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Nakul Sood
Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jan 24, 2010 at 10:12:27 pm

Hi Guys,

I'm manufacturing a shoulder brace specially designed for the EX3, while making a claim that it's the first genuine design for the EX3 (and should work for all the Canon XL cameras too). Could you guide me if that's a fair call? Please let me know if there are other designs on the market?

The brace is at http://www.embracevideo.com/embrace5/embrace5.html

I'm a professional videographer, I started making stuff about 2 years back and its kind of snowballed since then. I'm making a bunch of stuff, (5 braces, steadicam, field microphones, dolly) and trying to price it so that it's affoardable. The Embrace5 is for $250. I've not compromised on quality one bit. I've just launched my enterprise on Jan 14,2010, so please be gentle. I'm pretty excited about this stuff, am I on the right track? We've done some exciting stuff with audio too, that's on our sister site.

I've listed the braces I could find below. All the other braces that I've seen are essentially a bent piece of aluminium that rests on the shoulder. In my design the entire weight is supported at the waist, and the hand is just used to point the camera. It's mounted on a locking rotating head, distance and height completely variable. I've used an articulated arm with a spring(though it's not essential) to dampen effects of walking, and by pressing down on the spring you can lower the height of the camera. The body vest is really comfortable, and a combination of clasps and velcro secures you in.

http://www.studio1productions.com/vsb3.htm
http://shop.dm-accessories.com/products/ex3-shoulder

http://www.vortexmedia.com/SB_VSB3.html (same as 1)
http://www.redrockmicro.com/microShoulderMount/index.html
http://indiecameras.com/Indiecameras.com/Comments/Entries/
2009/10/27_Shoulder_Brace_for_the_PMW-EX3.html

Nakul Sood

New Devices for Audio and Video recording
http://www.embracevideo.com
http://www.oomagamma.com


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Rafael Amador
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jan 25, 2010 at 6:15:18 am

Hi Nakul,
At first sight that looks great and the price really far from what we are used to.
I will have a look in depth.
Our friend Olof is also building some gear for the EX:

http://www.westsideav.com/EX1plate/index.html

Best,
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Will Salley
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jan 26, 2010 at 7:20:01 am

Nakul, I'm very much interested in the Embrace5. I've got an EX3 and own several other devices for using the camera handheld but nothing is comfortable for more than about 5 minutes.

I also use a 35mm adapter on about 90% of my handheld work. Will the Embrace5 handle the extra weight? It's about 15 pounds (6.8Kg) total (camera, adapter & battery). I can offset the battery, like a Steadycam, and that will save about three pounds.

Can the springs be changed with stiffer ones like a tripod head?



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Nakul Sood
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jan 26, 2010 at 3:54:36 pm

Dear Will and Rafael,

Rafael - Thanks a ton for the link, wanted to compile as comprehensive a list of brace makers. Please take a thorough look when you get the chance. I've tried to price everything reasonably.

Will - I promise you it'll be very comfortable, I've shot entire days with it. I'm really really happy with the results, specially when moving/walking with it.

I'll test to see how the current springs respond to about 7 kgs. One can change the tension on the springs, using an Allen L key. Or else I'll have springs of a higher tension made for the weight. No point off loading the battery, we'll work with that. The springs can be changed by the customer, but will be toughish task, there'll be a fair amount of work, you'll have to knock a bearing shaft out of 2 bearings and then replace the shaft, not crazy but some time and finesse. I'll just send you a spring to the correct tension fitted. Please send me an email and we'll converse there, nakul610@gmail.com

Thanks for the responses, please let me know if there are any other designs on the market,

My best wishes,

Nakul

New Devices for Audio and Video recording
http://www.embracevideo.com
http://www.oomagamma.com


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Jim McNally
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:18:48 am

Nakul,

This looks quite interesting. Am I understanding this right that this unit acts like a motion stabilizer (steadicam). This is the unit I got for handheld work, http://www.cavision.com/pictures/EX3/EX3fullset_2.htm

It's not bad but it's still handheld without stabilization.



Jim McNally
The Commercial Factory
http://www.commercialfactory.com


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Nakul Sood
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jan 28, 2010 at 7:48:25 am

Hi Jim,

This isn't a steadicam, I just use the articulated arm (spring inside) as a dampner for shocks. What this does do is take the weight entirely off your hands and places it on your waist, which is far less tiring. You can literally work hands free if you want because it has a locking rotating head. In effect you become the tripod. It is just great for walking and moving shots. It's by far the best results that I've got in comparison to the other shoulder braces I make.

I also make a full fleged steadiam called the phantom, it's all the features you'd find on the best rigs and it's only $900, by far the cheapest. I've also got an idea of mounting a monitor that should be revolutionary, I wonder why no one's thought of it yet, that's mounting the monitor on the vest, that way even if you turn the camera, you'll always see exactly what you're shooting, like a surgeon using a robotic arm for surgery.

