Depending on your situation, the parts/items that accompany an X-Line purchase can be customized. However, all X-Line models come standard with travel cases, an LCD monitor, batteries, cables, and camera.
Each stage has a white circular line at the base that signifies for the user to stop extending the HI-POD. In addition to the white line, there is a stopper that prevents the user from completely separating the telescoping tubes.
Some of our customers move very fast. If they had to wait for the air-cushioned stage, they would not be happy. Naturally it is a trade-off. Keep in mind that when you are collapsing a stage, make sure to hold that tube before unlocking the cam-lock. If you do not the tube will shoot down into the pipe. We have introduced a gap, so as not to pinch your fingers in the event that you forget to hold the tube. There is also space for velcro at each stage to strap the cables.
The HI-POD comes with a zoom controller. It works on the LANC (Lcontrol) protocol. If your camera has a wireless remote system, it is possible to adapt the HI-POD to work with your camera. this is one of the real strengths of the HI-POD. You are not a prisoner of the camera
The HI-POD comes with a fully adjustable 10 inch monitor. The signal travels through the external HI-POD cabling (velcroed to each stage) and connects to the monitor, typically positioned at eye level.
There are two batteries that are used on the HI-POD: one for the camera, and another for the LCD Monitor. When fully charged, the camera battery will last for 5 hours, and the LCD battery will power the monitor for 10+ hrs.
The HI-POD comes with three hard shell, foam padded travel cases – Base, Tubes, & Accessory. There is extra room left open in the Accessory Case leaving the ability to expand. When traveling, it is possible to break down the base so that the entire unit can fit into two cases for convenience.
The HI-POD works on a pulley principle to control the tilt function, and it works on a camlock system for the telescoping tubes. To begin extending the tubes, simply hold the topmost stage and unlock the corresponding cam-lock and extend the tube. As you do this you will notice the ropes freely extend from the spool mechanism. When you are done extending, lock the cam-lock. Repeat for lower stages as desired. Always remember to hold the pole, then unlock and lift. If you unlock first the tube, it can come crashing down with a jolt.
With the X31 you do not. However, always remember to stay close. All the legs are double lock reinforced, and each leg now has an accessory sand bag – but play it safe. The HI-POD Mobile is different. It is meant for speed and quick mobility. When operating you step on the plate and the TBar for stability, so your only concern is composition. During operation you must hold it, but you can lay it down when not in operation.
Up to 10 pounds. The HI-POD can support the overall vertical weight of a heavier camera; our concern is when the user starts to move the unit away from vertical. Depending on the size of the account, custom heads can be attached to the unit that could support more weight.
Yes, for example the new Panasonic 24P camera does not work on the LANC protocol. But there are controllers that we can use with the HI-POD to operate this camera. Also many of the AVCHD cameras do not have lanc, but we can make them work.Just ask.
Most of the Sony models, many of the Canons. We have a list but it is by no means exhaustive. Check your camera and look for the LANC or Lcontrol port. It is usually rimmed in a blue color. On the newest Sony cameras look for the AV/R jack
Actually it is. People are surprised how well designed it is. The weight is balanced through the center of the HI-POD, so it does not need much support to keep it stable. The plate for the mobile hi-pod makes it even more impressive. Now you can focus on the quality of the shot without concerning yourself with stability issues.