“First Stedicam Footage from the Merlin.Â It works perfectly! I still have some tweaking to do to get it even better! 🙂 Put it on the wiki if you'd like. i'll prob do a tutorial later.” I'm highly encouraging him to create that tutorial since he did such a masterful job on the now famous “How to use video mode” (see the wiki for more on video).
It has been a loooong day… Took me 4 hours to finally rig the Stedicam Merlin onto the 5DMKII with kit lens (tried the 50mm 1.4 but it didn't want to balance – too light and too wide instead of long is my guess…)
There are about 7 adjusting points on the rig, each of which can enhance or totally mess up your balance. Here is the final setup with weights:
Use the M hole for best result with the 24-105 f4 kit lens!
This is my first ever Stedicam footage so don't be too harsh! I have a lot to learn and still need to make some more tweaks to make the rig balance even better…
P.S. Garrett Brown is a genius and a legend in my honest opinion! You HAVE to listen to this interview with Garrett from my good friends at FreshDV: www.freshdv.com/2008/09/freshdv-podcast-interview-with-garrett-brown.html
I'm going to give my arm a rest now… Been holding the rig for the past 8 hours. I might do some lessons learned from the setup in the near future…
As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!