- Filmpower Nebula 4000 Lite 3-axis Gimbal pricing (good price compared to others, I have a review unit)
- This could change the way I shoot video, have a project coming up that it would work great on.
- Not an expert here, never owned one of these before.
- Put the others videos to come on my Dave Dugdale 2nd YT channel.
- Their paper manual is really lacking
- Their video manual is good to see but I would rather hear the motors than the piano music (music gets very old fast).
- I have read all posts on this forum post on the Nebula so I know enough to be dangerous
- They say not to use the default setting, so it sounds like you can wipe the firmware!
- This video helped get the software I needed to adjust the motors. (this will be my next step)
- I tried to balance my iphone first, that was a mistake, Filmpower said it was not calibrated to anything before shipment but it must be set from the factory for a much heavier camera.
- Not sure but I think this is an 8-bit system and not 32, I will find out.
- You can only mount the GH4 on way on the plate, rotating the mounting plate will not work. Also the way I have it setup allows access the GH4 battery and the sd cards.
- Is it OK to trust FilmPower with a phone number of +1 (234) 567-8901 (sequential fake number and a wrong address from a website template)? Well I know they have delivered so I guess so, but it doesn’t make you very confident.
- In the software (see below) you can turn off the loud beeps.
Video 1: Balancing Before Turning On
Video 2: A Look at the Software and First Test Video
Video 2 Notes:
- For those that thought it was a pain to setup watching the last video, that was my very first time. I can balance it much faster than before now that I know what I am doing.
- I tried flipping the unit so the screen could tilt out and it didn’t work.
- Note to self:
- don’t spin the camera around too quickly when more at 24mm, even at 24mm you will get a lot of rolling shutter.
- Start turning before you have to turn.
Video 3 Inverted Mode, Serviceable Battery and WiFi App Instead of HDMI Monitoring
Video 3 Notes:
Filmpower updated me on inverted mode:
Yeah I watch 3rd video. Invert mode in two way. first is direct turn from normal turn on, it turn front or back, but can not exceed 180°. Second is fill invert mode need set YAW motor invert mode in app. Camera in normal and grip on top then turn on.
Video 4 Example Footage
Dan Chung Sony a7S/16mm Combo Settings
- Dan Roll 33, .01, 31 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Roll 19, .01, 12
- Pitch 19, .02, 14 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Pitch 25, .03, 18
- Yaw 25, .03, 27 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Yaw 25, .04, 20
- Roll 100, 0, invert, 14 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Roll 100, 70, invert, 14
- Pitch 65, 0, invert, 14 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Pitch 70, 30, invert, 14
- Yaw 95, 0, 23 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Yaw 110, 0, 23
Christopher Mayer GH4/12-35mm Combo Settings
Settings I will be trying next for the GH4/12-35mm combo:
- Roll 41, x, 24
- Pitch 34, x, 22
- Yaw 32, x, 27
- Roll 157, x, 70
- Pitch 129, x, 30
- Yaw 140, x, 15
Only Windows and No Android BlueTooth App
I don’t have an Android phone, so I need to download other software to control the motors:
- Download SimpleBGC v2.40 b7
- Download Java (I hate doing this)
- For Windows 7 I also had to install a USB driver CP210xVCPInstaller_x64
It didn’t come with a Micro USB cord, I found one from my old phone that worked.
Emm over at Cheesycam has a good video on PID settings.
Notes to myself: Lower P and D settings on the controller when you feel vibrations when you tilt up or down. Click disconnect before you remove the remove the cord. Save all your settings and take screen shots, don’t hit default it might wipe your firmware.
Weight of my GH4 Lens/Body Combo
- Panasonic GH4 body is 560g
- Panasonic 12-35mm lens 305g
- Total weight is 865 just less than the 1000g limit
Weight of Gimbal
- Total weight is 1,665g which is slightly more than just my Canon 70-200mm 2.8 lens (1,490g) so it should be easy to hold for a long period of time.
Others Reviewing this Unit to Watch Out For
Maybe if all the reviewers share how they are balancing with different lens/body combos we can all figure out how to get this unit to balance nicely.
- Erik Naso – Check out Erik’s blog post as he starts to set it up
- Michael Schmidt – watch his first test here
- Jason Wingrove he will talk about it on the next RC podcast
- Matt Pearce (He is just about to get it)
- Tony Northrup (I don’t he has it yet)
- Emmanuel Pampuri
- Dan Chung (he has been testing it for awhile)
- I hope Emm over at Cheesycam will. Sounds like he will not be testing it.