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#1 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 03:34 PM

Hi everyone I have a shoot coming up where I will be filming in an old-people's nursing home with a cast of elderly actors and need to track a fair bit, possibly directly on the carpet with numatic wheels, a grip recommended the Chapman's Vibration Isolator to help with this imperfect situation and I was wondering what the general feeling was about it, what's its limitations are etc.

For example can you use it with a fluid head or only a geared head?

Any general thoughts on it would be great.

Many thanks,
Andy
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#2 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 03:40 PM

Hi everyone I have a shoot coming up where I will be filming in an old-people's nursing home with a cast of elderly actors and need to track a fair bit, possibly directly on the carpet with numatic wheels, a grip recommended the Chapman's Vibration Isolator to help with this imperfect situation and I was wondering what the general feeling was about it, what's its limitations are etc.

For example can you use it with a fluid head or only a geared head?

Any general thoughts on it would be great.

Many thanks,
Andy



It's a great tool that in the right circumstances can be very useful. For best results combine with soft wheels on the dolly. It works best with a geared head but can also be used with a fluid head depending on the shot. Like everything there's a limit to what it can deal with but it can give some very effective results.
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 11:40 PM

It's a great tool that in the right circumstances can be very useful. For best results combine with soft wheels on the dolly. It works best with a geared head but can also be used with a fluid head depending on the shot. Like everything there's a limit to what it can deal with but it can give some very effective results.


Stephen's right. But also remember that it doesn't solve everything. I once told a DP, "It isn't a magic vibration isolator." Incidentally, the Dolly Grip on "Mad Men" does a lot of the work with this setup.
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 08:17 AM

Stephen's right. But also remember that it doesn't solve everything. I once told a DP, "It isn't a magic vibration isolator." Incidentally, the Dolly Grip on "Mad Men" does a lot of the work with this setup.


Thanks Stephen and Darryl, I can't thank you enough for the advice.

I think I will have to pop into Panavision to check it out!

Cheers,
Andy
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#5 John David Miller

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:50 PM

I own the one made by Griptech.

http://griptech.net....od&productId=50

I think it is far superior to Chapmans.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:42 PM

It is hard work to operate a dolly direct on carpet pneumatic wheels will help but with the weight of an cam op and focus puller it is a lot of weight the isolator will help but it will only solve a little, try and get on track where you can if i was you, Dave
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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:27 AM

Could you use shelving boards??
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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:02 PM


It's a great tool that in the right circumstances can be very useful. For best results combine with soft wheels on the dolly. It works best with a geared head but can also be used with a fluid head depending on the shot. Like everything there's a limit to what it can deal with but it can give some very effective results.

I understand why softer wheels would be better for vibrations, but is there such thing as too soft? Like on an F10, with hot gears, and an Alexa Studio, is there a possability of flat spots that need to be constantly rolled out? I found that the porta glide wheels are more smooth than caterpillars. Thoughts?


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