shows photographs of the Glidecam Pro being setup and used. We highly recommend that the user read this manual thoroughly before setting up and. Manuals and User Guides for Glidecam Industries HD We have 2 Glidecam Industries HD manuals available for free PDF download: Manual, Set. Now I switched over to a Panasonic GH2 and the HD seems to be Now I want to ship the but can not find the hard copy manual.

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Allows you to capture smooth handheld shots.

Glidecam HD Review & Rating |

Supports up to 6 pounds. Takes time to configure. Requires practice to master. Long use is fatiguing. Some extra accessories required. The Glidecam HD can best be described as the poor man’s Steadicam. It produces results worthy of a Hollywood production, but requires practice and skill for the best results. Everyone seems to be a filmmaker these days.

Moviemaking has never been an inexpensive hobby, even in the digital realm. If you aspire to be Scorsese and want to introduce a long tracking shot into your work you’ll need a stabilization system. You could also opt to spend a few thousand dollars on a Steadicam, but spending more money won’t make you a better cinematographer, and it won’t relieve you of the need to balance your stabilization system.

Design and Features The Glidecam consists of a broad cheese plate—a flat piece of metal with lots of holes that allow you to properly center your camera, regardless of what body and lens combination you are using. A pole runs between the top plate and a bottom plate, and holds a number of counterweights required to properly balance the device. In the middle of the pole there’s a hinged handle that you hold when you’re shooting.

When you balance everything perfectly, the hinge and counterweights work to eliminate distracting shake—even if you’re running down the street to get a dynamic shot. View All 9 Photos in Gallery. How well the Glidecam works is based partly on your skill with properly balancing the device to match your camera’s center of gravity, and with how much practice you have using it. Balancing requires you to move weights around the bottom of the plate so that lateral movement along the X and Y axes is minimized.

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You’ll want to end up with a Z-axis drop time of two to three seconds.

Drop time is attained by grabbing the hinged handle and dropping the counterweighted base from a horizontal position with the other hand. Counting the seconds it takes for the base to reach a perpendicular position will give you the time. Any change in weight or weight distribution on the top plate is going to throw things off balance. So when you’re setting up be sure to that you’ve got the memory card in the camera, and that any microphones, field monitors, or other accessories are also attached and in their proper positions for shooting.

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Glidecam supplies a user manual outlining this process but you can also view our how-to video below. Glidecam Models There are few Glidecam models, and the one you choose will depend on the amount of weight you’ll be mounting—this includes the camera, lens, and any additional accessories. We reviewed the Glidecam HD, which supports between 2 glideecam 6 pounds and works well with a full-frame D-SLR and a wide-angle prime lens.

They don’t offer as many adjustments, so they can be a bit harder to balance. Shooting with the Glidecam is just as difficult as balancing it. The goal of the system is to remove the jarring effect of operator body vibration on footage, so most of the supported weight is directed to the handle—which you hold with one hand. The other hand is used to perform whatever camera movement you choose.

Simply grabbing the Glidecam with two hands defeats its purpose. You need to minimize second-hand involvement while still achieving your shooting goals.

This takes a touch learned through hours of practice. Since both of your hands are occupied when shooting, you cannot adjust your focus in the middle of a shot. The best way to keep your subject in focus is to shoot with wide-angle lenses at the smallest aperture possible.

Conclusions To get the most out of the Glidecam you’re going to want to add a few accessories that aren’t included in the box. Without those two items, I found the camera would shift in the middle of shooting no matter how tight the screws were. The absence of embedded bubble levels make it difficult to discern if the camera is completely flush on both axes. The famous tracking shot in Scorese’s Goodfellas as Ray Liotta enters the Copacabana through the back door and through the kitchen in is a good example of what you can do with this type of stabilization device.


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That scene was shot with the aid of a Steadicam. The quality of your shots is going to be largely determined by your hand strength and dexterity. I often experienced dead-arm after shooting with the Glidecam for a few hours. The brace will help to take some weight off your arm, while the vest distributes the weight to your body so that your arms are free to perform additional camera movements.

You may get tired and frustrated while using the Glidecam, but the results are well worth the suffering.

There is no other affordable way to achieve this type of shot and the quality of your footage is based on the amount of time you invest in practice rather than a manufacturer shortfall. The smooth shooting, glidecma of the product, and availability of Steadicam-like accessories make the Glidecam a must have for any indie filmmaker.

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Subscribing to a newsletter indicates your consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You may unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time. PCMag reviews products independentlybut we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links manuql this page. Pros Allows you to capture smooth handheld shots. Cons Takes time to configure. Get Our Best Stories! How to Block Robocalls and Spam Calls.

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