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  1. Hey gang! After having countless discussions on set about how to train for what we do, I decided to put together an article which outlines in detail; how to train and condition our bodies for the demands we face on set as Camera and Steadicam Operators! Please take a moment to check it out. Share it with fellow Ops! https://www.daviddesiocinematography.com/blog
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  2. Selling my back up X1 arm, hasn't been used and have decided to move it on. 9000USD or best offer. Don't wait and get a brand new arm without the wait. Comes in a custom case with lowmode bracket. Can ship worldwide at buyers expense. Arm located in Australia
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  3. Hey Christian, If it makes life easier for you, you can write a message within your post and it will automatically bring it to the top of the forums activity. That way you don't have to keep reposting the entire thing every time. Good luck with the sale! It's a beautiful rig!!
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  4. Selling my Betz Wave, only reason is because I have 2 of them! I absolutely love these things. this one is coming straight back from Germany from service so it’s gonna be in tip top shape. comes with a pelican case i don’t have an extra betz plate but I believe they’re probably easy to order. asking 5500$
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  5. Good morning. The Zalex group of accessories started in 1992 with the prototype of a Broadcast video camera low-mode plate. First tested at the Steadicam Workshops in Rockport, Maine, it showed great promise and inspired efforts to make bits that serve my needs. Since that first effort, parts have emerged such as an overhauled Model I/II/III/IIIA Vest, drop-forged steel docking bracket for older sleds, the Longplate, LensLift lens support system, Tally Light Kit, Arm Repo Mount and other items. The full complement of Zalex accessories can be found at our website: https://www.zalex-products.com We’re pleased to share that we have just taken delivery of another 60 Longplates. The Zalex Longplate fits all stages from all manufacturers. There are currently over 350 Longplates in use worldwide. This is the longest, thickest and therefore most rigid, dovetail plate available. Some of the benefits of flying with the Longplate include: º Comes with hardware that allows an Alex/ Amira/ Venice/ Sony camera to be mounted directly to the plate. Stop using a VCT-type of plate and mount right to the Longplate. º Slotted to allow for mounting of 15mm rod clamps for follow-focus, Talent Monitors, lights and other accessories. º Pairs well with the LensLift support system. º Notched for the safety bolt used by some models of GPI/PRO, XCS and Sachtler/ Artemis sleds. º Fully slotted for 3/8-16 lockdown screws, the Longplate kit includes adaptors that allow for ¼-20 screw use as well. º Readily locks into a tripod adaptor to save time on sled-to-sticks turnaround. In addition to the Longplate, the Longplate-M fits the Tiffen Medium Stage sleds. These includes the Archer 2, Zephyr and Scout. Email me for pricing and shipping information at: peter@steadicamproductionservices.com Fly safe !! Peter Abraham, S.O.C.
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  6. Selling my extra LX vest with large socket block. QC’d by Tiffen and pads fully hand washed in March. No tears or defects. Comes with carrying bag. In great shape. $1,700 shipped. (*US ground shipping or I'll take off $50 for international buyers; buyer pays shipping)
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  7. Betz Wave For Sale Excellent condition. Comes with - 1x Tripodlokplate by Betz-Tools 1x power cable 1x Dovetailplate by Betz-Tools 1x Travel Case USD$6000 include shipping (Exclude insurance, tax and bank charges) Located in Singapore Interested Kindly PM to discuss
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  8. New style M2 SledCover Waterproof Lightweight Material Zipper Front for easy installation. WrapSnap closure around post Cable inlets Leg room for bigger batteries Can also be built for slim battery setups Rear battery access YKK Zipper System BongoTies / Pouch $265
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  9. I´m based in Chile, and wanted to invest 37.5K open to offers. thanks in advance to everyone.
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  10. Received an email from Daniel Crawford, interested in selling me his gyros. he sent me stock images, and stock videos that don’t belong to him , a Google voice number. He said he was a steadicam operator and was unable to tell me what rig he owned. Didn’t know what the 600 was and a few other red flags. Buyers beware.
