16' DIY Polecam for professional use at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Jibs / Cranes / Booms


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 17th, 2014, 11:41 PM   #1
Trustee
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 1,430
16' DIY Polecam for professional use

I'm almost there! I've been working on this garage project for several months now. I'm doing the final tweaking; the pans and tilts are still not quite as smooth as I would like them. There is also an apparent see sawing on moves which I want to eliminate.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay area and need footage shot with this, please contact me! I currently have a Canon 5Dmii on it, and I'm working on the remote focusing mechanism right now. I can swap head cables and fit a small video camera (CX-550) and control it with lanc for zoom, focus, start/stop.

Here's a short video of it:

Warren Kawamoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 18th, 2014, 03:43 AM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Elk Grove CA
Posts: 6,838
Re: 16' DIY Polecam for professional use

Hi Warren

Nice Pro looking rig! What kind of money are talking about for the build so far?
__________________
Chris J. Barcellos
Chris Barcellos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 18th, 2014, 04:02 AM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Aberdeen Scotland
Posts: 594
Re: 16' DIY Polecam for professional use

Have you thought about using "DSLR Controller" an android app. for focusing?
Donald McPherson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 18th, 2014, 10:47 AM   #4
Trustee
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 1,430
Re: 16' DIY Polecam for professional use

Thanks, Chris. I haven't tallied up the total cost, but off the top of my head, the carbon fiber poles were $1800, Servocity head $399, aluminum plates and tubes $50, wiring $70, weights $38, various nuts, bolts, washers, and clips $30, etc. I'm "borrowing" the controller and joystick from my Jimmy Jib. If I can get my rig to perform the way I want, I'll add 2 more extensions, making it a 24' unit.

Donald, thanks for the heads up about the android focus app, I didn't know about it! The focusing unit is actually done, but not connected yet. I'm waiting for a flexible lens focus gear to arrive in the mail. The focus servo is also borrowed from Jimmy Jib since it can be controlled from the control box. All I need to do is attach a short rod to the baseplate, hook up the servo, then I'm good to go.

An authentic starter Polecam kit costs around $10k. I just saw an Indian knockoff (I think it was Cine city Pro aim) for about $2300 but Pro aim is known to build theirs with poor quality.
Warren Kawamoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 19th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #5
Major Player
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Atlantic Coast Canada
Posts: 578
Re: 16' DIY Polecam for professional use

neat hardly need a dji phantom now
how did you manage those truck shots? was the whole rig rolling?
Bruce Dempsey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 19th, 2014, 06:09 PM   #6
Major Player
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 848
Re: 16' DIY Polecam for professional use

Looks like a great tool for real estate features.
Jim Michael is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 20th, 2014, 12:06 AM   #7
Trustee
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 1,430
Re: 16' DIY Polecam for professional use

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bruce Dempsey View Post
how did you manage those truck shots? was the whole rig rolling?
There were no truck shots at all, the tripod was absolutely stationary. The last indoor shot looked like a truck shot because the boom was swinging to the right while the head was panning to the left at the same speed. My target was the door, I tried to keep it centered, giving the illusion that the camera was moving forward when in fact it was traveling in an arc.
Warren Kawamoto is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Jibs / Cranes / Booms

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:58 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network