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  1. I tend to adjust front-to-back balance on the top stage with a lens change. I've found that the Volt is very forgiving with regard to accommodating shifting weight. Of course it's important to start with dynamic balance as close to perfect as possible. But unless there's a significant change to the overall configuration, it's often not necessary to go back to square one. That said, it certainly depends on the shot, and the overall weight of the rig. If you've only done quick tweaks to keep it behaving, certain types of movements are going to take you further off course from your original balance. Low mode is a 15-second operation, so I'm not sure I have any useful feedback there. An absolute delight. I also haven't had to use a rain cover with the Volt yet. I'd have to say the hardest thing for me to get used to was holding headroom. At first, I really wanted to crank up the tilt resistance to get my money's worth, so to speak. But that introduced some tension in my operating that wasn't serving me well overall, even though the tilt angle was supposedly consistent. Consistency in framing is obviously much more important, and making those fine adjustments in headroom is easier when the tilt strength is dialed down a bit. I feel like I still have a lot to learn about how to work with the Volt, but it's just wonderful. That's all for now!
  2. Hey Kevin, would that SmallRig part be one of these? https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-15mm-rod-clamp-1266.html https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-dual-15mm-rod-clamp-with-threads-1806.html https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-super-lightweight-15mm-railblock-2pcs-pack-2061.html
  3. Are you referring to the depth of the hole in the gimbal handle? If so, the slot in my Ultra 2 gimbal is exactly 1 inch deep.
  4. http://cameradeptporn.tumblr.com/ Lots of hilarious/inspiring/frightening Steadicam pics, and many others to enjoy. Alan
  5. Amazing. That sounds like a one-in-a-million opportunity. Congratulations!
  6. If you haven’t already, check out The Mentalist on CBS. The operating is absolute poetry, and reason enough to watch the show. Taj Teffaha appears to be the only operator credited. Kudos to him. If any others have worked on it, kudos to them as well. Alan
  7. That article came out in September 2008, and was discussed extensively on RED Centre podcast, episode 17. I haven’t listened to it since it first came out, but I remember Mike Seymour clearing up some misconceptions expressed in the article and in reaction to the article. Since it was published, there have been many new RED camera builds, and I’m sure many improvements to other camera technologies, as well as an improved understanding of how digital cameras are best used. So, I don’t know how relevant the article is today, but you got me curious enough to give it another listen. http://fxguide.com/redcentre
  8. I only met him once (he was the only op I was truly nervous to introduce myself to), and I know him only through what I’ve seen on screen and through stories at workshops, but his legacy is unquestionably substantial. A great loss for the community.
  9. Thanks for keeping this topic alive, Jim. Good to know it’s turning out this way.
  10. I suspect I’m not alone when I say I would fly in for such a meeting. It’d be great to see this happen.
  11. Alan Greene

    Archer 2

    I’ve never had an issue with bumping the battery release. Just watch where you’re swinging that thing. With the Archer 2, or any other rig that lets you flip the batteries, it seems like it would be simple enough to flip them and move the gimbal to compensate, though then you’re out of DB. The infinitely faster, simpler, and cheaper solution would be to wrap some gaff tape around those batteries. An alternate battery mount seems like overkill. A second vote for the RED batteries, by the way. Those things last even longer than my PowerCubes. I briefly flew the Archer 2 yesterday, it’s a nice rig, and somehow feels even smaller than my Archer SE. Maybe it’s the svelte rod system at the base. Alan
  12. What? No mention of a 10th Anniversary Special Edition Signature Series? You know, something in titanium, with an engraved autograph, in a velvet-lined case? Pimp my BFD. Thanks Jim!
  13. Try Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/), which can convert the DVD to a web-ready file. Word has it that's what Afton's minions use.
  14. I was going to post an inquiry about this Hallmark movie to see if anyone knew who the operator was. Looks like IMDb has been updated with his name: Marcus Pohlus. The operating is some of the best I've seen. Solid workhorse-type stuff, used really well throughout the movie. This is the new "The Fugitive" for me. Highly recommended. The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010278/ Alan
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