Steadicam Merlin Cookbook Settings


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Camera
(Battery)
Similar
wgt/size
Cameras
Weight
lbs/kg
Vertical c.g. dist. Front
Weights
Lower
Weights
*Arc Size
(see below)
Mt.
hole
Stage
Mark
'Z' G-
platz
CANON DM GL2-A
(BP-945)
3.3 lb
1.5 kg
2"
5 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
3 Mid
1 Finish
10.9"
27.6 cm
H +2 -4 YES
CANON ELURA 90
(BP2 LI4)
ELURA 85 ELURA 80 1.3 lb
.6 kg
1.4"
3.5 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
11.4"
29 cm
D +1.25 -4 NO
CANON HG10
(BP-2L13)
1.1 lb
3"
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
9.5"
M +4 -3 YES
CANON OPTURA 60
(NB2L)
OPTUR A50 1.2 lb
.54 kg
1.4"
3.5 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
10.9"
27.6 cm
C -4 NO
CANON OPTURA 600
(BP315)
.9 lb
.4 kg
1.9"
4.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
10"
25.4 cm
H -.25 -4 NO
JVC GR DF 55O U
(BNVF 707U)
DF 450 DF 430 1 lb
.45 kg
1.1"
2.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
8"
20.3 cm
H +1.25 -4 NO
JVC GR-X5U
1.2 lb
.54 kg
1.7"
4.3 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
10"
25.4 cm
H -4 NO
JVC GZ MC 500 US
(BNVF 707U)
1.2 lb
.54 kg
1.9"
4.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
11.9"
30.2 cm
N +1.75 -4 NO
JVC JY HD-10U
3.6 lb
1.6 kg
1.9"
4.8 cm
1 Finish 3 Mid
1 Finish
12.75"
32.4 cm
N +1 -4 YES
JVC MG 50 U
(BNVF 707U)
MG40/30/20 MC200 US .8 lb
.36 kg
1.1"
2.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Finish 9.8"
24.8 cm
H -.75 -4 NO
NIKON D-90
(Standard)
0.8 kg - cm 1 Finish 2 Mid
1 Finish
29 cm M -2 -6 NO
PANASONIC AG DVC 30P
(CGR-D16)
2.75 lb
1.24 kg
1.9"
4.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
2 Mid
1 Finish
11.25"
28.6 cm
H +1 -4 NO
PANASONIC DVX-100A
4.2 lb
1.9 kg
2.2"
3 cm
1 Finish 4 Mid
1 Finish
13.25"
33.6 cm
G -4 YES
PANASONIC HVX-200
5.4 lb
2.45 kg
1 Finish 1 Start
6 Mid
1 Finish
(max)13.5"
34.3 cm
H +1 -2 YES
PANASONIC PV GS 150
(Med: CGA-DM12)
PV GS 65 .9 lb
.4 kg
1.1"
2.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
9.4"
23.8cm cm
I +1 -4 NO
PANASONIC PV GS 250
(Med: CGA-DM12)
1.4 lb
.63 kg
1.1"
2.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
10"
25.4 cm
H +1.75 -4 NO
PANASONIC PV GS 400
(Med: CGA DM12)
1.9 lb
.82 kg
1.4"
3.5 cm
1 Finish 1 Mid
1 Finish
11.4"
29 cm
H -4 NO
SONY DCR PC 1000
(NPF A 50)
.9 lb
.4 kg
2.4"
6 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
11.1"
28.2 cm
I +1 -4 NO
SONY DCR PC55
(NPF A 50)
.6 lb
.27 kg
2"
5 cm
1 Finish 1 Finish 10.25"
26 cm
C +.5 -4 NO
SONY DCR TRV 900
(NP-F950)
2.7 lb
1.2 kg
1.9"
4.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
2 Mid
1 Finish
11.1"
28.2 cm
G +1 -4 YES
SONY DCR VX2100
(MP F 970)
4.2 lb
1.9 kg
2.2"
5.6 cm
1 Finish 4 Mid
1 Finish
12.75"
32.4 cm
H -4 YES
SONY HC 1000
(NPFF 71)
1.8 lb
.8 kg
1.1"
2.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
9.6"
24.4 cm
H -4 NO
SONY HC 90
(med. Battery)
1.1 lb
.5 kg
1.5"
3.8 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
9.75"
24.7 cm
I -4 NO
SONY HC-32
(NP FP 70)
Canon ZR300 JVC 270 1 lb
.45 kg
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Finish
9.4"
24cm cm
N +1.75 -4 NO
SONY HDR FX1
(NPF 970)
5 lb
2.26 kg
2.7"
6.8 cm
1 Finish 6 Mid
1 Finish
13.25"
33.6 cm
H +.75 -4 YES
SONY HDR HC1
(medium: NP-FM50)
1.6"
4 cm
1 Finish 1 Mid
1 Finish
11.1"
28.2 cm
H -.75 -4 YES
SONY HDR HC1
(large: NP-QM91D)
2.2 lb
1 kg
1.4"
3.5 cm
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Mid
1 Finish
10.15"
25.8 cm
H +1.75 -4 YES
SONY HDR-HC7
(SONY NP-FH100)
0.768 kg 2,25 cm 1 Finish 1 Mid
1 Finish
29 cm N +4 -3 NO
SONY HVR A1U
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Mid
1 Finish
13.25"
33.6 cm
O -1.5 -4 YES
SONY HVR Z1U
(NPF 970)
5.2 lb
2.35 kg
1 Finish 1 Start
6 Mid
1 Finish
13.8"
34 cm
H +5 -2 YES

*Arc Size, per the manual and video, is defined somewhat ambiguously as the "distance from lower weight to the top of the stage". Note that the new Magic Formula: Merlin Static and Dynamic Balance Spreadsheet uses a different, more exact measurement scheme, the stage to setscrew distance, which is the perpendicular distance from top-of-stage to the plane of the setscrew on the lower spar. Be aware, therefore that Arc Size settings in this table may be as much as .75" (19mm) larger than the true stage to setscrew distances derived from the Magic Static & Dynamic Balance Formula.


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