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Old March 2nd, 2010, 06:05 AM   #1
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New stabilizer:SturdyShots:Need advice

I had a little disposable income and bought the SturdyCam stabilizer from Jaco ( Italy). I was sold by the shots he put up on Youtube and the price. Now the problem_ I am having the devil's own time trying to get this balanced and set with my HM100. Has anyone else taken the plunge with this stabilizer? I am not the most mechanically savvy person and I am probably doing something dumb in the initial set up. The problem is that the camera swings when ever I move it and takes forever to come to rest. Any advice would be geartly appreciated.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 07:31 AM   #2
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Did his stabilisation video not help? YouTube - The SturdyCam - Fast Balancing

Does he has a website? I could find his video back on youtube but no website with how much is cost.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 07:56 AM   #3
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Adjustment procedure

This is not the best forum for this question, but here is a quick answer. You must install a bubble level on your camera. I usually install it into the hot shoe because it is level with the camera base. Find the center of gravity for the camera by rolling the base over a pencil and seeing where it sort of balances. Install the camera into the rig aligning the center of gravity position with the center point of the rig.

With the bubble level installed place the rig into a device to hold it. The video shows the device the tech is using, but usually a piece of pipe clamped to the table or into a vice will do. The rig must be free to swing in both axis. You cannot balance it in your hand, it's too unstable.

Adjust the weights to achieve side and forward center position - bubble in the middle. This is the preliminary adjustment. Add weight to the bottom to achieve the swing speed shown from level to vertical, usually 2-3 seconds. For more stability (but less damping) add more weight - this takes some adjustment. Make your final adjustment for level with the weights added.

That's it.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 01:30 PM   #4
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Did his stabilisation video not help? YouTube - The SturdyCam - Fast Balancing

Does he has a website? I could find his video back on youtube but no website with how much is cost.
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It works with the small camera but as of yet, not the larger one.
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