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#1 John Munroe

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 06:35 AM

Hi

 

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...

 

https://www.amazon.c...m=ACWANWB7BRFBG

 

Andrew


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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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#4 James Valasco

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 04:06 PM

I s there any videos out there that really show how to balance a pilot? Most of the videos on youtube should be taken off.


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#5 Tom Wills

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 09:38 PM

Here's the best one I've ever seen. Wonderful video. 

 


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#6 James Valasco

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 09:45 AM

Question: During Static balance. Fore and aft and side to side it seems like my pilot takes forever to come to rest.  Steadily rocking.

Is that normal and controlled through the use of the hand when you fly the unit or is there a way to make it come to rest faster?


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#7 Jerry Holway

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 03:43 PM

James- it sounds like you have a good gimbal with minimal friction, as it should be.

 

Here's how to balance faster: Instead of waiting for it to come to rest, put it level with your operating hand, make it still, and then release it gently. If the sled moves off level, then tweak the balance. The faster it moves, the more out of balance you are.


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#8 James Valasco

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 10:59 AM

Are there any good videos out there that can help me dynamically balance a Steadicam pilot other then the cartoon that tiffen puts out?


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#9 Lisa Sene

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 02:54 PM

Hi James,

 

Check out this video by Chris Fawcett: 

 

 

While Chris isn't using a Pilot specifically, all the concepts are the same; once you understand dynamic balance conceptually, you can apply it to any rig. 

 

Happy flying!

 

Lisa


Edited by Lisa Sene, 10 January 2017 - 02:57 PM.

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