With the help of a few folks at DVXUser and also from Frederick Cheung distributor for Wondlan products, I was able to balance the Pegasus II unit better by adding some additional weights. I still don’t think I have it right exactly because when doing the push-front pull-back test that Wondlan recommends the camera still dips down and back up. But rather than spend all day figuring out the best setting I readjusted the weight as best as I could and quickly went to shoot the opening reception of “Furious Style!” involving New York based visual artist Jeff Cylkowski.
This first set of clips was part B of the initial test of the Pegasus II DV Stabilizer which includes some tracking shots and skater footage.
You’ll notice in the footage that the The Pegasus II unit was not weighted down enough so it does sway side to side or up and down a bit and unfortunately because of this problem the skater footage was really bad so what I have attached on the tail end of this footage are just the usable shots.
All this footage was shot at the Asian Arts Initiative, a community arts center in Philadelphia and the youth are participating in the Youth Lounge where students can come on a Tuesday or Thursday to hang out and develop their own skills in their own discipline or to learn something new.
The footage was shot at 1080/24P and for days I was having tremendous problems getting NeoScene to transcode the footage on a MAC using the Cineform (422) MOV quicktime container. I’ve figured out some possible workarounds. For now, I’d say when you use the cineform container always set it to best and don’t work from a preset there seems to be a bug where sometimes the clips transcode without changing the framerate to 23.98.
This is test shoot #2 using the Pegasus II with the GH1.
As I said, I had to shoot some B-roll and document “Furious Style!,” a youth-centered exhibition led by NYC based artist Jeff Cylkowski at the Asian Arts Initiative.
Kaitin Dugan, who is one of my students in our Tech Apprenticeship program guides us on a tour of the artwork and theater space in this clip. You’ll see some artwork, very enthusiastic youth who love to be on camera and Jeff the artist and instructor as he talks a little bit about the work.
These clips are all raw. Again, this is just for the purposes of showing the Pegasus II at work in a typical event type shoot. The audio was recorded from the camera. It sucks. Actually, when the subject is close to the camera and there is no competing noise it’s usable but when we went into the gallery space with the crowd and DJ music playing, the voice gets lost.
At least for those who are looking at using the GH1 as a documentary type camera or event camera you can see what is usable camera audio and what is clearly not.
Also, I Ieft the clip long so you can shuttle threw it and see the Pegasus II and it’s use over a period of time. Walking though a crowd, walking up stairs, it did pretty well.
There were a few spots with a fast turn or so that gravity made the camera sway but for the most part the extra weight helped. I still think I can get some better settings and tweak the weights a little more.
For the most part the Pegasus II will sway from right to left or up and down if the movement is sudden or jerky. As long as it’s not that, the Pegasus II was was much better and the camera was able to move to where I needed it to go. The nice thing I noticed this time around is that I could move and track Kaitlin’s movement as she walked though the gallery and the crowd with out having to use my other hand to turn the camera.
There is definitely a way where if you work with the gimbal long enough you can counter balance and move the handle to the right place before the camera head starts to turn or sway. Practice and anticipation is the name of the game here.
I think on the second shoot with the Pegasus II I’m still pretty happy with the results especially with the price point. Sure a steadicam has a lot more control, steadyness, and flexibility. There’s no question. If you really need a steadicam shot that requires you to be doing sudden changes and moves this unit will take time to learn in order to achieve that level of precision. If you need a steadicam type unit that is compact and can give you some great stability with out a lot of fatigue I think this unit delivers that.
Personally, I’m glad to be able to have some test shoots with the unit before doing a real shoot. I think the Pegasus II does need practice so that you can create your own workarounds for shots that may require the operator to move quickly.