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#1 Mitch Lewis

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 08:40 AM

We purchased a Flyer for our Sony PMW-EX3 and love it. But it uses a different size arm mount than the high-end Steadicam units. As a result I'm having trouble finding a vehicle mount for it. Any advice?

We'd like to shoot out the back of a mini-van and out the side doors as well. I'd love to mount something to the front of the mini-van but I'm not sure there's a practical way to do that. :)
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#2 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 08:53 AM

Tiffen will sell you a female Flyer socket block (for about $100 if I recall). The hole pattern is the same as the full size socket block so you can replace it on the vehicle mount.

We purchased a Flyer for our Sony PMW-EX3 and love it. But it uses a different size arm mount than the high-end Steadicam units. As a result I'm having trouble finding a vehicle mount for it. Any advice?

We'd like to shoot out the back of a mini-van and out the side doors as well. I'd love to mount something to the front of the mini-van but I'm not sure there's a practical way to do that. :)


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#3 Mitch Lewis

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 05:41 PM

No kidding? This is great news. Thanks Mark! :)
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 07:09 PM

Flyer Socket Block Part #: 803-7801

Yes it is about a $100 USD

Just got one myself for an India Mount. Comes WITHOUT any fasteners including the thumbscrews for holding & adjusting the pitch of a male portion of the socket block.

-Andrew
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:17 PM

Wow! Thanks! So that solves one problem, and brings up the next issue....

Second question. We're getting requests from the local car dealerships to do some Steadicam work for them. They all want us to drive by their dealerships as well as driving by the rows of cars in their lots. Some other car dealers are wanting us to re-create "factory footage" of some of their more popular vehicles. So instead of seeing a vehicle driving around in unfamiliar surroundings, they will see it driving around our area. Any advice on building what we would need?

Edited by Mitch Lewis, 04 May 2010 - 09:17 PM.

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#6 Andrew Stone

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 12:48 PM

...solves one problem, and brings up the next issue....

Second question. We're getting requests from the local car dealerships to do some Steadicam work for them. They all want us to drive by their dealerships as well as driving by the rows of cars in their lots. Some other car dealers are wanting us to re-create "factory footage"... instead of seeing a vehicle driving around in unfamiliar surroundings, they will see it driving around our area.


Hi Mitch,

Have you got the Steadicam Operator's Handbook yet? There's a bunch of stuff in it about vehicle mounts. It won't answer all of your questions but it will give you a foundation. Out the back of van's with a top hinged door an "India Mount" is a good solution. Need a standard 2" trailer hitch though. Use the search engine here too. There is a fair amount here on vehicle mounts.

Your questions about how to replicate a shoot would probably be best taken into the "Steadi Newbies" area. This entire forum is populated by largely Steadicam Operators that work on high end productions. The general assumption here is to keep the noise level down for those people and keep semi-pro queries in the single forum for people "getting into" Steadicam and that is the Steadi Newbies forum. Please don't take that as an insult as I run a Sony EX3 like you. Just trying to save you some grief if you continue to post here.

Trying to replicate car commercials and do it well generally takes both a lot of money and a talented production CREW.

Check out this interview from Panavision's website. Gives you an inkling of just some of the considerations that go into a mere shot in a car commercial. If you are replicating a car commercial you are up against this.

-Andrew

Edited by Andrew Stone, 05 May 2010 - 12:51 PM.

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#7 Mitch Lewis

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 03:01 PM

Thanks Andrew. You've pointed me in the right direction. I'll post on the newbie forum from now on. Thanks!
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