Steadicam Pilot: Adjusting the Arm

You will need to adjust the arm on your Steadicam Pilot after you have adjusted the balance of the sled and placed the vest on your body. The purpose of adjusting the arm on the Steadicam Pilot is to adjust how the arm will carry the load of your camera. You should adjust the arm so that you are comfortable with it while you are wearing your Steadicam Pilot.

Step 1: Screw in the Socket Block and Screws

To adjust the arm on your Steadicam Pilot, you will need to insert the arm into the socket block on your vest. With the arm inserted into the socket block, screw the top screw in all of the way and just tighten the bottom screw very slightly.

Step 2: Adjust the Screws

Any adjustments that you make to the arm on your Steadicam Pilot will be made through the screws. The adjustments that you make to the screws on the arm are totally dependent on your comfort. However, the top and bottom screws do work in tandem. For example, if you need to tighten the top screw, you must loosen the bottom screw first.

Step 3: Set the In and Out Arm Angle

You will be adjusting the Tee headed screws on the arm of your Steadicam Pilot to set the in and out angle for the arm. The upper Tee screw should be almost all of the way in before you begin making adjustments. However, if you have a large belly, you may find that you need to back the upper screw out a bit. You will need to adjust the bottom screw until you find an in and out arm angle that you are comfortable with.