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#1 Jason LeFrense

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 06:45 PM

Hello,

Im new to the Pilot but I have been using the glidecam for about 4 years now so I have a little knowledge of how this works. I am find that everything is a lot smoother but I seem to be getting a little bit of vibration when my feet hit the ground. I'm not a big guy so my weight shouldn't be this issue. I flying the 7D with a little bit of extra weight. I am thinking it might be the arm since this is very knew to me or I need to add more weight the camera ? Any suggestions would be great.
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#2 John Hatcher

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 01:04 AM

When you get this vibration, is your post extended all the way out both vertically and horizontally?


Hello,

Im new to the Pilot but I have been using the glidecam for about 4 years now so I have a little knowledge of how this works. I am find that everything is a lot smoother but I seem to be getting a little bit of vibration when my feet hit the ground. I'm not a big guy so my weight shouldn't be this issue. I flying the 7D with a little bit of extra weight. I am thinking it might be the arm since this is very knew to me or I need to add more weight the camera ? Any suggestions would be great.


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#3 Mark Baluk

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 03:57 AM

assuming your setup is light, why not try holding the sled like you probably did on the glidecam... without the arm.

second test could be shaking the rig away and towards yourself. do you feel any jitter or loose parts? this will help you isolate the issue
might just be a loose screw somewhere even.

a video might help with the explanation as well.
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#4 Kyle Wullschleger

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:33 AM

It's almost certainly the connection of the 7D to the rig because the mounting point and surface is so small and the lens weight sticks out so far. The only way to prevent this is by using something like a view factor cage or a really right stuff plate that makes contact with the entire surface of the camera body.
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#5 Michael Shu

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:07 AM

I've owned a Pilot for years and there are so many little things that can contribute to vibration, like the others have said. Definitely make sure your camera connections and accessories are tightly attached (and remove unnecessary accessories). One vibration test I learned is to very quickly open and close your hand on the operating section of the post (under the gimbal). The very slight impact at the CG of the rig can be pretty insightful.

Definitely tell us how your pilot is configured, though. Is it one of the newer models (HDMI, etc?)
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#6 Ken Robert Haltvik

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:11 AM

Hello,

Im new to the Pilot but I have been using the glidecam for about 4 years now so I have a little knowledge of how this works. I am find that everything is a lot smoother but I seem to be getting a little bit of vibration when my feet hit the ground. I'm not a big guy so my weight shouldn't be this issue. I flying the 7D with a little bit of extra weight. I am thinking it might be the arm since this is very knew to me or I need to add more weight the camera ? Any suggestions would be great.




I had the simular problem, but on a different steadicam. For me it helped to tighten the screen, and using some ducktape to make sure that the screen wouldnt move.
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