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- July 21, 2007 at 12:10 PM #43574AnonymousInactive
I need some suggestions on equipment that steadies a video camera while taping e.g., walking around at a wedding reception, panning around the bride as she is posing.
- July 21, 2007 at 12:41 PM #182758AnonymousInactive
I often find it convient to pull out the center colum in my tripod, and add ballast weight with a manfrotto superclamp.
- July 21, 2007 at 4:50 PM #182759ralckParticipant
There’s all sorts of things to look into.
Do a quick google search on "$14 stabilizer" or "DIY Figrig". Those are two of the cheapest stabilizers you can build yourself. If you go to codydeegan.com, you can buy plans for a full rig like a steadicam flyrig system, which he says costs around 500 dollars for the budget rig. or if you wanted, you could buy a professional glidecam or steadicam system (either just the gimbal/sled, or a full rig), but that will put you back a pretty penny.
- July 22, 2007 at 1:23 PM #182760AnonymousInactive
I saw a nice item, DVMultiRig at DV Expo yesterday. It’s a nice little system from DVTEC ( http://www.dvtec.tv/ ) and people testing it seemed to like its feel. It can be modified to different modes just by folding parts of the handles different ways (and locking them).
- November 27, 2007 at 6:19 PM #182761tombarreraParticipant
Think versatility, mobility and stability
What good is a device that is limited in its overall uses? If you’re doing Hollywood that’s one thing, but videography these days requires a lot more than a one trick pony. I wanted a video camera stabilizer that could do a lot of tricks. I own a Quad Pod All in One. Its got amazing versatility so you can use it on a tripod when needed, quick release off to go steady handheld, switch to swivel pod mode for lenthy shoots, all fast on the fly. I can mount 2 video cameras to it or 1 video and 1 still camera. It’s very mobile and goes just about anywhere unlike steady cams. I make more money with it too. Not only is it versatile and mobile its easy a lot of fun to use, and its very steady via 4 point stabilization.
- December 31, 2007 at 10:25 PM #182762
- January 1, 2008 at 2:09 AM #182763klopexParticipant
I made a $14 DIY poor man’s steady cam. It works alright. It actually cost about $14. It wasn’t very hard to find the parts or to build it. I warn you that you will need a drill bit that can penetrate cast iron. That might cost more than $14. Drilling through the caps was difficult, but not unreasonably…
In any case, the steady cam works, but it isn’t very professional looking. I don’t know if you would mind walking around a wedding with it. Even if you painted it, it might still look like some iron pipes.
- January 16, 2008 at 7:22 PM #182764
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