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About mchurgin

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  1. Looks like a great idea. I no longer use the XR series because of that reason. If you want total "nirvana" in adjustments try using the Devin Graham series. You'll never go back!
  2. Glidecam Gimbal calibration

    Why can't you do it yourself? Watch the video.You can do it.
  3. Quick release cheese plate

    The Manfrotto QR plate will attach to the top plate you are missing. You probably need to contact Glidecam directly to purchase a new one.
  4. If you are talking about the pin n the quick release plate that is used on video cameras to keep the unit from turning. Not used on DSLR's. If you are not talping about that pin than I am not sure.
  5. I am not familiar with motorized gimbals, however I see a lot more bouncing and footsteps than I see with good Glidecam work and a properly balanced system. In reference to your horizontal roll. It does look like it rolled and did not correct, however given the landscape it was not that noticeable. Too many distractions and angled mountains etc. Why don't you shoot again in a more open area where horizon is very prominent and maybe lots of horizontal lines like fencing and roof line etc.
  6. The GH4 is a pretty light camera so add some of the Glidecam weights underneath will provide more weight and inertia and raise the camera at the same time. I am not sure if your DGS came with some custom screws for this purpose, but if not contact Glidecam and I would think they can get you them. There are two lengths. The longer one can probably allow for three or four weights to be added under the camera. That could add about 1lb of weight to light setup.
  7. Problem with HD1000

    You should be fine with 3lbs and probably use all the glidecam weights at the base . That will give you the most inertia and weight you can get on that unit. You should see big improvements, I know I did when I was in in similar situation. Depending on how you like the Glidecam to feel and handle with that weight on the 1000 you probably will do fine with just under 3 second drop time, but that's a personal taste.
  8. Problem with HD1000

    You have to add weight. Add a quick release and add some of the Glidecam weights to the top. ( go to hardware store and get some steel gusset plates used for house framing. You can use large fender washers etc. it will all add up. Also try to add weights/washers under the camera, that will raise it up which will also help. At a minimum get it up to around 2.5-2.75 lbs. You will see a big improvement in all your issues. You will probably be able to start at a little faster drop time of around 2.75 seconds to start until you get the feel and can decide what works best for you.
  9. Problem with HD1000

    A couple of things: 1: what is the total weight on top? 2: How does the balancing react at the 4 compass points N,S, E,W at a drop time of around 2.5-2.75 seconds? As you go to a slower drop time the balancing in all directions is more difficult with lighter setups. You can get it but you might need to calibrate the gimbal. Search this forum for gimbal calibration video from Glidecam. You will also find a post with directions on how to do it. With the HD 1000 it will perform at its best if you can get the top weight to 3lbs or even a little higher, than you can add all the bottom weights.
  10. Setup my HD 2000 with more weight on top. Added a battery grip and some additional Glidecam weights on top plate. Total weight is about 4 lbs Thanks Howard
  11. I didn't realize the first video was slo mo. That will always make it look better. If you want to improve I suggest not slowing the footage down so you can work on your technique. The slight bouncing/forward footsteps at the end of the frame is very difficult to hide ( unless you use slo mo) The wider the lens the better it will look.
  12. That looks pretty good. The left to right does not look like sway, it looks like your right hand moving. The guiding hand needs to lightly keep framing accurate. Also it is very difficult to shoot inanimate objects like that especially as a beginner. What was your drop time, it seemed very smooth with no visible footsteps, even in the snow.
  13. don't waste more time trying to balance. Do the gimbal calibration. Its very easy just take your time. Also best to do it with about a 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 sec drop time. any slower than that will be very difficult and temperamental.
  14. It is very hard to make fine adjustments with that plate. The HD1000 would be much easier to accomplish this. Try moving your bottom weights out as far as they will go. That will help with panning inertia. Filming static objects like the forest with no moving subjects is very difficult to keep horizons level, no sway, no footsteps etc, especially with small rigs that don't weigh so much. Also 35 mm lens is not very forgiving. Go as wide as you can. 10-16 is ideal. Post some samples
  15. It sounds like your still too bottom heavy. 2-3 seconds is a huge gap. Keep making the drop time longer until your swaying stops. You should post a pic of your setup and a video of your footage so you can get better guidance.