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Glidecam HD-1000 Hand-Held Stabilizer

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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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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 9 x 17 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0021AES3M
  • Item model number: HD-1000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Hand-Held Stabilizer

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Customer Reviews

Everything on it is nice and sturdy quality.
Isaiah Bautista
It's a very precisely engineered product, but it takes quite a bit of practice to balance and use.
Anyway, great product, it's a must if you like shooting DSLR video.
Eduardo Martin Rojas Madrigal

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I've had a chance to try out the Glidecam HD-1000 for a few weeks now, and I have to say I'm impressed. The thing's extremely well built: precision designed and solid. The mechanisms for getting your camera balanced are both simple and clever, and they are easy to use once you get the idea of what you're supposed to do with them. I can definitely say that this tool makes it possible to achieve what it promises: smooth and steady shots that seem to glide through the air.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angelo Mike on September 8, 2009
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This works very well for my 1.2 pound Canon Vixia. I'm not sure it would work that well for cameras that are heavier since I have all the weights on it and extend it and that's the only way I can get an ideal amount of smoothness, at least, given how well I can operate it.

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.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Blue Fish on February 27, 2011
When I go to a shoot I like to know that even if something last minute comes up that I can adapt to the change quickly and shoot whatever is necessary.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Kendall on August 27, 2011
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Ok, this is a very early review- I just received this today and have only used it for a few hours (I will try to update once I have more experience).

The first thing I will note is the build quality. I've been looking for a stabilization system for some time and I considered everything from the Steadicam Merlin to the a DIY solution. I ended out with the glidecam because it seemed like a nice medium in price and quality. Overall I think it was designed and built rather well...anything DIY may work almost as well, but it won't look it and if you're doing professional work for a client, looks do matter.

The second issue I'll tackle is the balancing. I read around and some reviews which chastised the Glidecam because it's too touchy, too difficult, etc. Personally...I had zero problem balancing it out. In fact, from the time I got it put together until it was completely balanced was about 30 minutes. (and yes, this is my first glidecam/stabilizer). I'm using a Canon 7D and primarily will be shooting with a Tokina 11-16mm. The 7D is at the very maximum weight limit for the HD1000, but I don't plan to use it with any accessories, so it made sense to save a few bucks as well as the weight and go with the HD1000.

For the other 7D/11-16mm users out there, I'll give you my recipe- I placed 4 weights on the back, 3 on the front and extended the weight arms all the way. The 7D (which isn't on a quick release plate yet) I connected using the hole in the back row, 1 row from the left. That should get you in the ballpark.

Now...here's the real issues to consider... the HD1000 is the lightest of the Glidecam series, but match it with the 7D and lens and it's pretty hefty. It is not easy to hold for long periods, so be prepared.
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