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  11. Hey Michael, I have a friend who is interested in the entire package all together. She’s not a forum member but is ready for your call if this is available. Hailey Enge- (608) 963-5406
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  12. Bump Betz Wave 1 - 5000 USD Small HD 503 - SOLD Eartec UL5S (1 Master headset 4 Remote Headset No Hub, 10 Batteries) SOLD Custom Easy XYZ 25KGs Vibration Iso w/Case (Tested but not used, still smells like the factory) 900 USD 6X DEAD Anton Bauer Dionic HCX, I’ll send them to THT for Recell if you want them, you pay for shipping and recell. 1x 4Bay AB Charger Not Simultaneous Charger 250$ 1x 2Bay AB Simultaneous Charger 200$ Open to all offers.
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  13. Getting rid of stuff I don't use. For what I do , the Volt is the right tool . Wave 1 in great condition. only used in studio for a project. Includes: case, blue plates with screws, little arm and weights. $5,250.00 Los Angeles area.
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  14. Please note that your account name has been updated to your real full name, James.
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  15. I am selling a complete Steadicam kit with a LX Vest, G-50X Arm, and a heavily modified Archer Sled. Complete kit for $13,000 OBO. Available near Times Square in Manhattan NY. Everything is in good working condition, this is a great starter kit! - It is complete with all basic accessories. Major Components: -Steadicam LX Vest -G-50X Arm (Label says G50, but bearings were upgraded) -Heavily Modified Archer Sled (Internal HD Wiring, 12/24v Selector, Sled base is modified-see photos, adjustable battery position ) Accessories: -Tv Logic Monitor -4 IDX V-Mount Batteries -V-Mount 2-Battery Charger -Low Mode Bracket -F Bracket for Low Mode -Docking Bracket -Sony VCT Quick Release Plate -Assorted Cables and small Tools (see photos) -Assorted bolts, zip ties, replacement BNC connectors (see photos) -Practice Weight Cage -Two large cases that fit entire kit Feel free to message me with any inquiries!
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  16. Selling my Mk-v revolution. Extremely lightly used. Perfect working condition. Comes with pelican case, cables & tools. Has rotating monitor mount wired for M1 post. $20,000 USD plus shipping from Australia matt@steadimoves.com.au
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  17. I think I can speak to the aluminum versus stainless debate, as I was the one who was selling stainless steel arm posts a couple of years ago. I have had several issues with aluminum arm posts over the years of using my PRO arm. For most people, I think the aluminum posts probably suit them fine. But, for people like me who tend to push their gear to the limit, I have found that every single hollow aluminum arm post I ever had eventually bent or cracked. Quite simply, with a long gimbal handle like an Ergo handle, or regularly flying 60+ pound sleds in low mode with an F bracket on longer arm posts (I spend a lot of time in high low mode with a 12" arm post), a 6061 aluminum arm post with 1/8" wall thickness won't hold up. I first noticed a bend in my 12", then upon checking I found that the 8" was even more bent and was beginning to crack at the bend, and after a couple more years I found that even the 6" arm post I was using had some stress cracks in the anodizing where the post met the shaft collar. I eventually switched to making my own arm posts out of 7075 solid stock, turning them to the correct size (several arm posts I purchased varied wildly in size - not good!), but I eventually decided to move to 304 stainless steel for my own arm posts. The thing I like about steel is that it doesn't tend to crack and fail spectacularly like Aluminum does, but it bends. I have put a 60+ pound sled on an 18" stainless arm post (304 with 1/8" walls) and while you can see the post bend, I am not worried that it will spontaneously crack if it is bent like an aluminum post does. For my stainless arm posts, I had a local aerospace grinding shop do a run of stainless tubing centerless ground to .621" diameter, +/- .0005" (they laughed and said that to them that was a mile wide tolerance!). I found that to be the sweet spot amongst all of my arm posts I had purchased over the years - measuring and averaging them seemed to come to that number. Some were as small as .615", some were as large as .623". Honestly, the stainless was probably overkill, but for me, it was an insurance policy against catastrophic failure, and that for me was worth it. You probably could offer solid arm posts that would do the same, or 7075 aluminum, but I know I liked the feeling of security I got from the stainless.
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  18. Considering that top stage is at least 32 years old, you might be better off buying either a Betz topstage or the DB3S (that optical support makes). Both have a rod mount option and will be more rigid than the diving board that you're trying to use. Even a well loved DB3 with the diving board will be less prone to vibration than the DB1. Consider too that the DB1 at this point I believe is unserviceable because the parts don't exist. Alternatively, you could have something machined that clamps to the post, but you lose space as far as how high you can move your gimbal to the upper jbox. Talk to Jarrett Morgan here in Atlanta. If you need something custom, he's your guy. Also flies with the volt and has made some volt brain components that he already makes.
