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#1 David Fleming

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 09:29 PM

I am a stabilizer hobbyist and I happened into by accident. I have always been fascinated by the Stedicam, but until recently never had I opportunity to experiment with one first had. Recently a new friend invited my over to try out is Glidcam V8 and then sent it home with me saying his back could not handle using it all. I am trying to fly my XL1 for which is seems to have designed around.

The troubles I am having are getting the camera level as it rotates vertically around the post. I am suspicious that this could be a bearing issue, but I am interested in advice. I can balance the rig with the camera pointed in a direction (say lens point north) and then when I rotate lens (say pointing north east) the post leans slightly. If I rotate the lens back to north it will level up again.

I know the V8 is an entry level kit at best, but since it on loan to me I would like to learn as much as I can from it. If anyone has any suggestions about the balance issue, I would greatly appreciate the feedback.

I am also having trouble keeping the frame level to the horizon especially when turning slightly. I am certain this is operator inexperience, but if anyone can provide any tips to remedy this, it would be helpful. I try and practice regularly, but I don?t know anything specifically to do except walk around and shoot video.

I have seen the posts about Antlers and I am curios if they would help me maintain horizon. I was also curious if adding a lightweight 3? dowel on the sled as a visual horizon indicator (like training wheels) might be helpful.
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#2 Fabrizio Sciarra SOC ACO

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 05:41 AM

Hi David, i suggest you to go on the SOA site, take a look at the manuals page, from there you can download quite a variety of manuals that will helps you solve your problem, or at least have a much deeper understanding about the phisics and the cg effects applyed on a rig. Antlers are quite a specific tool that you usually apply on the rig to increase inertia and are widely used in tracking shot/long lens (50-85). I don't think they will help you if you are in the stage where you have difficult to keep your horizon.
Hope it can help
Fabrizio

Edited by Fabrizio Sciarra, 21 September 2007 - 05:43 AM.

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#3 Michael Jones

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 07:47 AM

For Glidecam specific questions I would suggest asking over at the Glidecam forum...
www.Glidecamforum.com
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