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  • ken hon

    June 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Aloha Dean,

    Well, I have a whole new appreciation for what you do. When the boat was really moving, I had to hold on just to stand up, no way I could have filmed anything. So if you’re doing it all with knees, I’m amazed. Give us a call next time you’re coming to Hilo, you can get our contacts from our website. You can play around a bit with the mount and see what you think. And supposedly a lot of fish hang around the hot/cold water boundary, but truthfully I’m about the world’s worst fisherman. Next time maybe we’ll have to bring a friend to catch dinner.

    Aloha,

    Ken

  • ken hon

    June 16, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Aloha Ron,

    The DVTEC unit does work really well for this. It’s extremely strong and has no problem with the weight I put on it. It doesn’t bend or twist, though your spine will when the boat goes one way and the gyro the other.

    Glad you enjoyed the footage, it was fun to do. Every once in a while I’d actually look out and go God that’s cool, then of course the shot would go down the drain as the camera dives down. It some places the surface water is so hot, it’s nearly boiling and the condensate fogs up your lens. Don’t want to be in a rubber boat around this.

    Spending 3 hours staring at a EX-1 screen on a bobbing boat can make you a bit dizzy! I tried to get Cheryl to quit bobbing, but she wouldn’t do it. Luckily for me I’ve always hated to throw up, so it makes me less susceptible to the motion problems.

    Aloha

    Ken

  • ken hon

    June 16, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Aloha Ron,

    Just for you, I’ve posted up a short quicktime movie of raw footage from the boat trip. I’ve just added a link on the same page.

    https://volcanovideo.com/cow/

    We don’t have a need to do high speed filming and this is really our first try from a boat. Dean Sensui who posts here really knows how to film from boats, so he would be the one to ask about that.

    Anyway, the first part is a clip of my wife filming with a small HDV camera. Notice how much she is moving up and down compared to the lava in the background. That’s what the gyro buys you. Overall, we found this a lot harder than working in helicopters where we mount the camera and gyro on a Fig Rig that works well.

    Aloha,

    Ken

  • ken hon

    June 15, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Aloha Steve and Ron,

    Here is the link for Steve for the DVTEC multirig pro hd that we have.
    https://www.dvtec.tv/id27.html

    I think the company is based in Israel and there’s only a couple of outlets here in the US, one on the East Coast and http://www.alangordon.com in California where we bought ours. Nice people.

    Heres a photo from our workbench of the “hefty” version of the EX-1 with the KS-8 gyro and it’s battery. Starting to compete with Steve’s F900 for weight : )

    https://volcanovideo.com/cow/

    We shot from a boat for the first time on Friday night and it went pretty well. The thing is a bit of a beast with the gyro and it tries to walk off your shoulder when the boat turns left. Otherwise it worked pretty darn well. The boat was pitching up and down about 3 feet but the camera stayed pretty level. I was sitting on a central stowage locker and had the belt and support attached, I don’t think I would have lasted long without it. I let the upper rod lock stay open and clamped the lower lock on the spring loaded rod. The lower one is kind of jerky, but the upper one allowed the camera to float more smoothly with the gyro. I’ll try to get a video up, but we’re getting ready for a month of travel and I don’t have much time.

    Aloha,

    Ken

  • ken hon

    June 12, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Aloha Ron,

    We bought the DVTec DVrig Pro HD and I like it. It’s certainly not sleek, but we bought it to hang a gyro off of for boat and helicopter use. I couldn’t find a better inexpensive setup that would take our gyro. It’s nice because we can put the big old gyro battery in the counterweight position on the shoulder pad and it offsets the camera and gyro weight pretty well. Just from photos, I think the PAG orbiter may have a better support stick setup, but I haven’t used the one with the DVTec unit yet.

    All that said, I can certainly see why Steve likes the Red Rock unit. It’s sleek, simple, and robust–all pretty important if you are renting it out. We can afford to be a lot more fault tolerant as no one else uses our gear.

    The other major player is Zacuto, but these are pretty complex sets of components (and appear easy to lose pieces if you are renting them out) and cost 3-4 times what the competitors do. You would have to be using these a lot more than we do to make the investment worthwhile.

    Aloha,

    Ken

  • ken hon

    May 11, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    We shoot both low and high helicopter aerials and there has been no sign of the rolling shutter. We have our EX-1 on a Fig Rig with a gyro and it works great. My personal thought is that if the rolling shutter shows up on aerials, it’s the least of the problems (the bouncing, shaking, and poor flying would have made the shots unusable anyway).

    Aloha,

    Ken

  • ken hon

    April 22, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Aloha Bill,

    Bear with me while I ask one more annoying question. Did you install the Sony SxS utility before the transfer utility (I’m sure you did, but just checking). This is the utility that lets the SxS cards be seen by the Mac.

    Aloha,

    Ken

  • ken hon

    April 22, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Aloha Bill,

    You didn’t rename the BPAV folder something else like BPAV1 that you mentioned in your first post did you? Renaming the BPAV folder causes problems. We make a folder with a date name like 20080421 and copy the BPAV folder and it’s contents into it. If you’re already doing this, ignore this advice as I don’t really have any other ideas. It works fine for us off our hard drive.

    Aloha,

    Ken

  • ken hon

    April 9, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Dietmar,

    You probably already have done this, but just in case.
    Make sure that the CH1 and CH2 switches are set to manual on the back of the camera. IF they are set to AUTO, you will get bad distortion while the level monitors on the screen look fine. Also make sure you have the phantom mic settings correct near the XLR connectors.

    Aloha,

    Ken

  • ken hon

    April 2, 2008 at 8:51 am

    We fly in a Hughes 500 with 5 blades, mostly pretty smooth but that’s due to the really really good pilot we have. I used to stand outside the chopper with a full sized camera using a harness, but it doesn’t work well with small cameras. Also things were fine as long as you’re just looking at the B+W viewfinder, but the little cameras you have to look at what you are doing! I’m with Steve, too easy to leave a buckle undone. Anyway, this works much better. If you are handholding this thing, it’s quite a load. Some folks put these on steadicams and it evidently works really well.

    Aloha,

    Ken

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