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  19. Steadicam Sled - MK-V infinity For sale is my MK-V Infinity sled, with 3 v-lock battery mounts and Betz top stage. 2” , 2 stage post. Comes with cables, plates, and peli case for transport. Includes: 1 x MK-V Docking Bracket 3 x mounting plates 1 x Arri Alexa plate 1 x Dovetail plate 2 x Lemo power cables 3 x BNC Cables 2 x Lemo to 4-pin XLR Monitor power cable 1 x spare mounting locking plate Additional 15mm monitor bracket 4 x thin BNC 1 x 24V power cable 3 x Allen key tools 1 x additional follow focus mount £5995 + VAT, open to offers. Thanks!
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  20. Hello! I am looking to sell my Tiffen Ultra which I purchased in 2017. It’s a complete and functional kit, ready-to-use. Because I am moving country, I can sadly not take it with me so I am not only selling the Steadicam but also offer any new owner their pickings of any of my gear that I used when operating free-of-charge. I bought this Steadicam in 2017 and believe I am the 3rd owner. It served me very well and has been regularly serviced. In my experience the Tiffen Ultra allowed me to fly any camera I was handed, anything from an ARRI Mini up to 35-milimeter Film cameras such as the ARRI Arricam ST as well as a Moviecam Compact. The rig was made for heavier cameras, however with some weighted plates the previous owner had custom made, you can bring the newer digital cameras up to a very comfortable operating weight. Furthermore, this Ultra has been modified with an HD line as well as comes with a Blackmagic Converter all already pre-wired so you can run the newer Cameras feed down to the rigs monitor. This kit is great for anyone looking to upgrade into a commercially useable rig without having the budget for a brand new one. It was my first “proper” rig and served me very well, allowing me to operate with all cameras that were given to me at an affordable price by giving away only a few creature comforts in comparison to a brand-new rig. While a little older, it still comes with quite a few nice features. The post is carbon-fibre and it has a motorised tilt-stage. It is tool-free and can take a max payload of 22kg (according to the manual). The rig is currently in Birmingham, UK to view. I am open to discuss shipping if needed. £ 15000.- OBO. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer. KIT INCLUDES: 1x Tiffen ULTRA Sled 1x Tiffen ULTRA CRT Monitor 1x Tiffen ULTRA Arm 1x Tiffen ULTRA Vest ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Addition: 1x Blackmagic SDI to Analog 4k (Including SDI cabling between monitor, converter, and sled) 1x Custom HD Line from top of sled to bottom (wired inside of the sled) 1x Bubble-Level attached to back of the bottom sled part. 1x Tiffen ULTRA Docking Bracket 1x C-Stand 1x American Stand with large tyres (much more useful than a C-Stand. I have rolled this around in the mud and it works fine). 1x Sandbag for your stand ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EXTRAS: 1x V-LOCK Battery 4-way Charger 4x V-LOCK Batteries (I have 6 additional batteries that need re-celling which you can have for free if you want). 1x Mitchell Mount (used to attach Steadicam arm to back of vehicles). 1x bag of various support rods. 1x bag of back-up BNC Connector wires 1x Bronze Weighted Plate (Heavy) 1x Iron Weighted Plate (Small) 1x Windbreaker for operating. (Foldable) X various tools and bits and bobs you might need to operate. (You make take or leave what you like). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TRANSPORT: 1x Flight case for Vest and Arm 1x Flight case for Sled 1x Flight case for Batteries 1x Flight case for Mitchell Mount 1x Soft bag for Vest and Docking Bracket 1x Soft bag for Arm 1x Custom Hardcase (originally a rifle case) for the arm. (I made this because I didn’t trust the soft bag by itself and the large flight case for the arm and vest together is a bit large for every-day jobs.)
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  21. Juancho!!! Bienvenido al club!!
