Greeting everyone. I need some advice. As background, I bought my first Steadicam from CP in 1979. A Universal II model. ser.#165. This was so early, that when I called Garrett Brown to ask for operating tips, he told me to meet him onset that night and he'd go over the basics with me. (Altered States) What a great guy.
So, this year a young friend I'm mentoring brought me a Chinese Steadicam asking me to check it out. I haven't operated for 15 years but I told him the key is balancing the unit correctly.
My question is this: I'm mounting a large DSLR & Small DP monitor to the dovetail mounting plate. I spent 2 hours trying to balance the unit. I got it close, but even when it's balanced it still wants to float / roll and the bottom lags on starts and swings out at stops. The spin tests shows an oscillation as well. I tried less weight on the bottom, heavier rear weight to offset the DSLR - monitor weight on the dovetail... The drop test is 1second. Lateral/vertical balance is good, until i rotate the unit.
It's been so long since I balanced a Steadicam, I must be leaving something out of the process. Please give me a few pointers as the you tube balance tutorials I've watched are incomplete.
Thanks in advance!