Vehicle Pan Follow

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  1. Luke Frederik

    Luke Frederik New Member

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    I have the XL mounted on the nose of a buggy, the operator controls it via transmitter (pan, tilt, roll)

    However we want to be able to put it in follow mode, so that the operator doesn't need to Pan with the vehicle as it turns (at times). There are some cables which can only be twisted so much...

    Any mode for this or way to get it to match heading of vehicle?
     
  2. Graham Futerfas

    Graham Futerfas Well-Known Member

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    How closely does the panning need to follow the vehicle? You could try changing Heading Assist to Fixed Mount, and it will "Majestically" follow the panning of the vehicle. I think it might drive your Operator crazy though, because it will fight what he's doing in the frame a bit, and you can't adjust the window and smoothing of how much it responds to the turning of the vehicle, so it will always lag behind and slowly get back to center.

    This is a suggestion that would work on Movi Pro, and I'm assuming Fixed Mount works the same on XL, but maybe it's different?
     
  3. Luke Frederik

    Luke Frederik New Member

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    The Pan only needs to follow within 45 degrees either side, it's mostly between takes as they reset through a bunch of turns. It's all day in the vehicle so as you can imagine it needs to be hands off when not shooting. Thanks for the suggestion will try it but like you mentioned if it is fighting the operator it's going to be a problem.

    I'll contact FF and see what they can do!
     
  4. Graham Futerfas

    Graham Futerfas Well-Known Member

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    Depending on how much operating during turns, your operator may or may not notice it.

    Are you using a Movi Controller to operate the head remotely? You might be able to switch Heading Assists from there, and turn it off when you need better control, or turn it on when you're resetting. I always find it more difficult on a Jib arm or crane, if we accidentally have it in Fixed mount. Depending on your firmware, switching Heading Assist can cause the gimbal to pan quickly away to a different direction on the switch, so test it carefully.
     
  5. David Burgess

    David Burgess New Member

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    Luke!
    I shoot a lot of car to car with the Flowcine Blackarm and MoVi Pro's....when we are turning 180 degrees or similar (to reset our run) I switch the controller to Majestic mode and then return to manual control once we are back and ready to shot....This obviates the need to watch the cables and allows for a period of hands off!
    I hope that helps!
     
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