-vibration mount

Each Black arm ships with one anti-vibration mount (AVM). The main purpose of the AVM is to reduce high frequency vibrations, such as noise from a cars engine. In order to maximise the efficiency of the AVM, you should use the version that matches your load and conditions.
There are two types of AVMs, the original Wire AVM and the new Tranquilizer.
The Wire AVMs comes in five different weight ranges, and is very easy to use. You just put the correct one on and go.
The Tranquilizer has many adjustments to fine tune it's performance, and may give better results if you have the time and skills to configure it properly.
Pick the one that matches the total weight of everything (gimbal, camera and accessories) you will hang on to the Black arm.

Wire AVM weight ranges:
The Wire AVMs are available in five different weight ranges. Pick the one that best match your rigs total weight.

  • No.01 - 7-10 kg (15-22 lbs)
  • No.02 - 10-14 kg (22-31 lbs)
  • No.03 - 14-19 kg (31-42 lbs)
  • No.04 - 19-26 kg (42-57 lbs)
  • No.05 - 26-34 kg (57-75 lbs)
Tranquilizer weight ranges:
The Tranquilizer ships with two sets of polymers, the shore 30 and shore 40. The rest of the packs are sold separately.

  • Shore 20 weight range: up to 5.40 - 10.75kg
  • Shore 30 weight range: up to 6.70 - 13.25kg
  • Shore 40 weight range up to 11.25 - 22.50kg
  • Shore 50 weight range up to 13.75 - 27.50kg
  • Shore 60 weight range up to 19.00 - 34.50kg



Flight cases

The Black arm ships in either of two different flight cases. The Standard case is a traditional flight case, with metal corners, surface handles and padlockable drawbolt catches. It has a white interior foam, so that you can easily find screws and gear inside the case.

The Pro case is made in all-black, to perfectly match the Black arm. It features powder coated black metal corners, heavy duty recessed handles and butterfly catches. It also has wheels, so you can roll the case just like a cabin bag. To match the clean exterior, the foam in the Pro case is all black.



Mounting options

Mounting the Black arm is as simple as clamping it on to a standard 48-52mm speed rail. You build a rig onto your vehicle, using standard grip components like speed rail and dual clamps, possibly using Flowcines Universal rack or Stub mount. Then you simply clamp the Black on there, with the two single clamps at the back of the arm.

There are several ways to attach your gimbal to the Black arm. The included base plate has hole patterns to match the Freefly Toad in a hole and Cinemilled Universal Ronin mount for easy attachment of the MoVI and Ronin gimbals. We also make a Mitchell female mount for gimbals that uses the Mitchell connector.

On each side of the Blacks head, there are cheese plates suitable to mount batteries or Kenyon gyros on.

Customise your Black

Put together a customised package to suit your exact needs by picking the components in three simple steps:


1. Choose your Black version


  • Black Standard takes 5-13 kg (11-28 lbs)
  • Black Complete takes 5-32 kg (11-70 lbs)



2. Choose your Anti-vibration mount

Choose between the Wire AVM or the Tranquilizer:


3. Choose your case

Do you like the simplicity of the Standard case, or do you need the extra sturdiness, great looks and wheels of the Pro case?

  • Pro Case
  • Standard Case

 
FAQ

FAQ

I have a DJI Ronin. What will I need to mount it to the Black arm?

You will need a bridge plate for the Ronin. We recommend the Cinemilled Universal Ronin Mount.

I have a Freefly MoVI. What will I need to mount it to the Black arm?

You will need a Freefly Toad in a hole.

I have some other kind of gimbal. What will I need to mount it on to the Black arm?

If your gimbal has an option for Mitchell mount, have a look at our Mitchell mount adapter (below). If none of the options above applies to your gimbal, send us a mail and let us know which gimbal you use, and we'll try to come up with a solution!

I have the Cinemilled Universal Ronin Mount. How do I put that on the Black arm?

There are several ways of attaching the Cinemilled plate to the Black arms base plate. You can either use two screws or four. The Cinemilled plate is longer on one side, and blocks two of the screws attached to the rods, but there is a easy way to access those. Depending on if you are a multi gimbal facility or a Ronin only (The Universal Cinemilled plate will work both for the Ronin and the Ronin-MX btw, so you can use the same plate, according to the info we got from both Cinemilled and DJI). You will use one of the following options, one quicker and one more rigid. Note: Always use loctite or similar mild/medium thread glue at all times. There is an incredible amount of vibrations once on the road, and a screw might get un-winded in no time. Make sure to use threading glue on the Cinemilled plate screw! That ones will be the weakest point in the chain (do not use permanent/strong thread glue though!).

I have the Maxima MX30. How can I best mount it to the Black?

The best way to mount the Maxima MX30 is to use the Foma Topholder Type 030 on top of the gimbal. On that you'd use our Mitchell male mount, and on the Black you'd use our Mitchell female mount. This gives a very rigid solution that is easy to attach/detach.
 
Demo footage

Demo footage:

We took the Flowcine Black arm and the Intuitive Aerial Newton gimbal over to our friends at Malibu boats and helped them with their annual shoot. Here's an edit of a few of the nice moments, showing the arm at work, and the footage. If you're interested in learning more about the rig, check out an interview with the Malibu Boats video production manager Charles White.

Made with Black:

Here are a few examples of what our customers do with the Black. Thanks Alpine Aerials and Abandon Visuals for the great work, keep it up!

Alpine aerials

Alpine aerials

Abandon Visuals - The Nomad

Test footage:

Have a look at some of our early tests, and inspiration! The movie was shot using four different mounting points, back and front on a regular car with roof rack and tow bar. We've used DJI Ronin with the RC joystick and a Red Epic and PL zoom lens. The shots are with various focal length between 18mm for lower close to ground shots to 45-50mm for the closeups on the driver. Most other shots are 25-35mm focal length. There are two versions, one with just the demo footage and one with the second camera included to see the arm in action.

With second camera
Without second camera

Below are some inspiration on how to rig you Black arm in different configurations.



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