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Old January 30th, 2007, 10:07 PM   #1
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FS PRO SM1 Stabalizer

Has anyone used the FS PRO already? I'm about to purchase one and I'd like to read some opinions.

Price is around $2150, it is capable of supporting cameras up to 20 pounds or 9 kg and it looks well built.

http://www.fsprostabilisateur.com/
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Old January 31st, 2007, 02:41 AM   #2
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In both the demo clips the operator's shoulder is visible a few times in don juan position. I wonder if that is from operator error or a design flaw?
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Old January 31st, 2007, 07:54 AM   #3
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In both the demo clips the operator's shoulder is visible a few times in don juan position. I wonder if that is from operator error or a design flaw?

That has nothing to do with the design; at least from your reasoning. If the person behind the camera is not a train operator you get the same mishap with any stabilizer. He just couldn't control the rig as it was slopping around on him. It seems to need a little fine tuning. Meaning the spring needs to be more relaxed from what I can see from the video. Then again, I could be wrong. You should also take a look at the running clip. It seems to handle the shocks pretty well. You do notice a little jitter in the beginning of the run but that could come from something else. Not too bad though.
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Old February 1st, 2007, 12:35 AM   #4
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Interesting...I think they could use some better demos though. It's always a good idea if the stabilizer manufacturer uses the rig regularly or gets a professional to do the demo work. That way you can see how well your shots can look.

I have to say the switch was fairly well done though.

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Old February 2nd, 2007, 11:41 PM   #5
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Hello

Hi everybody!

I decided to leave the shoulder of the operator within the frame, We visualizes although the arm absorbs the movements well by seeing the shoulders gone from top to bottom, but it was not desired at the beginning, these two sequence were shot only one time,

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Old February 3rd, 2007, 01:07 AM   #6
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Frédéric,

I've done the same thing in a few of my shots. One was at an outdoor wedding where I was leading the bride and her father across an open area to where the ceremony would be performed. That wide angle lens will get you every time if your don't watch out. Since then I have been very aware of the possibility of getting a shoulder in the shot so I work had to keep it out.

My best to you and FS PRO,

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Old February 3rd, 2007, 07:19 AM   #7
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Hi Terry,

To be honest whit you a dont do this kind of mouvement often, but whit practice it is could be better.

Other sbject:
Your discreet vest was a very good idea!

Good luck to whit the Indicam!

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Old February 3rd, 2007, 08:05 AM   #8
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Hi everybody!

I decided to leave the shoulder of the operator within the frame, We visualizes although the arm absorbs the movements well by seeing the shoulders gone from top to bottom.
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That was a good idea in fact, but in my opinion you should post a third video without the shoulder. I will talk to you soon.

Thank you all for your posts.
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 09:52 AM   #9
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Hi people,

I have seen a third video where we follow a guy through a building to get a drink.

Frederic you should put that up on the site.
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 10:32 AM   #10
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Maybe Fredric needs authorization to put videos from others on his site...
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 10:41 AM   #11
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Diogo,

If I'm not mistaken the video I saw was at the same location as the "running" clip.
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 10:41 AM   #12
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Hi,

Yes, probably soon, we make this shot to Spira Film
in Québec city,

Greeting!
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Old February 9th, 2007, 02:37 AM   #13
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Interesting rig. . . I didn't know it before and until to read it there:

http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread...571#post803571

It seems the Red buyers are looking for affordable solutions. And it seems this rig will be the best bang for the buck.

9 Kg / 20 lbs. . . Hmmmm. . .

Or will the Indicam be on the indie race?

That vertical arm tip seems an interesting feature. I agree.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 08:58 AM   #14
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just to add to the appeal for any further user experiences/information with the fspro sm1 or earlier version. It looks an interesting prospect for the lightweight market.

Also if there are any views on the floatcam fc9 please, but not just based on pictures (i've seen some idiotic and really inaccurate condemnation in other forums based on pictures). I have tried this myself but dont rate my own opinion due to my inexperience so dont want to talk at length about it here...i will however say that despite the arms unusual appearance in pictures it is great in reality, build quality is top drawer, the gimbal seemed liquid smooth to me and everyone i saw trying it was deeply impressed especially given its price.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 12:13 PM   #15
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Interesting rig. . . I didn't know it before and until to read it there:

http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread...571#post803571

It seems the Red buyers are looking for affordable solutions. And it seems this rig will be the best bang for the buck.

9 Kg / 20 lbs. . . Hmmmm. . .

Or will the Indicam be on the indie race?

That vertical arm tip seems an interesting feature. I agree.
I talked to Emanuel from DVXuser forum on the phone about the FS PRO for the RED camera. The camera is lightweight, but will use the same heavy accesories used on the 35mm cameras. I really don't know if the FS PRO will be able to handle it.

The Indicam will probably be on the indie race, but the FS doesn't cost much more and supports heavier cameras.
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