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Old April 27th, 2007, 05:38 PM   #16
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http://file.meyersproduction.com/hv2...ues%20720p.mov

a previous discussion on this subject...

i have since built this...

http://file.meyersproduction.com/hv20/steadyrig3.jpg

which yields this...

http://file.meyersproduction.com/hv20/steadycam-web.mov

also of note this was shot in 24p, and the 60i is even smoother.




That is an amazing improvement. Is it just metal on metal or do you have any rubber in there?
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Old April 27th, 2007, 08:09 PM   #17
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Dave: My stabilizer is constructed just like yours, only mine is made of wood and it's a bit longer so my hands are a bit further away from the camera. Hands further away from the camera = more steady. As I said earlier this construction did not help my HV20 but it does wonders with my old Sony.
So I really hope my HV20 is just defective. I can't wait to take a properly working HV20 for a walk with this simple stabilizer.
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Have you tried this exercise with a fixed shutter speed of less than 1/48, to see if it is a rolling shutter issue?

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Old April 28th, 2007, 01:21 AM   #18
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Now that Steve has suggested a cool new accessory..... anyone know where I can get a cheap 3.5-6" widescreen with decent resolution???

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Old April 28th, 2007, 06:50 AM   #19
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One comment on your rig (I'd have to see a pic to know for sure) - the wood could simply have too much mass relative to the camera <wink>?
As I said earlier, it works like a charm with my old Sony that's even lighter than the HV20. :)

Here's a raw m2t clip from the HV20 showing my wobbly problem: http://files.filefront.com/7340999
It's all full wide-angle and the camera is on my home made stabilizer in this clip.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 07:40 AM   #20
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Personally I think it's best to leave the OIS turned off. Even in the manual they tell you if you're using a tripod to turn it off. Plus, if you're trying to emulate the film look by using either 24P or 25P, you don't want OIS running anyway. Real film cameras don't have OIS. It can't be trusted.

Any wobbly effects would be the rolling shutter. It's annoying, but for the price of the camera I can deal with it. Just plan your shots carefully and avoid any quick movements. Stablizers definitely help and I'd suggest using one or even a tripod/monopod whenever possible. Shooting handheld like a tourist, you'll probably only end up with less than 15% of footage that looks half decent.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 07:51 AM   #21
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Ron, by the look of that I'd say there's definitely something wrong with your camera. If you've got the camera on your steadycam, then it looks like there's a spring between the two. Take it back.

For comparison here's my HV20 + $14 steady cam around the house clip I posted in the other thread.. 25P, but at 1/25 shutter speed - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L2G1OPED
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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:03 AM   #22
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That is an amazing improvement. Is it just metal on metal or do you have any rubber in there?
it's all metal on metal except for the plexi, i've got a couple of rubber washers between the plexi and the bracket, so i can tighten the camera bolt...

ron, i agree with glenn, it looks like a bad ois sensor, or an element out of whack.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 10:24 PM   #23
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That later DIY glidecam video looked nice. It helps to have nice house. 8-) Any Figrig (DIY or genuine Manfrotto) users have sample video? I'm still doing the finishing touches on mine so I'd like to compare.

Test fit of the PVC figrig:
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Old April 30th, 2007, 09:15 AM   #24
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really hoping that the cam OIS is at least as good as the HC7, which rocks in that department!
Had to chuckle a little here ...

OIS and "rocking" in the same sentence ... is that a little contradictory ;)
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Old May 1st, 2007, 07:50 PM   #25
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OK, have a HV20 in hand - used my rig, smooth as silk (or it "rocks" <VBG>). still have to shake it down some more, but I'd say if your video is bouncing around there may be a defect in your particular cam...

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Old May 2nd, 2007, 12:18 AM   #26
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That wobbling looks like a rolling shutter issue. All of these hdv-cmos-cameras seem to be influenced by it.
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