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P+S Mini Skater

Discover the power of the SKATER® Mini, the flattest camera tracking device ever with a height of only 2.0 inch / 51,4 mm! With almost no prep time, you can do linear tracks in any direction as well as all sorts of curved and circular moves. Avoid complex rigging or even motion control and see how fast the SKATER® Mini is to work with

The Idea behind the SKATER®

The idea behind the SKATER Mini is fairly simple. It basically takes advantage of a friction tilt head on which tracking wheels are directly attached optimized for an extremely low camera position. Because the SKATER Mini is so small and lightweight it allows you to move the camera by yourself, giving you direct control over tracking shots in any direction, as well as all sorts of curved moves. You can precisely define any center of rotation at any diameter. It's all your decision: whether you like to orbit around an object in front of the lens or make a curved move into a final product shot... Shots which normally require sophisticated rigging or even motion control can now be executed with almost no prep time.

Because the SKATER Mini is so small and lightweight it allows you to move the camera by yourself, giving you direct control over tracking shots in any direction, as well as all sorts of curved moves. You can precisely define any
center of rotation at any diameter. It‘s all your decision: whether you like to orbit around an object right in front of the lens or make a curved move into a final product shot ...

Shots which would normally require sophisticated riging or even motion control can now be executed with almost no prep time.

A SKATER® Mini is not limited to only one camera height. Rig your SKATER® Mini to whatever height you need with the SKATER® Mini Levelling Supports. Combine them with standard lighting equipment and simply place a tracking board on top to get your shot at what ever height you need.
 

Alfred Piffl, CEO P+S Technik:
„I like the idea of seeing a camerahead and a dolly no longer as two seperate units. If you melt them together, you are suddenly capable of designing a system that is as low as a normal rocker plate and not much bigger than the camera itself. The SKATER is extremly small, easy to use and it offers quite an amazing amount of different functions. Escpecially today, where time is such an important issue in film production, you need something fast and flexible.“

Sebastian Cramer, Director/DOP, who created and patented the SKATER:
„I‘m often surprised with the amount of rigging time that is required to achieve a simple camera
move. But I guess there are more people out there in this industry who might also be a little impatient. That‘s why I put quite some energy into the development and patents of the SKATER Mini, which I think is a pretty sexy product. Many thanks to the great team at P+S Technik, it‘s such fun working with you.“

Highlights
 
- Allows precise movements in almost no prep time
- Operator has full control over camera movement
- Extremly low camera angles
- Easy to adjust
- Lightweight, full system is only 3800gr/ 8,38 lbs
     
  1)
The Skater allows you tilt angles from +/- 20° for almost any camera...

2)
.... or an even bigger range of +/- 30° just by changing to an optional rocker in a few seconds ...

     
 

3)
... use the wheel scales to adjust the direction ...

4)
... track straight or...

     
  5)
... track sidewards or...

6)
... any direction you want to see...

     
  7)
... point the axis of all wheels to any point in front of the camera and circle around an object...
8)
... pick any other point as a center of rotation and create interesting curved moves...
     
  9)
... with special marks on the scale you can even do basic panning shots...

10)
... block the wheels against each other and get a an adjustable rocker plate for really low camera angles.

 
Technical Specifications
 
Width
 
Length
 
Height including wheels
 
Mounting Height with +/-20° Rocker
 
Mounting Height with +/-30° Rocker
 
Weight incl. +/-20° Rocker
 
For Camera up to
 
Size of Flight Case
 
Best Operating Temperature
 
  436,5mm / 17.2"
 
385,00mm / 15.2"
 
72,0mm / 2.83"
 
51,4mm / 2.0"
 
71,0mm / 2.8"
 
3800 grams / 8,38 lbs
 
30kg / 66 lbs
 
500 x 425 x 115mm
 
0° - 40° Celcius