How do you fly the Epic?
Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:51 PM
I'm starting a show in a couple weeks with the Epic. I've seen the camera at the rental houses, but I haven't rigged it for Steadicam yet. Considering that I build up a Red One for more weight (with an Arri baseplate), I assume the tiny Epic will need some ballast. We're using a Boxx, so there's a candidate for flying behind the camera. Optimo short zooms are the DP's preference, so that helps a bit. I'm considering putting a Dionic HC on the camera as well.
Any photos or comments about the preferred Epic setup would be greatly appreciated. I've heard about the Epic breakout cable. I'm already investigating the Preston start / stop. What's the best way to feed timecode? I hate having too much spaghetti hanging from the camera, so I'm taking the time now to figure out the cleanest way to deal with cabling, and of course, the best handling setup.
Mark Karavite SOC
Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:05 PM
I've flown it quite a bit with an 11 lb weight plate. The few photos I have of the build don't show it very well because something even as small as a CanaTrans covers up the camera.
The Preston Run / Start cable is not all you need. There's a breakout cable from RED you need that enables you to connect the Preston R/S cable to and you have to have that breakout cable from production or the camera house else you'll waste money on the Preston cable. I'm not trying to knock Preston out of a sale but if you want to borrow my R/S cable I'll loan it to you as I'm booked on something else all during August.
With an Optimo zoom on the front you'll need weight in the rear in the form of a battery and the Boxx or a long dovetail plate to slide back on. For all intent and purpose the Epic weighs nothing.
Maybe you already knew this stuff but hit me up if I can help at all.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:39 PM
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 01:40 PM
More headroom, Doc!
I know, right! We were shooting 5k 1:85 which means zero safety area. DP wanted extra, extra headroom in case booms found their way into the frame (often) so the image could be blown up a bit in post. Hard to rewire instinctual framing habits so I made myself a reminder I often ignored.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:00 PM
This is the set up and the link with the work.
Epic4 copia.JPG 600.01KB 213 downloads
Tends to be the usual set up for me, although on a job yesterday I made the mistake of allowing the touchscreen monitor to be on a noga arm I didn't think it would be a problem at first...........never again.
The AC and the DP thought it would be a good idea to keep moving the monitor out of position on the noga arm causing me to have to rebalance on a regular basis, not that it was a major issue, but it was getting to be a pain after the 3rd or 4th time.
Edited by James Davis, 10 July 2012 - 06:04 PM.
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:22 PM
Here is a recent setup I had with a Epic .I mounted my Boxx on to the XCS base plate (powered off the rig )Camera powered off the rig .The decimator velcro on the right side of the camera .Flys well .
Posted 12 August 2012 - 02:28 AM
Thats a slick set up, do you have any trouble with the downtime swapping out the batteries
since its powered from the sled? or can you hot swap on your rig's electronics?
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:46 AM
Shouldn't be a problem...