Skypole – Installation Guide in Simple Steps

Skypole – Installation Guide in Simple Steps

The Skypole is an aerial filming platform for video or time-lapse shooting projects. An ideal setup for a top down camera angle.

The Skypole works with most professional and semi-professional cameras as well as professional lighting. This is a weather-proof heavy duty telescopic platform that can support a payload of up to 20 kg.

The Skypole is a versatile tool, and beyond its intended utility as a support system for professional camera set-up, you can optically use it as a lighting stand. For greater mobility, a set of quick release front and rear wheels come with the Skypole. These can be quickly detached.
Built out of corrosion resistant anodized aluminum as well as stainless steel components, the system can survive a considerable amount of abuse over a period of time without any issues. You can pretty much set it up and leave it on its own for an extended period of time absolutely worry-free. The Skypole is ideal for long-term time-lapse production with our Titan2 Time-lapse systems.

Optional steel base frame for the Skypole

Step 1 – Assemble the Base Frame

The base frame is not necessary for short-term filming work if you are attending to it. But for long-term time-lapse, we recommend mounting the Skypole on a steel base frame or concrete block. The 300kg frame is the supporting and mounting structure on which the Skypole is securely mounted.

Mounting the Skypole on the steel frame

Step 2 – Mount the Skypole to the Base Frame

Once the Base Frame is assembled, Step # 2 is to mount the Skypole to the Base Frame. Secure the Skypole at the bottom of the 3 legs to the steel frame with steel bolts.

Skypole - stretcher to adjust level

Step 3 – Adjust the ground level

It is important for the Skypole to be level to the ground before erecting it. To adjust the level, turn the stretchers “clockwise” or “anti-clockwise”. This will move the Skypole towards or away from the stretchers. When the Skypole is level, tighten the nuts on the top and bottom of the stretchers so they are secured.


Installing the Tbox on a skypole

Step 4 – Mount the Camera

The next step is to mount the time-lapse camera and adjust the camera settings. The camera mounts directly on the Skypole. Settings need to be dialed in depending on the requirements of the time-lapse footage as well as the specific look. Next, attach the ancillary support cables.

skypole solar panel

Step 5 – Attach the Power Unit

The camera can be powered by AC or solar panels. We use solar power for most of our time-lapse cameras because they are mostly situated outdoor in remote locations. The next step is to attach the solar panel to the time-lapse camera so that it has an uninterrupted source of power for the entire duration of the time-lapse shoot. In most cases, the solar panels are placed above the Titan2 camera. However, this is not recommended on the Skypole because the extra weight and surface area will catch more wind and will create more unwanted movement. Therefore, we installed the solar panel at the base of the Skypole, facing the western afternoon sun.

Skypole pump

Step 6 – Erecting the Skypole

Next, we raise the Skypole to its intended height. To do this, a 12V battery needs to be attached to the pneumatic pump. As the Skypole raises, its auto-locking section brackets root out any chances of a sudden descent. The pump will slowly raise the Skypole to its intending working height. The maximum working height of the Skypole is 9 meters or 12 meters, depending on the model. That’s the equivalent of a 3 or 4-storey building, which is ideal for most time-lapse projects. The DC compressor can fully extend the Skypole to its maximum height in about 2 minutes.


Step 7 – The Final Steps

The final steps include tightening the supporting cables to ensure that the Skypole is secured in place. The 3-tie down ropes ensure that the Skypole can be secured even in windy conditions. The entire process of installation takes just about 1.5 hours.

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