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Old November 10th, 2008, 01:45 PM   #1
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Canon XH-A1 & Steadicam Merlin

Hi

Was wondering for some assistance please?

Am trying to stabilize my XH-A1 and am finding it quite difficult to get it completely balanced. I am following the book and dvd that comes with the Merlin and using the Cookbook settings and getting nowhere fast!!!

Has anybody had any experiences with this?

Thanks
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Old November 10th, 2008, 02:37 PM   #2
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From an earlier post of mine,
My settings with the bp-950g battery... I have the spar extended all the way, and I have 5 mid weights and one finish on the lower spar, and one mid and one finish on the upper spar, and I've raised the stage by 4 turns of the gimbal. G-platz screw just between the focus and zoom rings. Camera mounted using the I hole.

Give that a try.
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Old November 10th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #3
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There is a nice video tutorial on exposureroom about this very combination:
Canon XHA1 and Steadicam Merlin ? Tutorial By Shiv Kumar On ExposureRoom
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Old November 11th, 2008, 05:28 AM   #4
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Is there also a video for setting up the Hague HD motion cam.
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Old November 11th, 2008, 09:45 AM   #5
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Canon XH-A1 & Steadicam Merlin

Brilliant - I'll give it a go and look at the tutorial mentioned too
Thanks very much indeed :-)

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Old November 11th, 2008, 12:32 PM   #6
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The video seems very convincing but the settings didn't work for me. Could be that I was using a different battery.
I find that the Merlin needs adjusting frequently but it works fine after a bit of practice. The settings aren't absolute. They need tweaking all the time.
Once you have got the principles of how to balance it sorted out it's easier. A bit like learning to ride a bike I suppose.
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