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Alexa on a Pilot, well it flies, sort of


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#1 Zoran Vincic

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 08:50 AM

Here it is, Alexa mini with a focus motor, BM sdi to analog converter, sennheiser audio receiver all bundled up on a Pilot with a 155wh battery on the sled, together with a Marshall 651stx monitor. We used Cooke S4 mini lenses, mostly 50 and 31mm and just a few shots were done with the 18 (which is the lightest of the bunch).

 

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As the title says it flies but it is not ideal. The arm is drooping just a bit too much and I had to use my right arm to lift quite a bit more than normally. And I was not relaxed while operating it. It really did feel like a struggle. If the rig was less than a kilo lighter it would had flied beautifully.


And if you're wondering what's that cable from the monitor to the top stage, Pilot's power wiring would melt if I powered Alexa through it so I made a D-tap extension which ran from the d-tap port on the battery to a 4 port d-tap splitter that was on the top stage. Worked like a charm.


So yes, it can be done.

No, I wouldn't like to do it again.


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#2 Shawn Wang

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 11:34 PM

u should bongee cord wrap the arm

 

that helps 


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#3 Zoran Vincic

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 02:49 PM

And for those of you who are curious how exactly did the Alexa fly with a rig this small, here is the finished video.


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#4 Hajin Rhim

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 08:05 PM

did you put a flyer gimbal on it?


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#5 Frank Born

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 12:18 PM

That should be a 3D-printed grip by Frederic Sturm. Works nicely on a Pilot with the original Gimbal.
Best, Frank
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#6 Zoran Vincic

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 06:21 AM

That's correct Frank, it is the addon grip Frederic is making. It really does make a huge difference in handling.
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