So I looked into the AR and Omega Rev rig, and honestly, it's too much $$$ for me and my needs. I already have a Phantom V from Tiffen Steadicam, and I love it... just need a stabilzer to go from low mode to missionary and keep the camera level the entire time.
Here's my question... are there any other optons and/or "poor man's" versions of the Omega Revolution (or Alien Revolution) out there...NOT the system, but just the horizon/camera stabilizer part? Non motorized, no flashy computers. I mean even 2 rings a foot in diameter, a cheeseplate to slap a camera on like the Alexa, and some skateboard wheels to keep it all horizontally stable?
After seeing the AR rig being used in the Teenage Dream music video, I sorta wanted one. When I saw the price tag, I was like, "uhm, NO!"
Yes, I live in Los Angeles, the dslr capital of crappy inventions.
NO, I don't want to spend $29,000 for an Omega Revolution that won't even fit on my Phantom V.
NO, I don't want to buy an entirely new arm, post, stage, etc. like the Nexus.
YES, I'll keep an extra foot free loop of bnc cable to go from camera to my Phantom stage, and use right angle bnc elbow connectors so I don't go kinking a cable or wire, or breaking a bnc cable connector on the camera or on my Phantom stage.
Can someone help shed some light on this?
I tried contacting John Moyer from 2 Fast 2 Furious about what he called "gyros" at 1:10 in this video... http://www.productio...aspx?item=11037 Not sure if that's the same thing as what I'm looking for (maybe John was just in Low mode the whole time).
But in essence, what I want is something that looks like the Omega Revolution, non motorized, non hokus pokus... JUST something to level out the camera with gravity, and go from low mode to missionary having the camera level the entire time.
Anyone have experience? Serious suggestions? Advice?