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#1 Twojay Dhillon

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 07:23 PM

I haven't run into this problem for quite some time, but thought it would be a great tidbit of advice for those with less time in the saddle:

A few days ago I was shooting on an Alexa setup (anamorphics, Alexa Plus, focus & iris motor, mattebox, eyebrow, Canatrans, onboard Anton Bauer HCX) and ran into what may have been a really frustrating problem had I not remembered what a veteran op had taught me a while back: "...if you're having problems balancing your rig, shake it a little..."

While this may sound like a different take on the "Can't find it? Grind it!" ethos of the racing world, it actually has a solid, Steadicam grounding. Giving the rig a shake will let you know if there is play in either the camera itself, camera-to-lens, camera-to-stage, intra-gimbal, gimbal-to-post, or in the lower section of your rig (batts, recorders, monitor, etc.).

In my case, the BPA was loose and was causing the rig to rock, thereby throwing the balance off; It was extremely pronounced as I was setup in poor-man's low-mode.

I'm glad I shook my rig; You should shake yours. And go to Jumbo's. And vote for Pedro. And beg Mr. Fletcher for a ride in his auto-mo-beel. B)
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#2 RonBaldwin

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:06 PM

Just don't shake it more than twice...or ask Cricket about her ride in Eric's car...or what she calls it.
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#3 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 10:23 PM

Just don't shake it more than twice...or ask Cricket about her ride in Eric's car...or what she calls it.


I think we should ask Cricket what you two were doing till 5am....
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#4 Twojay Dhillon

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 10:57 PM

Aaaaaaaaand with that I welcome you to the Steadicam World, N00bs!

Too much lolz at my house right now!
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#5 RonBaldwin

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:48 AM

Just don't shake it more than twice...or ask Cricket about her ride in Eric's car...or what she calls it.


I think we should ask Cricket what you two were doing till 5am....


We were discussing dynamic balance...came up with some new equations too!
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#6 Aaron B. Brown

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:12 PM

Just don't shake it more than twice...or ask Cricket about her ride in Eric's car...or what she calls it.


I think we should ask Cricket what you two were doing till 5am....


We were discussing dynamic balance...came up with some new equations too!


Did she pan flat?
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#7 Twojay Dhillon

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:29 PM

Just don't shake it more than twice...or ask Cricket about her ride in Eric's car...or what she calls it.


I think we should ask Cricket what you two were doing till 5am....


We were discussing dynamic balance...came up with some new equations too!


Did she pan flat?


That is a subjective topic due to personal interpretations of vertical and horizontal vis-a-vis framing for the environment, drop-time, however may need to be confirmed.
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