Pixio Personal Auto-Follow System

Pixio Personal Auto-Follow System

Pixio Personal Auto-Follow System

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Product Highlights

  • Automatically Pans with Presenter
  • Syncs to a Watch the Presenter Wears
  • Supports up to 5 lb Cameras
  • 330' Wireless Range
  • Silent Motor Allows for External Mic Use
  • Three Micro-Beacons Provide for Accuracy
  • Up to 16 Units Can Be Incorporated
  • Battery and AC Power Options
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  • 1Description

The Pixio Auto-Follow System allows you to have your camera automatically pan with you as you move around during a presentation, sporting event, dance rehearsal, and pretty much any other activity, indoors or outdoors. The system features a compact camera support called a "robot" and a wearable watch that links to the robot wirelessly from 3 to 330 feet away without line of sight required. Attach the robot to a tripod or stand, mount your camera on the robot, and put on the watch. Then, just turn on the system and film yourself. Wherever the watch goes, the camera will follow. The Pixio becomes your own personal camera operator. The robot also has a silent motor, so you can add an external mic to your setup if you'd like to record higher-quality audio.

The robot supports up to 5 lb cameras, including DSLRs and action cameras. Any camera that meets this weight capacity can be attached and used to achieve panning motion. But if you use one of the many compatible cameras (see list below), you'll also be able to activate automatic zooming in/out as well as trigger record on/off from the watch. The point of automatic zoom is to keep the subject the same size in the frame as he or she moves closer or farther away. Additionally, the frame size itself can also be adjusted by simply pressing the + or - button on the rear of the robot. The setting is saved into memory and can be used the next time you film.

The compatible cameras offer a MULTI, LANC, or A/V-R connector for plugging the robot into them. The compatible cameras are mostly consumer cameras but also some semi-pro and pro models (such as the Sony PXW-X70). Also, camera not on the list but with one of these connectors is almost definitely compatible for zoom/record capability.

Also included are three micro-beacons that are the key to the Pixio system. They are designed to be placed in different positions in your shooting location using supplied mini-tripods, and they provide the robot with its responsiveness, accuracy, and wireless range (indoors and outdoors). They are also used by the watch to measure its position 10 times per second by a triangulation technique. The micro-beacons don't require any special setup or calibration. Simply position them, and they work as soon as you simply switch them on.

The robot offers 360° endless pan rotation at a maximum speed of 120° per second. It can also be connected to a free-to-download mobile app using an optional interface called "smartphone/tablet tripod adapter." The app allows you to control who is filmed from which robot if you have more than one, the tracking smoothness, and more. The robot is designed to be used mounted on a tripod or stand with a 3/8"-16 mounting screw. If you have a tripod with a 1/4"-20 mounting screw, you can use a 1/4"-20 to 3/8"-16 adapter.

The watch is water resistant and features a silicon wristband. It offers three hours of autonomy. You can actually incorporate up to 16 separate watches, each one worn by a separate person, and all 16 can be linked to one robot. In such a scenario, the last one to press record is the one who'll be filmed. You can also incorporate up to 16 robots to film from different angles. The 16 robots can film a maximum of 3 watches at one time, meaning that several robots will have to film the same watch, but the advantage is that you'll have them at different angles.

Rechargeable batteries are included for the robot, watch, and micro-beacons. The robot runs for 4 hours on a single charge, and the watch and micro-beacons run for 3 hours each. The robot and micro-beacons can also be plugged into wall sockets as a solution for filming all day long. And you can keep them all in the same places for as long as you want, even months and years.

Some additional things to know: the robot's tilt angle can be set before filming; although DSLRs are compatible, many do not have autofocus in video mode, so you might end up with blurry video; the entire system can also be used to live stream the recordings if your camera allows live streaming, and if it doesn't, you simply need to connect a livestream system.

Key Features
  • The Pixio becomes your own person camera operator - have your camera automatically pan with you as you move around during a presentation indoors or outdoors
  • A camera support wirelessly links up with a wearable watch, and pans with whoever has the watch on
  • 330 ft wireless range
  • Compatible cameras also allow for zoom motion that ensures you remain the same size in the frame as you move closer or farther
  • Supports up to 5 lb cameras, from as small as action cams
  • Silent motor allows for an external mic to successfully be used
  • The key to the system are three micro-beacons that get placed at different positions in your location to provide for responsiveness and accuracy
  • Up to 16 separate watches can be used in one setup
  • Up to 16 separate camera supports can be set up at different angles
  • Battery power as well as AC power for continuous shooting
Compatible Cameras for Auto Zoom & Record Trigger
The Pixio supports any camera for automatic pan motion, but the following compatible cameras also allow for auto zoom in/out motion as well as record on/off control from the included watch to keep the subject the same size in the frame. These cameras feature a MULTI, LANC, or A/V-R connector for plugging in the Pixio for zoom/record control.

