EZ Head RPT 6 2 - EZ FX Camera Crane

RPT 6 Head: Set Up Instructions:
Page One: Check List
Frame with
mounting knob
Extension Cable
Joystick Controller
Y Cable
Power Supply
Camera Mounting
Balancing the camera
correctly is very important
for the head to perform
properly. You must
balance the camera both
horizontally and vertically
to get zero gravity balance.
1: Remove the 4 star knob
from the Frame .
4: For balancing,
disengage the motor gears
from the larger gears.
This is especially true for
the tilt gears.
2. Use the knob to attach
the head to the camera
platform of the Skinny Jib.
You have the option to
mount the head in over or
under slung position.
BALANCE: Balance the
camera horizontally by
sliding the camera forward
or backward as shown
above. Loosen the
mounting knob slightly to
allow the camera to slide.
Horizontal balance is the
balance between the front
and back of the camera.
3. Use the camera mounting
hardware provided to attach
the camera to the camera
cradle of the head, Drive
the long screw deep into the
camera, then use the lobe
knob to jam it firmly in place
6. After achieving good
horizontal balance, retighten the camera firmly
to the platform.
Vertical balance is the
balance between the top
and bottom of the camera.
Step 4 through 9 are the
balancing steps.
Use the knob on the
underside of the camera
cradle to loosen or tighten
the camera cradle and
adjust its position.
8: Vertical balance is
achieved by raising and
lowering the camera cradle
and finding the balance
point between the top and
bottom of the camera.
10: Once the vertical balance
is achieved, engage both the
tilt and pan motors and
tighten the motor knobs.
9A: You may find it easier to point
the camera straight upward and
slide the camera cradle left and
right. From this position, moving
the cradle left to right is actually
balancing between the top and
bottom of the camera.
9B: A combination horizontal and vertical balance is also
called “zero gravity” balance. Prefect balance is achieved
when you can position the camera at various positions
(pointing upward or pointing downward) and the camera will
stay in place when released. Gravity will not move it up or
down. Repeat steps 6 thru 9 to get it perfect.
NOTE: Be sure to test this with the tilt motor dis-engaged.
11: Use the Y cable to get power to the
motors. The longer lead is for tilt and the
shorter lead is for pan. Plug the motors into
the Y cable.
NOTE: To avoid tangling, feed the longer
tilt cable thru the hollow PAN pivot point.
Use the velcro to hold the cable against
the frame.
12. When using the RPT 6 Head with
the EZ FX Skinny Jib, feed the Y cable
through the camera platform and use
the bungee ball to secure the Y cable to
the Jib. Position the split of the Y cable
at the end of the Jib Beam for optimal
cable slack.
NOTE: You may have other
cables to consider such as
a monitor feed or zoom and
focus control cables.
When you incorporate cables
that connect to the camera,
always feed the cables thru the
hollow P&T pivot points of the
head to avoid tangling.
13. Use the Extension Cable to
connect the Y cable to the Joystick
controller. Plug the male end into
the Y cable and the female end into
the Joystick.
14. Connect the power supply to the
Joystick and use the power button
to turn the unit on and off.
Also re-check the vertical
balance with the cables
attached as they may influence
the camera balance.
Use the velcro and bungee ball
ties to keep any and all cables
away from pinch points.
Joystick Features:
Pan/ Tilt Shift—Changes the direction of the pan or tilt
movement from the joystick.
Pan/Tilt Ramping- Softens the start and stop speed of the
activation of the joystick . (ramping up or ramping down from
Pan/ Tilt Speed- Controls the max speed that the Joystick can
achieve at full engagement.
NOTE: The Joystick is pressure sensitive and speed can be
controlled with the operators touch. The knob regulates the
maximum possible speed at full engagement
Ramping at 9 O’clock or less
Speed at 3 O’clock +/-
See the picture above for what EZ FX considers to be ideal settings. Your user
preferences may vary more or less.
RAMPING: This dial, adjust the time it takes the voltage to the motor to reach
full voltage. It ramps up to full speed to smooth out the start and stops of the motor. We recommend 9 o’clock or less. This knob is very sensitive when set
higher than 9 o’clock on the dial. Higher than 9, the delay may seem as if the
joystick if non responsive.
SPEED: The speed has a lot more wiggle room and depending on the user, you
can adjust those dials between 12 and 5 on the clock and you will be fine. The
Joystick itself is variable speed so and speed can also be regulated by how far
you push the joystick.