DIY Glidecam / Monopod Modification

I get it. Sometimes you fly a stabilizer around and need to take a pause for a long static shot. These things can get quite heavy, so being able to stand on it's own could be beneficial for event shooters. Varizoom offers a Monopod / Stabilizer called the FlowPod (seen here), but when used as a stabilizer, it didn't really work out very well. Varizoom also makes a Crossfire Stabilizer (seen here) that doubles as a small Tripod too. None of them I think work very well, mainly because of the Gimbal setup they are using.

Varizoom FlowPod Stabilizer Monopod
Varizoom Crossfire Stabilizer Tripod

Wondlan also recently showed a Carbon Stabilizer that can be extended to work as a monopod, and they used a better Gimbal system like the Glidecam type stabilizers. I think they fell short a bit here because the sled was a little too small. If you think you need a stabilizer that doubles as a stand, here YouTube member NitsanPictures shows how it could be possible to modify your own with a Glidecam, and possibly even the Flycam by connecting to the 1/4" female thread under the post. It seems to work pretty good, but I think there are other Monopod designs that would make it easier to telescope when needed. [Thanks Nitsan] If you guys haven't seen a Glidecam Stabilizer in use, check out some of my old videos.

Glidecam HD1000 Demo:
HD1000 Demo

Glidecam HD4000 Demo:
HD4000 Glidecam Demo

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10 thoughts on “DIY Glidecam / Monopod Modification

  1. Regarding Vern's post, I'm not sure exactly because I don't have one to try with, but I imagine something like two superclamps connected back-to-back might do the trick to hold the glidecam in a different position on the vest arm?

  2. Emm

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    @Verm - For very low shots I often flip my stabilizer upside down (not recommended). I thought about making an extension bracket it you want to push it further from the vest arm. You probably just need a 4" horizontal bar and then go upwards with the post.

  3. Verm

    Hey Emm! My question has nothing to do with this modification, but I have the HD4000 and always find myself hitting the $@!&* handle on the stabilizer's column when using a vest because the handle is stuck in vertical position and cannot be tilted when doing low shots and such. Do you have this kind of problem, and have you ever thought about some kind of simple modification that could take the handle further away from the stabilizer? Thanks!!

  4. @Rick,
    OH! ok, that's actually a good idea.
    --I just tried it.
    I found that it put too much sideways pressure on the bolt of the monopod but using a little bracket I was able to reduce the strain on the bolt so it won't break.
    It works very well with a light stand as well (without any mods needed).
    However, with with either a monopod or a stand when you want to fly again you will need to either strap the monopod/stand to your body (which would most likely require you to fold it up) or leave it where it is.
    -So I would still prefer my original 'design' if I had to shoot in public.

    But if it was somewhere I could just leave the light stand or hand it to an assistant your idea works really well. I suppose sometimes the simple stuff works just as well. :)

  5. Rick

    Nitsan, you didn't quite follow. I wasn't referring to attaching to the balanced portion in any way. I was talking about attaching the monopod to the bottom of the foam covered handle. You just rotate the bottom of the handle slightly to the side, slide in the rod and rotate it back down until the rod bears on the floor. (This is based on the handle being hollow which is how it appears to be on the video but it is hard to tell)

  6. Hey thanks for posting Emm!

    @Rick, yes that would work just fine - but it would require rebalancing of the glidecam every time. (The glidecam/flycam is balanced by moving the weight up and down by millimeters to get perfect balance)

    @Jerry yes that wold work great too! But you would then need to put the monopod somewhere when flying, which is not always an option when shooting in public. Also, that may require a bit of front/back balancing when putting the camera back on the Glidecam if you're using a sliding QR plate. (not a big problem on a glidecam but would take longer on a flycam as they're built a bit different.)

  7. Hey Nitsan, good to see you got it done, congrats! I don't know if I am going to try this with the Nano, but it does look pretty useful especially when you can set it down to rest the tired wrist!

    @Rick - I see your point. I might just try something like that. I used a DIY wrist support every time flying the Nano but still tiredness in the arm sets in after a while.

  8. Rick

    Wouldn't it have made more sense to add a small rod to the top of the monopod that would fit up inside the handle of the glidecam, something you could just slip in on the fly as you need it rather than constantly carrying it around and having it mess with your balance? You could also have it snap into the handle and just have it pointed back an away while filming.

  9. Jerry

    Good idea Nitsan. I know this setup´s main idea is to carry less gear, and alos be faster to setup. But I think 2 quick realease adapters and another monopod might be easier for two reasons. One, because it seems like it takes around 8-10 seconds to extend the monopod and reframe. Maybe just having an opened monopod and a QR plate would be just as fast, or faster. And the second reason, the steadicam/glidecam loses balance, so you probably take 5 times longer to rebalance, instead of just having a fixed QR adapter on each.
    But thanks for sharing! I like how the cheesycam community gets involved!

  10. Brandon

    Nice, but, a little pricey for almost 500 bucks though. I could buy Canon PowerShot G12 for just about the same price.

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