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Balancing a Steadicam and drop times

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#1 John Munroe

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 06:35 AM



I see that the 2-3s drop time is widely accepted to be the optimal balance. But what adverse results would there be if the drop time was much shorter (e.g., 1s) or much longer (5s)? Would a short drop time create a pendulum - but better stability?


Any thought appreciated.

Edited by John Munroe, 23 November 2016 - 06:40 AM.

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#2 Andrew Bradley

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 03:52 PM

Hey John, I am selling a second copy I have of the Steadicam Operators Handbook, in new condition, I highly recommend it and it will answer many of your questions, also it will help clear my pile of various...





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#3 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:29 PM

I would highly recommend the handbook. To answer your question, well you answered it yourself. Shorter drop you get pendulum effect when you change your speed (start and stop a move) I make it more bottom heavy for really slow moves or standing still moments. But then tilts are incredibly painful. slow drop is great for car mount since it is less prone to the acceleration pendulum and tilts in the turns.
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