Steady Cam Advice

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#1 KarmaxCore on 5 years ago

So I am planning on making a video at Otakon 2013 (similar to ackson videos) and am wondering what is the best steady cam to use? Does anyone have any experience or tips with one? Thanks!

#2 nathancarter on 5 years ago

What's your budget? Are you renting or buying? What camera are you shooting with, and how heavy is the camera with all the acessories you're gonna put on it? (rails, external monitor, audio gear, barn doors, follow focus, etc)

There are DIY options out there, though I haven't tried them.

Don't procrastinate, as it takes a fair amount of practice to get anything usable out of it. Much like the camera itself, it's just a tool; it won't do all the work for you.

We got a GlideCam X-10 vest and and HD-4000 stabilizer, and it's much harder than it looks - in no small part because it's designed for a much heavier camera than even the 5D3 with the 24-70L, but primarily because I haven't practiced with it enough.

#3 Surfsama on 5 years ago

If the cost doesn't bother you (even renting is pricey) we've used the Glidecam X-10 Dual Support Arm Stabilizer Vest System and Glidecam 2000. It worked very well however, nathancarter is spot-on especially:

[QUOTE=nathancarter;4730352]Don't procrastinate, as it takes a fair amount of practice to get anything usable out of it. Much like the camera itself, it's just a tool; it won't do all the work for you. ...it's much harder than it looks[/QUOTE]

You have to set them up for your particular camera and that takes trial-and-correction time as well.

#4 Brea on 5 years ago

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#5 CatoA on 5 years ago

There are plenty of DIY methods, which vary from using piping and weights to make a T-bar type steadicam, removing screws from a tripod to make one (disclaimer: This one isn't a good idea in a con as crowded as otakon, the tripod legs stick out and will block people) to the old classic of putting a 1/4-20 eye screw in the tripod mount hole, tying a rope to it, and looping the other end so you can stick your food in it to hold the camera tight against your hands via tension. Unless you plan to do a significant amount of video, a proper steadicam may not really be a worthwhile investment.

#6 color on 5 years ago

I get by with a simple HD panasonic camcorder. Build in hand stabilizer, 60 frames per second. Costs about 400.

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