The guys over at Element Technica called me to test fly the Neutron Rig with the Scarlets and the new balance compensator today.
I was anxious to test out the compensator unit since it's the first design to execute some ideas I always though would work better than what P+S and Pace are doing.
This compensator unit will attach to the rear of any element technica rig (neutron, pulsar, atom) and allows the stereographer to change IO and convergence during a shot and not upset the balance on your steadicam!
Kudos to Element for listening and coming up with a working prototype that works better than I had imagined! Certainly better than any other rig out there! Watch the video and see for yourself.
Due to precise calibration of the counterweight during the initialization of the system it maintains balance during convergence and during IO changes.
The unit is still a prototype so there are wires hanging out the design is not finalized. We are using the battery as a counter weight and also to possibly power the top camera and access.
The idea of a unit that goes on the back is perfect since we need weight there anyway to counterbalance the front heaviness of the rig.
The test was a complete success! I was amazed there there was virtually no movement at all! I flew the rig while he changed IO+conv. and I can hear the motors and feel something thru my gimbal but little to no movement tilting the camera. There is little torque effect when initiating the movement. They might soften the motor curve a bit to help with that. So there are a few tweaks to be made and improve performance even more.
well see for yourself....watch the video.
Notice....my rig was balanced and on the balance post the whole entire time.