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Ryan Forte

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    Cleveland, OH

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  1. Hey Everyone, I’m looking into getting a real Steadicam kit for Narrative Work. I currently work mostly as an AC. I also do a decent Camera/Movi/Ronin Operator & Tech for commercials. I have a Zephyr and at the moment that I have been practicing and shooting whatever I get the opportunity to do with that. I plan to buy a Sled, Arm & Vest I can fly real narrative camera packages in the near future. Looking for recommendations from more experienced operators to tell me what they would choose to buy. Sled - Arm & Vest 1. If budget was of no concern?
  2. Hey Scott, This was incredibly helpful. I believe you were right. I am probably expecting too much from these gimbals. I will say that the Zephyr gimbal is nicer than the Aero and my limited experience with the flyer. It turns out I already had the tool in my Ifix it tool kit. I definately made the mistake of adjusting them seperately without doing it equally as I jumped in without understanding entirely the process, but I believe its spaced propperly now. My only concern is there is a very tiny amount of play now. I think I will attempt to tighten it a touch equally. Between t
  3. Yeah that is exactly what I thought. The posts are stock what comes with the kits. Nothing is moving on the rig it’s ridged as hell! I’ve been an AC for years I never make a sloppy build especially for steadicam. Tiffen was telling me a special tool to center the gimbal myself. Do you think that one would be capable? Or you think they need to be sent in for repair? Thanks for the reply.
  4. In efforts to try and post more on the forum rather than Facebook. I am new to steadicam but I do believe to have a basic understanding of balance and have worked with 3axis gimbals for years. I have two sleds currently in my possession that are exhibiting similar but slightly different issues for what I believe to be a misalignment in the gimbal or yoke. Let’s forget dynamic balance for the moment. If I am setting up for a static balance with a 2.5 second drop time and I should be able to set the Fore-Aft and Side to Side to sit level with the lens facing forward and the
  5. I bought mine from Justin Browne jbsteadicam@gmail.com Great guy and the SOS receiver works well!
  6. I noticed the Dtap appears to be limited to 5A on the Aero 30. Could you run an alexa mini with a single channel wireless focus & teradek on from the Dtap to avoid running a battery on the camera? It seems like that would blow the fuse. Especially on the new Mini LF.
  7. A friend owns the A30 arm and Vest when he purchased a Steadimate system for the movi a while back. I was all setup to do the Tiffen gold workshop right as the pandemic came through so now all I've got is the handbook a vest and arm. Would be great to get some practice in! I'm looking to get a sled that will work with his stuff if anyone has something compatible laying around they want to get rid of send me an email. fortenox@gmail.com
  8. https://www.newsshooter.com/2019/05/31/sony-venice-version-5-0-firmware-90fps-at-6k-2-391-and-72fps-at-6k-179/ V5 Firmware now offers 180* Flip
  9. Hey Sinisa, I have used both RT Motion and I currently own a full 3x Motor FIZ Chrosziel Magnum kit. By far the capabilities of the Magnum blows the RT Motion out of the water. Their are other factors that do effect how you feel about the product and what your intended use is for it. If your clients/crew aren't wanting a Preston or Arri system then the only argument to make is functionality and features. The nice thing about the magum is the motors are standard 7 pin lemo motors which means you can use just about any popular focus motor on the market from Heden (my personal favori
  10. I originally was thinking Preston Preston Preston, but after looking into the Arri system more there AMC-1 and CForce Mini Motors being ultra compact for gimbal work and still FIZ if I need to with RED and ultimate Arri Control without an MDR I'm having trouble wanting to go the Preston route. I'm going to a nearby rental house to test out both units next week. If anyone else had other feedback I'd be happy to hear from someone who's more experienced than I am Ive got a very open mind. Would potentially want to be setup to pull focus for features that come into town as well...
  11. I used a PD Move single channel system for a few months as a bonus to shoots that didn't have enough budget for AC and WFF in the first place so this was just an extra we Had fun testing. I would never bring it on a paid Job, but for someone learning how to pull focus and wants to educate themselves on the responsibilities of a first AC not a bad Idea. The Motors are huge for something that's not strong enough to turn a 35 CP.2 without a serious half second or more delay but ran at twice the speed on the rest of the CP.2 set can't figure out. It's a fun little toy but not a seri
  12. Trying to figure out if I should be buying an Arri or Preston Focus System? I mostly shoot on Red Epics, but occasionally work on shoots with Alexa XT/Mini. 50% of my work is Macro Food & Jewelery on Jibs, Dollies etc and the other 50% is Movi for Aerial and Handheld. I really am leaning to go with the Preston HU3 and the new MDR4 because it seems to be there first lightweight receiver option and all i worked on a Sony set in Pittsburgh and the whole crew 3 cameras was all Preston and were definitely enthusiastic about them! I did play with WCU4 on an Alexa Mini shoot for
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