I'll include all the specs and components used incase something in my rigging was the culprit:
-FireStore FS-100 mounted on dovetail plate
-Anton Bauer ElipZ battery unit
-7.9" Panasonic HD Monitor (4-pin power from sled)
-VariZoom VZ-Rock PZFI
-Bogen/Manfrotto Quick Release Adaptor for fast switches to low mode
I had to run power and component video down and around the post to run the monitor, with velcro straps to keep it away from the gimbal. Throw in the FireWire and PZFI cables, and there was a lot of potential hazards on the rig. Of course now I wish I would have taken a picture of the setup..
My Flyer is the SD model, so I took that monitor off and threaded on the Panasonic one in its place. My original thoughts were that the mount might not be substantial enough to support that heavier monitor, and that it might be flexing as I moved causing jitter up the post. Upon further comtemplating, I realized that I did notice some play in that ElipZ battery where it mounts to the camera. Like an idiot, I put it smack-dab between the camera and dovetail plate anyways. I probably should have put it on my lowmode bracket which was mounted on the handle, but I switched back and fourth so often. The Bogen Quick Release assembly is really solid, so I vouch for that not being the issue. I use it all the time with other cameras and get perfectly stable images.
So I can't think that it was my operating that caused the jitter, especially since this is the only occasion that it's ever come up. Luckily all of the footage that was used in the production looked fine. I was almost running in that shot..
Edited by Mike Germond, 18 January 2009 - 10:00 PM.