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#1 Chris Callarman

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 12:03 PM

Just finished a couple of mods to my Master Elite and thought I would share.

After years of running external coax for HD and using a crappy monitor setup that was very limited and wouldn't allow me to dynamic balance (unless I added a bunch of weight to it), I finally got around to doing some upgrades to the old workhorse.

I removed and replaced all of the original monitor hardware, removed the lower electronics module and I/O panel, built a new I/O on the upper K section, and
added 2 HD-SDI lines and a tally up the post.

So far so good, everything works as expected and the rig balances perfectly. Even better news was the cost of the whole project which came in at under $350 (for the monitor hardware and connectors).
 

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#2 richard bellon

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 03:46 PM

What rods are those that you are using for the monitor bracket?
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#3 Chris Callarman

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 04:20 PM

They are 15mm x 8" with an internal thread. I found them at www.berkeysystem.com
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#4 David M. Aronson

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 04:47 PM

Did you leave the old internal cabling in the post or did you replace all internal wiring?


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#5 Chris Callarman

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 06:14 PM

I left all of the power in and replaced the video.
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#6 John Buzz Moyer

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 09:27 PM

Nice.
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#7 richard bellon

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 08:52 AM

I really like those clamps, gonna get some
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#8 Michael Wilson

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 10:36 AM

Nice mods.  Looks very slick.  

 

What yoke is that?  What is the large black square between the side of the monitor and mount on the yoke?  Some sort of spacer?


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#9 Chris Callarman

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 11:45 AM

The yoke is made from the same rods and hardware that I used for the bracket, I simply drilled holes in the ends of the yoke arms for the mounting screws.

 

I run a Hyperdeck under the monitor and the plastic squares are part of the mount for that. Additionally, I drilled the mounting holes in the plastic at the CG for the monitor/Hyperdeckdeck combo, so tilting the monitor would not affect the sled balance.


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#10 Eli Aronoff

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 09:11 AM

looks great!

who did the video upgrade?


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#11 Adam Mendry

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 11:19 AM

FML Awesome !!!
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#12 Alan Rencher

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 11:44 AM

Great mod! I love Berkey System! I've been recommending them for years! Great prices, and its all made in the USA (not like Wooden Camera).
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#13 Wade Ferrari

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 02:43 PM

Looks Great!  I've been thinking it's about time to upgrade the Monitor Mount on my Master Sled... I guess I'll have to grab some stuff from Berkey!


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