How to set up the HDSLR-4 stabiliser

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  • Step 2.
  • Step 3.
  • Step 4.

I. Preparing the Stabiliser, Mounting the Counterweights

Step-by-Step Instructions
 
1. slide the weight bar into its lowest position
• loosen and tighten the black knob with logo
2. raise the weight holder into centre position
• release the holder's lock knob
• press and hold the holder's quick button and slide the weight holder up
• tighten the holder's lock knob
3. mount the necessary counterweights
• release the weight holder's lock knob
• check the movement of the black fine tuning knob (with 'Up - Down' mark)
• lower the counterweights to the bottom of the weight bar

  Attention: always tighten the weight holder's lock knob before mounting or removing the counterweights. next step
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II. Camera Balance & Drop Time

Step-by-Step Instructions
 
1. screw the plate to the camera according to the balance point
• see page 9 in the User Guide
2. mount the camera to the stabiliser
• secure the plate with the red lock knob (the balance point should be above the gimbal)
3. balance the camera
• temporarily increase the pan damping
• temporarily reduce the tilt and roll damping to zero
• if necessary raise the weights until the weight bar stops at an angle of ca. 20-40° (from vertical)
• adjust the plane of the camera with the one touch knobs back and forth, then side to side
4. adjust the drop time
• raise the weight bar to an angle of ca. 45° and release it
• if the drop time is less than 1.5 seconds (period is less than 6 seconds), raise the weights
• if the drop time is more than 2 seconds (period is less than 8 seconds), lower the weights
• tighten the weight holder's knob if you have reached the optimal drop time of 1.5-2 seconds (or a period of 6-8 seconds)
• correct the balance if necessary

  Attention: before changing the height of the weights, always loosen the weight holder's lock knob. next step
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III. Tilt & Roll Damping

The tilt and roll damping can reduce the number of the stabiliser's swings to an optimum.
Step-by-Step Instructions
 
Roll damping adjustment
1. if the roll damping is not zero, turn the ROLL damping knob completely to the left
(the adjustment is easier if started from zero)
2. increase the roll damping
• for lightweight cameras: turn the damping knob ca. 2-3 turns to the right
• for DSLRs and similar loads: ca. 3-4 turns
• for heavier payloads: ca. 5-6 turns
3. check the number of swings
• raise the weight bar to an angle of 30° and release it
• if the swinging cycle (to and fro) is less than 3.5: turn the knob to the left (decrease the damping)
• if the swinging cycle is more than 4.5: turn the knob to the right (increase the damping)
• if the swinging cycle is between 3.5 and 4.5: congratulations, you have successfully adjusted the roll damping

Note: for cameras lighter than 300 g (10.6 oz) there should be at least 4-5 swinging cycles
Tilt damping adjustment
Similarly to the Roll damping adjustment.
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IV. Pan Damping

The pan damping can increase the manoeuvrability of the stabiliser, allowing for easy and smooth panning and turns.
Step-by-Step Instructions
 
1. check the pan rotation
• hold the stabiliser in your hand, with the camera facing straight forward
• turn the camera to the left to an angle of ca. 15 degrees
• turn the grip also to the left to an angle of 45°
• turn the grip to the right to an angle of 90° in 1 second.

The camera will turn depending on the extent of the damping, ideally it should turn 30° (strive to achieve this during set up)
2. adjust the pan damping
if the camera turns more than 30°:
turn the damping knob to the left (decrease the damping)
if the camera turns less than 30°:
turn the damping knob to the right (increase the damping)
if the camera turns 30°:
congratulations, you have successfully adjusted the pan damping

Note: for cameras lighter than 300 g (10.6 oz) there should be at least 4-5 swinging cycles
3. test the adjustments
Try the stabiliser. If the panning is easy and the shots are smooth, then your movement and the adjustments are perfect.
If the camera reacts too quickly to the turning of the grip, reduce the pan damping, or if necessary
turn it off by turning the knob completely to the left.
Excessive pan damping (or excessive shoulder movement) can result in the 'scything' of the camera while walking.
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