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#1 Nikk Hearn-Sutton SOC

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 09:34 AM

I've been having a time trying to fly in low mode and what I get confused on ;) is the balancing itself normal mode is 2nd nature but I'd really need some help so low mode is 2nd nature also .
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#2 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 12:34 PM

Practice, practice, practice.

Did you take a Steadicam course?

Low mode is just like Hi mode when it comes to drop time, except it's the camera that just happens to be on the bottom.
I like a 2 to 2.5 second drop time, except if I have to tilt way up a lot. Then I go more for a 3 to 3.5 second drop time.

If you use an electronic level, remember to flip the orientation.
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#3 Jerry Holway

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 02:14 PM


I know of some folks who simply balance the sled right side up (high mode) after they have flipped the camera and the monitor and such, and only to the last moment do they shift the gimbal along the post to make it hang upside down in low mode.

Remember, if the sled doesn't hang level and you want it to do so, move any weight "up hill." This trick works in any mode.

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 01:40 AM

I'd like to go to one of the workshops but the funds aren't there yet. YET
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Posted 10 June 2004 - 04:02 AM


I always follow your advice about the camera c.g. is about .75 inch to the rear of the centerline of the central post and than start balancing with tne battery. Is that aply to low mode as well ? I mean in low mode operating do I still keep the camera c.g. at the rear of the centerline or because it is up side down I should place the camera c.g. to about .75 inch to the front of the centerline of the central post ? Stupid question but I can not get my head around it.
I also find it a bit difficult to operate low mode because the lcd monitor I am using on my Master is so much higher than what I am used to in normal mode. Is there any way I can place the monitor lower in low mode ? I know I could eventully get used to it by practicing but I also find it a bit dengerous as I am not able to scan the floor fully. Does someone recomend to built a long Master-lcd adaptor to reach a lower place ? And although I am not attaching the lcd with an Israely arm somewhere else a long the post but rather attaching the long adaptor to the original monitor locking knob will I have problams balancing the rig as I am placing the monitor close to the camera/floor but far from the battery ?
Is dynamic balance applicable to low-mode at all as I have never heard anyone discussing it on this forum.
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Posted 10 June 2004 - 12:10 PM

In low mode I find that I want the drop-time much longer. This is because the mass of the camera is with a cage much further from the gimbal.
If I would make the drop time than 2-3 seconds, I feel I have to use my gimbal hand too much, which causes pain and cramps.
I balance it more like 5-7 seconds. Not always, some camera´s are so heavy that you cannot extend any more on the post or you have to put a lot of extra weight on top.

With an already heavy camera that´s not always what you want or can handle.

Rob van Gelder
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