Commentary on Movies and TV by Brian Holcomb

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


At Eugenia's Rants & Thoughts I read a post recently called "The Trick to Smooth Pans". Even with a fluid head tripod it can be difficult to get a smooth pan and certainly difficult to achieve the kind of smooth start and stop that is seen regularly in Hollywood productions. Well, here you have a solution you can dig out of your kitchen drawer. It seems that an ordinary 2 inch rubber band wrapped around the fluid head handle may be the perfect solution. The tension allows for the pan to begin slow to catch up with your pull and naturally come to a soft and smooth stop as it slows to release the tension. You can see test shots on Eugenia's site.

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