Redking Video Camera Stabilizer (FLCM-RK)

Redking Video Camera Stabilizer (FLCM-RK)
Redking Video Camera Stabilizer
(FLCM-RK)
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INTRODUCTION
Flycam introduces its professional and rugged Redking handheld video stabilizer; designed for
film and video cameras. Redking works so well that it allows you to shoot incredibly smooth and
graceful shots even while going to extremes like running up and down stairs or traveling over
rugged terrain. And when it comes to normal shooting, like walking or moving the camera slowly
around someone, the results are equally magical. All you need is your imagination, and you are
ready to portray it with our state-of-art handheld camera stabilizer.
IN THE BOX
Please inspect the contents of your shipped package to ensure you have received all that is
pictured and listed below.
FOR LOW PROFILE CAMERAS WEIGHINH 2-12 LBS.
Camera Balance Platform
Dovetail Quick Release
Plate
Precision Three Axis
Gimbal
No-Tools Positionable,
Knurled Gimbal Handle
Horizontal Axis Adjustment
Knob
Laser Engraved Central Post
Guide-Scale Markings
Foam Handle Grip
No-Tools Telescopic
Central Post
Counter Weight
Dynamic Base Plateform
FLYCAM REDKING VIDEO CAMERA STABILIZER
CAMERA BALANCE PLATFORM
DOVETAIL QUICK RELEASE PLATE
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WITH
This is the camera mounting platform
with front-to-back and side-to-side
movement adjustment knobs.
NOTE: It is important not to over tighten the adjustable gimbal as it can cause stripping.
PRECISION GIMBAL WITH HANDLE

This is the adjustable gimbal assembly
with handle for quick balancing.
BASE PLATFORM

This is the base platform.
ASSEMBLIG YOUR FLYCAM REDKING HANDHELD STEADYCAM
Note: The threaded stud is located in the center of the base plate for attach it with central post.
Securely tighten the adjustment knob on the telescoping clamp by rotating the knob clockwise.
NOTE:
The
adjustment
knob
should
only
be
tightened
by
hand.
WARNING: Do not over tighten the adjustment knob as it could cause thread stripping.
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ATTACHING THE HEAD PLATE ASSEMBLY TO THE CENTRAL POST

Loosen the 2x allen bolts at the bottom of camera plate, align the holes with the top of the
central post & retighten the allen bolts securing the head to the stalk.

