Following My Own Advice!
Posted 10 November 2006 - 11:17 AM
I should have known. So, be careful what you say or wish for!
I know I have been spouting off for some time about my new VLS for HD/SD video low mode work.
After a solid month of nothing but Panavision gear hanging from my sled, I was handed a commercial job, on short notice and with little prep. The client got me the boards and shot lists several days beforehand and the DP and I have worked together for many years.
When I arrived on set, I found out that most of the creative had just been tossed out and things they were a-changin'! The DP pulled me aside from the discussion and inquired about staying in low mode with the Sony F900; did I have a bracket and could this be absolutely solid as many of the Steadicam shots would be composited and layered in post.
"Yes, we can do all that with my new VLS," I told him and then proceeded to build the rig. Check out the pictures below of the configuration and compactness of the camera.
So I spent the day trotting about in low mode, both interior and exterior, day and night shots. Walking between cars in a parking lot in tight spaces, down aisles in a warehouse, floating about in a retail store; all rock solid and just what the director wanted.
I hate to sound like a salesman, but the VLS totally works as I have said. No shakes, wiggles or wobbles. Even the soundman, an old friend of many years, was impressed at the rigidity and performance of the VLS under the conditions.
I can not say it enough. The VLS is the most solid, rigid and productive bracket in low mode for video, period.
If you have been a camera-flipper and not wanted to lose that rigidty from a bottom mounted camera, this is your solution. If you hate low mode work, for any reason, this is a means to climb from that pit of destitution and fly high.
The VLS brackets are in stock and ready to ship. Had enough of other solutions? End the suffering.
Brant S. Fagan, SOC
Posted 11 November 2006 - 08:25 AM
It really does look easy to mount and very rigid! What was the price and how much for shipping to germany?!
Posted 11 November 2006 - 09:23 AM
Yes, the VLS weighs in at a scoshe over 1 pound, 464 grams to be exact.
Cost of the VLS is US$850. plus shipping.
When packed for international shipping, the VLS and package weighs about two pounds. FedEx international runs about US$35. for this size and weight.
Get me your address and I can get you an exact quote and time for delivery.
Brant S. Fagan, SOC