Need info on the best.
Posted 08 September 2005 - 01:08 PM
We currently have 2 Sony VX1000's a Canon XL1s and a Panasonic DVX100a and thinking of getting another DVX100a or waiting on getting 2 Panasonic HVX200's. But anyway, I use the DVX100a the most actually thats all I really use if I have the choice.
I need some kind of steady cam setup thats very lightweight so I can be running around for atleast 15 to 30 minutes at a time shooting without stopping but maybe small 3 to 5 minute breaks here and there. Thats really all that I need. I want something that will make the footage I have look super still. LOL. So im guessing im asking which one makes your footage look the best while running around. I dont always run but I do move alot.
I would love to get one that has a pan/tilt/zoom control on it and even a small monitor if that would be possible.
I have like $500 budget, give or take. Can you take a minute to think about what you think would be best for my situation? Id appreciate all the help I can get from you guys. Links to where I can buy the product would help a bit as well. Thank you! Nice forum you guys have! Also if your ever not busy and want to check out another great forum, go to mine, I got alot of different things people are into there.
Posted 08 September 2005 - 01:34 PM
One very important thing to keep in mind, however, is you could buy the most expensive system in the world and unless it's operated properly, the shots can look worse than handheld. It's all about the operator.
Posted 09 September 2005 - 07:37 AM
82 views and only 1 reply?
Posted 09 September 2005 - 01:59 PM
It's hard to talk to someone if you don't know who you are talking to...
Posted 09 September 2005 - 02:28 PM
In order to understand the nature of Steadicam, super still shots (your words) you might want to read a bit of the theory behind it. (Physics)
But basically it comes down to this: you need MASS to get STILL/STEADY images.
Yes, with some electronics you can help it a bit (Steadyshot) but there you only stabilise the image projected on the chip, you are not stabilising the camera-platform, your hand/body or vehicle
So that´s why all the good systems are heavy, need a harnass/vest and the lightweight systems suffer more from "vehicle-movement"
But you might try something like this: Garrett Brown is demonstrating this handheld stabiliser from Tiffen.
Posted 11 September 2005 - 11:53 PM
The Glidecam 4000 pro is in your price range but is harder on the arm depending on how long each shot is. You can find those for around $400 so it's in the running. Don't get the body pod as it is intended for static shots. The forearm brace helps on the wrist but puts the strain on the shoulder.
Many of us here I believe have done a lot of research on stabilization systems and know the good from the bad from the ugly. How do you want your video to look...smoother than handheld - flying - or like it is on a dolly? Different systems will give different results. As amgrant has said, you're limited by the $500 price tag.
Hope this has helped.
Posted 12 September 2005 - 02:02 AM
Millitary on a $500 budget? no way.
You'd think that the millitry would just drop down for the best automaticaly.. (and FYI, that's about $70,000 for the base rig, plus the accesories normally used..)
The XL1, and the HVX200 won't fly on the Merlin.. and your wrist bill basically die with them on a GC2000/4000 for any extended period of time. You will want somethign with an arm.
All rigs pan and tilt. Zooming is a feature of the camera.. you will need a controller for that seperatly (which depends on which rig you get)
But for $500 your options are very limited.
I'd sugest dooing a bit more reading, with a bit of reasearch you'll get the idea pretty quick what you are dealing with.
Posted 14 September 2005 - 10:53 PM
your boss needs to get some training in priorities.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 01:59 PM
Get one of them and put the lightest camera on it possible. I hammered it playing for hours with this thing doing crazy spinning shots etc etc and was really impressed with what I got (making a load more visuals for ninja tunes and associates). Get one of them and enjoy the pain. Nail your nice tracking shot then "cup" the camera to rest it. You ll be fine.
see if you can put the battery on the bottom and have an extension cable to power the camera, thus loosing more ballast from the bottom.
As you say, you probably can t wear the vest anyway over your uniform.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 04:29 PM
Posted 21 September 2005 - 06:37 PM