View Full Version : Untethered flight! Phil demonstrates SteadiRED
11-13-2010, 10:42 PM
This iPhone video clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UycoyrYIZE) shows Steadicam operator Phil Martinez flying dual MX sensor RED ONE cameras on a 21st Century 3D BX3 beamsplitter (http://www.21stcentury3d.com/3d-cameras/3d-digital-cinema/) with two Angenieux Optimo Rouge 16 - 42mm (http://www.angenieux.com/zoom-lenses/index.php?txt=7) lenses. The cameras and Transvideo 3DView monitor are powered directly off the Steadicam sled. This is an awesome demonstration of a floating, untethered stereoscopic 3D mirror rig.
In an initial test about two weeks ago, we included C-Motion lens control gear. Phil was able to balance and walk around with the rig, but was disappointed that it maxed out his G70 arm (http://www.steadicam.com/pressreleaseg70.html). At the suggestion of a contact at Tiffen, Phil added additional tension to the arm with bungee cord. The added spring of the bungee was enough to make BX3 float.
The C-Motion gear was out on rental when we did the test shown in the video, but Phil was delighted with the results of the bungee enhanced arm and was confident that the small amount of additional weight from the motors and C-motion gear would not hamper flight.
11-13-2010, 10:46 PM
Phil wont ever need to go to the gym again!!
That's crazy!!! But I have seen 2 x SONY PDW-F800's on a steadicam rig!!
Bring on SCARLET!!
11-13-2010, 10:47 PM
The sunglasses are the best part. :emote_popcorn:
11-14-2010, 05:44 AM
Man! that must way a ton!
The old RED ONE isn't that light, 2 of them plus the stedicam rig and the splitter box.. cripes.
You win big man, Great work!
I bet you cant wait to EPIC that little rig.
11-14-2010, 06:42 AM
Couldn't see the bungee cords initially - but saw them now wrapped around the bones of the arm. Any chance of a better picture of those, and how did you secure them - were they literally bungees with hooks on the end?
11-15-2010, 05:58 AM
11-15-2010, 07:55 AM
Eric hello just a pop in to comment about the bungie addition.
There is a much better way of doing this. What you will have to do is take one allen screw of each trunion on the left and right side of the arm diagonically and replace it wit anoher longer and if possible bigger head screw. Then you just get rubber bands and put as many as you like placing them diagonially parraller to the spring fro screw to screw. You can get rubber bands that are quite tough and add as many to serve your added weight.
But always remember to not overdo it.
11-18-2010, 11:28 AM
the method Phil used was recommended by Tiffen and it worked perfectly. Thank you for that input, but in this case, it ain't broke, so we aren't fixing it.
11-18-2010, 11:31 AM
I will need to ask Phil for a better picture of the bungees. As far as I know, he just straight up tied them around. No hooks involved. It was easy, involved no additional screws and took about 3 seconds to put on or take off.
Philippe Van Horebeek
11-18-2010, 11:42 AM
Great job, but it's certainly not good for doing a whole day. :)
11-18-2010, 12:44 PM
What Garrett Brown would say. I would love to see him fly this puppy.
Do you have the weight of this thing? let me guess-80 LBS?:biggrinjester:
11-18-2010, 12:56 PM
I believe it was 81lbs. Heavy for sure. Not an all day deal, at least not with only one operator. But it balanced well, it floated with the bungee upgrade and it is workable. The fact is, if you need untethered 4K 3D today 21st Century 3D has a solid solution that works. Epic is the answer for sure but unless you are really good buddies with JJ I don't think too many people have access to them just yet. Even when it does get released, it will be at least a little while before they are as prolific as RED ONE is. Phil was operating in the hallway at 21c3D NYC for several minutes continuously and could absolutely do a reasonable day with this setup. As a matter of fact, he's eager to do it.