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"Since 2004, RTS Rail & Tracking Systems faces the challenge of developing new ideas and solutions in the realm of advanced camera movement."
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Rail Systems

Computer controlled rail system

The TrackRunner is a versatile rail system providing precise control over slow or high speed camera movements. It is a rope driven system capable of olympic sprinter speeds. The computer precisely controls the dolly movement so it is always in the right place on the track at the right time, bringing it to a safe and controlled stop at the end of each move.

The extremely lightweight and multifunctional camera dolly has a new type of cable management system. Not only does it manage all the cable within the confines of the track itself, the system implements a special coating which helps make the TrackRunner a particularly smooth running system. By using the internal cable management system, the need for radio links can be avoided. Batteries are not needed because the dolly, as well as the camera, has a direct hard-wired connection.

The TrackRunner can be used in both outdoor operation and in studio work. It also works great over long distances and at high speeds. The TrackRunner is always at the right place at the right time. The system can be combined with curved rails while still using the internal cable management. In addition, our CamTower or LiftArm add-on accessories are great for on air moves or simply height adjustments.

Rails
200 × 38 × 17cm (L × B × H), 22kg
Aluminium (silver / black anodized)
Total length
150m with cable management system
and more without cable management system
Speed
12.5m/s with cable management system
up to 25m/s without cable management system
Remoteheads
Stab-C Compact, Mini-Mote, Scorpio,
Shotover G1, Intuitive Aerial Newton, etc.

Rail system with self-driver dolly

This system has most of the features of Trackrunner, like an integrated cable management system (energy chain) – but without the rope. With its black precision rails, versatile special dollies, and smooth-running performance, it is the ideal system for in studio and on stage, such as award shows, concerts, etc.

The system can be combined with curved rails and our CamTower or LiftArm for on-air vertical moves.

In addition, a slot adapter is available, which allows the camera to move under or through stage elements without dolly or rail visible.

Rails
standard: 200 × 38 × 17cm (L × B × H), 22kg
wide: 200 × 63 × 17cm (L × B × H), 26kg
Aluminium (balck anodized)
Total length
70m and more (hanging or sitting)
Speed
4.5m/s
Remoteheads
Stab-C Compact, Mini-Mote, Scorpio,
Shotover G1, Intuitive Aerial Newton, etc.

Compact rail system

The TrackRunner Mini is a miniaturized version of the TrackRunner ENT. It features a compact and minimalistic design that is perfect for use on stage or wherever a discrete system is needed. The TrackRunner Mini also makes use of the award-winning RTS cable management system with internal cable management. Despite the considerably smaller size of the TrackRunner Mini, it can operate at speeds up to 3.5 meter per second (11.5 feet per second).

Rails
200 × 16 × 8cm (L × B × H)
Aluminium (black anodized)
Total length
35m
Speed
3.5m/s
Remoteheads
Shotover G1, Intuitive Aerial Newton,
Peepod, Micro Scorpio, etc.

Miniatur Schienensystem

The LiteTrack is a small, handy track system originally designed as a "rear-goal camera" for events like soccer. This system can also be operated vertically.

Rails
200 × 9 × 10cm (L × B × H)
Total length
10m and more (hanging or sitting)
Speed
3 m/s
Remoteheads
Shotover G1, Intuitive Aerial Newton,
Peepod, Micro Scorpio, etc.
RTS Systeme at the german TV Show "Helene Fischer Show"

RopeClimber

Rail-winch system / 2D-system

The RopeClimber from RTS is a unique rail-winch system that allows two-dimensional camera movements (horizontal and vertical). Due to its special design, Ropeclimber can make fantastic shots by moving through the space, dropping below obstructions like lights and then rising up again to make the most of any given space. Ropeclimber has the added advantage of working well in rooms with low ceiling height. Due to the fact that it rides along a rigid suspended track – and not ropes pulled taut – Ropeclimber maintains a maximum height across the entire move.

