Advantages and Disadvantages of Gyro
They can make a much smaller stabilized
system. They supply much greater stabilization per pound than inert counterweight.
They have a "mystique"
that impresses many people. If you shoot good images, the people paying the
bill will think you are worth your pay.
The gyros are expensive, but not
in camera terms. They can be rented if you have the mounts already designed
and built. Consider working together with a rental company to develop some mounts.
Then rent the gyros when you need them. Kenyon rents gyro stabilizers..
They are noisy if you are concerned
about sound. If you add a Barney to them, it adds weight where you don't want
it. Consider Barifoil or a wrap blanket of sand tubes to help with the sound
issue. Watch for resonating metal that the gyro is attached to. Talk to the
sound person BEFORE THE SHOOT about a possible sound recording solution for
a noisier camera system.
Pan and tilt speed is limited. But
I find that smooth moves are slower than this limit.
They take time to get up to speed.
(About 12 minutes.) (Time for some technical hoopla talk.)
They require another cable, battery
Kenyon Gyros run on 400 Hz. that
can leak into sound systems.
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