Funny camera boom

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

  1. matt

    matt Guest

    Check out

    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
    Chris F, Sep 2, 2003
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    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 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.

    MitchGross, Sep 3, 2003
  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

    I initially had visions of it replacing tracked booms...
    Chris F, Sep 3, 2003
  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 / / E-mail:
    (Ask about our new remote production truck!)
    Porter L. Versfelt III, Sep 4, 2003
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    Bert Storm Guest


    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

    Bert Storm, Sep 7, 2003
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