Problems Flying the XL-1
Posted 13 October 2004 - 02:25 PM
Nikk " Lost in space or is it just me Sutton
Posted 13 October 2004 - 07:47 PM
Posted 14 October 2004 - 10:46 AM
Look at the battery in the pic of Melanie, the one on the sled is a NiMH or Lithium (light!) and there is another on a battery carrier on the camera which is probably a good move for an XL-1/2.
Posted 21 October 2004 - 05:30 AM
i havean xl1 myself for training and short films.i have a baerbel-rig,made for
heavy cameras,so i had to find a solution as well.
get yourself some flat plates of aluminium or better steel and a catgriller
from baerbel.drill holes in the middle of one plate,so you can attach the catgriller.drill holes in all plates on each side,so you can srew them all together (like a sandwich!) with long srews.drill holes in the bottom plate
for attaching your groundplate for the steadicam.screw a second ground plate under your xl1 and lock it in the catgriller. and off you go.
this might sound a bit confusing because my english sometimes is not perfect, but it definitely works.i have a couple of aluminium and steelplates as long as the xl1 and manage to bring the weight up to
18 kg !!!!!!! if i want to.(wich most of the time i don´t ,because life´s hard enough)
if you do´t use a catgriller it works,too,but it a bit more of a drama,ecause you ave to srewthe weights directly to the camera.(be careful not to pick the camera with the weight up on it´s handle!)
i also gota special triangle-shaped thing called ProMounter from a german guy called Bednarz to attach the plate to the xl1 with 2 screws
hope i could help you
Posted 21 October 2004 - 10:50 AM
And it might not be as cheap as my DV-cage,after you bought the catgriller, the steel plates and the works to make them fit nicely.
And it is certainly not as sexy as mine!
Posted 21 October 2004 - 01:18 PM
didn´t mean to ruin your business.please forgive me!!!!!!!!!!!
but: if you leave the catgriller away it´s about 30 USD !
(but if you then pick up the camera on its handle because you had a long night out , it probably costs 3.000 USD !!
and be honest: no gear can be as sexy as the operator who flies it !
cheers and greetings
Posted 28 October 2004 - 01:50 AM
Posted 31 October 2004 - 01:02 AM
Posted 01 November 2004 - 03:00 AM
today I had the opportunity to fly a VX 2000e.
To get it balanced I used 3.5 kg metal on a long dovetail behind the camera. You can see on the picture that the gimbal is way down. When mounting the weight above the camera the c. g. of the hole system moves up and the gimbal with it. The inertia increases in tilt and horizon as well. And IMHO you want the weight to a certain degree. More mass is more inert. The set up on the picture was quite nervous.
I hope this makes sense.
VX 2000 on Baerbel
Posted 02 November 2004 - 12:51 AM
A cage, or weight cage, is used for adding weight (10-20lbs, or whatever is needed) to the camera platform so that a lighter camera (eg minidv, hi8 etc) can be flown on the larger rigs.
Basically it just makes a camera that weighs' in at a pound or two, heavy like the film cameras. So that is can be flown with a "similar" feel...
Hope this helps...
Posted 03 November 2004 - 10:46 PM
Nikk "Cage me up!!!, before you go-go" Sutton