If you're a brand new Spectrum user, read eMotimo spectrum ST4 - Getting Started in 5 Minutes.
For returning ST4 users who want to learn the extents of what's possible with the ST4, you can find the latest version of our instruction manual in the attachments section at the bottom of this page. This page will give you a good guided overview of how to approach and get the most out of your rig.
Welcome to the Spectrum ST4
The goal of this article is to direct you to eMotimo’s full catalog of online resource to help give you the confidence to unlock the full potential of your ST4 and get the perfect shot every time. While this article is by no means exhaustive of the available content, it does link to some of the most important videos, articles, and downloadable resources to get you on your way to becoming an ST4 super user.
The ‘Articles in this Section’ menu (to the left of the article, or dropdown on mobile) lists articles and instructional videos covering additional basic functionality of your Spectrum. Once you feel comfortable with these, each article directs you to more advanced resources in shot technique, the technical considerations, and creative ways to get the perfect shot.
Spectrum ST4 Overview
The Spectrum ST4 is a robotic, 4-axis motion control head for cinematic video and timelapse photography. Our goal in designing the ST4 was to give users a motion control head that was powerful enough to handle cinema video cameras, light enough to take on the go, and robust enough to be customized to fit the needs of any situation.
Two axes, pan and tilt, are internal to the unit; the other two are controlled via motor ports on the side of the unit. In a standard setup, these control slide (M3) and the eMotimo Fz Focus Motor (M4), but can be customized with other eMotimo accessories, external motors, or custom accessories to suit your specific needs.
Get to know the eMotimo Knowledge Base
Experienced shooters know that adding motion control means adding a new tool to their toolkit. We created the eMotimo knowledge base to document that tool giving both new and experienced users the confidence to replicate (or improve upon) any shot.
- We recommend new users download the full instruction manual, as well as a copy of the quick start guide that was included in your kit. You can find the full instruction manual at the bottom of this page in the attachments section. Download the Quick Start Guide here (Also in the attachments section).
- The instructional videos in this section cover many aspects of the ST4. We have additional videos to cover any accessories that came with your purchase, such as the Fz Focus, Cart, or Turntable as well.
- If you purchased the ST4 with Dana Dolly integration, we encourage you to look at the Dana Dolly Setup Guide and Belt Routing These cover basic setup of the ST4 and Dana Dolly, common problems that users encounter, and how to solve these.
- We built the Spectrum ST4 with the ability to improve it's functionality through frequent firmware updates. Make sure to check in often to ensure your spectrum has the latest firmware.
Connect with eMotimo
At eMotimo, we’re working to build a community of professionals and hobbyists alike to compare, learn, and grow their craft. We encourage all new customers to become a part of this community by subscribing to our newsletter, following us on Facebook and Instagram, and checking out the latest news in our blog.
You can also see what other users are doing with our products in the theater or check us out on Vimeo. If you’re working on something cool and would like to be share it with us, let us know by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org. More info here.