How long is to long to set up?
Posted 31 July 2010 - 12:44 PM
I know with practice and experience I will get this down faster, but I am curious about how long it takes you guys who have been doing it for years to get from packed to ready to fly. Have you ever timed it?
Posted 31 July 2010 - 02:03 PM
Posted 31 July 2010 - 06:10 PM
If it's someone else's camera, you would be wise to arrange a prep for it, even if the client or whoever you are working for tell you "no biggie, just show up and do it on the day" etc. It's far more stressful to have to solve problems and potentially find yourself missing something that would get the job done more efficiently under time constraints.
Posted 31 July 2010 - 08:02 PM
What I think you will find helpful is to have a note pad which I keep with my kit and record all the details of each Camera and lens combination setup eg .Diagram of the base plate and mark which hole to use for each camera.Gimble height.Base position(if slides) Monitor position , Batteries position. In both Hi and Low Mode .
List all accessories,transmitters,motors(1-3)etc,etc.Where ever possible I go and do a pre at the rental house if I haven't used the camera or adaptor (P&S) with what ever lens etc.etc.
When I first started out I spent several days at a rental house trying out all the cameras/lens combinations so as i would be familiar with each setup.
As to your own camera you should know it in your sleep and should not take any longer then 15min max to set up .
Welcome to the steadicam community
Posted 01 August 2010 - 01:34 AM
Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:15 AM
Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:09 AM
As you get more experience, and work on larger jobs, you will find it takes more time to tear off all of the AKS the AC's put on the camera than it does to build and balance your own rig.
What exactly are they putting on your rig? We put a cinetape on the camera and that's it. Maybe a ring light every once in a while.
Takes me less than 15 for a first build and that's taking my time
Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:35 PM
Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:28 PM
Except when you get the call for the job after camera is needed.... (I got a call recently 2 hours AFTER call time when a production forgot to schedule a steadicam operator)
The correct answer is, "One second beyond the moment camera is needed." That's too long.
Posted 31 August 2010 - 01:11 PM
how is my old rig these days? I think the amount of time is directly related to what goes on. Like Eric said all he puts on is a cinetape, quick. If you are putting on everything including the kitchen sink weeellll, could take awhile. It gets quicker with time. Bottom line be ready when they call for you, whatever it takes, sacrifice the 3rd ac to the gods if necessary!!! No just kidding, or am I??? Really Eric, that is all you put on a Cinetape? Your kit is that ready out of the box? Wow, you're my hero.