Attach the quick release plate to the camera base. Slide the release lever to insert the
camera set up into quick release adapter. Return the lever to its original locked position.
Note: The threaded stud is located in the center of the base plate for attach it with central post.
Horizontal adjustment on the base platform is made by loosening the retaining screws and
moving the mounted cups closer to or further away from the stalk and then retightening. You will
probably need to adjust and re adjust the horizontal position to achieve optimum performance/
personal preference.
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Secure the counter weight plate by using
the Black thumb nuts to prevent weight
movement.
There are two ways to create this correct
alignment. The first and easiest is to loosen
the adjustment knob on the telescoping
clamp and rotate the parts until correctly
aligned, then simply retighten the
adjustment knob.
NOTE: Remember to leave at least one inch
of the telescoping post showing below the
telescoping clamp.
YOUR FLYCAM REDKING VIDEO CAMERA STABILIZER
FULLY ASSEMBLED
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The second method to correctly align the parts is to use an allen wrench to loosen the
“Screw” on the top part of the telescoping clamp until you can rotate the parts so they are
correctly aligned, then simply retighten the screw.
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NOTE: The second method of alignment is
better because it keeps the telescoping clamp
adjustment knob aligned correctly. Having
the telescoping clamp adjustment knob
aligned correctly, although not technically
needed to make your Stabilizer function
correctly, does make it easier to reach the
telescoping clamp adjustment knob later
when in use.
BALANCING THE HORIZONTAL AXIS
Now that your Flycam Redking Video Camera
Stabilizer is setup and assembled properly,
you can test and setup the horizontal balance
of the system. The objective in achieving
correct horizontal balance for the Stabilizer is
to allow the camera to remain level during
operation, given that you are not applying
either a pan, tilt, or roll type hand pressure
to the Stabilizer. In other words, if the
Stabilizer is horizontally balanced correctly,
then the camera will remain level, and the
central post will remain vertical, unless you
intentionally position Stabilizer otherwise.
Also, if the Stabilizer is horizontally balanced
correctly it will always return to a level and
vertical position after you release any pan,
tilt, or roll pressure on the central post.
When testing for correct horizontal balance you need to make sure that you pick up your
Stabilizer from a flat surface (a table for example) and that you let the Stabilizer hang freely as
you hold it. If the Stabilizer is balanced correctly, on it’s horizontal axis, then it will be level with
the central post in a virtually perfect vertical position.
Most likely your Stabilizer will not be balanced and so you will have to adjust it until it is balanced.
WARNING: If you do not have enough counter weight on the base platform at this time, the
entire Stabilizer will flip completely upside down. If this happens add more counter weight below
until during this test the Stabilizer remains right side up.
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If the Stabilizer tilts to the front, then you
will have to turn the adjustment knob
counter
clockwise. If the Stabilizer still
tilts to the front, then move the dovetail
quick release plate more to the back by
turning the adjustment knob. If the Stabilizer is tilting to the back, then move the
dovetail quick release plate to the front by
turning the adjustment knob clockwise.
Always secure the dovetail quick release
plate lock after any adjustments. If you
cannot get the front to back axis balanced
with this method then try remounting your
camera to a different position on the
dovetail quick release plate.
B A L A N C I N G T H E H O R I Z O N TA L A X I S
Balancing the vertical axis now that your Stabilizer is horizontally balanced, it’s vertical axis can
now be tested and properly balanced. The objective in obtaining correct vertical balance of the
Stabilizer is to allow the camera and Stabilizer to remain level during operation, given you are
not applying either a pan, tilt, or roll type of hand pressure to the Stabilizer, and most
importantly, that the Stabilizer remains vertical, even if you are walking, running, or turning,
while the Stabilizer is in operation. In other words, if the Stabilizer is vertically balanced
correctly, then the camera will remain level, and the central post will remain vertical, unless you
intentionally position the Stabilizer otherwise. If the Stabilizer is not vertically balanced properly,
then it will swing about and pendulum when you walk, run, or turn.
HOLDING YOUR FLYCAM STABILIZER
When handling your Flycam HD-5000 Handheld Stabilizer one hand holds onto the handle while
the other is used to gently guide the camera in the direction you wish to shoot and frame the
shot. For normal shooting, hold the handle in the middle.
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For shots that require framing the camera
up, down or sideways, hold the handle firmly
at the bottom.
NOTE: Make sure that your “GUIDING
HAND” and “HOLDING HAND” do not touch
either the bearing assembly or the “YOKE”
during shooting. For unconventional shots,
like ones that require aiming the camera
either straight up or down, or sideways, hold
onto the Stabilizer on the lower part of the
post, or down near the weight. This will
allow your “GUIDING HAND” to have a
greater degree of control over the Stabilizer
while shooting erratic shots.
NOTE: The Flycam Redking Video Camera
Stabilizer being used in different ways.
Operating your Stabilizer for extended
periods of time can easily tire your “HOLDING
HAND”. If fatigue sets in while shooting, you
can try operating the Stabilizer with your
other hand. You can also rest for a while by
placing the unit upright on a level surface,
docking the sled (if using the HD Series
Docking Bracket), or by laying it down on the
ground.
When handling and operating your Flycam
Redking Video Camera Stabilizer, always
avoid violent, jerking arm, and/or body
movements. Doing so could cause damage to
the unit, or cause your camera to pull loose
from the dovetail quick release plate.
The Flycam Redking Video Camera Stabilizer
is water resistant. The Flycam Redking Video
Camera Stabilizer does not work underwater,
nor is it waterproof (meaning the bearings
and of course your camera), so avoid direct
exposure to rain or water spray. Also, the
bearings are not sand proof, so avoid getting
dirt or sand into them.
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NOTE: The Flycam Redking Video Camera Stabilizer being used in low mode operation.
When operating the Flycam Redking Video Camera Stabilizer you will not be able to put your eye
right up to the eyecup on the viewfinder. For doing so will cause the unit to be restricted in it’s
ability to stabilize and eliminate camera shake. Even though you cannot place your eye directly
up to the camera viewfinder, you can either use the Camera’s built-in LCD MONITOR or attach an
external LCD MONITOR (not included) directly to the base platform of the Stabilizer. A 1/4”
Monitor “MOUNTING HOLE” is located at both the front and back edges of the base platform.
NOTE: You can also attach an external LCD MONITOR (not included) to the accessory shoe on the
top of your Camcorder. We believe that better results are obtained when you attach the monitor
to the Flycam Redking Video Camera Stabilizer’s base, because this way you generally have to
look slightly down to see the Monitor. In doing so, your feet are more visible to your peripheral
vision. This makes negotiating obstacles with the Stabilizer safer.
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Slightly bottom heavy, it will be both stable and easier to control.
Check the vertical balance by using this drop time test.

Make sure that everything is tight and position yourself behind the stand.

Grasp the center post near the base and move the center post from vertical to horizontal.

Hold it there. Be sure that it will not hit the stand when you drop the center post and put
your free hand to catch the center post when it drops.
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Count how many seconds it will take to fall to vertical. Try using a stopwatch.
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If the drop time is less then 2 seconds, it is too bottom heavy. You need to move the
bottom mass closer to the post.
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If the drop time is more than two seconds, it is top heavy.
A DROP TIME OF 2 - 2.5 SECONDS IS PREFERRED.
Note: Recheck the balance by looking at the sled. If necessary, use side screws and bottom plate
screws to make required adjustments.
BALANCING REVIEW
Proper system balance can only be achieved once your camera is set up with appropriate
accessories ready for shooting. This means batteries, lenses, media cards, LCD viewfinder/
monitor, quick release plate, on-cam lights, and all the gear you will use for your recording session.

