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Did I balance it right? And wobbling.

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#1 Michael Barnes

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 12:11 AM

Hi Steadicam operators!


Just spent quite a few hours setting this up... did I balance it right? Here is an image:




Camera:            Canon 5D3
Weight:             2.4 lbs
Front Weights: 1 Mid 1 Finish

Lower Weights: 3 Mid 1 Finish

Arc Size:           About 12"
Mounting Hole: O

Stage Number: Top portion at 4.
                          No G splat.


After I did this it looked kinda balanced but it was bottom heavy so I fixed with rotating the gymbal counter and then I did some horizontal and vertical trimming using the blue rollers on the bottom.


I'm kinda worried about operating because it keeps wobbling. I see operators on YouTube move it left to right like it's cake but if I do it I get some lots of inertia like you're on a boat. Is it because I am using a pancake lens, making the balance odd? 


Is there something wrong with my Steadycam, or is it just me?


I would appreciate any helpful advice.

Edited by Michael Barnes, 09 July 2013 - 12:15 AM.

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#2 Michael Barnes

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 05:01 AM

I managed to fix it up by following this tutorial:


Tips for future newbies balancing it:

You will know when your weights are wrong when you try to put the plate on and it tilts in a direction faster than a meteor. No amount of trimming will fix it.

Watching the yellow liquid as you level the X axis is key when you get to the end.

The Y axis trimming is irrelevant when BALANCING... because you use it to tilt the camera like on the DVD. KEEP it at the center when you are balancing, use the plate to determine the your 'flat' level.


You know you balanced it right when you can move it right, left, around without it wobbling.

Edited by Michael Barnes, 09 July 2013 - 05:06 AM.

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#3 Alan Rencher

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 01:27 PM

Search the forum. This issue comes up a lot. These type of stabilizers don't just make perfectly smooth shots out of the box; you need some practice to get working right. Don't expect it to do all the work for you.

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#4 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:14 PM

None of the stabilizers do that. It takes skill and practice.
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