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The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook by Laurie Hayball, Jerry Holway

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Static balance

determines how the rig will hang from the gimbal, and how easily it will tilt or roll

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First we put the rig in what we call static balance. A rig in static balance wiil hang by the gimbal at a particular attitude: usually upright and with the post vertical.The three components of static balance are in the three axes: fore and aft, side to side, and top to bottom.

We fine tune fore and aft and side to side balance by moving the camera via knobs on the side and back of the camera mounting stage.

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Top to bottom balance is generally achieved ...

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