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Old July 8th, 2005, 12:09 PM   #1
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I recently acquired the Glidecam 2000 for my Sony FX1 and have been practicing using the stabilizer. I have a couple of questions for those familiar with stabilizers. I believe my questions aren't necessarily specific to the Glidecam.

1. I tried to attach an audio mike to my FX1 (e.g., AT 897 and a smaller Sony mic I have) and use the stabilizer. While I could get it pretty well balanced, the stabilizer was very awkward to use (seemed top heavy and more prone to swing).

-- My Question: I assume nobody uses an external microphone attached to the camera while using this type of stabilizer? Or, am I doing something wrong (e.g., add more weight)?

2. Are there any good stabilizer training DVDs (or tapes) available that demonstrate how best to use a stabilizer. For example, how to move (backward, forwards, sideways, etc.) when using the stabilizer and examples of when and how the stabilizer can be used.

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Old July 8th, 2005, 01:49 PM   #2
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Hi Keith:

1) If the rig seems top heavy, it isn't balanced. Make sure you have added the right amount of weight to the base to ensure that you have the standard 2-3 seconds of drop time.

A shotgun mike shouldn't upset the stabilizing effect, in fact it should make the rig a bit more stable in tilt and pan.

2) I had thought the Glidecam folk had their own videos by now? If not, the venerable but still excellent Steadicam JR tape is good, just ignore the physical differences in the rigs.

I was planning a training video--not sure if I'll ever get to it at this point!--but we'll see.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 03:38 PM   #3
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2. Are there any good stabilizer training DVDs (or tapes) available that demonstrate how best to use a stabilizer. For example, how to move (backward, forwards, sideways, etc.) when using the stabilizer and examples of when and how the stabilizer can be used.

Thanks,

-- Keith
Hi Keith,

Check out Smooth Moves by Dave Williams. I have the video and it is great. After watching the video it really helped me to get better results with my Glidecam. I've heard that he is coming out with a new version shot on HD. Here's his web link.
http://www.dvideography.com/pro/index.htm
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Old July 9th, 2005, 10:00 AM   #4
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Thank you Mark and Charles.

Charles, I'll try adding more weight to the Glidecam to see if I can get it better balanced.

Mark, I'll order the tape you recommended. Also, FYI, I just ordered your "Hand Held Camera techniques" and am looking forward to the techniques you explain on the DVD.

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Old July 11th, 2005, 12:26 PM   #5
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Thank you Mark

Mark, I'll order the tape you recommended. Also, FYI, I just ordered your "Hand Held Camera techniques" and am looking forward to the techniques you explain on the DVD.

-- Keith
Hi Keith,

You will get better shots with your Glidecam after watching Dave's DVD. By the way, I haven't received your order. Feel free to email me privately if you prefer. Mark@TulsaWeddingFilms.com
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Old August 13th, 2005, 01:32 AM   #6
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Keith,

As Charles has stated...the rig might be top heavy and you can either add more weight to the bottom or drop the bottom just a bit using the adjustable post. Either way the rig will gain more weight in the lower portion of the sled and help to keep the camera upright. Just don't get it too bottom heavy as you will have the pendulm thing going on for starts, stops, or any other changes.

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