A MULTI connector cable is included with the Pixio for connecting to the below Sony models. For the Canon models, a separately sold cable is required to be purchased from Pixio. The below cameras are mostly consumer cameras, but some are semi-pro and pro models (such as the Sony PXW-X70).

Sony
CX130, CX160, XR160, CX180, CX220, PJ220
CX230, PJ230, CX240, PJ240, CX250, CX260
PJ260, XR260, CX270, PJ270, PJ275, CX280
CX290, CX300, CX305, CX320, PJ320, CX330
PJ330, PJ340, PJ350, CX350, CX360, PJ30
CX370, CX380, PJ380, CX390, PJ390, CX400
CX405, CX410, PJ410, PJ420, CX430, PJ430
CX440, PJ440, CX450, CX455, CX485, XR500
CX500, CX505, CX510, PJ510, PJ650, PJ600
CX520, XR520, CX530, PJ530, CX540, PJ540
XR550, CX550, CX560, CX570, CX580, PJ580
PJ600, CX610, PJ610, PJ620, CX625, PJ670
CX675, PJ675, CX700, PJ710, PJ720, CX730
CX740, PJ740, CX760, PJ760, PJ780, PJ790
PJ810, PJ820, CX900, AX100, AX30, AX33
AXP33, AXP35, AX53, AX55, PXW-X70, HXR-NX70
HXRMC50U, HXR-NX30

Canon
HFG40, HFG30, HFG25, HFG20, HFG10, HFS20
HFS21, HFS200, HFS30, XF100, XF105, XA10
XA20, XA25, XA30, XA35
In the Box
Pixio Personal Auto-Follow System
  • Robot
  • Watch
  • 3 x Micro-Beacons
  • 3 x Mini Tripods
  • Lithium-Ion Batteries for Robot, Watch, and Micro-Beacons
  • Wireless Charger for the Watch
  • Standard USB Chargers for Robot and Micro-Beacons
  • Camera Control Cable
  • MULTI Cable for Sony Cameras
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Weight Capacity 5 lb (2.5 kg)
    Wireless Range 330 ft (100 m)
    Battery Runtime Robot: 4 hours
    Watch: 3 hours
    Each Micro-Beacon: 3 hours
    Dimensions Robot: Approx. 8.7 x 9 x 5.9" (22 x 10 x 15 cm)
    Weight Robot: 1.2 lb (0.5 kg)
    Watch: 1.9 oz (50 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.7 x 9.9 x 6.9"
    Personal Auto-Follow System is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Be Easier My wife uses this for her Dressage training. She uses it with a Canon VIXIA HF G20 camcorder. It literally took less than 3 minutes to set up and start recording. It tracks and zooms perfectly. The guys at B&H were extremely helpful to make sure we got the correct interface cable, and could not have been nicer to work with.
    Date published: 2017-05-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Xmas This is a Xmas gift so if my wife loves it I'm a hero if not well the men know the answer to that.
    Date published: 2017-12-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works well, cheaply constructed I purchased this device directly from the manufacturer in Europe as B&H did not carry it at the time. Use case is for recording training sessions with my horses, and there is nothing else on the market currently for indoor use. The Soloshot3 is supposed to offer this functionality, but it has been vaporware since I ordered it almost 2 years ago, and the component that allows indoor use is not scheduled to be released at the same time the rest of the system hits the market. In other words, it might never work indoors. This PIXIO system is therefore my only option at present for indoor arena use. It works quite well, but is super-junky in its construction so I am very very careful with it. If a horse were to brush the tripod as I ride by, I have every expectation that the el-cheapo plastic will shatter into a million pieces. I am pleased that the item carries a 2-year warranty, but that will not cover damage from a fall or knock. I therefore prefer to use my Soloshot2, which is built like a tank, but of course that unit doesn't work indoors. This PIXIO unit does not provide auto-tilt like the Soloshot does. Overall a decent purchase because it does what it says on the tin, but I don't think it will last very long in the rough and tumble world of horses! For anyone considering purchase, order the armband as the watch is bulky and uncomfortable. I thought it came with an armband but it does not. I wish that B&H would stock the armband as my only option currently is to purchase from Europe at exorbitant shipping prices.
    Date published: 2017-07-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from made of thin plastic not what I was expecting. �made with very cheap materials. �I'm afraid the longevity will be short. �I have had it for 1 month and already at the plastic seam it is coming a bit separated. �quite a bit of work to get everything setup. �was looking more for something I can use quickly and outdoors. �this is not it. �my loss.
    Date published: 2018-03-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not perfect, but good enough I got this for a client who wants to live stream his teaching. It is not a smooth pan half the time and is never a smooth zoom. This is just for a teaching tho so its ok if you dont want to pay a camera man or employee to be there at every class.
    Date published: 2018-04-09
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