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  22. GPI Pro Sled with Accessories: Sled with Upgraded SDI and 12/24 electrics DB 2 Various Camera Cables- Arri, Red, Sony Venice etc 1x Long Betz Plate with 15mm rod adaptor. 1x Betz TripodLok Plate 1x Jerry Hill Docking Bracket 2x Low Mode Bracket as well as extensions Steadyrig Battery Hanger (Gold Mount) 1x Ossee 7" 3000nit Monitor Some small rig weights for fine tuning balance Pelican Case US$15500.00 Sled is in New Zealand, happy to ship. I am a genuine seller, I can be verified on imdb and through our local panavision rental facility. Phone calls will be a natural part of this sale.
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  23. Hi all; I've got a new vendor and all stocked up again with plates. I've even got a couple of new holes in the edges so that you can configure the posts in many ways, rather than just the four corners. I've got some good pricing, probably a bit better deal. Pictures to follow. Janice Have a wonderful 2024 after an horrendous 2023.
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  24. GPI Pro Vest Chest 25” , Waist 34” like new, small scratches. to be picked up in Berlin 4600€ + Tax & shipping
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  25. Are you willing to break up into individual parts?
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  26. Hey I have a smart system vest I’m looking to sell, dm me if you’re interested
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  27. Jerry Hill Mag Dock fork only for sale. Great condition, 2” opening (used it with my 1.5” Pro sled with docking ring). Use it with docking assembly or add teal stud receiver (from Jerry Hill) to have an extra place to land on a cart or Moses Pole. Great condition. New strike price: $190
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  28. $8500 USD or best offer
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  29. Hi Jared, I have a practice cage (see posts under Jennie Jeddry). It’s roughly 12lbs. I’m in NY but can ship freight. Make me an offer if you’re interested. pics below. Selling for $450 OBO just posted today.
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  30. Heavily Modified Movi XL With Fiber Optic Gyro, Ignite-Digi TB50 Battery Adapter, Power Block, Brutal R&D Slipring And Tons Of Accessories For Sale: Please Read Entire Listing Carefully Before Contacting Me. For sale is an excellent condition Movi XL package. An incredibly complete Feature Film, Series, Commercial ready package in excellent condition and perfect working order with all needed accessories and cables including flight/travel case. Package Includes: Movi XL 3 Axis Stabilized Remote Head With Optical Gyro And Flight Case. Brutal R&D Full Slipring system for power and video (brand new/unused) with two remote power cables (new/unused). Complete Mimic system w/ Atomos Shogun Flame High Bright Monitor, Camera Cage With Handlebars and Anton Bauer Battery Plate, Mini Sliding Dovetail (to attach Mimic system to your favorite Fluid Head or Geared Head with an Arri Sliding Dovetail Plate), Mimic Quick Release, Antennas (short and long) and Charging/Power Cable. Arri Style Camera Plate (19mm studio). XL Dovetail Plate. XL Lens Support. XL Rod Support. 19mm Carbon Lens Support Rods (various lengths. X3 sets). Pop and lock 50mm. Movi XL Chargers (2). Movi XL Wiring Harness spare. Quick Release Kit. Movi XL to Mitchell Mount. Custom Easy 90 Degree Mitchell Male to Mitchell Female (For Nose Mounting Of The XL. New/Unused). Ignite Digi TB50 adapter and power block (original Movi XL battery plates included as well). The Power Block is new/unused). Ignite Digi power cables (2) for Alexa Mini, Mini LF and Alexa 35 (New/Unused). Ignite Digi 12 volt camera power cables (2) to universal 4 pin XLR. 4 Pin XLR to Anton Bauer adapter (X2) Plates. Extended Length 25mm Carbon Fiber Vertical Cage Rods (allows for a full studio build camera to go in the cage with the handle on it). The original cage rods are also included. Various P Tap power cables also included. Movi XL to NODO Inertia Wheels/Alpha Wheels Wireless Receiver Comm cables (X2) included. And many extras not listed here. No batteries are included in this sale as i use them (TB50) for my other remote heads and they are difficult to ship without carrier issues. A small sample of recent projects this Movi XL package has been used on include: Green Book. Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches. On Becoming A God In Central Florida. Queen Sugar. NCIS: New Orleans. Crater. Filthy Rich. The Movi XL has a 50 pound camera payload and with the Fiber Optic Gyro is exceptional at stabilizing under all conditions and is immune from temperature changes or G Force. This entire package has been exceptionally well cared for and maintained. It has never been sub rented. It goes out only on my jobs. I purchased every item listed here brand new. Total to purchase everything listed new would be more than $61,000 US. Selling everything listed plus many useful extras: $51,000 US. Available Now. Expand your business. Start earning rentals now. Add A Flowcine Tranquilizer (complete with all available polymers and passive weight plates). Also comes with Shore 70 Pan Barrels. Mitchell Female Mount. Mitchell Male Mount. Overslung Mod with polymers and air bladder. Total to purchase new would be over $3000. Purchase with Movi XL Package: $1500. Purchase Separately: $1900. Serious only please. Please don’t email if you don’t have the funds available to purchase. I am also not splitting up the package at this time (other than the Tranquilizer) so please don’t ask. Use email address below to get to me quicker as i don’t check here that often. All gear is located in New Orleans, Louisiana area. Buyer is responsible for shipping costs and any insurance needed and optimally should have their own shipping account available(Fedex, UPS, DHL, etc). Email for additional photos and for further questions/details. Local pickup/Inspection is also available working around my current shooting schedule. Grayson Grant Austin, SOC graysonaustin@me.com
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  31. Hey Herman. An old thread but here is the gimbal taken apart. There are 2 pressure rings. 1 outer and 1 inner. Take a precision flat head screwdriver and get under the exposed end with the lip. gently slide the head around the circumference of the sleeve. It will easily pop off. Now the sleeve will come out. Just use finger pressure and wiggle back and forth. The ring holding the bearing is done in the same way. The bearing will come out the same way as well. While this is the way to get to the bearing it not to be done over and over as the rings will lose their tension over time. Putting it back together is just as easy. Just press the ring around the sleeve starting with the squared end in the channel and it will go into place. Same with the bearing. If you need to replace the bearing they are readily available online.
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  32. Up for sale is a smart systems X1 arm never used on the field just for a single practice session. Save waiting for back order and get this arm asap! selling for 9000 flat or best offer. comes with everything included when you buy it from the manufacturer. this gear was purchased by someone trying to get into Steadicam operating only to realize their passions in another field. Check out my other posts as well for sled/vest if you’re interested.
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  33. Parting out Kit. Ships anywhere from Detroit. All in great working condition. 1x Tiffen ULTRA HD Sled - $3000.00 Great starter or back-up sled. Super post, motorised head and HD-SDI line added - Custom Cut Armoured case on wheels - Tiffen 15cm 6" (short) plate - Tiffen 30cm 12" plate - Weight Plate 15lb/7kg Modifications: - removal of the tilting stage - removal of the top post (weak post) - HDMI conections added - Monitor Yoke/6" Transvideo Monitor - 12/24 V electronics bypassed and wired for 12V (electronics are still there) - Tons of power 12/24V power cables Red, Arri, Pana 2x Ultra to 12v XLR Power Cable 1x Ultra to 24v XLR Power Cable 1x Ultra to Panavision 24v Power Cable 1x 4 pin XLR to Fischer 2 pin (arri Alexa) 1x 4 pin XLR to 2pin Lemo (teradek) - New double V-mount mount - Tiffen ULTRA Docking Bracket - Tiffen Flight case for Sled $3000.00 1x 3A Arm - $3000.00 Versatile arm that can fly anything you throw at it. - Two arm Posts (Tiffen/Hill 5/8 to ¾ arm posts) - Tiffen soft-side Bag $3000.00 1x Walt Klassen Rear-Mount Vest - $3500.00 - W 32-36 x H 5’8” – 6’2” - New Waist Pads - Slingshot v1 (Gimbal/Handheld mounts) - WK Soft-side rectangle bag $3500.00 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1x 3A Arm - Good condition. Can fly anything you throw at it! 1x Walt Klassen Rear-Mount Vest - W 32-36 x H 5’8” – 6’2” - New Waist Pads - Slingshot v1 (Gimbal/Handheld mounts) 1x Tiffen ULTRA Docking Bracket Plates & Posts Ultra Cabling 2x Ultra to 12v XLR Power Cable 1x Ultra to 24v XLR Power Cable 1x Ultra to Panavision 24v Power Cable 1x 4 pin XLR to Fischer 2 pin (arri Alexa) 1x 4 pin XLR to 2pin Lemo (teradek) *Front Mount Master Series Vest (?) Project Vest
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  34. I'm curious if anyone has some wisdom around using gyros with their volt. Shooting on the beach last week in heavy wind without gyros got me thinking... I've been considering purchasing a set of gyros for a while, especially before the volt. Now that I'm flying a volt, I haven't run into many situations where I need gyros. After last week, I'm considering adding a pair of KS-4's to my kit just to throw on when I need a bit more inertia. How is everyone using gyros with their volts? Are you mounting them differently than before? Is there still a need for 3 axis gyros? Would love to know what's working before I think about purchasing anything. Cheers!
