More than 10 years of eMOTIMO
Innovating since 2010
It's important to reflect back on where we've come from. Our track record of innovation as a forward-thinking, industry leader, speaks for itself. You can learn more about eMotimo and its mission and values here.
Mar 2010: Brian leaves his day job for good.
Summer 2010: eMotimo is named and founded out of Brian's garage in San Francisco.
Jan 2011: First eMotimo PT ships with Wii Nunchuk controllers!
Fall 2011: TB3 Orange is released, a 3-axis timelapse controller that integrates with Dynamic Perceptions Sliders. Basic Dragonframe stop motion integration is completed.
Fall 2012: TB3 Black is released with more program memory, a wireless controller, external triggering, and an integrated Dragonframe Mode. We're an industry first with the ability to program 3-point moves with auto rounding and onboard control.
Turntable [Tt] is released for product shooting and we add support for pano/giga features on the TB3 Black to make it more accurate and faster.
Cart [Ct] is released to create a 3 wheel trackless system. Recognized that we're beginning to become hardware limited on stability and processor power to expand into the video market sparking initial ST4 concepts.
February 2015: ST4 Development begins.
August 2015: We begin teasing the ST4.
October 2015: Last TB3 Black Sold.
January 2016: First ST4's are shipped, introducing a 4-axis controller to the market, an industry first. Launches with PS4 controllers, integrated pan/tilt with additional 2 programmable axes, arca support for both pan and tilt, sunlight readable OLED display, and included hard case. Proven later to be one of the quietest rigs on the market.
The Evolution of the ST4
May 2016: Multi-point moves are introduced with 5 on-board keyframes.
Mid-2016: GoTo frames, an open ended keyframe, great for product shooters and run n' gunners, introduced. Live record and playback is enabled, an industry first for any head less than 20K and still untouched by any other rig in 2020.
December 2016: Updates to our support system, eMotimo integrates a heavy-duty L-brackets and focus system. We introduce our Fz motor. With this system in place, the ST4 is turned into a flexible interview tool.
Mid-2017: Basic Dragonframe integration introduced to the spectrum ST4 enabling stop motion using non real-time interface. Firmware continues to evolve, adding 9 keyframes.
Fall 2017: Dana Dolly integration is created and initially released.
January 2018: eMotimo moves to San Diego.
Spring 2018: Formal announcement of Dana dolly integration.
September 2018: MYT integration released.
Late 2018: Begin working on Real-time Dragonframe integration.
February 2019: Approved by Dragonframe as a Real-time integration.
Mid-2019: VMount and Gold Mount battery options become standard on all spectrums.
May 2020: Inertia Wheels integration released, allowing for true real-time camera operation from thousands of feet away from the head.
August 2020: Announce built-out ready solutions and integrations to get users, shooters, and content creators back to work in the COVID-19 environment.
It was a really tough year, and more time than we wanted was spent on supply chain issues. The payoff - we secured inventory for our flagship products and were profitable and grew.
We brought on a new embedded systems engineer who enabled us to continue to integrate and update the ST4's firmware to bring out features that we have been wanting for a while. Saved moves are here in our RC008 firmware.
Behind the scenes, we have been tuning up the ST4's code to enable us to push the platform further in 2022.
Where has this year gone already? Our San Diego office has been humming along with firmware improvements on RC008 that make save/load moves better and improve usability of the Network Adapters in multicamera studio environement.
In April, we teased a HW upgrade with a a new LEMO port. In May we announced the ST4.3 which is effectively a 7 Axis ST4 when combined with a FIZ system from Tilta.
Looking Back --> Moving Foward
Looking back, we're still seeing competitors release new products to try and beat the spectrum ST4. The strength of the ST4 lies in its solid and compact form that fits a ton of production cameras, the interface is bulletproof, ultra-reliable, and the easiest in the industry to use.
There are still original rigs shooting away. We've shot on the hottest and coldest places on earth, no unit has ever been killed by the environment. We've easily honored and sometimes gone outside of our regular warranty to help keep rigs running and our customers happy.
Is the ST4 still worth it?
The eMotimo spectrum ST4 is our flagship product and will continue to get better. Will it be the last product we make? No. But, you're buying into something that was built to last for years, and instead of having to replace it with a fancy new gadget every year, we're able to continue to innovate and invest in the machine that started the 4-axis revolution. It's a rarity when a product continues to appreciate in value and expand its capabilities after you purchase it. With an upgrade path available to take the ST4 to an ST4.3, we are helping users to grow their capabilities within the eMotimo ecosystem without additional large investments.
COVID has slowed us down a little bit, but the innovation drives us forward. We know there's always a lot of choice in the market, with lots of marketing promises, but the spectrum ST4 is a proven and reliable product that is still leading the portable motion control market. Follow us on social and sign up for our mailing list to see where the eMotimo and the motion control industry is going.