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In quite a few means assembling a new Steadicam rig is often a similar expertise with all the similar euphoric highs and gleeful hallmarks of a youngster at play. In last week??s post we took a simplified appear at the three components that make up the anatomy of Steadicam, this post will focus on how to assemble the sled.

It's vital to note right here that different models of Steadicam come out from the box in varying stages of assembly. You will find wide ranges of options for configuring your rig like telescoping posts, tilt plates, monitors, and so on. Nevertheless, you will discover common assembly functions that function the identical across the board.


When starting having a sled, it's a fantastic thought to mount your docking bracket on a sturdy stand; most rigs will come with a C Stand. Then lift the sled out of the box and slide the docking ring into the docking bracket. Once this can be full, attach the battery, monitor and any other coveted accessories that now belong to you following months of catalogue browsing!

TIP: It's a fantastic practice to help keep the docking bracket over one particular with the stand's legs. It helps to stop the sled and stand falling more than when weighted it up.


Subsequent, you might want to uncover your camera's Centre of Gravity or C.G. Use a extended thin item like a bar, rod or pencil to roll the camera on. Whenever you locate its balancing point, have some camera tape to hand to mark the point. In case you have time, do both axis in the camera (front to back at the same time as side-to-side).

TIP: When acquiring the C.G, make sure the camera has each of the accessories on it that you will be using to shoot. For instance C lens, matte box, video link and wireless focus technique.

Hopefully by this stage you??ll be pleased together with the C.G. of the camera. Next we ought to attach the Dovetail Plate. This can be used to firmly repair the camera on leading with the sled, while enabling you to adjust camera position. The plate requirements to be screwed towards the bottom from the camera so that it's centred on the fore and aft tape mark. Finally, move the Dovetail Plate towards the lens roughly three quarters of an inch. Don't worry if it isn't precise; just use the nearest set of mounting holes inside the plate to place the screws.

TIP: Based on the camera and camera plates that you are using, attempt to use a minimum of two screws to fit the dovetail plate towards the camera C you don't want it to come loose! A broken camera and lens will not be a good look!


You're just about there! Subsequent, set the camera onto the dovetail grabber (occasionally it's referred to as a donkey box or top stage) Slide the camera back so it is actually roughly three quarters of an inch behind the centre post (the extended post that the gimbal slides up and down on).

TIP: When you have a smaller rig like a Scout HD or Flyer, set the camera about 3 quarters of an inch behind the centre post.

Most sleds possess a fail-safe locking mechanism (which stops the camera from falling off the rig entirely!) so ensure that it's working. Additionally, when fixing the camera towards the sled make certain it's fixed on tight! Presto, you're completed!

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