by Tim Fok | 7th November 2016
Is the balancing process of your DJI Ronin taking too long? The Procyon Gimbal Balance Locator is a nifty little tool that will help you achieve the perfect centre of gravity for your rig, both quickly and accurately. Gimbal stabilizers are fantastic filmmaking tools; they can often save you a lot of time on set as their flexibility provides an array of smooth shot options. However, they can also slow your process considerably. Downtime for rigging, changing focal length, re-balancing, battery switch, re-balancing, media switch, re-balancing… you get the picture. Procyon have come up with a simple tool that allows you to quickly & accurately obtain the perfect point of balance on your fore/aft axis. It works on the DJI Ronin-M and DJI Ronin-MX stabilizers. Bolting onto the back of the existing cradle and plate, it allows you to narrowly adjust fore and aft by twisting the pin on the back of the Gimbal Balance Locator, rather than having to slide the camera back and forth until correct balance is achieved. It’s pretty simple to install: just loosen the existing plate clamp a little, bolt on the Gimbal Balance Locator ensuring the plate is in an optimum spot for alignment and you’re good to go. You still have to balance all of your other axis’ in the conventional way, so its time saving on initial setup is short. Where the Gimbal Balance Locator comes into its own is between takes, after a battery or media change, the small tweaks; it’s usually this fore and aft that falls out of line first. A battery change on your camera also won’t affect all your axis, it’s merely the fore and aft you have to adjust to get the camera back in the correct position. Here, the Gimbal Balance Locator will save you lots of time getting the centre of gravity millimetre perfect. The design is reminiscent of the thread adjustors found on the Glidecam HD range. It’s this fast tweak function that separates the flagship range from its lower XR range. For any users of the CineMilled Pro Dovetail plate – the Procyon Gimbal Balance Locator is still compatible. You can purchase the Procyon Gimbal Balance Locator from the Motiondogs website.Read more
by Tim Fok | 24th February 2015
Wooden camera has recently announced shipment of their new gimbal battery plate for Red Cameras. The plate is designed to allow a battery to attach to the side of the camera, shortening your setup for use with a gimbal stabilizer. The Gimbal Battery Plate is available for both Epic and Scarlet cameras, allowing a variety of large popular V-lock and Anton Bauer battery to be mounted. Wooden Camera also ship a selection of power extension leads that they recommend checking out when purchasing the Gimbal Battery Plate. Mounting a battery on the side of the camera is becoming a fairly popular technique to allow users to keep their cameras physically compatible with their gimbal stabilizers. Long setups are problematic for gimbals, ask any FS700 user. Whilst the payload of a DJI Ronin is rarely challenged, it’s often the physical length of a camera that is the bottleneck. Another option to moving the battery mount is to extend the reach of the gimbal itself. CineMilled specialise in Arm Extensions for the Ronin that enable you to mount longer, larger camera setups to your gimbal.Read more
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