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Michael Shu

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Michael Shu last won the day on July 15 2015

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  1. Thanks for the feedback, everybody! Lol guys, my channel was really meant to be more fun info than dry and boring, and I wanted to see how free to push the boundaries on production value and humor on this one. I didn't mean to offend anybody, but we're just a couple of filmmakers who aren't ashamed of showing a bit of the humor that keeps things light on set. I know it's not for everybody though. I hope at least the data proves useful. Regarding the battery testing, I actually pre-tested each control runtime and charge test about 4 times between two batteries to test for variations, which is what I had the free time (and budget for batteries) to do, to make sure what actually ended up on the time lapse was accurate. The heat and cold tests were not as easy to to multiple tests of, so it was on on-screen discovery. I know that having just two batteries each test wasn't ideal, thus our little disclaimer we put in the video. Thanks again for the feedback guys! It helps me figure out what the audience likes to see.
  2. Hey Guys, Just wanted to share a fun battery test series we worked on with the help of EVS in Burbank. Some surprising (and in some cases not so surprising) results from these batteries. More episodes coming! I hope you enjoy and that our sense of humor isn't too offensive!
  3. Supposedly the exoskeleton can fit through doors my twisting the rig sideways (camera stays upright because of gimbal). However, I can see how that can screw with the Z axis all too easily. I concur with Lars about the ergonomics of these rigs. The Sachtler Trinity seems like a hardcore turnkey fusion of steadicam and gimbal though. https://www.cinema5d.com/the-ultimate-stabilizer-sachtler-trinity-a-gimbalsteadicam-combo/
  4. Hi Akiko, Having a such a light camera package definitely helps create a stabilization rig that you can shoot in all day, but the light rigs, in general, need a lot more finesse in your operating hand to keep stable. With just over a month to go, it will be difficult to get it down, unless you practice for hours everyday. If you decide to go the steadicam route, ditto to everything everybody said about training. A steadicam Pilot or steadicam Solo with vest may be appropriate for your camera package, but the comfort of the vest with your cup size will determine how suitable they are. I don't recommend handholding the Solo for long lengths of time. To add to Janice's recommendation, plus a bit of steadicam blasphemy... if the client NEEDS solid steadicam-style shots, do consider easy rig plus a small gimbal like the M5 or Ronin M (egads, did I just recommend that?). This does introduce the general problems of gimbals vs steadicam, but with such little time to train, this may get you by.
  5. This is a repost with some updated info since I can't edit the old post now. I’m selling my trusty Tiffen Steadicam Zephyr with Marshall high brightness HD monitor. Purchased early 2012 ish and has only been lightly used the past few years. Included in the kit is: -Zephyr Sled with V-Lock Battery Plate -Dovetail Plate w/ 1/4-20 and 3/8 screws -Zephyr Arm -7" HD Marshall Monitor (HD-SDI) and cables -Original SD monitor -2x Finishing Weights -4x Middle Weights -Docking Bracket -Operating Manual -Thermadyne Hard Case w/ Wheels -IDX Quad Charger -2x IDX Steadicam Powercube Batteries -Misc SDI cables and connectors Photos viewable here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3duRf_0vq4Lfkl3cTh0QzlzaEFVTEEwNUZ0Wl9uZnhBa0dzTEo1Z3k3S2VLUmRNaUJrRFE&authuser=0 Selling for $8500 OBO. Located in the Orange County area. Please email me at michael "at" onyxcinema.com if interested. Thanks guys!
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