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  35. Greetings I am planning to buy a Fly Cam Prophet from a local seller who sells it at a good price. The things is, the steady's sled has a BNC connector, but as the steadycam is old, it's made for S-Video in mind. It also has a TFT monitor that accepts s-video, but I'm planning on using a monitor that I have that uses SDI. My question is, as SDI uses the same BNC connector, can I use the steadycam integrated system to send in a SDI signal and take it out through the sled to my SDI monitor? Will I receive signal on the other end? I am asking just to make sure if I will have to modify the cables or buy conversors. Thank you Victor
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  36. Seems like a lot of work just to avoid spinning the dock around 180 degrees. Plus I really like that spud off to the left of the center post. Great for balancing without worrying if the stand will fall over. Its not for me but to each his own.
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  37. You should use a solid mating block when using a back mounted vest and you shouldn't have a problem... https://shop.walterklassen.com/products/gpi-pro-rigid-socket-adaptor I've been using this for years with my PRO arm... most Klassen users will have this. James
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  38. (1) Preston HU4 SN: 1359 (brand new - never used) (5) Focus Rings (brand new - never used) (1) MDR-3 SN: 1213 (1) Focus/Iris Hand Unit SN: 1718 (2) Heden Motors M21VE SN: 3543 & 3194 (1) Heden LM30 Motor SN: 00303 (2) 19 mm reduction insert (2) 15 mm reduction insert (3) 0.8 Gear (1) 0.4 Gear (1) 0.5 Gear (1) 0.6 Gear (2) Sony NP - FZ100 Batteries (1) Manfrotto Dual Charger (3) Sony NP-FM500H batteries (1) Sony BC-TRM single battery charger (3) Motor Cables (2) MDR Power Cable 4699 (2) Arri Power Cable 4721 (1) Cinetape Cable 4742 (1) Panavision Cable 4722 (1) Pelican Case Price: $24,500 224868572_IMG_15393.HEIC IMG_1540 3.HEIC IMG_1541 3.HEIC IMG_1542 3.HEIC IMG_1543 3.HEIC IMG_1544 3.HEIC IMG_1545 3.HEIC IMG_1520.HEIC 840993588_IMG_15213.HEIC 696653589_IMG_15383.HEIC 1714385918_IMG_15373.HEIC IMG_1536 3.HEIC IMG_1533.HEIC IMG_1531 3.HEIC IMG_1530 3.HEIC IMG_1529 3.HEIC IMG_1528 3.HEIC IMG_1527 3.HEIC IMG_1526 3.HEIC
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  39. Hi i'm interest in the all package. is still available?
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  40. Hi Sahid, Did you add your name to the SOA waitlist? We often have students who have to drop out at the last minute, and since you are local in NY, you could be a great candidate to fill an empty seat. I am also sending you a PM. Be well.
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  41. This is an amazing deal !!!! Someone will be very happy.
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  42. 4500€, its collecting dust, great back up rig or to start with.
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  43. Found mine a couple weeks ago. Battery died at an amusing moment. Thought today would be a good day to post.
