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  1. #1 Using the P4k upside down with Zhiyun Crane V2 
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    The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K just arrived and I wanted to see if some of the gear I have for my GH cameras can still be used. I tried it on the Zhiyun crane V2 and after a bit of wrangling and coercion got it to balance and it works, albeit upside down. (This is the smaller first Crane Version 2 NOT the Crane 2)
    The QR plate is a copy of the Manfrotto 323.
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    On the v1 I did it the other way around: I put the camera in the correct position, but placed the gimbal's motor on the left instead of the right, which makes the gimbal believe it's in upside-down position. It works well... except sometimes it won't allow me to look up or down as much as I want, it seems to have some weird limits built in.

    But it doesn't make me fight with upside-down menus and a tilted-down screen.
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    I heard BMD might be releasing a firmware that flip the display upside down. Not hard to do considering its already on the Assist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taikonaut View Post
    I heard BMD might be releasing a firmware that flip the display upside down. Not hard to do considering its already on the Assist.
    That'll be nice. But I think if they're going to make a firmware update they should prioritize more pressing issues, like making a reliable usb c detection without having to unplug prior to boot up.
    Improving the way remaining battery power is indicated to make it more predictable and a pre-shut down warning or indicator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel H View Post
    On the v1 I did it the other way around: I put the camera in the correct position, but placed the gimbal's motor on the left instead of the right, which makes the gimbal believe it's in upside-down position. It works well... except sometimes it won't allow me to look up or down as much as I want, it seems to have some weird limits built in.

    But it doesn't make me fight with upside-down menus and a tilted-down screen.
    Samuel,

    How did you manage to move the weight of the camera further back? did you use a certain quick release plate that allowed you to move it further back? or did you use a light lens?
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    BMD has warned (sorry, I don't remember where) that the top mount isn't meant to sustain much strain. Baring the full weight of the camera on this attachment point could be risky. Hard to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrd View Post
    BMD has warned (sorry, I don't remember where) that the top mount isn't meant to sustain much strain. Baring the full weight of the camera on this attachment point could be risky. Hard to say.
    Yeah, I don't plan to go this route in the long run. I'm still waiting on my cage to arrive as well. This test was just something I did to see options for stabilized footage and see what other things I need. Realizing that P4k does not have continuous AF one thing I would probably need a follow focus system on the gimbal set up and that would mean upgrading to more recent and capable models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ted ramasola View Post
    Samuel,

    How did you manage to move the weight of the camera further back? did you use a certain quick release plate that allowed you to move it further back? or did you use a light lens?
    You're right, that required some work: on the horizontal plate, on the side that's closest to the motor, I took away the small rubber pad and the screws below that, then screwed the plate backwards. So, it's a semipermanent thing, not something you want to be doing on set.
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