So as a Steadicam operator the last thing I want to do is actually hold any gimbal for any period of time. Unless there is a transfer happening I am always using some kind of support system…..a Steadicam arm….or these days my favorite of everything I have tried…..the ReadyRig.
I have been using the ready rig for awhile now and was struggling to overcome the fact the any gimbal is extremely bottom heavy when operated from traditional handlebars with short grips. Places a big strain on your wrists.
Thats when I told myself it was time to come up with a better way of operating because the ReadyRig deserved it and it was the one aspect that was lacking. So as a Steadicam operator I came up with the same system we use on our Steadicam gimbals.
If you slide the gimbal up the rig becomes more bottom heavy….slide it down the post and you get closer to CG and it becomes more neutral.So i created a sliding “spindle” mount for the ready rig. Using high quality bearings….we made these adjustable spools that slide on the side bars.
With the addition of longer tubes on your ring and loosening of the clamps, you can transform it and create low to high moves much like a “jib” !! This really expands what you can do with your Ronin.
Just like a Steadicam post….slide the spindle mounts up! and you get more bottom heavy and the ring requires more effort to tilt…..slide them down closer to CG and the ring becomes more neutral and less and less effort to tilt…..
The end result is that I feel now it changes the way you will operate a gimbal, it feels a lot more….closer to what a Steadicam feels like to operate. Finger tip control is now possible. You can finesse your frame even with long lenses….you really have to try it to believe it.
Along with the similar boom and range you have with the ReadyRig this feels very familiar….very Steadicam like.