Using Profiles in Alexmos SBGC Controller to Switch Modes and Invert Gimbal Frame

The following video is an example of how I choose to configure the different profiles available when using the Alexmos Basecam 32 Bit Gimbal Controller. This is not unique to the Tiyaga MIni Gimbal i'm using, as you can apply the same techniques to your CAMETV 32 Bit Gimbals or Varavon Birdycam Stabilizer.

With the Joystick installed, I can remain static and allow the gimbal to perform Pan or Tilt moves much like a tripod with a fluid head. Or I can enable 'Follow Mode' to which I control the Pitch and Tilt simply by maneuvering the handles. One profile allows me to disable follow mode completely so that I can track a subject straight on without drifting. I'm also able to calibrate the entire gimbal on location without the need of software by reserving Profile 4 & 5. My long press option is reserved for Inverting the Gimbal Frame which can be handy when I want to place the handles below the camera and when not using a monitor.

Here's a rundown of the different profile settings i'm using.
Profile 1: Follow Mode ON Pitch + Yaw
Profile 2: Follow Mode ON Yaw | Pitch OFF
Profile 3: Follow Mode OFF Pitch + Yaw
Profile 4: Calibrate ACC (sensors)
Profile 5: Calibrate Gyros
Long Press: Invert Gimbal Frame

28 thoughts on “Using Profiles in Alexmos SBGC Controller to Switch Modes and Invert Gimbal Frame

  1. Thanks @EMM Yeah I bought your Tiyaga. I did not see the joystick on the parts list but now I see its listed further down the page. Thanks for your help! Cant wait for this thing to show up!!

  2. Hey @EMM i already go the gimbal and can't wait! Does it come with the Joy stick? Or do we need to get that separately? If so where can we get one?

  3. Emm

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    @Dez - Well, unfortunately there aren't many options for a smaller gimbal at this point. The Tiyaga is sold out, and then there's the Defy for $2K. Otherwise it's still a waiting game for a nice small one.

  4. Emm

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    @VanWeddings - Sometimes your motors don't sit square, like if your YAW is slightly off center. You can do the Gyro calibration, hold the YAW centered, and often it will square up the frame. If it can't because some motors are built differently, you will have to use the 'offset' options in your software config.

  5. Dez

    Thanks @Emm any suggestions just in case I decide to go the small route? Always what might a smaller kit cost totally?

  6. Emm

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    @Dez - I think the CAMETV 7800 can do it if it's tuned up right, but for me personally I don't like the size and weight when working with tiny cameras. I always want to pack the smallest possible tool to get the job done so I don't have to lug around excess weight or large cases when I travel. You can't go too small though if you still plan to add an hdmi cable for a monitor.

  7. Dez

    @Emm I'll try those adjustments this weekend. But I would like to continue using my GH4 with the current 12mm lens. In your opinion is the CAME 7800 too much for the GH4? I'm considering selling and getting one of the smaller gimbals. Do you think the smaller gimbals might fly better?

  8. Emm

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    @Dez - Well I think the problem may be your setup is 'too light for the PID settings'. Typically they may add PID settings for heavier cameras. The motors may be tuned up to be too powerful and so it's able to really jerk your camera around as there isn't enough mass. You should start by lowering all of the PID settings down an equal number and see if that makes it smoother. Especially the jerkiness could be caused by too much 'I' which is responsible for returning the camera back to center.

  9. Conrad

    @Emm Yeah I think the GH4 has an iPhone app you could use to adjust everything while the gimbal is powered.

    What about a canon dslr? Any ideas?

  10. Dez

    @Emm I'm also told that my new set up (GH4 w/ Olympus 12mm) might be too lite for the gimbal. What do you do in those types of situations?

  11. Dez

    Hey @Emm I'm still working on my CAME 7800 and trying to get rid of the unwanted shake to get those butter smooth results I see in your videos. I contacted CAME for help but still no answer from them. I'm ready to jump in the PIDs and see what improvements can be made. If you have time can you please suggest a starting point video for the PIDs and also watch the new video I made explaining my issues? Thanks again @Emm hope to hear from you soon.


  12. Emm

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    @Conrad - If you're using something like a GH4 camera, you can use a remote to start and stop video. I sometimes mount a Libec remote to my handle to control start and stop.

  13. Conrad

    @VillageBoi and @Kent Jakusz ...wondering if either of you with the came-tv 7800 can tell me how you start and stop the camera if the gimbal is powered on?

    If you are shooting a lot of short 10-20 second clips, can you simply reach down and adjust the iso, WB or focus? or start and stop the camera while powered?

    Thanks for you help,

  14. this was super helpful emm! one question: what's the difference between acc and gyro calibration? when do I need to perform one as opposed to the other?

  15. Thanks as always for another great video Emm, appreciate you sharing your expertise in this and other areas. We had a rough experience with the CAME-TV 7800 we ordered(broken top motor, wires not attached properly) but they're making good on returning it and we're upgrading to the 8000 so I can use it on the BMCC and bigger cameras. My question is do you know of any good teaching resources about the software used to change the settings on these systems? CAME didn't really have much for us and we're pretty new to the gimbal world, and Google so far has failed us in our research. Any good resources you know of would really be appreciated, thanks again for your time. :)

  16. Emm

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    @RG84 - I can share some of my profiles, but you have to modify the profiles according to your own setup. My motors may or may not be inverted compared to how you wire yours, the sensor orientation may be different, my RC settings are setup and would throw your's off if you don't have one, etc.

    I will try to do another PID tuning video that will make more sense about setting up your own.

  17. i have read in other post that would be possible buy one like this, but only be a limited amount made. Where can i see for buy one? Thank for all!

  18. Thanks Emm great work.
    I have a CameTV 7800. In this article you mention profiles and how you have them set. Are these profiles built into the system or are they something that you have changed? The directions for the 7800 list 4 options not 6 as you refer. Have you changed the program settings?

    All the Best and Thank you


  19. Jorge

    Already pre-ordered the mini gimbal and have all the off-the shelf parts on the way. Super excited, can't thank you enough. At this point I'm probably only missing a 15mm rod clamp that has a 1/4 thread for my monitor arm. Do you use a monitor much with your gimbals? I would think you always use a monitor on shoots but none of your tutorials have shown any. I plan on using mine always. After ease of use, I think monitoring and wind resistance are the main selling points of electronic gimbals vs. the glidecam-type stabilizers. Do you need to balance the camera with the mini HDMI cable attached? I would think I need to clamp the HDMI cable to the frame (with some slack), then balance correct? It'd be cool if you could include monitoring options in one of your gimbal videos.

    Oh I remembered another question: How visible is the up and down walking motion on a properly set up gimbal? I saw your two-minute uncut video and there is no up/down at all, but then maybe you are a master at the steady-walk. Does the gimbal conceal the steps of the average Joe?

    Thanks again for your awesome work Emm.

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