Notice how smoothly movie cameras manage up-and-down tilts and sideways pans. This ability owes a debt to the inventive talent of Sydney’s Eric Miller. In 1946 Miller proposed a solution to replace the complex gears, counterweights and gyroscopes that were attached to movie cameras to smooth out their movements.
It took six years to perfect and patent his ‘viscosity drag’ principle which uses drums sealed inside pressurised fluid-filled compartments inside the camera mount. The fluid in the mo...
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