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The Betz Wave system review??

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The wave1 is great for keeping horizon, if you want to lock a frame for a long time or do precision moves in or out my 6X6 gyro is still very effective ,yet it has to be at a spinning level to make it less noisy for sound .

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Thank you, Adi. That's roughly the info I gathered so far.

 

But still, a little video would speak a thousand words. Right now, I, without access to a wave owner, don't have any clue how significant the visual impact of this device can be...

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I shot a few sequences on a TV show last month with handheld wave1.

Mounted directly on my Betz Shoulder set, added a Starlight clamped on the Alexa.

Raises the camera level noticeabily! But no big deal. Pans are pretty clean :-) and allows fast moves.

Anyway, director didn't feel comfortable with this kind of framing. It's very different than what we're used to, you've got that "organic feeling" but with an almost perfect level...

Don't know how to deal with that, how to use it in an academical way of telling stories with a camera.

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I have been using the Wave1 a lot and I love it. It's always on my rig. There are some situations where I prefer to shoot with it turned off. A few times when setting up my rig the Wave wouldn't power on. The first time that happened it totally stressed me out however I found the solution is disconnecting the power cable for a second... and in the worst case just shoot without it. (Note aside: If a gimbal stalls, your screwed)

 

The Wave does raise the camera a fair amount. With heavy cameraloads you either need to extend the sled bottom very far, or if you want to fly compact you'll need to counterweight with heavy batteries. I use a Pro rig.

 

I have the assistant set up the camera more or less in balance, just how I would fly it without the wave. Never ran into off balance issues.

 

It's an excellent tool that lets you forget about horizon to a degree and concentrate on the frame.

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Hey there, I would love to rent a wave for my next job, though I've never tried one besides at a trade show a year ago or so. Would you say if I had a look at the tutorial videos on the web and read the manual, plus use the prep day to get familiar with it I will have a smooth time with it or should I definitely consider practicing with it for a while before using it on said job? (which would not be an option, unfortunately)

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So I got it and loved it! Used it on the next job as well. Both Alexa Mini with Cooke Anamorphics. Even flipped the wave on its head, attached some grips and a monitor and hung the camera from it for EasyRig handheld running shots.

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