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#1 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 06:00 PM

you guys and gals who went to nab, did you stop by the steering wheel expo?

http://www.bogenimaging.us/

granted its for camcorders but still... :rolleyes:
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#2 TJ Williams

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 06:07 PM

Just another attempt to license camera operators!!!!
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#3 Mikko Wilson

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 06:07 PM

I think it looks wheely funny... :blink:
...maybe it's for those wheel gorilla shooters.
it might decrease turn-around time...

And you know what they say...
(wait for it)
"One good turn deserves another!" :lol:


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#4 bobgilles

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 11:18 PM

I think that I can handhold an Aaton 35III just as smooth as Fig operated the Panasonic DV cam in his vid, but I will have to say that it adds needed mass and control of the light camcorders. I am almost afraid to ask what the retail price is for that simple device?
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#5 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 11:01 PM

hmm i think its around 800 bux... :rolleyes:
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#6 PeterAbraham

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 06:26 AM

It appears from looking over the photos that the guy who came up with this has seen Antlers.

If one thinks about the physics being applied with this wheel thingy, it sure looks as though there are essentially stabilizing antlers- arcing around the camcorder, instead of being attached just above a camcorder.

Hardly original. And I love the part where they turn the sheer pain one is going to feel up and down the arm and neck, into a positive "feature"....how the tendons and muscles absorb all the bad bad things, and only smoothness reaches the camera.

:P

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#7 JimBartell

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 12:32 PM

The name, "The Fig Rig" (after creator Mike Figgis), once again points out the genius of Ed DiGiulio in talking Garret Brown out of calling the Steadicam the "Brown Effect Stabilizer". Apparently Bogen lacks anyone of similar vision.

Seriously, anyone want to be known as a Fig operator?

Jim "I at least changed it to BarTech" Bartell
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#8 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 11:46 PM

very interestig Jim! thanks for sharing..

yeah who wants to be the first FIG Rig Op! whats the day rate for a Fig OP these days?

wait until the producers see this! :rolleyes:
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#9 David Hoffman

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 02:31 AM

Heh, I just found out about the "Fig Rig". Check this out:

http://services.manfrotto.com/figrig/

"Revolutionizing DV Camera Support"???
"Mike's idea + Manfrotto's technology = pure genius"???

Looks like cr*p to me. And who would pay $320 to carry a steering wheel on the street?
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#10 Afton Grant

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 07:28 AM

I'll agree that perhaps this particular design isn't going to revolutionize the market. However, I do admire any sort of out-of-the-box thinking, regardless of function or industry. It is often ideas like this that lead to something greater in the future.

30 years ago, some tall guy walked onto set with a desk lamp strapped to his chest........


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#11 Jerry Holway

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 08:47 AM

The 2 biggest problems with this device are that one holds it far from the center of gravity, imparting the greatest possible angular disturbance (most shakicams have at least this right, you can grab them close to the c.g....) and 2) the same muscles that are doing the heavy lifting are doing the aiming (micro ounces)... i.e., it lacks a gimbal to separate the efforts.

Get a Merlin, for goodness sake. It works.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 10:52 PM

We actually have a couple of these in rental at Abel because people ask for them. CVertainly not my favorite item, but they go out a lot and our sales department sells a few as well. It does help smooth a shot for at least a short time, then my wrists start hurting. We just had a guy who shoots from a paraglider come in and hack one up in our machine shop to turn into a hanging rig with a gyro for an HDV camcorder. It actually worked quite well, so there's at least one good use for it.

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#13 Bruce Alan Greene

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 12:19 AM

you guys and gals who went to nab, did you stop by the steering wheel expo?

http://www.bogenimaging.us/

granted its for camcorders but still... :rolleyes:


I've actually used this a little bit on a feature I shot with a dvx100.

I did not use it as a Steadicam substitute (I used my full sized rig with a 15lb hunk of iron under the camera).
I did find it really useful for a chase scene, shooting from vehicles. It worked especially well for background plates for parts of the chase.

The director used it for some 2nd unit walking footage and while not quite steadicam, it looked remarkably good and less distracting than hand held.
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#14 David George Ellis

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 12:02 PM

Fig Rig, Schmig Rig...

Y'all need to check this!!! No longer do we have to deal with outrageous vendor R&D costs nor sending units back for repair.

The shot results sequence is a little long, so forward to minute 6:00ish for genius last words b/4 you stop it.


Chappelle Camera Stabilizer


The Merlin doesn't stand a chance once this hits the market!
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#15 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 12:31 PM

Oh man, that is priceless! (Yes people, watch the opening & then skip to the end).
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