Lots of people wonder how to setup their camera stabilizers so that they can remotely pull focus on the go.
I already did two posts about this… one about the DIY wireless video system that I put together myself for around $300, and another one about the Wondlan wireless follow focus system. When using both of these together with your stabilizer you will have complete freedom. You can move in and away from your subject and still keep the shot in focus. The only thing that you might not be aware is that most camera stabilizers out there will not be able to take on the weight of this full setup. Specially if you also want to connect an HDMI splitter and a monitor so that you can see what the Canon DSLR cameras sees while also sending a wireless video signal to your focus puller. To put a system like this together you will also need to use some kind of a cage and rail system for your camera which as you can guess very quickly adds up a lot of weight. If you’re camera stabilizer can’t handle that much weight then you are in luck because there is now a great yet affordable steadicam for under $900 that can handle any camera setup.
Check out my video review and setup of it below.
CAME-TV.com also sells the steadicam and the wireless follow focus that I use as a kit.
You can find this deal HERE.
If you want to know exactly how I connect my whole system then watch the following video
I use this Liliput monitor which has both HDMI and SDI connections with HDMI and SDI splitters built into it. This allows me to use this whole setup with any DSLR and still be able to see what the camera sees while sending the HDMI signal to my focus puller. This monitor is also great because of other video functions such as histogram, peaking, etc.