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“… Can you speak on these tweaks you applied? my tripod suffers from unsmooth pans?”
Other than basic maintenance (keeping it clean and properly lubricated), you have to make adjustments to your tripod when you’re using it to get it to perform best as it can. Also, what model and grade of tripod you bought will be prime determinations for how well it performs. Obviously, a $20 ‘S-Mart’ special is not going to stand-up against a Manfrotto HDV501. But, there is no reason that by setting your controls to suit how you move and practice within those limitations that you can’t get decent movement out of it. Cheap tripods will take more effort that and you have to stay within the weight capacities of your tripod too.