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Old July 4th, 2006, 07:44 AM   #1
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DVrig Pro Tips

Anyone got any useful tips on using varicams DVrig pro when attached to a Canon XL H1? I've recently bought one and found it very useful for a long days shooting (over 11 hours! off and on).

I was very impressed with the balance but feel for 400 it could have been a better experience so any usage tips on rigs would be appreciated.

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Old July 4th, 2006, 08:58 AM   #2
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DOn't have your camera -sulk! - but:

* I've exerted my prodigious muscular body in ever so slightly bending OUTWARDS the down-handles

* Got a Frotti 521Pro lanc on one of the handles.

* Have fixed my cabling in a loom that now is cable tied to the chassis - I hate cables!

* Have a RAM support for my LCD monitor

* PAG light battery velcroed to rear

* I mostly use it with both springs released

* Bought the frotti tripod converter shoe - easy switch from DVrig to Miller tripod

* In terms of position I have used it with the downward option slung low so I'm mostly looking OVER the camera - HENCE the monitor - FAB!!!

. .and yes, it is a remarkable piece of kit. I've videoed all day with this set up and could have gone another 12 hours!

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Old July 7th, 2006, 07:09 AM   #3
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Weights at the back

Playing around with the Rig I've discovered if you have someone else pressing down on your shoulder you get a much better feel and balance. So, unless you can attach a human to your right shoulder blade I guess I'll be buying some weights to add to the rig!

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Old July 7th, 2006, 07:29 AM   #4
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I guess I'll be buying some weights to add to the rig!

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Well, mine came with a counterbalance. Not BIG, I grant you that, but why not consider some useful opportunity to fix a lighting battery?
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Old July 7th, 2006, 09:36 AM   #5
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Yeah

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Well, mine came with a counterbalance. Not BIG, I grant you that, but why not consider some useful opportunity to fix a lighting battery?
Mine came with a weight aswell - not planning on adding a light at the moment - might use a bag of frozen peas....keep me cool in this hot weather!
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