Camera Stabilizer – Steddiepod

steddiepod

It's called a Steddiepod and it's available for around $389.00. Now before you go out thinking about buying a stabilizer like this, you need to reflect on one my first DIY's in the DSLR world here: http://cheesycam.com/?p=18

Just thought I would show the basic principle of how I believe this Steddipod is supposed to work. If you've checked on my earlier article, i've used the same principal of spacing the lower weights. (not sure if my version was out first and now it's catching on). On the bottom of the Steddiepod, those legs that hang out 'might' be some type of counter-weight set. By spacing the lower weight very wide, you'll totally minimize movement while walking. I've since redesigned my version from a wooden dowel into an adjustable Monopod with a wooden plank spacing Foundation Bearings on each side (from home depot). You can make your own for probably under $18.00 dollars, or you can opt in for something like a Steddiepod for about $389.





4 thoughts on “Camera Stabilizer – Steddiepod

  1. Dejan

    Personaly i didnt bouth a steaddiepod but i,m sure that this item is fantatic. U cant never know whats gonna be? Tripod, steadi and boom, enough

  2. Chris P.

    Hey guys, just wanted to toss my 2 cents in. I've had the opportunity to shoot with the SteddiePod several times. Run and gun, Choreographed Martial Arts Action sequences, and your run of the mill convention stuff. After seeing the Cheesycam footage (Good stuff btw), you're really comparing only one aspect of the SteddiePod, whereas there are many other functions that I have personally found very handy.

    1. Tripod. Admittedly, it's not the most STABLE tripod in the world (I wouldn't leave it standing by itself), given the model I used had a fluid head, I was able to get some good panning shots between my 2 actors (Western Style), without having to lug around a set of sticks.

    2. Boom. For a few of my shots, I had envisioned an over head sequence, where the talent walked in from off camera. All I needed to do was line up head, boom it up, and hit record. No need to climb a tree and hang precariously to a branch. (I'm not the most athletic person, ever.)

    3. Low flow. Had a few sequences where I wanted a shot of the actors feet running through the forest. Flipped it upside down, adjusted the length for balance, and I was shooting! Flipped it in post, and didn't need to remove much, if any shake.

    4. Ego Cam. I personally haven't used this mode, however, I let a friend of mine use it for a Music video, and the talent loved it. We strapped it to him, and it allowed him to walk through the house, singing to the camera, while letting his arms move around freely (within some constraints)

    Bottom line is, the SteddiePod can do a bunch of different things. Admittedly, I only shoot with DSLRs and HVX200 level cameras, but it's performed admirably. As a solo shooter, I keep this in my kit because when I'm in the field, I never know what I'm going to run in to. However, I have many options with this unit, and really get have fun with it. I've let friends borrow it on several occasions, and they keep asking to borrow it again. I might have to start renting it to them. 😛

    Either way, just my 2 cents. Keep up the good work, and maybe we'll run in to each other in the field! Ciao!

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