What was the case in Ronin

Marrying off an existing steadicam and gimbal

Concrete conversion example

Depending on what kind of steadicam system you have, you have to find individual solutions for how you can put everything together. I still had an old but stable Flycam and the vest with arm that went with it. With this version of the Flycam, cables were already laid inside the post. The combination of the Flycam and a Ronin RS2 (gimbal test) ultimately only requires a few mechanical adapters and cables.

In the video I show how this also works with a Glidecam.

Here I simply drilled holes in the post above and below in order to lay the power cable myself - I use the battery as a counterweight at the bottom. And since the cable is often in the way when it is laid outside, this little trick is used to route it inside.

When buying a cable, you have to be careful to find the right connector. In addition to the very expensive cables, there are also some quite inexpensive cables that still meet an important basic requirement: It's a lot easier to do and you only have to drill a much smaller hole in the post when you open at least one of the connectors, unsolder it and then Can perform re-assemble.

The battery can be attached to one side of the post with an inexpensive V-mount adapter, and corresponding counterweights are attached to the other.

If you leave the head of the Steadicam on, you can also use it to move the gimbal to bring everything into balance.

The drop time could theoretically be set to zero, but the gimbal always moves a bit, so I would set the center of gravity of the system down.

Practical work in combination with RS2

In the case of the Ronin RS2 (gimbal test) you can now control the focus of the camera via the motor. For this, there is on the one hand the wheel on the front of the gimbal, on the other hand this can also be done via a mobile phone when RavenEye is connected. At first I had doubts whether this would work in practice, but it can be used to a certain extent, especially since you can also kick the virtual bike. This then rotates quickly and slowly stops.

If you use RavenEye, you can build an interesting setup: The cell phone comes to the handle of the Steadicam. It doesn't move, so you always have a clear view of the picture - no matter where you turn the Steadicam.

As mentioned, the focus can then also be controlled live via the display. The image is of course offset in time during transmission, but that seems to come more from the HDMI connection than from the radio.

Tracking is now also a nice feature, in which the gimbal tracks the tracked object and you have to concentrate fully on running yourself.

Conclusion

It's nice to see that you can also combine existing systems and then build tools to be taken fairly seriously from all these technical toys - at least in the context of small projects and users who want or have to shoot on their own. Such a setup can save a lot of time and effort.

In the video I show some tricks that helped me with my setup.

Of course, you always have to look individually to see what can be done and what parts you might already have lying around at home. In any case, it was a very interesting project for me, and the result was useful.


How-to-Video: Gimbal and Steadicam Combined.

 

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Page 1: Introduction, basic idea, why do you need it?
Page 2: Concrete conversion example, practice, conclusion