A new device helps to achieve steady-cam like performance

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by advideo, Sep 9, 2004.

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    advideo Guest

    advideo, Sep 9, 2004
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    Seattle Eric Guest

    Man, this is a corruption of the whole concept of "Steadicam". <eye roll>

    More correctly, this is an "enhanced handle".
    Seattle Eric, Sep 11, 2004
  4. Critics of this device seem to ignore that simplicity is a virtue,
    as long as it does the job. The dynamics of this rig are similar to the
    first version of my own steadying apparatus, that I developed in 1989.
    I added a padded shoulder plate, two grab handles and a chest pad, along
    with an adjustable mono-leg and a small counter-weight near the bottom.
    It works very nicely and the model shown on this thread looks to me like
    it would perform well for certain types of shooting.

    Steve McDonald
    Steve McDonald, Sep 12, 2004
  5. Indeed, "Steadicam" as the name-brand mechanical camera
    stabilization device. But it seems to be becoming a generic
    term for camera stabilization, whether mechanical, or human-
    And useful for small consumer camcorders like TRV-900,
    but not for full-size cameras like DSR-300, etc.
    Richard Crowley, Sep 12, 2004
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    Toby Guest

    A clamp and a stick...for the low, low price of $100...

    Toby, Sep 15, 2004
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    Toby Guest

    Since there is no gimbal and counterweight all it does is to add inertial
    stabilization to the whole rigid system. OK, it probably does reduce the
    velocity inherent in moving those bitty-cams, but $100 is highway robbery
    for something that probably costs about $5 to manufacture...Better would be
    a padded pair of vise-grips and a five-pound dumbbell lashed to the bottom
    of the monopod.

    Toby, Sep 15, 2004
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    advideo Guest

    I am glad you see the virtue, and it performs so well for me, that I
    used it for my last several jobs; would be very unhappy, if it was
    taken away from me :)
    As far as "highway robbery" price, I have to explain how it is made.
    If you look at the pictures closely, it consists of a half of a bike
    handle bar, and a stem bracket. As I was making the device, I went to
    a local bike shop, and payed just about $100 for both parts, and a
    foam hand grip handle. If there is a way to get the parts for $5, I am
    not aware of it, but would be happy to find out.
    It differs from the above $14 device as it is very light, adjustable
    using an allen wrench, and works with a Bogen automatic monopod, that
    has its own benefits.
    Alex Dolgin
    advideo, Sep 16, 2004
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