Posted on Apr 12, 2012

My Simplis and rails block with 15mm rods has arrived!  It is the most versatile purchase I have ever made and will complete my dslr rig.  The base plate system or Simplis has a quick release ability to take any size plate you might currently have.  You can adjust it’s width by using an allen wrench to fit your specific plate.  My plate is the Giottos since it was cheaper back in the day to purchase their QR plate system instead of Bogen/manfrotto 501.  I can now say that Cinevate has made the most amazing device out there for any camera.  The Simplis quick release plate can release up instead of trying to slide your camera into a base unit while holding down a button and then trying to tighten it down when the tightening handle on your Giottos or Manfrotto QR base hits the bottom of your camera.  This is the most impressive part of Simplis and makes it worth every penny.  By just dropping down your camera onto the Simplis base it will snap closed onto your quick release plate and all you have to do is make sure it feels tight by pressing a little on the side release handle.

Now on to my entire setup.  I can now use my Cinevate Mattebox with the Simplis and rails block accessory I purchased with the Simplis unit.  And I can also use my follow focus with the Cinevate gears I have installed onto all of my lenses.  The gears are another story.  They are great because you don’t have to worry about zip ties running into your follow focus gear. They are a continuous circle around the entire lens and the spokes used to secure them have a nylon tip so not to scratch your precious lenses.  They even worked on my old school Canon FL 55mm 1.2 lens.  I attached them to my Asanuma 70-210, Rokinon 14mm, and my Sigma 35mm lens.  I have taken some photos of everything I am now using but the setup will and can change at any time because everything Cinevate makes like the Medusa and Simplis gives you so many options that you can’t possibly settle with just one……..until I find the perfect configuration that is.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010
Posted in BTS

So I think I finally figured out how to balance the glidecam and T2i a little better. First I added weights to the top of the T2i because it seems to be really light with the kit lens I am using right now. I added 2 glidecam weights to the hotshoe adapter and added 2 more weights on each side of the glidecam bottom sled. So total weights on the glidecam sled comes to 4. Two on each side. I guess I am really trying to figure out how to get the glidecam completely balanced. My first try was with the T2i (with giottos QR) on top of the glidecam and only 2 weights on the bottom sled so 1 on each end. This seemed fine but the heavier I make the glidecam the smoother my footage seems. The only drawback is my arm being kinda weak holding this whole thing. I can easily do a minute run before taking a break by grabbing the glidecam with my left hand to help prevent my right arm from falling off. Actually, I think it’s more like 30 to 45 seconds but I will round up to 1 minute of flying to make myself feel better. If there is anyone else flying an HD 4000 with a light dslr, specifically the Canon T2i, please let me know how you have this setup but only if you have it perfectly balanced. I don’t even know if that is possible with my setup. It seems to be statically balanced because I can go from the ground up with no problem with it tipping. I can also go side to side, forward, and backward without too much tipping on top or bottom now. But the issue is really the dynamic balance I believe. When I go to spin the center column while holding it I notice a slight tipping action when watching the gimbal and camera. So maybe I don’t have the center of gravity figured out yet. Seems impossible even with the Giottos QR which has 2 bubble levels to help with balancing the T2i so it looks straight ahead. Here are some pics and there is a new video of my daughter showing off the glidecam flying but with less weight on it in those scenes from what I remember.

Here is the latest heavensent films video.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010
Posted in BTS

I am now trying out a monopod I purchased while traveling in Italy called Cullmann 741. I purchased a ballhead made by Giottos that came with a quick release plate which I have been putting onto all of my diy projects. This helps me go from one thing to the other fast while filming. So far the monopod and ballhead have made my shots more steady and given me the ability to walk around while filming. I will be checking the footage out with me walking around to see if it’s more steady than just with holding the T2i in my hands. Here are some photos.