Anyway, that's in the future.

My best wihes,

Nakul

New Devices for Audio and Video recording
http://www.embracevideo.com
http://www.oomagamma.com


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Jim McNally
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jan 28, 2010 at 4:01:13 pm

Your Phantom device looks interesting. Does it take the weight of an EX-3?

How does the Trifecta Dolly breakdown for shipping, carrying? Are the rails angle iron and how do they join at each section?



Jim McNally
The Commercial Factory
http://www.commercialfactory.com


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Nakul Sood
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jan 29, 2010 at 6:39:22 am

Hi Jim,

The phantom does take the weight of the EX3.

The dolly track is an aluminum L shape 1 inch width about 5.5mm thick, so very strong. We've tested it with V heavy tripods and weight is not at all an issue. The tracks join with a combination of a triangular aluminum piece, and a male female bush. The triangle supports the L shape so 2 L shafts tracks meet evenly, and the bush locks them in place. There's a separater at the front and end of track, that maintains the distance/parallel. The track can only attach straight. Many very intelligent things design wise. I'm using skating wheels very very smooth and offers great dampened feel.

I developed this with Flamingo Films proprietor, Nandakumar (nandu), they're Delhi's largest rental house, and Nandu's won 2 emmys for cinematography and audio recording, for docs. He's had me adapt it to take the Arachnopod device so it becomes a very low angle dolly too, additionally for his rig we've made a fixture that lets baby tripod legs also sit on the dolly. He's using the gear with their new EX3, it's part of the kit when the camera goes out. They have several dollies, including the Hague and KeyWest, he said this is the smoothest and quietest he's seen. It's designed so that when you remove the tripod spreader, the leg spokes go into holes. Hope that comes thru in one of the pics.

Best wishes,

Nakul

New Devices for Audio and Video recording
http://www.embracevideo.com
http://www.oomagamma.com


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Nakul Sood
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jan 29, 2010 at 6:25:03 pm

Hi Jim,

Sorry I forgot to answer a couple of things the last time. The dolly is optionally in 2 pieces or foldable. The images you see are of the foldable dolly. The dismantlable dolly is 2 pieces (Looks exactly the same), one with a socket that the other piece slots into and locked with 1 flynut, very solid.

You'll need wedges for out door/even ground. I'll also provide padded strips to go below the track for hard floors.

The whole kit fits into a padded bag about 5inch diameter, 5ft long. It'll hold 8 tracks of 5ft (20Ft Parallel) individual fabric tubing to prevent clanging, 1 or 2 pieces of the dolly fastened inside and the separater. I've not got the bag made yet but I know what I want, and should take a week from when I place the order.

Personally I feel it's a steal at $250. A lot of value for money. I haven't researched how much others are selling dollys for yet. I might price it higher in future, when I consider all the costs.

Nakul

New Devices for Audio and Video recording
http://www.embracevideo.com
http://www.oomagamma.com


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anthony Faulkner
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Feb 1, 2010 at 8:13:47 am

I like it, you got any footage you have taken while using it? I couldnt see any links on your site?




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Nakul Sood
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Feb 2, 2010 at 10:45:02 am

Hi Anthony,

I'll put a video up soon. I'm planning, various shots let me know if you'd like to see some other stuff. I'm rushing to finish Jim's order, so I'll probably start next week.

Putting on the brace, mounting the camera, Steadiness on full wide, steadiness on full zoom in, pan and tilts. Moving shots, walking with the camera.

I'll probably shoot the stuff in a rental house's facility as i don't have an EX3. So the footage will be of the storage facility and walking through the corridor.

My best wishes,

Nakul

New Devices for Audio and Video recording
http://www.embracevideo.com
http://www.oomagamma.com


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anthony Faulkner
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Feb 3, 2010 at 7:42:59 am

sounds great, im looking forward to seeing it.


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William Urschel
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Feb 20, 2010 at 12:15:41 pm

Question? Why just the EX3? Isn't there a BIG market out there for EX1 and EX1r? I have an EX1, and would be VERY interested for your products suited to that!


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Nakul Sood
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Feb 22, 2010 at 6:03:36 pm

Hi William,

I DO make braces for the EX1 and EX1r. please see them on my website, http://www.embracevideo.com

you can reach me by email at nakul610@gmail.com

My best wishes,

Nakul

New Devices for Audio and Video recording
http://www.embracevideo.com
http://www.oomagamma.com


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Bob Mark
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jul 27, 2010 at 1:09:04 pm

So did anybody purchase one of these? Any reviews? Thanks.

Bob


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June Cross
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3
on Jul 7, 2011 at 5:24:09 pm

Would this product work with the EX1?


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Paul Donahue
Re: Shoulder Brace and Support for Sony PMW EX3 & Canon XF305
on Sep 5, 2012 at 4:36:49 am

Would this product work with the Canon XF305?

Paul Donahue
Media Eye
http://www.mediaeyemedia.com


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