PRO quick release for storage and travel
Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:41 AM
The PRO sleds with quick release bayonets at top and bottom, are they designed for repeated mount and dismount? The screw collars make for quick access to dismount for service and maintenance, but is it encouraged or discouraged as a means to store and travel with the sled?
For Service, I'm sure the screw collars will work well for the occasional disconnect and reconnect (once every month on average?). However, is there any concern with daily or multiple times per month connecting for work and disconnecting for storage/transport?
Have other operators had experiences one way or another? Has PRO already commented on the matter?
Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:57 AM
Having taken my sled apart and put it back together plenty of times, I wouldn't want to do that on set. As Alec noted, it's too easy to cross-thread such fine threads, and end up with a rig that you can't safely fly.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:34 PM
My intention wouldn't be to do it directly on set, but rather during my usual "set up" and "break down" time that I work into my arrival and departure schedule. I generally pull everything from my car anyway, so while putting things together, I foresee the opportunity to take that additional 3 minutes to assemble the sled. I have the big anvil case I could use for travel, but it's so enormously bulky for the short drives I generally take. Air travel, I'll use it without hesitation... but getting to set that's 10 minutes from my place seems like overkill.
I've also considered getting a sled sock through Modular 51 or others, but I haven't pulled the trigger on it just yet. Exploring my options.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:21 PM
About 80% of shoots are using the Alexa now and it's great to just leave the rig mostly outfitted with cables and my accessories. Saves even more time.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:57 PM
I did a show as an assistant with Chris Haarhoff on steadi and he stored his sled in a pelican case with the battery base removed, seemed like we stowed it in there when ever it wasn't in use. Must have connected and disconnected, that battery base every-other day for three months. We never had any problems other than occasionally forgetting to plug the lemo connector in. I mean he helped design the damn thing so if he did it, I would think it would be ok.
Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:09 AM
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 02:02 PM
Obviously contact GPI for their input. The sled sock does seem more appealing from a simplicity standpoint, as well as quick storage during company moves.
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:30 PM
Now If my Pelican 1650 case was 2" longer on the inside length...... Just 2"....! I'd be able to fit the Pro Gen 3/XCS sled in there just fine.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:11 PM
I'm however the type of person...if I don't cover my ass, the one time I don't something bad will happen. We've all spent a lot of money on our gear, I'm protecting that stuff with all my might. I'll allow myself some extra time to break it out and set it up. I will subject myself to the ridicule of driving my Grand Caravan to accommodate all the hard cases.
I've heard all the minivan jokes btw....go ahead, try...I've heard it.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:01 PM
1) The more you plug and unplug that massive lemo connector on the base of your sled and the more you thread and un-thread the mount, the greater the risk of damage . Damage means down time. Down time means no rental. No rental means no money.........
2) Sled sock, sled sock , sled sock.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:26 PM