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#1 Janice Arthur

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:21 PM

To all;

I've put a small length of fabric (6") or less along the sled bottom.

The fabric "dampens" the lightweight rigs.

If I feel too much "dampening" I simply shorten the material.

Obviously, too much wind is bad but even in modest wind it works.

Let me know what you think.

Janice
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#2 Janice Arthur

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:23 PM

To all;

I've put a small length of fabric (6") or less along the sled bottom.

The fabric "dampens" the lightweight rigs.

If I feel too much "dampening" I simply shorten the material.

Obviously, too much wind is bad but even in modest wind it works.

Let me know what you think.

Janice


I forgot mention that I used a med to heavy weight fabric like Duvatine or Felt which is slightly stiff and doesn't move much.

It works great for me.
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#3 RonBaldwin

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 03:51 PM

wow -- now that's an interesting solution I've never considered.

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#4 Jean-Nicolas Dorion

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 04:00 PM

Interesting.

Can you send pictures?
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#5 Lukas Franz

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 04:29 PM

Huh? I cannot really figure how that should look like? But I'm really curious about to see it. Yes, please send some photos, Janice.

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#6 Janice Arthur

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 05:05 PM

Hi all;

I'll work on photos but it could take a while so here is a better description.

Measure a piece of fabric the length of the bottom of your sled. So the length is say 15"

Cut the fabric to be 6" long (this is the part that will hang down).

Stick on some velcro or elastic straps at the front of the material and the back of the material to hold it on your rig.

Let the 6" part hang down.

That's it.

You can make it in about 20 min.

Think of a teaser on a lighting rig that just hangs down and blocks out the light. That's what you're making for the bottom of your rig (obviously not for the same useage) but the same look.

Janice

(thrilled you're all interested) I suppose it would work on all our big rigs too.
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#7 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 07:20 PM

Hi all;

I'll work on photos but it could take a while so here is a better description.

Measure a piece of fabric the length of the bottom of your sled. So the length is say 15"

Cut the fabric to be 6" long (this is the part that will hang down).

Stick on some velcro or elastic straps at the front of the material and the back of the material to hold it on your rig.

Let the 6" part hang down.

That's it.

You can make it in about 20 min.

Think of a teaser on a lighting rig that just hangs down and blocks out the light. That's what you're making for the bottom of your rig (obviously not for the same useage) but the same look.

Janice

(thrilled you're all interested) I suppose it would work on all our big rigs too.

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Call me stupid . . . . .ya, I heard that . . .LOL . . . but

HUH? . . . .and why?
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#8 Janice Arthur

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 07:42 PM

Rob;

Not sure what your question is but if you've ever tryed the lightweight rigs they are very
hard to control because they have little mass.

I was just proposing a solution that works for me.

Its just a piece of cloth, no big deal. The cloth strip adds some resistance and therefore makes the rigs less "flighty" without adding weight.

Obviously not an idea for you.

Janice
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#9 Charles Papert

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 09:26 PM

Janice:

Any issues with the fabric "settling" after the rig stops moving (thus affecting balance) after a whip pan or in wind for instance?
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#10 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 11:10 PM

Rob;

Not sure what your question is but if you've ever tryed the lightweight rigs they are very
hard to control because they have little mass.

I was just proposing a solution that works for me.

Its just a piece of cloth, no big deal. The cloth strip adds some resistance and therefore makes the rigs less "flighty" without adding weight.

Obviously not an idea for you.

Janice

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Thanks Janice,
I guess I wasn't understanding "LighterWeight rigs" But my dumb A@# get's it now . . LOL . . .

I was thinking SK, Flyer or EFP as a lightweight rig.
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#11 Imran Naqvi

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 04:40 AM

So effectively you've given your rig a skirt?
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#12 Janice Arthur

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:41 AM

So effectively you've given your rig a skirt?



Imran;

Yes you're giving it a small skirt!!!

Charles;

The settling of the material has a small effect on whip pans but if you know you're doing one you shorten the material (or remove it) until its effect is manageable. The same with wind.

The key here is to use a moderate weight material that kind of "luffs" (to use a sailing term); instead of
waves or blows. Obviously weighting the bottom of the material would be the exact wrong thing to do.

JA
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#13 Charles Papert

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:42 AM

Aha, gotcha! LOL (luff out loud)
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