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Old March 12th, 2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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Learning to fly......the Merlin

Any suggestions are highly appreciated! I m sure i Have to bilance
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Old March 12th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #2
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Hope my idol Charles pops up to give me suggestions
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Old March 12th, 2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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great stuff.... what camera are you using ?
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Old March 13th, 2012, 03:53 AM   #4
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Old March 13th, 2012, 01:44 PM   #5
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hey Marcus, slow down a little, and you're a bit bottom heavy
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Old March 13th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #6
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Re: Learning to fly......the Merlin

Buba i m learning so your suggestion are highly appreciated!
So u suggest to:

- don t run and slow down a little

- bottom heavy, so i should turn a gimbal in clockwise side? What exactly affect this?

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Old March 13th, 2012, 05:21 PM   #7
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Re: Learning to fly......the Merlin

Nice! Great location as well.

I dd a similar test a while ago with the Merlin and my 7D.


In the video I listed the settings I used on the Merlin. I know its not an exact match to your setup but it might give you some ideas. I'm still getting used to flyng it myself.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 06:12 AM   #8
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Nice! I liked it on vimeo
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Old March 15th, 2012, 07:22 AM   #9
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Re: Learning to fly......the Merlin

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- bottom heavy, so i should turn a gimbal in clockwise side? What exactly affect this?
it's hard to tell without holding the unit, but i think just turning the gimbal is not enough, cuz that's a very fine adjustment, what i mean your drop time is probably less than 2 seconds and being a bit bottom heavy shows right away, keep your drop time 2 seconds at least, and to get that either add weight on top, or turning adjustment knob shorted the distance between bottom weight and the mounting plate.
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Old March 17th, 2012, 03:05 PM   #10
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Re: Learning to fly......the Merlin

Guys many Thx to your precious suggestion....
I ll try to shoot a video framing the Merlin with the camera on and i ll show you the drop time test.... I m sure i m doing something wrong over there....
Is it ok for u?
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Old March 17th, 2012, 03:19 PM   #11
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Re: Learning to fly......the Merlin

Hi Marcus: sadly, I'm a bit of a hack with the Merlin, as are many big-rig operators. It's so damn delicate! Kind of like: a real helicopter pilot won't automatically be a good RC helicopter pilot, ya know?

Your video wasn't accessible so I can't give any notes, but I always recommend fliers of any kind of gimballed stabilizer to buy the Steadicam Operator's Handbook, because most of the techniques therein are applicable to any rig.

It's a long process to get it down. Patience is key. As Buba says, move slowly and get a feel for the delicacy first. Put a tape cross on the wall and walk towards it slowly, then back away. Far more enlightening that following human beings.
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Old March 17th, 2012, 05:11 PM   #12
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Hola Charles aka the michael Jordan of the steadicam,

Thx for taking time to help me! First steps with a small steadicam like the Merlin and i want to learn the basics.... Unfortunately i can t afford a workshop in this bad period.... But i ll buy the book 4 sure!
Just checked the video on vimeo and plays fine !
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