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Old August 15th, 2007, 12:39 PM   #1
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Merlin Arm Vest with Glidecam 4000 Combo

This may sound strange but has anyone else considered adapting the Merlin arm and vest with a GC 4000 Pro? Reason being is I have the 4000 already and why not use it. Seems like all it would involve is a short piece of rod machined to fit mount on Steadicam arm and tube on the 4000 handle. From what I read thus far it appears the weight of 4000 sled with camera, mic, light, wide angle lense adapter, batt, etc. would be within capabilities of the arm design. Anyone see something I'm missing?
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Old August 15th, 2007, 04:32 PM   #2
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I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work, with the right arm-post adapter.

The arm will hold ~15lb

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Old August 16th, 2007, 08:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply Mikko. The only thing that kind of concerns me is the clearance between operator's legs and the sled part of the GC4000. But, if the arm allows enough forward extension away from the operator's body to clear the sled without causing stability issues, then it should work fine. Would not think it would be that much different than the Steadicam Pilot sled.

I'm about to put the Steadicam arm and vest on order. B&H shows no stock so don't know how long it will take to evaluate, plus I have to make the adapter post. Again, thanks for your observation.

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Old August 16th, 2007, 11:03 AM   #4
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is there a huge difference between smoothshooter and merlin amr/vest
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Old August 16th, 2007, 12:04 PM   #5
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Yes, the difference is quite significant. The two biggest differences are the dual-segment design and iso-elastic performance of the Merlin arm. Both together give the Merlin quite an edge in terms of performance.
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Old August 16th, 2007, 03:23 PM   #6
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I considered getting the GC Smooth Shooter rig and was about to make that purchase. Upon more research, along with a background in engineering, the Steadicam arm and vest design started to interest me. The Steadicam vest design is lighter in weight but still distributes the load, plus it would travel more compactly than the GC SS (although I'm not a big fan of all the velcro). More importantly though, the double articulated arm design would better dampen movements plus allowing for a much greater vertical travel range.

Only bringing all this up because I was attempting to find a use for the GC4000, without having to purchase a Merlin - having made the decision to go with the Steadicam vest and arm.

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Old August 16th, 2007, 04:34 PM   #7
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A Steadicam (/glidecam/whatever) should be operated at your side, not out in front.
Any decent stabilizer arm will allow you to place the rig at your side (in addition to allowing you to bring it across your body to the other side if necessary).

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Old August 16th, 2007, 05:06 PM   #8
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I wouldn't knock the Velcro until you've tried it. It works a whole lot better than some other adjustment and locking methods do, at least in my opinion. I've found it to be plenty solid, even when maxing out the springs in the arm.
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Old August 16th, 2007, 08:50 PM   #9
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Really appreciate everyone's comments. Looks like a marriage is in order as soon as Steadicam package is available at dealers.

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Old June 4th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #10
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Hello, just wondering if you were able to get the Glidecam 4000 to work with the Steadicam Arm & Vest. If so, what did you do to make the glidecam fit on the Steadicam arm?
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Old June 17th, 2009, 05:29 PM   #11
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Hi Chris,

I'm running an XH-A1 on a GC 2000 on the arm and vest meant for the Merlin. Works very well. I just replaced the curved post with a straight one.

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Hello, just wondering if you were able to get the Glidecam 4000 to work with the Steadicam Arm & Vest. If so, what did you do to make the glidecam fit on the Steadicam arm?
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 10:36 PM   #12
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Thomas,

We know it works as we have sold adapters to customers that connect our vest and arm to the Merlin (and JR for that matter). Our arm has the same connection as the Glidecam arm and we are told the combination works well.

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