March 17th, 2017
How to set up your solidLUUV like a champion
Let’s be honest. Setting up your solidLUUV can be difficult if you’ve never tried it before. I know it can be tricky as solidLUUV is not made for just ONE camera but that makes it so much cooler. And if you follow all the steps in the manual it’s quite easy to get balanced. But honestly, who ever reads the entire manual for putting together IKEA furniture? No, me neither. How hard can it be? BUT I do usually end up taking a peak in the manual anyways. Mainly because I don’t want my cabinet falling to pieces in the middle of the night. The same goes with solidLUUV. The manual is great and full of useful tips and tricks. Let me guide you through some of them. As a quick side note, we are currently making How-to videos to support this article.
Ok Let’s get down to it.
The Drop Time
First off, you’ll need to mount your camera to solidLUUV. When deciding where to position your camera on the cheese plate (the plate that looks like swiss cheese) you need to first work out your camera’s centre of gravity. The goal is to try and get the centre of gravity in the centre of the cheese plate and attach the camera at wherever that makes sense.
With a GoPro that might be the centre hole, as the camera is so compact. The mounting hole for Sony Rx100 will be offset to the side as the mounting point on the body of the camera is also offset.
Make sure that it’s turned on and has memory card and everything in it. Now you need to find the perfect drop-time. To get the drop-time means to counter balance the weight of your camera exactly. Otherwise it won’t give the best results but don’t worry, it’s easy to find the balance.
In a nutshell, when you hold solidLUUV horizontally and let go, the top should rotate upwards within 1-3 seconds. Then the same should be for when you want the bottom to rotate upwards. You should add weights in the bottom until both sides drop at the same pace.
Top = Where the camera mounts
Bottom = Where the weights go
Bow = Plastic curved handle
Top Grip = Blue rubber above the bow
Bottom Grip = Blue rubber below bow
This is how you hold solidLUUV horizontally for the drop test
Sliding the bow changes the fulcrum point to allow it to drop in either direction
Quick note: If you just mount your camera on solidLUUV and put no weights in it, the top (camera) will swing to the bottom every time because it’s top heavy. As you add weights progressively, the time the camera takes to swing will decrease. When you’ve added enough weight plates that it’s even for the top and bottom then you are good to move to the next step!
Be sure to slide the bow towards the top grip when you want the bottom to drop
Be sure to slide the bow towards the bottom grip when you want the top to drop
Shifting Weight plates
When you have the perfect drop-time it’s time to start moving around the weight plates. Right now, you’re halfway there to being balanced. So now you probably have a solidLUUV that leans in one direction or another. Don’t worry we’re going to change that now with the next step.
solidLUUV might lean in a certain direction
Quick Note: When you test your solidLUUV always remember to stand up, if you’re sitting down while trying to balance it you won’t get a precise picture of how far you are from the perfect setup.
If solidLUUV tilts forward, move the appropriate amount of weight plates from A to C (front to back), if it tilts backwards move weight from C to A (back to from). Same goes for screw B and D.
6 of the small weight plates = 1 big weight plate
It might happen that you have a big or small weight ring in the bottom of solidLUUV and almost no small weight plates on the screws, which means that you won’t be able to distribute the weight accordingly and balance your solidLUUV. Then you need to take out the weight ring, put in small weights plates and do the drop-time test again. Once you’ve done a setup a few times you’ll get into it.
Here’s a tip: if you haven’t got a lot of weight plates on your screws, it’s sometimes too much shifting a plate. Instead you should move the position of the screws.
For fine adjustment you can move a screw from position 1 to position 2 or 3
Perfecting the setup
Another tip is to use the adjustment ring if you’re 2% from the perfect setup. You are able to move the bottom part of solidLUUV to even out small weight imbalances. Try just moving it one or two notches to the left or the right.
For even finer adjustment shift the adjustment ring 1 or 2 notches
Yet another thing you should be aware of is the camera mounted on top. If it is a smart phone, a GoPro or any other camera that you can move back and forth, make sure that it sits at a precise 90° angle. If the camera is even a few degrees off, it changes the balance. That’s how precise solidLUUV is. We know it looks weird but it works great. I enjoy that I can use it for both my iPhone and my Sony cam. And what I do is just note the setups in my phone so I can swap between them.
By now, you should have a perfect setup. If somehow you don’t, go through the steps again or contact me. I did almost all our setups and I have worked my way through whatever difficulty you might be facing so send me an email or a quick message over WhatsApp.
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