Funny camera boom

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by matt, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. matt

    matt Guest

    Check out

    http://www.bodyboom.net/sony01.html

    Im not knocking that product- it may very well work BUT

    imagine wearing that thing for a wedding?

    Its so surrealy rube goldberg- anybody ever use one?
     
    matt, Sep 2, 2003
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    Chris F Guest

    Why would you wear it for a wedding?

    Seriously though... looks neat... I assume it has some sort of steady-cam
    mechanisim?
     
    Chris F, Sep 2, 2003
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  3. matt

    Joe Sacher Guest

    The only part of the system that acts like a steady cam is the mass
    and distribution (it keeps things from easily moving). It just looks
    like a standard Jib setup with the user at the center. If it is
    balanced right, the weight should just feel like a close load straight
    down. I don't know how you would keep the shot steady with it. I
    would also love to walk around slamming my camera into things. :(

    Joe
     
    Joe Sacher, Sep 2, 2003
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    DK Guest

    Reminds me of the scene in "Men in Tights" when Robin was singing to Marian
    while backlit behind a curtain and he was holding onto his sword.

    Someone in the marketing department has a sense of humor, it would seem.
     
    DK, Sep 3, 2003
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    MitchGross Guest

    Saw it at NAB. Looked pretty useless to me--very few instances where this
    would make for a viable alternative.

    Mitch
     
    MitchGross, Sep 3, 2003
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  6. matt

    matt Guest

    Their web site shows camera operators roller blading and ice skating
    with it. has anybody here used one? How much does it cost? Their
    website doesnt list a price.
     
    matt, Sep 3, 2003
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    Chris F Guest

    Hmmm... if there's no real allowance made for stabilization for movement, I
    fail to see much future for the piece... I mean, yes, an easily portable
    boom is nice... but realistically, it's too large to be taking through small
    doors, and as such, a regular boom on a dolly would provide the same
    purpose...

    I initially had visions of it replacing tracked booms...
     
    Chris F, Sep 3, 2003
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  8. Interesting idea, but from what I see of the demo on the manufacturer's web
    site, the stability of the camera - especially at the high end of the move - is
    questionable. I think a basic Jimmy Jib or similar smaller jib arm is the best
    choice. Yes it involves set-up, but it is far more stable than being mounted on
    a human being. Anyway, there's no way for the image to be smooth or stable if
    you are booming WHILE walking. So why mount it on a camera operator? For "boom"
    type moves from 0 to 8 feet off the ground I have a very reliable and steady
    boom system ... I call it the
    "Porter Boom". Porter holds the camera and starts the move at the desired
    altitude above the ground and can lift it as high as 8 feet high over his head.
    He is very steady. Hey, I'm serious. I do this all of the time, though the
    knees are getting a little rickety on the low-angle part of the move!
    Porter Versfelt III
    Lighting Cameraman, Producer/Director, Writer
    Versfelt Communications Group, Inc.
    Atlanta, Georgia - USA
    678-469-6224 / www.vcgtv.com / E-mail:
    (Ask about our new remote production truck!)
     
    Porter L. Versfelt III, Sep 4, 2003
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    Bert Storm Guest

    Funny!

    Maybe their is a new market for all the green card challenged
    newcomers to our country. Rent themselves out as boom caddies!
    Hey Juan, strap on this 8 boom and get a shot over the sand trap.

    Just kidding if your name is Juan

    Rob
     
    Bert Storm, Sep 7, 2003
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