The History of Miller
Some camera innovations are so fundamental that it is impossible to imagine the world of television camera work without them. The fluid action head, first patented by the Australian company Miller, is a perfect example of one such invention.
Before Eric Miller introduced the world’s first fluid action head in 1946, camera operators had no option but to work with bulky and expensive gear-driven assemblies; panning shots were tricky and diagonal moves virtually impossible. The Miller fluid action head revolutionised the film and television industry by giving operators the freedom to shoot far more creatively, reduced production time and cost, creating shots previously unobtainable.
1946 The world’s first fluid head patented
1954 Miller commence commercial operations in Clement St Factory, Rushcutters Bay
1958 Miller export the first tripod to Hollywood
1965 Light professional fluid head released, setting new standards for ENG
1980 30/50 fluid heads with counterbalance systems released
1992 DS 75mm fluid heads launched globally
1997 Arrow head range released
2003 Solo tripod series launched
2012 Skyline 70 range released
2013 Air released for DSLR users
2014 Cineline 70 released at NAB 2014 for feature films
2105 ArrowX range released
2017 CompassX range and Skyline 90 released
2018 ArrowFX released
2019 CinX range and Sprinter 75 released
2020 ArrowX1 released
2021 Solo Q released
As Miller celebrates 67 years of delivering top-quality products to the film and television industry, the statistics are impressive. Over the years the company has delivered over 200,000 systems; it has acquired several patents and numerous awards for quality and design. Miller systems are in use by more than 265 television networks the world over, including the BBC, CBC Canada, CCTV China, NBC USA and ABC Australia.