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T3 Motion unveils new film industry products

The new electric vehicles designed for camera crews streamline film production process

by Kristina WongPublished: April 26, 2012 08:30 AM

Costa Mesa-based T3 Motion Inc. has introduced two new T3 electric stand-up vehicles designed to help camera crews during the film production process. The T3MT and T41 Trailer systems were launched last week at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas. The new products will be added to the T3 series product line and aim to streamline camera handling in the film and video production industry.   

“Few products on the market facilitate tracking camerawork from 0-15 miles per hour – tracking shots at low speeds can be arduous and difficult to manage. Our T3 Motion broadcasting products provide a tracking platform that allows for a uniquely clean and efficient production process, facilitating tracking shots without operator fatigue,” said Ki Nam, T3 Motion’s chief technology officer.

The T3MT product can travel up to 15 miles per hour with both forward and reverse driving capabilities. There is also a cameraman seat, two Steadicam/Glidecam mounts, and an interchangeable battery system that can travel up to 25 miles on a single charge. The T41 Trailer product includes a 360-degree rotating chair with a seat belt and two Steadicam/Glidecam mounts as well. Both the T3MT and T41 Trailer systems will start at $10,000.

“The inspiration for the vehicle came from the film and video production industry itself,” Nam stated. “T3 Motion innovators started asking questions of industry experts about portable camera uses, applications, and issues and discovered that current cameras are cumbersome to the point of limiting their effectiveness.”

The T3 electric products allow for smooth filming production processes and reduce fatigue, as the camera is mounted to the vehicle and not the operator. They can also eliminate the need for laying a track while filming. The new platform will also include a seven-inch high-definition monitor with anti-glare screen so operators can view video and images during production.

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