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Quick setup instructions for The Black:
1. MOUNT THE ARM
Mount the black arm to the 50 mm tube with the two Burton clamps at the back of the arm. Make a quick estimation of the mounting height, so that the set up isn’t mounted too low on the tube. This could result in the camera hitting the ground at the bottom of the arms boom range. At this point, a quick estimation is all that is needed. You can fine tune this later, when you have the gimbal and camera rigged.
2. MOUNT THE GIMBAL AND CAMERA
Mount your gimbal and camera with all the accessories needed for your shoot, batteries lenses cables etc, and let it float freely on the black arm.
3. SPRING ADJUSTMENTS
Begin with adjusting the vertical arm dampener to it’s softest position. This is where the dampener provides the least force. This is done by turning the +/- knob on the dampener.
Let the system hang freely on the Black arm, and look at the boom angle of the arm. If the arm is booming up that means that the springs are adjusted to strong and you will need to release some tension. Unscrew each spring equally until the arm floats in horizontal position. If the arm, on the opposite, is booming down you need to tension the spring knobs. Tension them equally on each side until the arm is horisontal. At this point, push the arm to it’s lowest, most boomed down position, and make sure the rig can’t touch the ground.
Keep in mind that in very uneven terrain, there may be bumps sticking up, so make sure to have proper clearance based on your conditions.
4. DAMPENING ADJUSTMENT
Each dampener on the Black has a knob with a +/- sign, that you can turn to release or add resistance force on the dampener.
First you need to adjust the dampener for the vertical movement. It's located on the dampener in the center of the arm. From the softest position, lift the total set up by booming the Black arm all the way up, and force it with a sudden push to boom down and see it’s reaction. If the arm swings up and down a few times after return to center then your dampener is adjusted too soft and you need to add force. Add a few clicks on the dampener knob and try again, repeat until the arm swings only once when forced and then it stops in center. Excessive swing is not ideal for the vertical stabilization. Also excessive force adjustment will make the boom action very stiff and make the arm less reactive. That means that you need to be somewhere in between. That is also relative to the nature of shot. If you intend to shoot on very rough terrain, for example, it’s better to be adjusted a little stiffer than usual as the bumps will have more effect on the set up. If the road is flat and smooth, you can have a little softer adjustment. After your adjustment, make a quick test run and correct if necessary.
Roll and tilt dampeners - The same method of adjustment applies for both roll and tilt dampeners. Tilt back all the way with your hands, and let the system return to center. If it swings 2-3 times, overpassing the center, then the adjustment is too soft. Repeat adding adjustment clicks until the load only swings one time, passing the center position and returns to center. The same applies to the roll adjustment. This is a general rule, and again, if the terrain is very rough, or if you’re shooting at higher speeds you will need to add damping force. Do another test run and adjust if needed.
- Always clean the dampener piston rods with a wet cloth to remove mud and/or dust.
- Always adjust the height of the set up, so that the camera is kept at a safe distance from the ground.
- When you add safety straps for the camera, make sure they’re long enough to allow for the arms total boom range. If the strap is too short it will keep the arm of doing it’s job and might result in damage and vibrations.
- Always run an quick check before and after the shot to locate loose screws etc.Especially if you’re shooting in rough terrain.
- Always make sure your gripping tubes and clamps are safely and securely configured, and that the grip set up is safe.
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