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Gimbal balance is critically important to achieving steady shots and smooth video, no matter what your deployment vehicle. The cable controlling your camera will pass into the gimbal and create forces fighting against perfect balance, so reducing this is important.

To minimise this:

  • Dress the cables so they cross into the gimbal as close to the fulcrum as possible,
  • Adding a small loop of cable at the point where the gimbal is entered reduces the force the wire exerts on the gimbal,
  • Consider what cable to cross the gimbal balnace point with - the camera cable OR the servo cable?
  • If not used or duplicated remove the individual wires from the cable. e.g. If power is not required from the RC system remove the red wire, or where power is duplicated (seperate ground for every servo lead) only use one,
  • Seperating the three wires in the servo cable with a scalpel further increases flexibility.

Specific Examples minimising issues with servo leads:

Note: Do not pull on servo wires to perform the changes detailed below, first release the crimp by raising the black locking tab with a small screwdriver or craft knife.

If only using channel 1 and 2 on gentWIRE-MULTI then a single 3 pin servo lead can be used to control both channels. This is because these channels are not powered from the RC system, so the red wire can be used for Channel 2.

Using spare 3pin housings, wire both ends of the servo lead as
shown to allow one cable to control 2 channels for this product.
If using Channel 3 a seperate cable will be needed.

Many multi-channel products like
gentWIRE-LANC, -videoLANC, -lancPLUS,
gentWIRE-panaJK,
gentWIRE-redPRO,
only need power supplied once with a three wire servo lead, additional channels can be controlled with a servo lead with just one wire.

Wire both ends of the servo lead as shown for the added channels.

Whilst these improvements can be made with standard servo leads, we can supply extra flexible leads which are 60% thinner and present even less resistance to the gimbal, and better still balance.

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