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Old April 3rd, 2004, 11:07 AM   #1
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Glidecam V8 pictures required

Hi, Iím thinking of buying a V8.

I can only order the rig off the web, and it would be impractical to go to the shop for a demo.

Iím trying to establish the build quality of the system.

Iíve searched the net for pictures and Iíve seen the back mounted vest pictures that were previously posted.

Does anyone have any other close up pictures of their rigs? If not, could anyone take some?

Iím especially interested in piccys of the arm.

Please help.
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 11:50 AM   #2
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I've got a picture of my wife using ours:

http://homepage.mac.com/gnattress/PhotoAlbum6.html

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Old April 3rd, 2004, 01:57 PM   #3
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Thanks Graeme.

Keep them coming ppl :)
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 09:06 PM   #4
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Richard,
I was in your position recently, looking for a rig. I had
tried a handheld stabilizer, but it didn't work out.
I went with the Magiqcam. I'm suppose to receive it
in about a week and I'll relay my first impressions.
One thing that's nice about the Magiqcam versus
the Glidecam is that the pitch of the arm is adjustible.
This is a new update for the Magiqcam. I had seen
a used Magiqcam on ebay but I wanted
to be able to adjust the angle of the arm from the
body.
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Old April 4th, 2004, 03:11 AM   #5
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So Dave, which model did you go for I or the IIa? So they finally went and did the change. I guess Charles P. meeting with them did the trick ;) How does it look, do you have a photo?
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Old April 4th, 2004, 10:55 AM   #6
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OMG!!!!

I just visited the Magiqcam site and saw the demo video they have put together.
In my opinion, the results were absolutely awful. There was so much bounce in the picture and I feel that a good camera operator could attain the same results freehand.

At first i thought that they were going to do a before and after shot.

Iíve shot better things with my Glidecam 2000.

I know thatís not a nice thing to say, and it may just be the skill of the operator, but it's definitely put me off that idea.

If you donít believe me, check out the demo for yourself.

www.Magiqcam.com
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Old April 4th, 2004, 11:12 AM   #7
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And very poorly produced too! I think I did better than that running around the garden for the first time with the V8! And the web movie is just awful. Then again, the glidecam demo video is pretty atrocious too!

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Old April 4th, 2004, 11:20 AM   #8
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Graeme, I'm glad you agree. Although I'm sure it would be hard not to.

I have no idea why they would promote their product with such a bad video. It really looked like it was shot freehand.
I think Iím sticking with the Glidecam V8 choice. After all Iím getting some amazing pictures with my GC2000, so hopefully the v8 wonít disappoint.

Where did you see the Glidecam v8 demo video?

Iím still looking for pictures ppl :)
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Old April 4th, 2004, 11:24 AM   #9
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I ordered the video through the post. I was also lucky enough that my local distributor could get the gear in for us to see and try before buying. The only thing I don't really like about the V8 is that you have to drill a hole to feed the video cable down the centre of the support to the monitor, and I don't like the battery for the monitor - the monitor is also very basic. The arm itself seems very well engineered, if basic looking, and there are enough ways to tweak it to set it up for a wide range of cameras, but be prepared to spend a couple of weekends getting it working right - it's not plug and play.

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Old April 4th, 2004, 11:53 AM   #10
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Graeme, are there any chances of you taking some other pictures of the rig?

It's good to hear your opinions on the build quality.

Do you feel that the results you are getting are of a high standard?

Do you feel that the rig was worth the extra money, compared to the GC200?

Do you have any more pros and cons?

Thanks for staying with this post. :)
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Old April 4th, 2004, 12:01 PM   #11
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What type of pictures would you like to see? I can look through my library and see if there are any better ones for you?

I think the results we're getting are pretty good - limited so far by the amount of practice we can put in on the rig.

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Old April 4th, 2004, 12:19 PM   #12
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Close ups of the arm would be good, pictures of the vest and gimbal.

Anything, I've only really seen the official photos produced by Glidecam.
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Old April 4th, 2004, 02:40 PM   #13
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I don't think the demo was that bad. No way you
could do that freehand. I'm easy to please, though,
as my freehand work is terrible. My petite girlfriend
is two to three times more steady than I am.

Charles, I went with the IIa because it seems that
arm will give more range than the I model. I haven't
received it yet. Should be getting it in about a week.

So, Richard, if you were doing well with the GC2000,
why are you looking for a rig?
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Old April 4th, 2004, 06:03 PM   #14
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To be honest, I'm a bit of a poser. lol

I'd just like a full rig to practice with.

I'm a budding Steadicam operator and this summers work money needs to be spent on something.

I just like the idea of having a full rig, even if the results produced are not that much better than what I get from the GC2000.

Everyone can see an example of my work later this month when I finally post a music video that I shot using the GC2000 and the GL2.

I really do think that the demo video was awful, I definitely could have done it freehand. ;)
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Old April 4th, 2004, 06:45 PM   #15
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Dave, please let us know your thoughts about the magiqcam, and if you wouldn't mind some photos would be great!

Thanks!
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