Articulating Arm – Friction and Ball Locking


Fully adjustable heavy duty articulating magic arm system with 1/4-20″ and 3/8-16″ threads that can be used in any combination. Can be used with any 15mm rod configuration.

Toughest Articulating Arm in the Industry

The Upgrade Innovations RudyArm 2 is one of the toughest articulating magic arms in the industry that can transform quickly to any application you can think of. With their unique Ball-lock combined with their Friction-Lock  15mm clamps and 15mm 1/4-20″ – 3/8-16″ universal mounting spuds, you can adjust and lock your monitor in any position knowing that it will not move, period.

Ball-Loc Pix-CU-600Superior Holding Power

The 1x Ball-Lock pivot clamp combined with the 2x Friction-Lock pivot clamp gives the RudyArm 2 superior holding power unlike any other articulating arm in service and loads up to 6.8 Kg/15 lbs in any position including a fully extended side load. The individual joint quick lever adjustments give you the freedom to place the cargo where you need it with the confidence of knowing that it will stay there even when you are moving the camera.

11389 and 12170Building Blocks for 15mm Rods

The RudyArm system allows you to add or remove sections to the arm as needed and each component on the arm will fit Upgrade’s 15mm o-ring designed rods. They are available in 6″ 8″ 10″ and 12″sizes. You can also use any other 15mm rod combination out there. Always check load rating when reconfiguring parts. Whatever you can think of, it can do, such as mounting something directly to your own 15mm rods in place or reconfigure it to hold a remote focus unit and a mini monitor that you can mount on a c-stand using the 15mm to c-stand optional accessory. The RudyArm is truly a professional transformer system that can be adapted to to almost any application on the camera and on the set. VFGadgets guarantees that you will love using the articulating RudyArm system.

Captive O-ring Rods

When all the clamps are loosened, the mini o-ring design on the RudyArm 15mm rod system allow for controlled sliding clamp adjustment along the rod without coming apart. The larger supplied captive o-rings can be placed on the rod ends for a very secure stopping of clamp. The RudyArm 2 comes with 2x 6” rods that gives the arm a total reach of 33.02cm/13″

Universal Mounting Pin

11795 Male Spud 1:4=20 3:8-16The included 2x adjustable 15mm Universal Mounting Pin on the RudyArm 1 & 2 with 1/4-20″ and 3/8-16″ threads allows full flexibility for mounting any combination of thread sizes quickly.  The cross holes on the mounting pins help you wrench them into place with a standard Hex-Key. A Universal Mounting Spud accessory is also available as 1/4-20″ and 3/8-16″ female. The “RudyArm 2″ comes with 2x 15.24cm/6″ 15mm rod’s  with o-ring adjustments, 1x Friction-Lock clamp, 2x Ball-Lock clamps, and 2x universal mounting pins with 1/4-20″ and 3/8-16″ threads. Total reach of 33.02cm/13”


Friction-Lock Pivot Clamps

  • Industry strong friction disks
  • Best used for fine adjustments
  • 360 degree position lock down

Ball-Lock Pivot Clamps

  • Rosette style ball-lock with heat treated ball bearings
  • Positive locking system that allows for adjust-ability
  • Superior strength and load capacity because of inter-locking balls
  • Ball bearings are in-bedded in the locking surface and assured by our limited lifetime warranty

The RudyArm Articulating Arm System has been Rental House Tested and Approved.

Solidly built with Anodized Aircraft Aluminum.

Also Available:

The “RudyArm 1″ is also available as a single 20cm/8” Arm System


The “RudyArm 2″ comes with 2x 15.24cm/6″ 15mm rod’s  with o-ring adjustments, 1x Friction-Loc clamps, 2x Ball-Loc clamp, and 2x universal mounting pins with 1/4-20″ and 3/8-16″ threads. Total reach of 33.02cm/13”

Weight: .399 kg / 14.1 oz


  1. Mark Giles

    I wanted to tell you how much I like the RudyArm. I have the set with the two 8″ arms. The best part of the arms is how they lock, like a rock. They can be set and there is no worry of the monitor drooping during a shot. They are even director proof. I work in episodic television and directors are always coming to the camera and grabbing the monitor and reefing it around. When they tried that with your arm the director is surprised when the whole camera goes with them.

    Another feature I like about the two arm setup is that I can quickly adjust the arm without having the whole arm going limp. I usually leave the arm attached to the camera locked and just adjust the second arm to put the monitor where I need it. In this way, it’s easy to swing the monitor to either side of the camera.

    I found that the RudyArm gave me a lot of options. On a recent show I did the DP liked to light from behind the camera so the monitor always needed a low profile. I found I could get it right down beside the mattebox without having to flip the monitor mount.

    The RudyArm works more than just a monitor mount. On a recent shoot we were in a tight space and the operator used the RudyArm to pan the camera.

    I can’t say enough about the RudyArm. It is definitely my first choice.

    Thanks very much,
    Mark Giles
    1st Assistant Camera – I.A.T.S.E 667

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