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Steadicam Plateau: What gear do we want next?


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#1 William Demeritt

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:15 PM

After several years of expos and conventions, I feel like we've seen very few breakthroughs or major changes in our world of Steadicam operation. Monitors are getting brighter and lighter (and cheaper), the accessories are becoming varied, but the core components always seem to stay the same. 

 

I'm not sure if people are willing to throw their ideas, their wishes or their dream piece of gear out into the ether where any manufacturer monitoring this forum could snag it and take the credit... but perhaps some people are? So, the question is: 

 

What piece of gear do you think someone should be making? 

 

What accessory is missing from your kit? 

 

What problem do you currently have on set that needs a solution?


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#2 BJMcDonnell SOC

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:57 PM

Better Lisigav honestly. 


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#3 steve wagner

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:14 AM

I'm pretty sure the best of you don't want anything fancy-no extra-stabilized anything. You've crafted your craft. Just make it lighter, smaller, and cheaper. Make sure all the video I/O gear works. Be able to translate the camera feeds to all known video formats, be able to feed any monitor, be able to feed any transmitter. Give me batteries at half the weight and twice the previous capacity. I get it. Everything else is a luxury!

Humbled to be able to nibble around the edges with our little stabilizer improvements!

Steve W


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#4 Evrim KAYA

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:32 AM

YES! batteries! i want more capacity with the same weight for sure


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#5 James Davis

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:07 AM

Optical support impact batteries:

http://opticalsuppor.../sales/21/sales
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#6 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:59 AM

A monitor that I can see in ALL conditions, that takes ALL frame rates , is water resistant, has an external level sensor, frame lines and no BS upgrades necessary for at least 5 years.

That's what I want.
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#7 RonBaldwin

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 12:32 PM

I want a tb-7 and hd bubble level...while we're at it a 5.6" monitor that meets Jen's wish list would be nice too.  Maybe gyros as effective as a k6 but half the weight?  Maybe a center post made of brass...like the one at Jumbos?

 

I second the next generation super lube...Lisagav v2


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#8 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 01:34 PM

"I want a tb-7 and hd bubble level"

 

just a few weeks away....


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#9 William Demeritt

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 01:48 PM

"I want a tb-7 and hd bubble level"

 

just a few weeks away....

 

Shots fired, repeat, shots fired. 


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 11:07 PM

A well sealed battery, the size and weight of an HC with 1.21 Jigawatts and an extra drop of retsin.!

Should run a sled, 2 monitors, Prompter, HD Link, Dual Bartech's, Cine tape, broadcast camera or Alexa ( Your choice)  100 hours...takes 12 hours to recharge and cost $3000.  who's in?


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#11 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 11:42 PM

Hover Dolly

 

'nuff said


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#12 Markus Kuballa

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 01:45 AM

I'd go for Superconductor-Dolly on a foldable track.
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#13 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 08:22 AM

Hover dolly sounds good - made of space age alloys that make it as light as a PeeWee
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#14 Jarrett P. Morgan

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:31 PM

What about a drop in tilt plate? something akin to the tilt plate on top of a geared head, but made into a dovetail with a dovetail receptacle on the top, acting as a sandwich plate. Even if it is an inch or an inch and a half tall, that wouldn't really matter since the camera will be tilted so high anyway. That way you could drop in the tilt plate when you need it and not have the extra weight or height when you don't.

Thoughts?


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#15 Rich Cottrell

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:07 AM

I look forward to the release of the HGG...

heated gimbal grip


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