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#1 freeze

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 05:44 PM

Hi there, new guy here.

Would there be any interest in starting a Merlin forum for us Weekend Warriors that run around with a Merlin? The Newbies forum seems well suited to those that want to get into Steadicam as a profession. I'd love a place to post thoughts and suggestions for the spiffy little stabilier. It would also keep from wasting pro's time.

Anyway, just a thought.

Thanks for the consideration.

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#2 Mikko Wilson

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 07:32 PM

Freeze, (quick note: we like to use real names here, if not our user name [too late], then at least in our signature)

Welcome to the forum and congrats on your purchase of the little wonder, you do have a valid sugestion.

I think this place (steadicamforum.com) in general isn't the best place for a Merlin forum/section. With all due respect, we prefer to keep the forum to actually working/aspiring profesionals, as you noted.

I'm not sure if there is a general consumer/prosumer stabilizers forum out there.
There's http://www.steadiforum.com but that's also mostly pros and wannabe/gonnabe pros.
Most of the online video and film-making forums have areas for camera support, including stabilizers. A few to hit up are:
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/ and their "support your local camera" section.
http://www.DVXuser.com and their "hardware" sections.
There's also http://hbsboard.com for homebuilt gear, they also have a comercial rigs section, but I haven't seen Merlin mentioned there.

I know Glidecam and other manufacturers have a forums of their own, and this site has generally been the 'offical' forum for Steadicam, as most of their gear is for profesional operators, but the Merlin at this time doesn't really have a forum to call home. Your idea certainly does have some merit.

- Mikko
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#3 Jason Williams

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 02:34 PM

I'm not sure if there is a general consumer/prosumer stabilizers forum out there.
There's http://www.steadiforum.com but that's also mostly pros and wannabe/gonnabe pros.

- Mikko


It doesn't matter if you're a pro, or haven't heard of a Steadicam before - the Steadiforum is open to all.

Just wanted to clear that one up ;)
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