I'll have pics up soon, however..
The Merlin & Pilot (having the same arm & vest) have a standard "Flyer size" Steadicam socket block. (You can use the Flyer arm & vest interchangably if you want) You have full trim control of the angle of the arm.
The pilot is a fully featured Steadicam, it uses the same low-mode kit as the Flyer, and other accessories (like the vehical mount kit). The Pilot is even built so that it can be retrofitted with a Tilt-Stage! (You won't find that on a Glidecam!)
And yes, the metal gimble upgrade will be available for the Merlin without the arm and the vest if you want (though it is included with them).
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04-21-2007 06:59 PM
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04-22-2007 01:12 AM
- Join Date
- Mar 2007
How much for just the gimbal? do we know yet?
04-22-2007 11:24 AM
I wasn't expecting the Pilot, so now I have a tough decision between getting the Merlin setup or saving up a little more for the Pilot... anyone have any insight on what factors should cause a person to sway one way or the other?
04-22-2007 12:46 PMOriginally Posted by for_mlove
- Join Date
- Dec 2005
- Los Angeles, CA
I wore the new Merlin rig at NAB, for over an hour. It's awesome-- the Merlin just floats effortlessly in front of you-- I couldn't feel the weight of it.
04-22-2007 03:23 PM
No word on prices for the individual parts that will be available (Metal Merlin Gimble, Pilot Sled...)
As for Merlin vs Pilot. The question is simply how much do you want to fly? Pilot holds more, but Merlin is smaller and can still go handheld whenever you want/need to.
Pilot does also have a monitor included, and a 12v power output at the stage.
A HVX with a screw on filter and a shotgun for weddings; Merlin with Arm & Vest would be better.
A HVX with a Vidled, a mattebox & filters, and a audio reciver; The Pilot would be the way to go.
04-22-2007 10:38 PM
- Join Date
- Mar 2004
- Fairfield, USA
Flyer vs Pilot?
Mikko - How would you compare these two?
is the extra 5lbs weight limit worth the extra $$$?
the cams I would fly would mostly be in the HDV/ HVX type cam.
...Because the Flyer is slightly larger and heavier, is it inherently more stable than the Pilot?
How different are the vests?
telescoping post...is that a huge advantage to the Pilot?
is the stage the same?
any info/comparison between the two would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much, your info/insight has been great for those that didn't make it to NAB.
04-22-2007 10:50 PM
Good questions shm.
The 5lbs extra weight is worth the $$$ if your camera weighs 12lbs.
If you are absoloutly sure you arn't going over 10lbs, then the Pilot is enough.
Yes, a heavier rig is inherently more stable. Both rigs offer a multitude of balancing options. - For example, I think the Pilot can actually be made more resistive to motion than the Flyer due to how it's masses can be spread.
The Flyer vest has clips and is designed to hold a heavier sled. It's a little faster to take on and off. The Pilot vest is lighter and more adjustable. It's also more compact when packed away.
In some situations the Pilot's telescoping post is a huge advantage over the Flyer's non-telescoping post.
No the stage is not the same. The Flyer uses a dovetail plate. The Pilot uses a different type of stage plate.
The Pilot has micro-adjustments in both directions, the Flyer's fore-aft adjustment isn't quite so precise.
The Pilot's stage can be retrofitted to become a tilting stage, the Flyer's can't.
The Pilot is only available as a 12v / SD system. the Flyer is available with Frameline generators, a 24v version and a HD version (with HD monitor).
The Pilot sled is a little more flexibile in the way it can be configured. The Flyer is a simpler base rig that holds more payload and has more options for bigger cameras.
04-23-2007 06:04 AMOriginally Posted by mikkowilson