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#1 MattClegg

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 11:33 AM

Hi all,

 

I recently purchased a Steadicam Aero 30 and had the chance to test it out with a Sony PMW-500, here's one of the shots I'm pleased with.

 

 

I had previously been practising with my Canon 5D which was challenging as I couldn't get a HDMI from the camera to the monitor. It took me a while to get used to balancing a heavier camera but it felt much better to use compared to a DSLR. 

 

I'm still working on keeping my corners and horizon straight. Any other suggestions would be appreciated!

 

Thanks,

Matt

 

 


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#2 Erik Brul

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:51 AM

Hi Matt,

 

First welcome to this forum, second .. congrats with your rig.

The Aero seems a very nice rig with a great range of camera capabilities.

 

The Aero comes with a monitor with HDMI input right? So what is the problem connecting the camera to the monitor? The only thing imo

is that the cable will run outside the post.

 

About this PMW-500 setup. Did you made a picture of the setup? It seems bottom heavy then also a fast droptime which can cause a so called pendulum effect.

Besides that, I can imagine you use a 'tight grip on the gimbal. I think the basic instructions how to balance a setup is in the manual, and may i suggest you take a workshop in the near future?

 

Cheers, Erik


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#3 MattClegg

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 03:20 PM

Yes it does have a HDMI connection, I don't have a cable long enough to reach from the sled to the monitor just yet. 

 

And yes I did take a photo, apologies for the terrible quality.

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This was my first time balancing this setup so any advice would be welcome so I can improve the next time I test it.

 

Thanks,

Matt


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#4 RobinThwaites

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 04:59 AM

Hi Matt

Flip the battery mount round 180 degrees which will allow you to get the monitor further from the post. You may well still benefit from taking a couple of the weights from the battery side and putting them under the monitor.

Robin 


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#5 MattClegg

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:11 AM

Hi Robin,

 

Thanks for that, it worked pretty well. Finding the dynamic balance was a bit tricky but I got pretty close. One thing I have noticed is a slight sway to the steadicam when I'm balancing it. I'm not sure what would cause this or if it is a problem at all, here's a video I took showing the swaying as well as the dynamic balance.

 

 

Thanks,

Matt


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#6 ryan t jenkins

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:18 AM

as for the sway, what is your drop time? 


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#7 MattClegg

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:32 AM

Drop time was around 2 seconds. 


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 05:37 AM

Hi Matt

 

Not sure what you are referring to with the swaying, is it just the movement when it is on the stand? Looks like not waiting for the rig to settle down unless there was a draft moving it :-) 

 

Just a little work on the dynamic to get it perfect and with that camera you could go a little more than 2 seconds.

 

Robin


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