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  1. Hi All, So I just had my gimbal serviced. When I got it back, I went to balance it, and it is very out of balance, I can static balance it fine. But when spun 180 degrees, it tilts back quite severely. I chased it around for about an hour (rebalancing to where it would land). Same thing every time. Does anyone know how I can balance this myself? Please say it's easy. Any help, and the sooner the better, would be GREATLY appreciated, as I obviously need this for work. Thank you in advance.
  2. Who has ever tried the Smartsystem gimbal? Andrea, the owner, is very competent and precise. I had problems with my old gimbal and I decided to replace it with Smartsystem because I had already tried their equipment. The result was wonderful. The gimbal was adapted to my 1.5" post. It's perfectly soft, smooth and centered, especially no there are mechanical games and it’s all nice solid! Its hinge opening allows a quick adjustment and the handle allows a firm grip without slipping. Smartsystem is recognized by products made in Italy and for the accuracy of their material.
  3. Hi everybody! I recently had to do a shot going down the stairs for the first time, realizing how difficult it actually is! I was curious to know if anyone has tips for such shots? My main issue was actually maintaining the tilt while watching for the horizon and of course my steps... The balance of my rig was actually pretty good. With an approx drop time of 3 secs. Would it be easier with a balance closer to neutral? Thank you all for your advice!
  4. Hi everybody! I recently had to do a shot going down the stairs for the first time, realizing how difficult it actually is! I was curious to know if anyone has tips for such shots? My main issue was actually maintaining the tilt while watching for the horizon and of course my steps... The balance of my rig was actually pretty good. With an approx drop time of 3 secs. Would it be easier with a balance closer to neutral? Thank you all for your advice!
  5. Question about rig accuracy and balance: Howdy! I fly an older Clipper 24 with tilt stage, ultrabrite monitor and V mount battery hanger. I’ve grown to really like flying with a very slow drop time, sometimes almost neutral. Recently I’ve run into a problem: After trimming the rig it flys fine but after resting in on my shoulder or doing a larger tilt move I find it is thrown out of balance. It’s not drastic but enough that I have to retrim every time. Sometimes something as gentle as a drop time test will throw it off. It’s consistently in the direction that it tilt (
  6. 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
  7. Hi there! As I had the opportunity to borrow a friend's rig, I recently started to operate heavier cameras after learning to operate with lightweight setups (FS5 etc.). Now I have some kind of a noob struggle: I have no problem putting the rig in static balance. However, I find it very hard to balance it dynamically. As the guidebooks and tutorials advise, a good start for dynamic balance would be to put the camera’s CG a tiny bit behind the central post. But by doing so, I cannot put the rig in static balance any longer, as the batteries at the back of the bottom stage ar
  8. I have been experiencing this balance issue for some time now - I just sent my gimbal to be tuned but am still having the same problem. I cant find any play or slipping anywhere else on the rig (top stage, monitor, bats, etc.) Wondering If anyone has seen this before on an older Tiffen rig? Thanks!
  9. Question about rig accuracy and balance: I fly an older Clipper 24 with tilt stage, ultrabrite monitor and V mount battery hanger. I’ve grown to really like flying with a very slow drop time, sometimes almost neutral. Recently I’ve run into a problem: After trimming the rig it flys fine but after resting in on my shoulder or doing a larger tilt move I find it is thrown out of balance. It’s not drastic but enough that I have to retrim every time. Sometimes something as gentle as a drop time test will throw it off. It’s consistently in the direction that it tilt (tilt f
  10. Hey team, So I got clipped by a wheelchair rugby player, went down rather hard, seemed to be fine. The only thing I broke was the monitor yoke that Frederic Sturm makes. He sent me a new one so was all good to go. Now I haven't touched the rig for a while and puled it out on Friday in prep for a job and find that the sled can not be balanced no matter how hard I try. The problem: I static balance, rotate 180 degrees & I am vastly out of balance. If I balance up again, rotate 180 again, I am back out of balance by a lot. Also the sled will spin to find its lowest cog. Model: S
  11. I have a question regarding the dynamics involved with Balancing the rig. I have noticed that often (if not all the time) when I balance the rig on the Hill bracket and dock in order to pick up the sled I then will have to do some minor tuning of the balance when the sled is mounted to my body via the arm. The adjustments are allways very minor, maybe 1/8th of a revolution of the DBIII knobs yet I constantly find myself having to make that minor balance adjustment, It is rather insignificant but it does take time and i'm curious to what could be causing this. The Gimbal has just come back
  12. Hello, I was wondering if there are any specific practices to do when operating (or even when not operating) to work on improving feet/leg movement/placement. My posture seems to be fine, but sometimes I will find myself getting my legs getting into weird positions or I will walk irregularly. My Professor also noticed this, he described my movements as getting myself stuck in figurative corners, limiting my range of movement. Thank You.
  13. Hi Guys, I work as a 1st with the same Operator and we've noticed a problem has developed in obtaining a Dynamic Balance, would love to know if anyone has experienced or heard of this before, and open for all suggestions to fix. After a buy the book setup is complete, achieving good monitor position, drop time and Static Balance we then proceed to spin and/or drop the camera side on to test for dynamic balance. Once the Dynamic balance has been achieved, the camera will always rest in tilting up position. So we Re-Static Balance the camera which in turn always creates a monitor(fore) h
  14. I have recentely purchased a steadicam Merlin. Balanced it after 30 min, put on an accesory and haven't manged to balance it again for days and days. Watched all tutorials and videos, read through many forum opinions and links, read all instructions, cookbooks, magic formulas and the like Camera: 5D MII, 17-40mm Canon Lens. Merlin on hole "N" with nose weight 1 mid+1 finish, lower weights 3 mid+ 1 finish. drop time under control After I discovered a strange thing about my Merlin, by mistake. I wonder if it's normal or if it's damaged in some way and thus my impossibility to balance it prope
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