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We took it apart, so we can show you how to put this together. Now this particular unit, is just a rental. I picked it up from Lense Rentals, I wanted to try it on one of our most recent shoots. >> Yep. >> Let's go ahead and connect it. >> Yeah, and this is from the guys with Edelkrone, it's actually a pretty simple unit on nice solid construction nice metal. When your handling this unit, just be careful because the center bit doesn't actually lock down. >> Yeah. >> And if you kind of put your fingers in there, aw that's going to hurt. >> You could pinch it yourself, yeah. >> Yeah exactly, but, the whole set up is, just this. With this center block, and you'll notice that there is sort of a belt, that we'll show you how that works in just a moment.
On the top part of the center block, there's just a mounting point that you can put a head on, or directly mounts your camera. And then, on the bottom of the unit, there is just a 3 8ths mount. >> And this is typically going to be the mount that you have here, on most full size tri-pods. If you are using a ball head it might be a bit difficult. >> Yeah. >> But on this photo tri-pod, piece of cake. Why don't you go ahead and line that up and attach it? >> Well, yeah, I will, but one, one more thing, rich too, is that this is, of course, meant to be on a tripod. But that doesn't mean that you can't run it on a tabletop. >> Sure. It's got feet. >> It has feet, that you can sort of adjust and level 'em out. Just be aware that if you do use it in a tabletop situation, you're not going to get as much side to side run.
So. >> Right. >> I'm going to go ahead and mount that up. I'll just put it right here. And while he's doing that, I've got a simple ball head. It's the same three ace threaded mount and that's just going to attach to the top here. So, essentially here, you see that the mounting point, it's the same thread going from the tripod into the bottom of this and almost like it passed through. >> Yeah, and now the thing is, you know, to keep in mind, is that you could adapt that to a smaller size, but I like to use a tripod head on the actual slider. Rather than direct mounting my camera, just so I can have a little bit more creative control.
>> And you could put a ball head on here, or a photo style ball head. We shot with that as well. It doesn't matter, what you ultimately just want, is the ability to adjust. Now, a ball head, will give you more of a 360 position and is good if the tripod's not level. This is just more for smooth side to side. >> Absolutely. >> Now, we've got that attached. Let's get the camera on there, and then we'll level everything off. Just going to take that, slide it into place. This is just your standard sort of mount. >> Yup. >> There we go. All right, so we've got that in there. Tighten it down. >> Yup. >> And at this point, we're looking pretty good.
One of the only things we have left to do, is really balance everything out, making sure that we have a level surface. And we'll take a look at that next.
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