Track is available in lengths of up to 100m (328 feet). The dolly’s winch lowers the gyroscopically stabilized camera system up to 24 meters (78 feet) at any point along the track. This makes it possible to lift over obstacles and realize space-saving and inconspicuous lifting and lowering movements.

The RopeClimber is also characterized by its extremely smooth operation, and the completely wired and redundant systems work to ensure maximum safety and reliability.

Rails
200 × 38 × 17cm, 22kg
Aluminium (black anodized)
Height max.
24m
Total length
100m with cable management system
Speed
2.5m/s vertical
8m/s horizontal
Remoteheads
Stab-C Compact, Mini-Mote, Scorpio,
Shotover G1, Intuitive Aerial Newton, etc.
RTS CamTower

CamTower

Tower system with vertical stroke

The RTS CamTower is a remote-controlled, telescopic lifting column, which moves the camera at a variable speed of up to 1.3m/s in a vertical direction.

The tower is computer controlled, providing the operator soft deceleration at the top and bottom of the tower’s range, which avoids any abrupt stops.

This precision makes the system particularly quiet and smooth.

The system is available in different sizes to suit a wide variety of applications and situations.

S M L XL XLL
Adapter height min. 1m 1.25m 1.5m 1.75m 2.25m
Adapter height max. 3m 4.5m 6m 7.5m 10.5m
Payload 40kg 40kg 40 / (80kg) 40 / (80kg) 40 / (80kg)
Speed 0.8m/s 1.3m/s 1.3m/s (0.65m/s) 1.3m/s (0.65m/s) 1.3m/s (0.65m/s)
RTS Liftarm at the Victorias Secret Fashion Show 2014

LiftArm

Extremely low lifting system

The RTS LiftArm – combined with the TrackRunner ENT – is ideal for moving images directly from the edge of the stage. Whether on a straight track or curved, the LiftArm can lower the lens to just 90cm (35 inches) when using the Nettmann Mini-C gyro stabilized remote head.

Adapter height min.
0.4m
Adapter height max.
1.2m
Lifting speed
0.5 m/s
Remoteheads
Stab-C Compact, Mini-Mote, Scorpio,
Shotover G1, Intuitive Aerial Newton, etc.
RTS SpeedWinch at the Academy Awards 2017

SpeedWinch

Highspeed winch system / 1D-system

SpeedWinch from Rail & Tracking Systems is a completely new winch system designed for extremely fast vertical camera travel. Even at a speed of up to 7 m/s, the image remains perfectly stable and balanced because the system can be equipped with a fully-stabilized 5-axis remote head.

The extremely robust ropes ensure a great deal of safety with a load of up to 80kg (175lbs) for both remote head and camera.

A special gear unit design ensures a particularly high level of operation smoothness. The RTS SpeedWinch operates over hard-wired power and data connections for robust and solid communication/operation in even the most demanding venues where wireless often fails. Venues like sporting events and concerts often have massive wireless overloads. Our solution ensures confident and continuous operation while performing extraordinary and dynamic camera moves that even the film industry can appreciate.

According to BGV C1, SpeedWinch is approved for operation over audiences.

Rope
up to 1000m
Speed
7 m/s
Payload
80kg
Remoteheads
Stab-C Compact, Mini-Mote, Scorpio,
Shotover G1, Intuitive Aerial Newton, etc.
RTS Stab C Compact on the truck-mounted crane

Remoteheads

5-axis stabilized remote head

The Stab-C Compact remote head from Nettmann is a 5-axis stabilized camera head, equipped with the latest features in camera stabilization technology.

With 5-axis stabilization, the head removes low, as well as high, frequency vibration for perfectly smooth shots. Featuring the longest of lenses, the system instills confidence due to its remarkable stability, quiet operation, and safe, solid construction.

Control via RF is possible (Advanced Data Link).

There is also the option for fiber optic connection. The Stab-C remote head is capable of HD and ensures quiet, vibration-free images.