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  44. Well, my website is gone but don't worry I'm still here. My site was originally hosted at my ISP provider until they stopped offering free hosting. Then I found a place offering free hosting but they went belly up and took my website with them (without bothering to tell me). At this point I do so little business there's no real reason to find someplace else to host it. So if you try to go there and can't be assured I am still here to do repairs and sell any spare parts you might need. My e-mail hasn't changed: jim@bartechengineering.com. Later, Jim Bartell BarTech Engineering
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  45. I thought I’d take a moment to share little bit of history which might be fun. Scrounging through some really old photographs I came across a couple of beauties dating back to around 1989. As aged as they appear, they indicate a counterculture that was taking root as Cinema Products struggled to understand the needs of the Steadicam Operator. While still living in South Africa, I met some aeronautical engineers whose day job was designing the Heads Up Display for the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter. As the technologies that applied to Steadicam covered some common ground, it seemed like a good place to start. I explained some of the quirks that we endure with the Steadicam, particularly its desire to depart perfect level when in the hands of a faltering and inadequate operator. As a member of that club, I pitched the idea of a cradle coupled with level sensors and a stepper motor that would take away our pain. It took a few months and these photos are the only evidence of what we came up with. It was a rough prototype but mechanically it worked pretty well as long as I kept the post travelling from left to right. The hitch in the giddy-up was the processing speed along with the level sensors of the time. As a concept it was limited, but the best sensor of that era, which might have improved our chances and which were probably only the equivalent of the sensor that was put in the very first iPhone, would have cost us around $18,000. If I remember correctly, it worked on the basis of a harmonic or acoustic signal that would distort as it departed level. After playing with the prototype for a while, it was clear that we had a long way to go. When I arrived in the USA and got into similar discussions with George Paddock, the challenge seemed more achievable. We were sadly humbled as we endured however. It is one thing to produce a rough prototype, but to consider putting it out to the world is another thing completely. Over the years we tried three times to launch the project but each time we encountered another problem and I have to say that the cash required was somewhat daunting. In a strange way, I was divided between the elegance and exclusiveness that lived within the Steadicam, while at the same time trying to create what amounted to be both a shortcut and a crutch. One of our attempts was in the era of Lynn Nicholson’s development of the Alien, and with the amount of money he had already invested, we felt that it would be underhand and deceptive to proceed with a vaguely similar concept. A group of us had been invited to a private demonstration of the Alien in a motel room near Universal and essentially Lynn demonstrated that he had solved the challenge of Camera Orientation according to planet earth. As the years past and the dust settled, we took one more stab at it and agreed to call it a day. It started to feel like we were in conflict our initial intention of keeping the PRO simple, clean and beautiful. I kept these two photographs which I carried with me when I settled in the USA on the off chance then I would find myself in a complicated conversation regarding the origination of the idea and the tricky issue of “Prior Art”. That may have been astute but as the years passed it became redundant. I'm also including in this collection a particular design that George and I approached along the way. We came to the conclusion that the arc of the leveling system actually needed to run in the inverse of what was conventional. When we mounted a camera and wore the Steadicam, we fully understood in about 2 seconds the concept of a mechanical system that has become un- coupled. That has to be one of my strangest Steadicam sensations I’ve ever felt, and thousands of dollars lay at our feet. It was with a certain amount of whimsy that I watched Chris Betz so elegantly achieve what had eluded myself and George for so long. It is one thing to tinker with prototypes, but to bring a product as complicated as the WAVE to a fickle and demanding market is a sign of incredible perseverance and fortitude. When George and I ran out of gas, others were better equipped to embrace the emerging technologies. What may have been telling, is that throughout the years we never came up with a name for it. The future is now saturated with camera stabilization that we couldn’t even imagine back in the 80’s and 90’s. Ironically, no matter how much technology is brought to bear, the best results still emerge from a neutrally balanced system and Garrett’s fingerprints can be found throughout.
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  46. I suspect it's a small amount of twist in the arm that does it. Both Eric and Robert work front mounted. I did some experimenting the other day. I hard mounted the rig to remove the human element from the equation. I tired mounting it in the Klassen orientation and I tried mounting it in the traditional orientation. I balanced the socket block with the arm post friction locked off. I was able to pull the handle in any direction within reason and the sled would remain floating in the area above a mark I placed on the floor. This shows that the socket block was correctly balanced. Once friction was released the handle would still flick back out. The Klassen seemed to always try to kick back out away from what I saw. There was no amount of socket block balancing or tweaking that would change this. I tried it in the traditional orientation albeit in goofy (I didn't flip the socket block around), and from what I saw the handle sits naturally towards the body more when released and balanced, giving the impression that its under control. I can't see how you would be able to have the handle stay anywhere you put it with the arm post loose. If you were to push the handle away from you or pull it into you the spring in the socket block assembly for front mounted operators would push the arm back out to where it sits naturally taking the gimbal handle with it. Even more so with a longer gimbal handle. I agree that with it loose it might stay in the same orientation as you are used to tho, depending on how you have the arm mounted. Happy to have some feedback from anyone else using a back mounted harness in a "regular" position with a PRO arm. Best, Rick.
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  47. You guys are all NERDS lol.
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