DIY Video and Photography Projects

Steadicam Merlin Vest with Glidecam HD1000 / HD2000 / HD4000 Stabilizers
November 24, 2013


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Some people want to stick with big brand names – nothing with wrong with that. So if you’re looking for my suggestion in this area, one of my favorite Stabilizer + Vests combinations still to this day is the hybrid Steadicam Merlin Vest + Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer.
Obviously the Glidecam Stabilizer can be used without [...]

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Review: Laing X-15 Vest Arm kit with Laing P-04 Video Stabilizer
September 11, 2013


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Here’s a little review on another new and affordable Stabilizer Vest System for lightweight camera setups to medium sized cameras. This is the Came / Laing X-15 Vest+Arm matched up with the Laing P-04 Hand Held Stabilizer.

The Laing products have been around for quite some time, and I hear about RED Camera operators using [...]

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Wieldy II Stabilizer Vest System
August 14, 2013


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Earlier this year, I showed off a Wieldy Stabilizer Vest system that finally met my needs to fly a lightweight camera setup. The vest was able to fly both my simple Canon 5D Mark III as well as my BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera. If you’re interested, you can see that original video and article (found [...]

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XCAM Mini vs Skyler MiniCam Handheld Stabilizers
May 15, 2013


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I purchased a Skyler MiniCam about a year ago. At the time I was looking for a very small stabilizer that was easy to travel with, offered a quick release system, fine tuning knobs, and can fly at least the Canon 5D Mark III camera. I personally felt the price was very good for [...]

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Lensse UniqueX Video Camera Stabilizer
March 25, 2013


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Lensse is a company that makes very simple and affordable Video camera stabilizers that support iPhones all the way up to heavy DSLR bodies. These stabilizers balance your camera over a ball socket gimbal, attempting to prevent the transfer of shaky hands into the camera while walking, and also keeping your camera level with the [...]

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NEW Dual Arm Stabilizer Vest vs Steadicam Merlin Vest
December 10, 2012


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I have used and abused my Steadicam Merlin Vest over the years, and although the ISO Arm has lasted me this long, the actual worn vest has slowly been degrading. I love the Steadicam Merlin Vest, and highly recommend the performance it gives, but even at $1500 dollars for the vest only (seen here) this [...]

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Cheap Video Stabilizer Load Vest
November 12, 2012


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Guess what came in the mail recently? It’s that cheap video stabilizer load vest I posted about a few weeks ago. I’ve had a bit of time with the gear, and as with any product there’s Pros and Cons.

Pros:
The cheap vest is a combination of snap buckles and velcro, while the Steadicam Merlin vest is [...]

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Wondlan Carbon Video Camera Stabilizer
October 8, 2012


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Less than a year ago, Wondlan introduced a few hand held carbon fiber stabilizers. Since the release, it was short of showcasing excellent examples of the stabilizers in use, so it was hard to tell if it was the actual unit or operator experience. Here’s one video that shows some pretty fluid movements and also [...]

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Manyan Video Camera Stabilizer
July 13, 2012


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Showing up now on eBay, there is another Steadicam Merlin-esque type video camera stabilizer called the Manyan. Build quality looks pretty good and seems to hold up a decent amount of weight. Some of the video samples at the product page are over 2 years old, so it’s obviously been around for a while. Anyone [...]

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Steadicam Merlin 2 – Review
July 5, 2012


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YouTube member arthurwoo sends over his review of the NEW Steadicam Merlin 2. In this video he makes some very good points on Pros and Cons of the unit, and also shares with us some sample video footage from the little stabilizer. The Steadicam Merlin 2 has many new upgrades and supposedly a more robust [...]

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Skyler MiniCam with SoloWheel Flying T4i 650D
July 2, 2012


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Home for the day, so I decided to see if I had the skills to fly the Skyler MiniCam Video Camera Stabilizer while riding a Gyro-Stabilized Motorized UniCycle called the SoloWheel (found here on eBay).
  
Just in case something disastrous were to happen, I felt comfortable trying this test out with Canon’s latest EOS T4i [...]

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DIY Baby Merlin (Steadicam Smoothee) Shaved Base
May 17, 2012


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Nick Bicanic from http://www.purposelabs.com does a better job than I did with his DIY Steadicam Smoothee (a.k.a Baby Merlin) by shaving down the entire platform to get a perfect fit for his quick release adapter [Thanks Nick]. That little bit of effort definitely makes it look much more solid mounting platform than adding a quick [...]

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Flycam, Glidecam, and Skyler Stabilizer Features
April 23, 2012


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This video is complete rambling about different feature sets of a few ‘Small Camera stabilizers’ I use. I have quite a few very large ones as well, but for now i’m just touching on these specifically because they are so close in what audience they are intended for. The three small stabilizers i’m showing are [...]

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Lensse DSLRPro Stabilizer Demo
March 15, 2012


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The Lensse DSLRPro Stabilizer has been around for possibly a few months now, and it is the latest version camera stabilizer in their product line. Here’s some footage with a Canon T2i. Lensse uses a custom low friction brass gimbal in their stabilizers, and it doesn’t have quite the range of motion as a Steadicam [...]

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New – Opteka SteadyVid Pro Stabilizer
March 3, 2012


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Opteka throws in a new Video Camera stabilizer with a fully adjustable top stage and upgraded 3 axis gimbal. Looks pretty similar to the Steadicam Merlin. The lower weights (stainless steel?) look almost exactly like the ones used in a real Steadicam Merlin (seen here), and the specs say it can handle up to 5lbs [...]

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GH2 on Baby Merlin (modified Steadicam Smoothee)
February 15, 2012


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The GH2 or other small video cameras are very lightweight and the selection for a quality stabilizer are few. Lately, there’s been some interest around modifying a Steadicam Smoothee to work with such light cameras. I was able to modify one successfully, but I never got around to showing it’s full capabilities. So it’s great [...]

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