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Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer
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For a video example (and since Amazon won't allow external links), simply click on my profile, click on my website, go to the VIDEO dropdown, click on BABY VIDEOS, and look for the video BABY LIAM. It was shot with this Glidecam 2000, the Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD (Body Only), and the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras.
Obviously if you are using a setup like this, focus control is an issue - to which I simply recommend setting your lens to focus on infinity to give you the longest focal field achievable with your lens, and step back away from the subject. If that is not possible, at least get a lens with a large focus ring and plan out your shot BEFORE you press record.
But for the Glidecam 2000. As with every review, you must consider management of expectations. Once you see a product in relation to what else is out there and what else costs whatever, then you can really see where the product exists.
-You have to readjust weight if you add or take parts off your rig, such as changing lenses, adding or removing an eternal mic, etc. This can be time-consuming.Read more ›
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 ›
Setup with the glidecam is tricky there is no getting around it but the manual is well written and there are lots of videos on youtube. I recommend getting the rig close to the balancing point (weights), then sort the drop time (length of pole/weights), then fine tune the front/back and left/right balancing (with screws). I learnt to balance it by putting the removable pole from the glidecam forearm brace on the edge of a table or bench and prop it up to get the support pole vertical, then while holding the brace against the bench put the glidecam on so that it hangs freely then you can adjuct the front back and side to side screws with the other hand. Once you get the hang of what you are trying to achieve this method is very quick to balance. I make markings on the pole and baseplate for each lens but sometimes have to tweak slightly with each change. With this setup I have the weight pole ~3/4 extended, with 4 weights on each and the 394 attached to the middle hole 3rd from the back.
Using the glidecam is what will take most people some time to master, I still need lots more practice! Countering any back/forwards sway and accurate panning are the trickiest things to start with. I highly recommend getting the forearm brace.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great steady flow for DSLR. It can be combined with a steadycam vest for improved performance and longer shooting times.Published 3 days ago by William Wolffe
I'm sure others have mentioned it, but don't overlook it - there's a pretty serious learning curve. I took about two full days with it, walking around and shooting up and down and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dizzy!
Works great. Only have to balance it once before a event then it is set to go. Very sturdy and well madePublished 23 days ago by burghart
It takes some time to set up at first, until you’re used to the way that it balances. Now I can rather quickly judge a camera’s weight and distribution and have it balanced nearly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike Nay
I bought this to create more professional looking real estate videos and I love this thing. I use this with my Nikon D7100 with a wide angle lens and the results have been great! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lorne
It works well, the problem is that the instructions are no helpful, so plan on using third party sources to teach you how to use it.Published 6 months ago by Taylor Braithwaite
It worked after a while setting it up.
It's quite difficult (almost impossible) to use for shots where you need to hold the camera lower than your shoulders, which most... Read more
Once I got the unit balanced correctly, it produced some very smooth video scenes for me. The trick is to not use so many weights if using a smaller camera. Read morePublished 9 months ago by G. Stockton