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Old October 27th, 2006, 12:23 AM   #1
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smooth shooter accessories?

Hey guys
I was wondering if any of you got suggestions regarding smooth shooter accessories thet would make balancing somewhat easier?
Because balancing it right now takes me forever.
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Old October 27th, 2006, 01:52 AM   #2
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What aspect of balancing is causing you the most grief, Victor? i.e. which axis?
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Old October 29th, 2006, 01:48 AM   #3
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I'm shooting with XL2 and the thing I'm mostly concerned is that it takes forever for me to balance the whole thing; sometimes it goes to back and forward and sometimes sideways... in other words, bit frustrating
I was also wondering if bottom mount monitor would help
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Old October 29th, 2006, 02:09 AM   #4
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If you don't allready have one, it might be a good idea to buy a quick release plate that matches your tripod so that you can quickly switch the camera back and forth without having to re-balance ever time.

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Old October 29th, 2006, 11:47 PM   #5
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Victor,

Is your drop time OK? Does your sled want to stay upright? If not it can make any kind of balancing almost useless. I just did a camera change for a movie shot and had a hard time getting a good balance until I realized I didn't follow my own rules of getting a decent drop time balance first.

Mikko's suggestion is great. Once you balance the rig left to right then get a fairly close front/back balance with the camera stage. Lock it down and final balance the rig with the quick release (providing it has front to back adjustment).

A bottom mounted monitor has it's advantages but it is also a lot harder to get good dynamic balance compared to your current bottom plate. At least that is what we have found in test with our system.

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Old October 31st, 2006, 02:46 AM   #6
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Thanks for suggestions
Mikko, yes I do have a quick release plate and next time I'll use it (bogen).
and Terry I'll try your way of balancing and eventually I might even take a steadicam class in the city (ny)
Thanks again
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