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- Camera Mounting Plate
- Mid Plate
- Bottom Plate
- Central Post
- Three Axis Gimbal with Yoke And Offset Handle
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|Item Dimensions||17 x 9 x 5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||30 pounds|
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Having said that, I should also say that unless you've had a lot of experience working with steady-cam type stabilizers before, there will be a learning curve before you can expect to get anything like the kinds of demo shots you can find of the Glidecam on the web. The Glidecam HD is a well-built tool, but it takes some skill and lots of practice to be able to use it well.
The basic idea behind this kind of stabilizer is that you balance the weight of the camera with the weight of the plate below, allowing you to create a center of gravity around the gimbal style pivot where the handle attaches to the Glidecam post. There are knobs on the camera mount that allow you to move it forward, backwards, left and right, so that it floats around the pivot in a perfectly upright position. More importantly, given that the weight on the bottom is almost exactly balanced with the camera, any inertial forces on the camera that would tend to push it forward or backwards around the pivot are counterbalanced by the inertial forces of the plate at the bottom.
So, in principle, the camera should just float around the pivot at the handle, always facing forward and upright. In practice, though, what happens is when you move around it tends to drift.Read more ›
Looking back, it may have been worth while to just make a do it yourself glidecam for a much cheaper price, but this does do what it advertises. It's design is so simple, though, you're almost better off modifying a tripod or just building your own glidecam for a fraction of the price. I didn't have the patience for that when I bought this.
But, it does do what it advertises. I'm able to get smooth shots with lots of motion after a little practice.
Initial setup does take a bit of time. If you don't know what you're doing and need to follow along with the instructions, it might take about 15 minutes to put together, not including balance fine-tuning. But the bulk of the time you will spend will be in balancing it. You mainly just need to screw together a few metal parts, and mount the "quick release" plate to your camera. Not too bad.
This is the tricky part that you'll really need to practice on. The first time I balanced it, I just put all 10 weights (5 on each end) on the Glidecam and started playing with it, I was too excited to properly balance it. I suppose overweighting is better than underweighting, but it was much harder to control smoothly with overweighting, even though I was already noticing a massive improvement of my wide-angle motion shots. I then went back to properly re-balance it. I actually ended up needing 2 weights (1 on each end) to get that perfect floaty feel.
Once you are in the ball park of how much weight you need, the easiest way to fine-tune it is to adjust the length of the vertical bar. Even the tiniest adjustments will cause very noticeable changes in control. If you just lengthen the bar by a few millimeters, it gives lowers the center of gravity ever so slightly, which is what I needed to do to get my vertical balancing perfect.Read more ›
So, I like to know my gear, every lens, every option, and know how to use each based on what I'm shooting.
Anyway...I purchased the Glidecam assuming it was going to fit in well with the rest of my gear in terms of "ease of use". I have a Canon 7D with shotgun microphone, stereo mic, and a few lenses.
It was extremely easy to assemble, but once assembled it was very difficult to balance. I never got it "perfectly" balanced...it was always a tad off. Whether swaying a little left and right, or always just swaying a little front and back. But, It seemed I could never get it to be perfect.
And, while using it, the handle is so awkward that it immediately begins attacking your wrist. After about 10 minutes of constant use you don't even want to pick the device up any more because your wrist just aches.
I know people who have this same Glidecam who are large men and can't hold it for that long either.
Don't get me wrong though, the first time you see this thing you think "man, it's smaller than I thought it was going to be". Because it really is small. And when you first pick it up you think "man, this lighter than I thought it was going to be". And it's fine....for the first minute. But then it starts taking effect on your muscles...
In the 2nd day that I had it, I was already getting the hang of operating it and getting some smooth shots here and there. But, it just didn't feel worth $500 for a couple of smooth 3 second shots here and there.
So, I decided to return it and use the money to buy a shoulder rig instead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Glidecam has the industry. Their products are amazing. It definitely takes some time getting used to. Stablization takes a while first go around. Read morePublished 12 months ago by W. Bear
Before you buy this you MUST take a lot of considerations regarding the dimensions of your camera, otherwise you are going to end up with a really expensive piece of metal because... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
This thing is amazing when you get it setup right. Can be a challenge to get balanced.Published 20 months ago by Browser
I ordered this about two weeks before filming an event with two day shipping because i wanted to make sure i had by the date of the event and it still received it late, not to... Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Junior Garcia
it's a quality piece of equipment, but it's tough to balance, as are all glide cams from what I hearPublished on March 27, 2014 by Pat Henderson
It's a great product, but a bit expensive given the nature. Very high quality build, but too small for a meduim format dslr. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by College_guy_06