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#1 Kar Wai Ng

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:53 PM

Dunno if anyone has caught this, but Preston is releasing a new MDR, the MDR3 (not the same as the MDR-3D). Nothing yet on the Preston site, but there's an article in FDTimes.

 

http://www.fdtimes.c...ePreview150.pdf

 

A few new features such as analog input for zoom control (a request from steadi ops) and a fourth channel. Higher current throughput to the motors it sounds like, for higher motor speeds and torque. A little less chunky than the MDR2 but the weight isn't significantly less; just denser.

 

Immediate impression is that the placement of the antenna looks a bit inconvenient.


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#2 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:27 PM

Thanks for posting this.  Looks very nice.  I've long figured that this would be the next part updated on the Preston since its the oldest and a lot of useful R&D was already done to develop the MDR-3D.  Looking forward to seeing it in person.


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#3 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 07:18 PM

Looks nice. Not a fan of the LED's to show torque or motor direction, they can be a distraction to actors or animals in low light.


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#4 Kar Wai Ng

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 10:15 PM

Not a fan of the LED's either, very distracting. I can imagine them being a problem for sure when its sled mounted, as the motor ports are usually pointed toward talent.
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 10:56 PM

It's ok guys...I heard the LED's flash a morris code to subliminally coax the actors to tbeir marks
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:04 PM

It's ok guys...I heard the LED's flash a morris code to subliminally coax the actors to tbeir marks

 

I thought it sent coded messages to the extras


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#7 Kar Wai Ng

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:26 PM

It's ok guys...I heard the LED's flash a morris code to subliminally coax the actors to tbeir marks


Actually it's like the runway landing lights. Blue=proceed closer, green=on the mark, red=too close, pull back!
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#8 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:34 PM

Where are the familiar Steadicam bracket mounting holes?

 

And Ron, Samuel Morse has only been dead for 140 years and you are already mis-spelling his name?


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:24 PM

Looks great. Yeah, I worry about the lack of thread holes but this might be a prototype model. I hope they put a big red button on that reset switch. 


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#10 RonBaldwin

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:46 PM

Ha! You caught me! I suck at many things...spelling is on that long list. I would have spelled it correct 140 yrs ago, back then we cared (and weren't replying to a thread while driving!)
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#11 Jarrett P. Morgan

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:40 PM

An interesting move to smaller connectors. I wonder if the 2-pin power lemo is the Arri pin-out or the Bartech pin-out....


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Posted 01 June 2013 - 03:41 PM

Lawrence- I took a gander at the MDR3 yesterday at their booth at Cinegear. There are bracket mounting holes, just on one side though, so the lettering is gonna be 'upside-down' when mounted to your sled.
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#13 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 06:42 PM

Lawrence- I took a gander at the MDR3 yesterday at their booth at Cinegear. There are bracket mounting holes, just on one side though, so the lettering is gonna be 'upside-down' when mounted to your sled.


Unless someone makes a U shaped bracket to flip the HU3 when mounted.

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#14 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 07:28 PM

Thanks Dave. Saw it for myself and was told PRO and Skipps are making Steadicam ($$) brackets to interface.


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:41 AM

I received my MDR3 today, the first unit to hit Canada! To answer a couple of your questions:

 

1) The lights for direction and torque are quite bright, however they turn off about 3 seconds after you finish touching them, this eliminates all issues with bright lights in dark sets and I was happy to see that they weren't on full time.

 

The green power light and the channel numbers are however on full time. I think I'll be cutting a small square of white electrical tape or something similar for the green power light.

 

2) The reset button is white, not red, but aside from that, it does everything a reset button is supposed to do.

 

3) There are in fact mounting holes, two sets. There are four holes on the back opposite the side that says "MDR-3" and also 4 holes on the side, opposite the side with the antenna. I'm looking forward to building some aluminum brackets.


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