Remove top plate of FLYCAM and line up your camera so that its center of gravity is as close
to the center of the plate as possible (basically hold the camera in your hand until it feels
balanced both left and right as well as forward and back).
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Find hole in the plate that is as close to threaded tripod mount on your camera as possible
(while you are still holding your camera's center of gravity to the center of the plate).
Attach your camera (or quick release mount if you have one). Tighten it down so it won't
accidentally rotate.
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Re-attach top plate to the FLYCAM . Center it, but don't worry about getting it absolutely
perfect yet.

Remove most of the weights from Base Platform, but leave one on each side.

Insert the center post as far as it will go and tighten so it won't slide out.
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Hold the handle normally and turn the FLYCAM so that it is horizontal to the ground. Let go
of the stalk while keeping a firm grip on the handle and count how long it takes to return to
vertical again. You should be able to count a good, "One-one thousand, two-one
thousand", before it rights itself. With only two little weights it might take considerably
longer.
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Add one pair of weights at a time and repeat the "horizontal to vertical" test until it falls at
the correct rate. It will probably not be perfect.

You'll get one that's too slow and then you'll add a pair and it will fall too fast. When that
happens, take off the last pair of weights that you added.

Tighten down the weights so they don't slide around.

To get count perfect, slightly lower the center post that attaches the Base Platform with
the weights until you get the "one-one thousand, two one thousand" count to the vertical
position.
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Fine-tune the left-right, forward-backward balance. You will have to go back and forth
between the two directions to get the balance just right. Loosen the screw sets that allow
the sled to move left and right. Adjust the top plate so that it is centered and tighten down
the screws like you would a tire slowly and alternating side to side.

Repeat for "forward-backward" balancing.

Check to see if your camera is sitting level. If not, repeat the necessary steps until it does.

Practice walking/movements ensuring your body motion is not transmitted to your
hands and then the FLYCAM and camera.
MAINTENANCE
Bearing Maintenance
The main Bearing on your Flycam Handheld Stabilizer is attached to the Central Post about two
inches from the top. It is of metal construction and partially enclosed by the Bearing assembly.
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If after a period of time your bearings don’t turn smoothly, lubricate with a minimum of light
machine oil. Light lubricating oil can also be used on the Yoke and Handle Bearings.
Be sure to keep oil away from your camera, & clean up any over spill.
Cleaning
Do not use solvents or harsh cleaners of any kind on your Flycam Hand held stabilizer. If the unit
becomes dirty, use a damp soft cloth or sponge and a mild detergent to gently clean external
parts.
Storage
Should you need to store your Flycam Hand held stabilizer for a long period of time then place
the unit upright in a dry or low to normal humidity area whenever possible. If you are unable to
find this kind of environment then we suggest you store the unit in an airtight plastic container or
bag. Standing the unit upright is preferred as it alleviates stress on the system.
NOTE: Flycam Handheld Stabilizer doesn’t work under water, nor is it waterproof. Avoid direct
exposure to rain, water spray or any harsh environment. The bearings are not sand proof. Avoid
getting dirt or sand in them.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT - WALKING THE LINE
Practice this simple exercise to master your Flycam Hand held
results.
stabilizer with professional
Using masking or gaffers tape, create a cross mark on a flat and even wall. The mark becomes
your framing center. On the floor leading up to the cross mark, lay a straight tape line of about 20
feet. Practice walking the line, while keeping the cross mark center framed and in focus. With a
bit of effort, dramatic fluid like movements will become second nature and provide production
value to all your set ups.
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WARRANTY
We offer a one year warranty for our products from the date of purchase.
We will repair or replace your product, free of charge, in the event of a defect in materials or
craftsmanship obtained during normal use or handling based on the user manual. Please note
that we will not cover any shipping costs for returning the product to us. If any VAT or import
duties are applied to the return, we will also charge these costs to the customer.
The warranty does not include, by the way of example, damage caused by products that we do
not supply or from mishandling in transit, accident, misuse, neglect, lack of care of the product ,
or service by anyone other than our company.
We are not liable for incidental or consequential damages resulting from the use of the unit or
occurring due to any breach of this warranty.
Replacement parts of the product will be provided at nominal cost (covering the cost price of the
replacement parts only) to the customers after the Warranty Period has expired. We will cover
the complete cost of sending replacement parts within the warranty period. After that, Nominal
cost of the product & Actual shipping cost will be charged.
Do not send the unit to us without first getting a response and getting the approval to send back
the item.
In case of any kind of dissatisfaction, we urge you to Contact us immediately and we shall do our
best to help you out.
For any other assistance you can reach us via email.
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