NAB 2019: Tilta Hydra Arm, A Gyro Stabilized Motorized Arm

Tilta introduced the Hydra Arm at NAB 2019, which is powered from the vehicle and controlled wirelessly by one or two operators. The Hydra Arm will be the most flexible and powerful Russian Arm type cinema crane on the market when it releases later this year.


  • Built in self stabilization
  • Pan axis” full circumference range: 24ft
  • Fully rotates 360 degrees in 5 seconds
  • Unique seat support design allows for a variety of uses
  • The robust fold down working table is height adjustable via the built in dovetail style mounting system
  • Features several 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 mounting points on the fold down table and head rest plate to allow you to mount a variety of accessories
  • The monitor support arm features a highly adjustable design to allow you to view the video feed from the most comfortable position

Tilta’s upcoming Hydra Arm is a motorized arm that takes a variety of different gimbals. Since it uses straps and suction cups, the Tilta Hydra Arm can actually be mounted on any car that can handle the weight. It isn’t a permanent installation either, giving you the option of switching it up if you need to. The Hydra Arm is controllable by mechanisms within the car, allowing the operator to set limits on its movement. The system is set up to allow for a single operator, however, as Tilta’s Walter Diaz mentions, it’s best to have a team for the best result.
Tilta is shooting to make the Hydra Arm available by the end of 2019 for $50,000. Be sure to keep an eye on for more info.

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