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#1 Mark Cowherd

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:30 AM

I just recently purchased a Flyer LE to use in my car show business. I produce 15 minute long form car commercials/shows where the dealer walks through his inventory giving prices on cars that I show. First let me say using the flyer for only a couple weeks the end product has already improved but I am still having a few difficulties. My main nemises has been wind. I seem to be constantly correcting the pan axis/roll axis to combat the wind. On air I probably notice it more than anyone but I seem to be correcting alot, mostly from the pan axis. Is there anyway I can add some pan drag like on my tripod?
Also, flying the rig for a 15 minute shot took a little getting used to. After my first paid gig, I spent the next weekend with the rig on for 15 min. intervals holding a level shot. Any other drills or exercises to add endurance.
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#2 Amando Crespo

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 12:05 PM

I just recently purchased a Flyer LE to use in my car show business. I produce 15 minute long form car commercials/shows where the dealer walks through his inventory giving prices on cars that I show. First let me say using the flyer for only a couple weeks the end product has already improved but I am still having a few difficulties. My main nemises has been wind. I seem to be constantly correcting the pan axis/roll axis to combat the wind. On air I probably notice it more than anyone but I seem to be correcting alot, mostly from the pan axis. Is there anyway I can add some pan drag like on my tripod?
Also, flying the rig for a 15 minute shot took a little getting used to. After my first paid gig, I spent the next weekend with the rig on for 15 min. intervals holding a level shot. Any other drills or exercises to add endurance.
Thanks
Mark Cowherd
Louisville, KY

Hi Mark!... At first, wellcome to the forum.
Wind, may be worse enemy of steaqdicam fly...(other are the low valet..any way)...
To fight it you´ve some tools.
Wind stoppers..... Are two rigid pannels puted in 90º behind you or one stoping the wind
Antlers... Can help you with it increase pan inertial pan.
And... of course... gyros...
I´d very happy to help you (if I can) .
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#3 Bob Woodhead

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:03 PM

Hey Mark, glad to hear you're out there making it happen! (I was a classmate in your workshop.)

What weight are you flying? Perhaps some more mass, adding inertia, would make it easier to.... "fly against the wind".

Or, following Amando's suggestion, park a big box van behind you.
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#4 Mark Cowherd

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:57 AM

Hey Mark, glad to hear you're out there making it happen! (I was a classmate in your workshop.)

What weight are you flying? Perhaps some more mass, adding inertia, would make it easier to.... "fly against the wind".

Or, following Amando's suggestion, park a big box van behind you.

Amando,
Thanks for the info. I did a search on gyros, and did not find a price, so that must mean they are $20,000! Do they make them for the Flyer LE? My cam (JVC GY HD 250u) with audio weighs 12 lbs so I have a little weight to give. Thanks so much for your response.

Bob,
Great hearing from you. Did you ever get you Awesome Steadicam T Shirt? I did not. Also, I have really been loving the flyer. After my first car show(My back was screaming after 10 minutes) I got in back yard and kept it on all weekend. Now I have built up my stamina that I can keep it level for 20 minutes straight! Are you getting ready for next week, are you taking your rig? I will be looking for you on the convention floor.
Mark Cowherd
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#5 Amando Crespo

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:54 PM

Hey Mark, glad to hear you're out there making it happen! (I was a classmate in your workshop.)

What weight are you flying? Perhaps some more mass, adding inertia, would make it easier to.... "fly against the wind".

Or, following Amando's suggestion, park a big box van behind you.

Amando,
Thanks for the info. I did a search on gyros, and did not find a price, so that must mean they are $20,000! Do they make them for the Flyer LE? My cam (JVC GY HD 250u) with audio weighs 12 lbs so I have a little weight to give. Thanks so much for your response.

Bob,
Great hearing from you. Did you ever get you Awesome Steadicam T Shirt? I did not. Also, I have really been loving the flyer. After my first car show(My back was screaming after 10 minutes) I got in back yard and kept it on all weekend. Now I have built up my stamina that I can keep it level for 20 minutes straight! Are you getting ready for next week, are you taking your rig? I will be looking for you on the convention floor.
Mark Cowherd
502-552-4911 cell (call me sometime)


Mark. for that sled...It´s very light. Ask in website of KENYON for small gyros or ask Jerry Hollway for an small antler....I´ve not experience with that light gears...
May be, the best way was windstoppers....
Best regards
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