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Old November 12th, 2004, 01:08 PM   #1
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Camriser - Vertical Camera Jib

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Old November 12th, 2004, 01:26 PM   #2
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Clever. Wish I could have seen it with a fluid head on it. I do wonder about its stability when the camera is up high and offset to the side like that, especially with the stabilizer on board--that's a lot of side torque for a tall skinny object that moves laterally on little wheels, eh?
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Old November 13th, 2004, 10:06 AM   #3
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That is one clever thing. I was working on a rig similar to this with hydralics, but could never get it quiet enough without spending a freakin fortune. It never occured to me to go simpler! Oh well, another idea someone beat me too! I'm wondering if you can put a motorized pan/tilt head on it. I imagine so.

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Old November 14th, 2004, 12:41 PM   #4
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Ok guys, I couldn't help but notice all the hits on our web site. So, I traced them back to here. In answer to a couple of questions about the device.... it's stable. On each leg there are weight posts for adding weights, thereby keeping the unit from tipping.

In answer to the other question... we make ball mounts to mount a fluid head on the device. That's what I have on mine. Any other questions. Please email me direct. I don't want to miss use the forum.
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Old November 15th, 2004, 09:40 AM   #5
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Thank you for your explenation Danny. It looks interesting, the
only thing is how you would operate the system (just curious)?
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Old November 15th, 2004, 01:05 PM   #6
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Danny, I dont think we would miss use the forum if you answer some questions here. Actualy, you could get the same question over and over on your email. So its better two post here so all can read.
So, how do you operate it?
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Old November 15th, 2004, 01:31 PM   #7
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Second that, Danny---as far as I'm concerned, you're welcome to post here. Your gadget looks mighty useful.

E.g.: anybody have one for rent in LA?

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Old November 15th, 2004, 04:25 PM   #8
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Vertical jib

Ok. So if anybody asks I can blame you two :)

We originally designed it for flying a camera through light fixtures... we needed a jib shot in a place where a jib wouldn't fit. In that situation we had a smooth floor to work with (although I could have set up some track to run it on). So, I was able to roll the unit along with one hand while I worked the stabilizer with the other. In another situation we started out with a high shot in an elevator. As the doors opened and the actors walked out we brought the camera down, out the door and followed the actors down a hallway. It's also proven effective in faced paced sports interviews where a constant slow moving camera (with rise, fall and lateral rotation) accentuates the mood. In another shots we mounted the 100mm ball plate to the Camriser (which comes with the unit) raised the camera up out of a man hole, followed a child up through limbs as he climbed a tree (try that with a full size jib without getting hung up), and pedistled down and into a shot.

In some shots a single operator can operate the unit, but in other situations it's good to have one person dolly the unit while the cameraman operates the rise, fall, and lateral position of the camera. There is a definite technique to using the unit properly. Since it can be give the appearance of a moving camera I like to position foreground elments in the shot to accent the movement.

If you let your imagination go wild, there's lots you can do with it. We just haven't tried enough yet.
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Old November 15th, 2004, 06:01 PM   #9
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Danny. The video link on your site crashes my IE when I click on it. The player begins to open and then it suddenly crashes. Can you post a direct hotlink to the video in a post? Thanks.
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Old November 15th, 2004, 06:43 PM   #10
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video links

James,
Here are two links. The first video is our very first project to use the Camriser on. The second is footage we shot later at NAB.

http://www.roadrunnerproductions.tv/lumenarea.html
http://www.roadrunnerproductions.tv/see.html

I hope this works for you.
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Old November 16th, 2004, 12:12 AM   #11
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Both of those links, with the first being the same one I experienced the initial time, crashed IE. Anyone else having the same problem?
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Old November 16th, 2004, 05:29 AM   #12
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I've activated the original links. James: the files play fine within
my Internet Explorer (they are MPEG files!). But here are the
direct links to the files (right-click, save target as):

http://www.roadrunnerproductions.tv/lumenarea.mpg
http://www.roadrunnerproductions.tv/theshow.mpg
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Old November 16th, 2004, 09:20 AM   #13
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Thanks Rob. I was able to watch them with the direct links you posted. The original links seemed like they would go to a regular page but they opened an embedded player and then IE would crash. I never could extract the direct .mpg links. When you clicked on the original links, did it go to a web page first and then show the .mpg links for viewing or downloading?
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Old November 16th, 2004, 09:54 AM   #14
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Yes, just as you described (only without the crashing)
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Old November 17th, 2004, 02:18 AM   #15
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how high does it go?
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