Steadicam Question

marcjb401

New member
I was wondering if anyone knew how to outfit the $14 steadicam for an XL2. The one on the site look like it can't handle the weight, so I was wondering if I just needed to add more counter weight or anything else. Thanks.


-Marc
 

ralck

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For bigger cameras like that the $14 stabilizer (steadicam is a whole different ballpark) doesn't work all that well. Actually, it doesn't work all that well for small cameras as well.

You want to look into several different options:
-- a sled and gimbal system
-- a home-made Fig Rig (google it and you'll find stuff about it)
-- steadicam system (these are hard to make or expensive to buy, so might be a last resort)
-- track and dolly system (cheap to make, though curved track can be difficult)

With a camera like that, I thought it was shoulder mounted, so that should help you stabilize from the start. The dolly or steadicam systems are best for a really dead stable camera movement, but take time to set up and operate.
 
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PompeyPete

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StediCam for XL2

StediCam for XL2

I tend to agree with Ralck.

I have a similar style of rig and that struggles with the XL2/XLH1 type cameras. You really do need a proper rig Glidecam, StediCam for those bigger Canon's or look at the alternatives he has already mentioned.

Cheers
 

marcjb401

New member
Thanks for the replies guys. I'm def. building a dolly system, so that will help with a lot of shots. I also think my father and I are going to make our own glidecam knock-off (oh boy, father-son bonding). If it turns out well enough, I'll post pictures and instructions, and all that jazz.
 

ralck

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Sounds like an excellent plan. Check out homebuiltstabilizers.com if you haven't already. Also CodyDeegan.com is a place you can buy some DIY steadicam plans.

Keep in mind though a few things: buy high quality bearings and you won't be disappointed (they really are worth the extra few dollars for them). A good quality bearing is between 10-25 US dollars.
Also, keep in mind that DIY steadicam rigs are rather difficult to build, and also don't work as well as a professional rig. I've talked to a few people who have built them and they often say that theirs 'never really worked the way they wanted it to'.
I don't mean to discourage you (I want to build one myself so I'd love to see your design and build!), I just want you to know that they can be quite tricky to build.
 
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