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Rob de Jong

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Hi,

I have been looking a lot at electronic gimbals, but became less interested seeing all the troubles these can give. So now I am thinking of having a simple steadicam instead, maybe with a vest and spring arm.

I have seen lots of Youtube test footage with many steadicams and I see very good results in general. The only thing that almost always comes back, however smooth the footage is, is the swinging weight at the botom of the steadicam, showed by an horizon that is often not level. Is there a way to fight this?

Thanks,

Rob

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Hi Rob, welcome to the world of Steadicam. Short answer, yes there is a way, contrary to gimbals, steadicam requires the operator to learn how to manually correct it. Properly adjusting and balancing the rig as well as understanding the physics behind it, along with training, are important to achieve good stable footage. I would recommend you to read "the Steadicam operators handbook" available on Amazon. It's a wonderful book written by the best Steadicam operators and instructors. If you want to learn more after that a workshop is a really good investment, definitely worth every penny.

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