Glidecam HD-4000 Hand-Held Camera Stabilizer for cameras from 4-10 lbs
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- The amazingly advanced and totally re-engineered HD-Series from Glidecam
- The lightweight and state-of-the-art Glidecam HD-1000, HD-2000 and HD-4000 hand-held Camera Stabilizers will transform your hard to watch
- The Glidecam HD-4000 is designed to handle cameras in the 4 to 10 pound range.
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|Item Dimensions||23 x 9 x 4 inches|
|Item Display Weight||45 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||8.4 pounds|
The Glidecam HD-4000 is designed for compact and full-size cameras weighing from 4 to 10 lbs (1.8-4.5 kilogram). A camera mounting platform with quick release plate allows you to quickly attach or remove your camera. Ergonomic control knobs allow precise adjustments back-and-forth, and side-to-side to reach the perfect horizontal balance. By adding more or less counter weight plates to the base platform and by changing the length of the central post, you can adjust the camera's vertical balance.
The Glidecam HD-4000 offers unparalleled control and ease of use with its rigid, yet dynamically adjustable, weight distribution platforms. Setting up, controlling and adjusting the system's balance is now quick and precise. The unique, proprietary dynamic base platform can expand and contract to adjust the system's dynamic balance and to increase/decrease the system's rotational pan inertia. Each unit is made in the USA.
Designed for compact and full size cameras weighing from 4 to 10 pounds.
- X,Y Head Dimensions: 8.75" x 5" x 1”
- Base Platform Dimensions: shortest—13.75” x 4.75” Longest—18.25” x 4.75”
- Central Support Post: 1" diameter
- 20" tall in shortest mode
- 28" tall in longest mode
- Weight: 3.3 pounds without Counter Weight Plates.
- Each Custom Counter Weight Plate averages .272 pounds.
- The Glidecam HD-4000 includes 12 custom Counter Weight Plates.
- 12 Counter Weight Plates = 3.264 pounds
- Camera Mounting Plate has 1/4" & 3/8” mounting holes
- Base Platform has 1/4" mounting hole for optional LCD Monitor attachment.
- Made in USA.
Top Customer Reviews
The first thing you need to know about the Glidecam HD-4000 is that it is the biggest Glidecam industries makes before you start getting into their several thousand dollar V-series etc. The HD series also offers more refinements than the Pro Series as far as balancing and build quality. This makes a HUGE difference and I really do recommend purchasing the HD model instead of the Pro. You will save yourself a massive headache balancing your Glidecam.
The HD-4000 is rated to hold cameras up to 10 pounds and itself weighs 3.3 pounds before counterweights. Once you have your camera, Glidecam, and Counterweights things get heavy quickly. If you tire easily I would highly recommend considering the Glidecam HD-2000 Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer. You will get an arm workout every time you use the HD-4000.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 ›
There are two videos on youtube that explain it very well. It also comes down to preference, which comes over time.
a Few tips that can help you,
Do the drop time first to get the 2-3seconds then adjust the balance so its centered.
for a Canon 60D 2 weights is fine, dont think more is better.
Think of the fulcrum(handle part of Glidecam) as an equal sign, the camera being 1 and the base being 3. 1=3 so the weights need to be 3 times the amount and/or make the middle part longer but move it slightly up each time until the drop time is at its best.
Like i said there's a part 1 and part 2 on youtube, and a couple more
get a quick attachment for your camera as well, easier on you. ~30-50 bucks though
Also you need to get an arm brace, wrist brace
I bought the glidecam forearm support, i hope it does the trick because i cant afford that ridiculous body vest lol
I'm 6'1.5'' , 190lb and literally just got a 7point body fat test and i'm at 7.6%
And holding that glidecam for a long period of time or even 10minutes can be a MuthaF@ka lol
That being said, the Glidecam HD-4000 is much too heavy for me. The BMCC camera comes in at six pounds, combined with a Sigma 10-20mm lens and a very simple, light cage. The Glidecam, with the camera, comes out to eleven pounds. That may not sound like a lot, but when you're merely practicing carrying it for long periods of time, your wrist, arm and back can get worn VERY quickly.
Before I purchased the Glidecam HD-4000, I was torn between it and one of the Came systems that includes a vest and dual arm for less than $1000. The problem I encountered was I figured the vest and arm would be too much for the small, quick projects I tend to work on. I wouldn't be able to get in and out of it quick enough.
The Glidecam HD-4000 seemed to be the better option because I could easily put it down and swap out the camera for use on a tripod, slider or monopod in a moment's notice. Also it's $200 cheaper than the Came bundle I was looking at...
However, upon receiving the Glidecam and testing it out with the Blackmagic, I very quickly realized that the system is much too heavy to be operated without a vest. I understand that many have recommended purchasing the wrist support to alleviate stress in the forearm and redistribute the weight to the bicep, but for $100 more, that's putting me close to the cost of the Came bundle.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
nice price, easy to use, one of the better manual camera stabilizing systems on the market.Published 2 months ago by Bart
Love this. It took a while to get setup and use too. It will be frustrating for most but be patient. Once you have it setup once, you will understand how it works. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Juan Stamos
The Glidecam works great after adjustments but shipped with calibration issues. Make sure you don't order from Platinum World.Published 18 months ago by imageryislife
I have used this glide cam from Amazon over the world now and it hold up pretty well. Used it on the beaches of Thailand, Rainy days of France, Hot sunny days of Canada. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jack The Dreamer
This is so cool and I've always wondered how people got the "floating" look when they record. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
i was expecting the item on wednesday since amazon prime said this…and did nt get it until thursday….was disappointed with that but other than that it is goodPublished 23 months ago by Rebecca
This thing gets heavy, but if you want to do much video, you need some sort of stabilization solution, and I can get footage with this that would be impossible handheld.Published 24 months ago by David J Carlyon
BestGlide cam money can Buy. I have use these bad boys for years now and they are the best in Stabilizer technology. Great product!Published on June 18, 2014 by Junior Hernandez