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Zoran Vincic last won the day on June 28 2017

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    Marshall level marker jumping

    Guys, I need an advice. I'm using a Marshall 651STX monitor with a Marshall level sensor. The level marker recently started to jump from middle to the extreme point on one side. It was doing that here and there but yesterday it started doing it so frequently that I had to disable the level as it was too distracting during operating. It is doing the same thing on a Steadicam branded Marshall 70XHB I'm using as a backup. Has anyone else experienced that kind of behavior? Thanks
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    Movi on steadicam arm / steadimate..

    Cinemilled looked interesting until I realised that the only way to tilt up or down was by leaning with your body. One more thing bugs me about steadimate? Is it possible to use it inverted?
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    Movi on steadicam arm / steadimate..

    You're right Dougal, I just read your post again and I apologize for being a smartass. As there's not much real world info about the steadimate yet I wanted to ask you something. One sentence in your first post caught my eye, you wrote "the arm will take some of the weight off your arms, but you're still holding all that weight way out in front of you". Ain't one of the main perks of steadimate that it enables fingertip control of the gimbal? Did you try any other gimbal supports to compare with the steadimate? Thanks
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    Movi on steadicam arm / steadimate..

    Hey Dougal, just one small digression, steadimate did not kill that bearing. As you've said it yourself, you were trying to dial down the arm while it was unloaded or loaded lightly. That would kill it with the sled too. The arm sections needs to be loaded and horizontal before adjusting the dial, especially when you dial down as that involves actually putting more tension on the spring to preload it for less capacity. If you just glanced at the manual you could've avoided the trouble as it says there when NOT to adjust that dial. Luckily for you it's not an expensive fix. You don't even have to disassemble the whole arm although you do need to remove the tension from the spring as you won't be able to wedge a new bearing in while it is under tension That bearing is standard and widely available, 1/4 x 1/2 x 3/16, flanged. You will also find it as SFR188zz. Be sure to get that one as there is also a FR188ZZ bearing which is not stainless. And get some spares too.
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    Ultra I Waist Plastic

    I changed the waist band on my Zephyr sled. It's shared with the LX vest and they even have it listed in the webshop.
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    voltage regulators

    And be sure to find a more solid way to mount it. You will get vibrations if it's loose like this.
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    Cheap SDI to HDMI converter

    Ned, these converters are made by this company no matter what the box print says: chusei.cn
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    voltage regulators

    Ned, you could've saved your self some time in designing and building that regulator if you had seen this thread: http://www.steadicamforum.com/index.php?showtopic=24620 That converter will happily take voltage from any fully charged 14.4 battery as it is rated for 5-18V input.
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    Cheap SDI to HDMI converter

    Charles, I can't confirm as I currently don't have access to a camera which puts out that format so I can't test it. But if you ran into it before it's probably the same thing as they all come from the same production line. Michael, besides the format issue, that unit certainly looks like a higher quality build, proper BNC's etc. My main concern was will this box take unregulated 14.4V power, which it does without an issue. Hence this post, someone will be googling their ass off trying to find the same information, like I did. But unlike me they will have this thread.
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    Cheap SDI to HDMI converter

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  11. I just received a super cheap SDI to HDMI converter which I bought to mount on one of my HDMI monitors. I paid only $21 for it so it certainly goes in the super cheap bin. It is advertised to take 5-12V power and I wanted to test will it work on a fresh off the charger V-lock battery (measured 16.8V). I can happily say that it works with no ill effects (like smoke). I opened it up just to confirm and the input capacitor is rated at 25V and it has AMS1117CD voltage regulator. And it says 5V>>18V on the PCB, right next to the power input. It also has a metal casing and it seems robust enough but there are few issues. The BNC and hdmi connectors are not robust enough. If you were to use it in production environment I'd strongly advise to have backup. I am planning to change the BNC connector to a better panel mounted one. Also, the pcb in my unit is mounted with one screw only although there are four screw slots. I attached a few snapshots
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    Alexa on a Pilot, well it flies, sort of

    That's correct Frank, it is the addon grip Frederic is making. It really does make a huge difference in handling.
  13. Hi, As the title says I'm looking for a used Zephyr in EU, hit me up with an offer if you have one for sale.
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    Alexa on a Pilot, well it flies, sort of

    And for those of you who are curious how exactly did the Alexa fly with a rig this small, here is the finished video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3mvuMLiTAo
  15. Here it is, Alexa mini with a focus motor, BM sdi to analog converter, sennheiser audio receiver all bundled up on a Pilot with a 155wh battery on the sled, together with a Marshall 651stx monitor. We used Cooke S4 mini lenses, mostly 50 and 31mm and just a few shots were done with the 18 (which is the lightest of the bunch). As the title says it flies but it is not ideal. The arm is drooping just a bit too much and I had to use my right arm to lift quite a bit more than normally. And I was not relaxed while operating it. It really did feel like a struggle. If the rig was less than a kilo lighter it would had flied beautifully. And if you're wondering what's that cable from the monitor to the top stage, Pilot's power wiring would melt if I powered Alexa through it so I made a D-tap extension which ran from the d-tap port on the battery to a 4 port d-tap splitter that was on the top stage. Worked like a charm. So yes, it can be done. No, I wouldn't like to do it again. v