A Simple Shoulder Stabilizer

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      roblewis56
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      A Simple Shoulder
      Stabilizer

      Stabilizing a small camcorder can be a challenge. You can
      use a tripod if your subject is stationary, but a tripod is cumbersome and you
      loose the flexibility to follow action. Hand held gives flexibility, but often
      results in shaky video.

      I have solved this problem by attaching a small tripod as
      shown below.

      Here the tripod is attached to my Canon Vixia HF11. The legs
      are aligned along the base and held together with a rubber foot leaving just
      enough room between the tripod and the camcorder for my left hand.

      I hold the camcorder with my left hand with my forearm
      crossing in front of my body, my upper left arm against my body and the rubber
      foot pressed against my right shoulder as shown below.

      This leaves my right hand free to control the record button and zoom lever.

      Stabilization comes from the triangle formed by my left
      forearm, my upper body and the tripod against my right shoulder. Because my
      forearm crosses my body it is angled away from vertical in the horizontal
      side-to-side direction so this triangle provides both horizontal side-to-side and
      vertical stability.

      When you hold a camcorder with your right hand, as is
      usually done, your right forearm is vertical in the horizontal side-to-side
      direction so you do not get the side-to-side stability that you get from
      holding it with your left hand as I do here.

      I also have a good view of the LCD screen.

      Here is a link to a video I shot using this stabilizer. If you listen carefully after about 25 seconds you competitive types can hear some valuable advice.

      <st1:city w:st=”on”>Berkeley</st1:city> Kite Festival – Kite
      Team of <st1:country-region w:st=”on”><st1:place w:st=”on”>Japan</st1:place></st1:country-region>

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGZMdTXF8fc

      Robert

    • #167373
      EarlC
      Member

      Cool tool.

    • #167374
      Grinner Hester
      Participant

      love it.

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