Steadicam Pilot-AA 2nd Unit Camera Stabilization System

BH #STM2PILOTAA • MFR #M2PILOT-AA
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Steadicam Pilot-AA 2nd Unit Camera Stabilization System
Key Features
  • For Lightweight DSLRs and Camcorders
  • Includes Pilot Stabilization System
  • Includes Merlin2 Stabilization System
  • Includes Merlin Arm Post Kit
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The Steadicam Pilot-AA 2nd Unit Camera Stabilization System delivers two lightweight camera stabilization systems in one state-of-the-art system--the Pilot system, designed especially for the modern breed of lightweight cameras from 2 to 10 pounds, plus the ultra lightweight and compact Merlin2 camera stabilization system for cameras from 0.5 to 5 lb.
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Steadicam Pilot Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Merlin2 System
  • 3Arm and Vest Adapter for Merlin2
  • 4AA Option
  • 5Iso-Elastic Arm
  • 6Vest
  • 7Low Mass Gimbal
  • 8LCD Monitor

The Steadicam Pilot-AA 2nd Unit Camera Stabilization System delivers two lightweight camera stabilization systems in one state-of-the-art system--the Pilot system, designed especially for the modern breed of lightweight cameras from 2 to 10 pounds, plus the ultra lightweight and compact Merlin2 camera stabilization system for cameras from 0.5 to 5 lb.

A 5.8" NTSC/PAL LCD monitor, iso-elastic arm, ultra low-profile vest, and AA battery mount are all included. The iso-elastic arm is a two-section articulated design that can be adjusted while supporting the camera. Using this design, you can raise or lower the arm smoothly and effortlessly throughout its 28" (71 cm) boom range. This arm is also non-reactive, for improved vertical stability and control in all operating conditions, from lock-offs to fast running shots over rough terrain.

The Pilot's low profile vest is designed for comfort and functionality even during extended productions and long continuous shots. No tools are required for the vest or the arm. The included 801-7290 Merlin Arm Post Kit allows the use of the arm and the vest with the Merlin2 system.

The Pilot boasts a true three-axis gimbal and is equipped with positionable monitor, gimbal and battery mounts, as well as counterweights for balance.

A Steadicam SteadiSTAND or other C-stand is required for operation.

Merlin2 System

The lightweight Steadicam Merlin2 Camera Stabilizing System lets you go where the scene takes you--up or down steps, indoors and out, through crowds--almost without limitation. The Merlin2 weighs just 1.4 lb and can handle cameras up to 5 lb in weight. It gives you precise, elegant control for dramatic, professional, you-are-there footage.

Arm and Vest Adapter for Merlin2

The included Merlin Arm Post Kit allows the basic Merlin stabilization system to work with an arm and vest and rest on a post.

AA Option

The AA option allows the monitor to be powered by AA batteries by including an AA battery mount.

Iso-Elastic Arm

The Iso-Elastic arm is a two-section articulated design that can be adjusted while supporting the camera. The Steadicam operator can smoothly and effortlessly raise or lower the arm throughout its 28" boom range.

Vest

The Ultra Lightweight Low Profile Vest is designed to provide comfort and functionality for extended productions and long continuous shots. No-tools adjustments make it easy to adjust "on the fly."

Low Mass Gimbal

Utilizing a proven Low Mass Gimbal the operator has the ability to capture a fluid camera movement.

LCD Monitor

A 5.8" 16:9 LCD monitor is offered for a modern aspect ratio.

Steadicam Pilot Specs

ConstructionCarbon Fiber and Aluminum
Load Capacity2 to 10 lbs
VestLow Profile Vest
ArmIso-Elastic Arm
Head Assembly/Top StageFlat Base
Quick ReleaseNo
Docking BracketYes
Dovetail PlateNo
GimbalLow Mass Gimbal
Dynamic SpinNot Specified by Manufacturer
PostCarbon Fiber
Monitor5.8" LCD (NTSC/PAL Compatible)
BatteryAA Batteries
Battery MountAA Battery Mount
Optional AccessoriesNot Specified by Manufacturer
WeightNot Specified by Manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight33.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)33 x 22.5 x 13.75"
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Can the monitor be replace with an SDI or HDMI one?
Asked by: John Mark
You can replace the monitor itself easily enough. The trick are the power and video cables. You would either have to do it yourself or have a Steadicam technician do it.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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What is the difference between VLB . . . AB . . . VL . . . AA systems? Also, I would like to use this with either a 5D or a C100 but both cameras have different outputs for the monitor. Problem?
Asked by: Andrew
The acronyms reffers to the type of battery you wish to use. AB=Anton Bauer Gold Mount, AA=Double A batteries, V mount, etc, etc. You can use the Atomos Connect H2S Converter with 2600mAh Battery to convert the 5D Mark III HDMI to an SDI signal and BNC connection.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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I have the Steadicam Pilot-AA system and I want to use a Sony NEX FS700, but I cannot figure out what type of connection I need to run from the camera to the Steadicam screen. I've tried the BNC cable that came with my camera, but the Steadicam just show no signal on the display. I've read that it might be a problem with HD-SD, but I am stumped. So, how do I get a signal from a NEX FS700 to the Steadicam Pilot-AA?
Asked by: Wayne
In these situations, the usual culprit is mismatched video signals. Make sure you know what the camera is putting out (paying close attention to 1080i or 1080p) and then making sure the monitor is set the same. That should do it. If you have continued issues, please contact Steadicam.<a href= http://tiffen.com/steadicam/ target= _blank >http://tiffen.com/steadicam/</a>
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Is this steadicam a good option for the Ursa mini
Asked by: Jim B.
The Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System works a payload of 2-10lbs. The URSA Mini is 5lbs and a light lens like a Rokinon 14mm is 1.2 lbs. = 6.2lbs. In that situation, you will be fine. However, once you start adding accessories, (since the Mini is heavier than a DSLR which is more what the Pilot-AA is meant for) you may start bumping into restrictions sooner rather than later. You may wish to consider a heavier duty Steadicam.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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How do you change into low mode shooting?
Asked by: Anonymous
For shooting in low mode, you will need a bracket for inverting the Pilot. See attached. And if you wish to keep the image right side up, you will need to construct a robust cage for the camera. If you do not wish to construct a cage, you can work with the camera upside down but you will have to reverse the image in editing.Please see the following guide for further information.http://bit.ly/1zTNqHG
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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When the Batteries (1.2V NiMH) are empty, the monitor displays the?
Asked by: Andreas K.
Sorry but I am not quite sure what you are asking but if the batteries are low I am sure there is a warning in the monitor. It would not seem to be an issue for I have found no reference to low battery and the Pilot.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Does the monitor have HDMI input?
Asked by: William
No, I'm still figuring out how to get it to work. It looks like it needs a bit of additional electrical chord work, nothing too tough, and it appears all the pieces come in the case, but I'm not by any means an expert. The system works well regardless though.
Answered by: zachary l.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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I purchased the steadicam pilot for my black magic cinema camera. I have also purchased the ikon title cage for the black magic. Problem: The cheese plate on the steadicam does not match up to the ikan base plate or the black magic cinema camera. I then purchased a quick release recommended to go with the steadicam and it does not align. I have searched the web for a resolution and find absolutely nothing. Please adivse?
Asked by: Mike
I use a Giottos MH621 Quick Release Assembly and it has worked great for me.
Answered by: m ..
Date published: 2018-08-27
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