The MYT Works Opti-Glide is a highly configurable slider system designed for a variety of precision positioning applications including: rental house camera checkouts; lens projectors and lens calibration; and underslung camera work for special effects, commericals, and television applications.
In rental houses, the Opti-Glide significantly speeds up the camera checkout process by making precise chart adjustment quick and intuitive. For the rental house, this means faster checkouts and less staff intervention. For the operator, it’s a simpler, faster and far more precise process for any camera or lens.
The Opti-Glide benefits from a decade of research, development, and manufacturing that MYT Works has put into its patented 3-in-1 Camera Slider and Skater Dolly systems. It is the first and only system equipped with:
- Calibration-free distance measurement for rental checkouts, projector and camera systems
- Manual, remote handwheel, and motor operation options; all clutch-free
- Digital distance readout
- Film plane linear encoder and laser sight
- Options for other lengths and configurations including multiple carriages
Optional Film Plane Linear Encoder
An optional film plane encoder goes a step further, allowing operators to freely balance and adjust the camera to their liking– even in the middle of checking a lens. After the camera is positioned, the operator simply adjusts a sensor mounted next to the camera to encode the position of the film plane. No on-the-fly math to calculate offsets is needed as the software updates the position in real time, fully removing the burden of keeping the film plane at a fixed location to maintain calibration.
Industry Standard Mounting Options
The system can be mounted in a variety of ways including with standard industry rigging options. Complicated pipe grid structures are not necessary to support the system. When attached to an I-beam, our adjustable clamps can be tuned to ensure the entire length of the track is level and square to the room.
The industry-first handwheel allows the operator to control the chart from the camera station without ever needing to go back and forth between the two, greatly cutting down on wasted time in the checkout lane. The handwheel automatically disengages for operator safety when the chart is actuated by hand or motor.
Built-in cable management system
Each Opti-Glide comes standard with a built-in cable management chain that allows the carriage to move continuously without power cables tangling or disconnecting. AC mains power is provided directly at the carriage to power lights, cameras, projectors or any other accessories.
Multiple carriages option
The Opti-Glide system can handle multiple carriages on a single track. This unique feature which allows each carriage to be controlled independently with the same options is particularly useful for dual charts configuration on a single lane or any combination of camera, light and/or custom rig.
Laser sight zero reference
All Opti-Glides come equipped with a laser sight zero reference. At the push of a button, operators can simply line up their camera’s film plane to the zero point by sliding the head’s dovetail. The operator doesn’t need to measure any distance which will be displayed in real time and instantly continuously refresh.
Laterally Adjustable Brackets
A horizontally leveled chart is imperative for proper camera checkout procedures. Our bracket does more than just secure the Opti-Glide to any beam. A built-in swiveling mechanism allows for the brackets, which support the Opti-Glide rails, to be adjusted laterally, allowing for an extremely precise adjustment of the level perpendicular to the rails. The brackets, spaced in 480mm intervals, in combination with a properly leveled beam in the direction of travel, offer a consistent leveled motion of the chart along the entire length of the system.
Fitted with a customizable camera platform, the MYT Works Opti-Glide can be integrated in studio and special effects setups where precise camera motion and remote capabilities are essential to the production workflow.
The platform supports a camera body in underslung mode. Adjust the camera height with the lead-screw column, and mount lights next to the camera with the bridge support.
Move the camera manually with the hand crank or remotely with the clutch-free motor. Distances are displayed in real time with the distance display digital readout which, along with the cable management system, allows for remote monitoring. Presets are programmable with the optional motor module.
The MYT Works Opti-Glide system is designed for a variety of supports besides Chart systems. One particularly suited for our carriage design is the integration of a platform system that allows for high-resolution projectors for camera checkout departments and calibrations rooms for technicians looking to precisely calibrate lenses. The MYT Works Opti-Glide projector platform system is ideally suited for this purpose.
- Extremely accurate motion with solid starts and stops
- Brake system once the projector is at the predetermined location from the projected image
- Chain tracks to bring power and control cables to the projector
- Adjustable height control with break-free lead-screw column
- Underslung design allows for clutter-free work area
- Very easy to mount, level and setup
- Maintenance is nominal with each component designed to withstand years of continuous usage
- All our components are machined to exacting tolerances in our machine shop
To provide some perspective on the platform design and its profile, the stills show a MYT Opti-Glide system fitted with a MFC-65 Denz projector. We offer not only a standard platform to mount any kind of projector but we can also design and mill custom plates for specific applications. Here, For the Denz MFC-65, the custom platform allows to adjust each feet individually for leveling purposes. Additional through holes were added on to the plate to allow for safety screws once the level is set.
The MYT Works Opti-Glide Chart and projector platform system integrates numerous features and some of our patented technology into many its components. Additionally, the MYT Works Opti-Glide can support cameras and heads in underslung applications for special effects, commercial and television applications.
With its unique structural design, the MYT Works Camera Pedestal represents a radical departure from the traditional, single column pedestal design. The Pedestal can be configured with three, four or five legs of any length to insure a rock-solid platform that takes up minimal floor space. Each leg passes through their clamps allowing the height to be adjusted on the fly. It can even be mounted “underslung” to the ceiling, clearing the floor entirely and providing better access to equipment around the camera.
The Pedestal supports all industry standard camera mounts including 75, 100, and 150 mm balls as well as Mitchell mounts. The camera and head can be mounted flush to the platform surface or elevated above the plate using a MYT Works Hi-Hat. The Hi-Hat can be easily attached and removed via a quick release latch allowing operators to switch configurations quickly and without tools.
Working surfaces can be added inside and outside the Pedestal envelope to maximize surface area and keep important equipment, tools and accessories at hand’s reach. All of these mounting surfaces can be adjusted independently from one another to suit each user’s needs. A variety of camera accessories can be mounted to any of the Pedestal stages by the various ¼”-20, ⅜”-16 and ½”-13 threads. The Pedestal can also be fitted with an optional precision lifting system that allows for a fine vertical height adjustment of the camera and head (or other heavy equipment) without having to remove them first.