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very nice 7d Music Video on Steadicam


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#1 RobVanGelder

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 11:13 AM

More and more very interesting videos appear, using the new DSLR cameras from Canon.

This video shows some very good Steadicam and the quality of the image is great too.
Nice upside down shot, very well executed. I though about a post production effect for a moment, but it is likely a real-time operating, very well done.

http://www.vimeo.com/7867769
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#2 thomas-english

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 12:54 PM

Great work,

Sometimes I couldn't work out if he was using a lightweight or a weight caged chunkier rig. My conclusion though is that he is a really good operator!

There are photos of him and his rig on http://www.vimeo.com/user508179 . Someone more qualified in identifying steadicam silhouettes will be sure to come in here.

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#3 thomas-english

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 01:07 PM

Check out on his showreel http://www.vimeo.com/7446449

timecode 1:25 to 1:30 . I swear he jumps over the bonnet of that red car whilst wearing the rig.
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#4 Peter Milanov

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 05:12 PM

Good work. Looks like a Steadicam Pilot or a Flyer.
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#5 Erik Brul

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 05:49 PM

Good work. Looks like a Steadicam Pilot or a Flyer.


Yes indeed, he is operating a Flyer LE. I checked out his website when it was online...
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#6 Kevin Packer

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 10:50 PM

Check out on his showreel http://www.vimeo.com/7446449

timecode 1:25 to 1:30 . I swear he jumps over the bonnet of that red car whilst wearing the rig.


Yeah that really stuck out for me too! pretty intense, at first I was like there's no way that just happened (thought his first step was straight up to the hood of the car but at a closer look there's a tire there to act as the first step/springboard lol, still a ridiculously cool shot!
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#7 Brandon Baudier

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 01:16 AM

Check out on his showreel http://www.vimeo.com/7446449

timecode 1:25 to 1:30 . I swear he jumps over the bonnet of that red car whilst wearing the rig.


The perks of a lightweight rig... I couldn't imagine attempting that jump with the Ultra2 on! Either way looks great!
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#8 Sam Morgan Moore

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 01:26 AM

A little about that vid..

http://reduser.net/f...amp;postcount=8

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#9 Jeff Melanson

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 06:25 PM

Hey guys, glad you enjoyed some of my work. Yeah I was using the flyer le system for the Prospect hill video.

Once we put the 7d body, 16-35 zoom on a set of rods with 4 stage mattebox, bartech system/m-one motor, and brick battery to power it, it was aprox. 15lbs/7kg of camera weight judging by how much I adjusted the springs in my arm. So for a longer shot like this, with the dutch roll (upside-down kegstand), and a quick jog up stairs, it was a good weight range. There were a few areas in the shot where the lens shakes a little, I found at running speeds the carbon fiber sled tends to add a little shake to the lens, but other than that I like the lightweight sled and arm for most shoots. By far the hardest part of the shot was right after flipping the camera for the upside down keg stand, having catch the horizons while walking over to the drummer, it took me 11 takes to get a decent take.

The on set photographer didn't seem to know how to control his shutter, so here's an out of focus shot of the setup! Notice the loose hdmi cable I had to run down around the gimbal to the monitor, believe it or not, i found running it like that keeps it out of the way for almost any steadicam move.
http://www.flickr.co...57622737211405/

Yeah that really stuck out for me too! pretty intense, at first I was like there's no way that just happened (thought his first step was straight up to the hood of the car but at a closer look there's a tire there to act as the first step/springboard lol, still a ridiculously cool shot!


kevin you called it exactly right, I placed the tire there to help me clear the car, Only did one take of this, didn't want to push my luck and end up falling and taking down my rig and a red.


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#10 Charles Papert

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 02:53 AM

Great work Jeff. It's nice to see this level of operating with a lightweight rig.

Regarding cabling--I've had to re-enter the world of external cabling with my lightweight and full-size rig as I transition to HD monitoring but I'm taking a page from the old rigs that didn't have internal cabling, such as old geezers like myself started with. I run the cable down from the front of the stage to the back of the monitor (where they plug in), keeping it fairly taut. Similar to the way you have it set up but it won't ever get in your field of view of the monitor the way it possibly can from certain angles with your setup. Give that a try if you haven't already.
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 02:11 PM

Jeff, absolutely great work!

How did you operate the iris for that music video, or didn't you?
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#12 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 02:58 PM

Great work, ambitious setup that was very well executed. Kudos.
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#13 Jeff Melanson

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:29 AM

Great work Jeff. It's nice to see this level of operating with a lightweight rig.

Regarding cabling--I've had to re-enter the world of external cabling with my lightweight and full-size rig as I transition to HD monitoring but I'm taking a page from the old rigs that didn't have internal cabling, such as old geezers like myself started with. I run the cable down from the front of the stage to the back of the monitor (where they plug in), keeping it fairly taut. Similar to the way you have it set up but it won't ever get in your field of view of the monitor the way it possibly can from certain angles with your setup. Give that a try if you haven't already.


Thanks charles,
I'll give it a go, makes more sense that way now that i think of about it. thanks for the tip. great work on that one'er on ugly betty by the way, came across it a while back, loved the flow and dynamics of the shot, impressive.

side note-which lightweight rig do you fly?
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#14 Jeff Melanson

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:39 AM

Jeff, absolutely great work!

How did you operate the iris for that music video, or didn't you?


thanks kevin,
locked the iris wide open at a 2.8. rated at 640. Exposed for the highlights in the brighter rooms of the house, and brought up the darker scenes within our latitude by adding some light. could of used a nudge here or there by a half stop or so, but budget wouldn't allow. The 7d has pretty good latitude for inexpensive camera.
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#15 Charles Papert

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:40 AM

I've got a full-on hybrid lightweight rig I put together from 5 different manufacturers and custom parts; I dubbed it the Nimblecam. Was supposed to be a "running rig", have yet to run in it outside of workshops...! It's been fantastic for the DSLR shoots (I'm off to do a job with Vincent Laforet and the 1DMKIV's in a couple of days)

http://gallery.me.com/chupap#100255

You'll recognize a few Flyer bits in there.
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