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#1 Hans Roth

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:03 PM

Hello,

I'm making a big upgrade for my sled, to support my found niche of live TV (or live-to-tape) work. Of course there's a budget, but I'd like to find a good compromise between something that's affordable, effective, and upgradable.

The rig I trained on, which belongs to a fellow operator, is an MK-V deluxe topstage, with V3 j and d boxes, a 2 section 2" centerpost, the 2" deluxe gimble, the Genesis 2" monitor arm, the Transvideo HD SBL monitor, and the Evolution base system.

I'd like to keep working with a similar rig, since the one I trained on is used for the same kind of work I hope to be doing. The Evolution base is especially important, since I found it's useful to set the rig down on a table, still linked to it, while the director is shouting at me :P

However I'm thinking about a few "downgrades", which could later be upgraded if needed. For one, I'd like to switch to a 1.5" centerpost if able, and resultingly a 1.5" Genesis gimbal and 1.5" Genesis monitor arm, as well as the standard topstage. I also wouldn't mind going down to a v2 j and d box set, but I'd assume that there would be some problems with downconverting HD as well as the tally.

Could somebody give me some feedback on how a downgrade to the 1.5" post might affect me? Would I still be able to handle most television work? And how does the standard topstage compare to the deluxe?

I'm still open to upgrading in the future, but I'm looking to enter this as a full profession now, not another sub-level before the real work begins.

Cheers!
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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:43 PM

Why would you want to go with a 1.5" post? Too many advantages with a 2" post
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#3 Hans Roth

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:56 PM

It's mainly a cost thin. The 1.5" post is cheaper, and the 1.5" gimbal is much cheaper.

What are the advantages? I mean this as a legitimate question, since I don't know, not as a doubting of your statement. Obviously there are more compatible accessories for a 2", but I can find everything I need for a 1.5" as well.
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#4 Martin Stacey

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 04:15 PM

Hi Hans,

I have more or less the exact setp that you're talking about that I will be selling in the very near future if you're interested. I hear a Pro arm calling my name so looking to raise some funds by selling off one of my spare sleds, arms, vests.

Cheers

Martin

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#5 daniel hanit

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:49 AM

The best live TV live steadicam operator in my opinion is Johan Sandklef from Sweden, and he uses an old EFP.
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:32 PM

I'm certainly not an expert on live Steadicam shooting, but I ran into Rob Vouna in January, and he showed me his new HD Tiffen rig that he helped design. If you're serious about a rig for live TV, then it's worth checking out what Rob has.
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#7 Dean Smollar

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:46 PM

I'm certainly not an expert on live Steadicam shooting, but I ran into Rob Vouna in January, and he showed me his new HD Tiffen rig that he helped design. If you're serious about a rig for live TV, then it's worth checking out what Rob has.


It's the Phantom-V (for Vuona) and it's specifically designed for live TV. It's a great sled; I got to try it out at Operator Night up at Lake Arrowhead. Rob did an awesome job with it.
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#8 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:11 AM

Thanks Mark and Dean for the kind words.

Hans, I see your post was last July, have you since purchased a new rig? If so what kind did you end up with?
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