Weight
39kg
Payload
max. 39kg
Stabilization
5-axis
Pan
360° (100°/s)
Tilt
123° (60°/s)
Roll
+-50° (60/s)
Control
cable or wireless

5-axis stabilized remote head

This 5-axis stabilized Remote head from Nettmann is a versatile camera head for film, video, and HD cameras.

With 5-axis stabilization, the head removes low, as well as high, frequency vibration for perfectly smooth shots. Fully stabilized, whether suspended or upright, this remote head eliminates motion vibrations in pan, tilt and roll.

This stabilized remote system weighs only 29kg (64 pounds) and can be mounted on any jib, shotmaker or telescopic crane, as well as numerous special systems or rail systems.

Weight
29kg
Payload
max. 23kg
Stabilization
5-axis
Pan
360° (100°/s)
Tilt
123° (60°/s)
Roll
+-10° (60/s)

3-axis stabilized remote head

The Newton from Intuitive Aerial is a 3-axis stabilized remote head with an extremely compact design. Due to its low weight and optional wireless operation, it is perfectly suited for use on rope systems.

The head can also be mounted in sitting or upright positions, making it suitable for rail systems or as a stationary stabilized remote head.

Weight
6.5kg
Stabilization
3-axis
Pan
360° (180°/s)
Tilt
180° (180°/s)
Roll
+-45° (180/s)
Control
cable or wireless

3-axis stabilized remote head

The G1 from Shotover is a completely carbon-built, 3-axis stabilized remote head originally developed with multi-copters or drones in mind. It is characterized by its strong stabilizing performance and the optional wireless operation. It can be mounted on almost any system, whether hanging or sitting.

The main advantage of the G1 is its extremely low weight of just 5.7kg (12.5 pounds) and its small dimensions.

The G1 is small and light, yet it handles cameras up to the size of an Alexa Mini with ease.

Weight
5.7kg
Stabilization
3-axis
Pan
360° (100°/s)
Tilt
185° (100°/s)
Roll
+-65° (100/s)
Control
cable or wireless
RTS Stab C Compact on 3D Rope System

Further Systems

Customized systems for any application

One of the unique features of RTS is our ability to provide tailor-made solutions for almost every conceivable application in the world of moving cameras. And if a solution can’t be found in the pool of already existing systems, a completely new concept can be developed for your needs.

One example of our ability to create and innovate is the turntable for 360° rotation in high speed, which moves a camera around a subject very quickly for slow motion photography. Another example is our special gyroscopically stabilized rigs for 3D and 360° camera shots on helicopters. We also designed and built our rope systems from scratch based on industry need.

For our rail systems, it is possible to choose from several available curved radii or, if required, also to manufacture custom-made rails with specific shapes creating S-curves or full circles.

Rail & Tracking Systems is characterized by this creativity and inventor spirit. Since our inception in 2004, our goal has been to provide excellence in the design of new systems – whether on land, on water, or in air.

Stabilized aerial cinematography

With our Helicopter Mounts, stabilized remote heads like the Nettmann Stab-C, Cineflex and other systems, RTS is ready to fulfill your aerial cinematography needs.

We offer the FAA and EASA approved mounts for:

  • Eurocopter Type AS350
  • Eurocopter Type AS355

Camera

Grass Valley LDX C80 WorldCam

Resolution
HD (1920 × 1080)

Lenses

Canon HJ14ex4.3B IASE

Resolution
Zoom
Extender
Max. iris

Angle of view

Dimensions
Weight
HD (1920 x 1080)
12× (4.3 – 60mm)
2× (8.6 – 120mm)
1:1.8 (4.3 – 40mm)
1:2.7 (60mm)
96.3° × 64.2°
9.1° × 5.2°
163.5 × 110.8 × 247.8mm
2.07kg

Canon CJ12ex4.3B IASE S

Resolution
Zoom
Extender
Max. iris

Angle of view

Dimensions
Weight
4K
12× (4,3 – 52mm)
2× (8,6 – 104mm)
1:1,8 (4,3 – 40mm)
1:2,4 (52mm)
96,3° × 64,2°
10,5° × 5,9°
163,5 × 108 × 247,8mm
2,1kg