Glidecam HD1000 DSLR Video Stabilizer Demonstration

As soon as I announced I was going to test the Glidecam HD1000, many people have been leaving me messages waiting. So here's my quick run through, i'm sure you all know how to assemble and balance these things. There's already plenty of video tutorials on balancing, so i'm just going to show you sample use of the HD1000. Thanks for my sister-in-law for allowing me to chase her around while she (not very skilled) rides a skateboard around to show fast moving shots. Yes I was lightly jogging with the Glidecam HD1000 and Canon 5D Mark II + Sigma 20mm F/1.8.

I did a demo of the Glidecam 2000 Pro, and now I normally fly the Glidecam HD4000 which is a beast, but truly a top performer when loaded up. I love the Glidecam HD4000, but sometimes it's a bit overkill. The way I have the Glidecam HD4000 setup, I wouldn't want to run that way without my Steadicam Merlin Vest. So I wanted to really push the smallest Glidecam to see how much weight it can carry. It can balance the 5D Mark II + Sigma 20mm F/1.8 using all the available weights (compact mode). If you extend the base further down, you can shift the center of balance making it more bottom heavy and possibly add-on a very small LED light or Sennheiser MKE400 microphone.

Can you fly with LED light, Microphone, and Zoom H4n + Canon T2i + wide prime lens? Don't quote me on this! I've flown the Glidecam 2000 pro, the HD4000, and now the HD1000. The gimbal handle on the Glidecam stabilizers are very very strong and very fluid even when loaded up. In fact, I think they fly better when they are pushed to their weight capacity limits. Although they won't suggest this I really think you can further 'modify' this unit to accept even more weights at the bottom and really fly a heavy setup with accessories. Yes you can easily move up to the HD2000 or HD4000, but i'm looking for the most compact video stabilizer solution possible. So if it's possible to really load up this HD1000 then i'll be stoked, because you can see how nice and tiny this thing is, making it perfect for travel and tight locations.

Again, this is a bit more pricey than those other stabilizers i've shown, but it's really the best bang for your buck. Most people either don't like flying footage, or don't shoot enough of flying footage to justify the price. If you really like the look, want or need something super fast to balance, you can get away with the HD1000. If you'll be adding some further accessories and added weight this will push you to the HD2000 at least. So don't quote me on the HD1000 being able to handle everything, this is something i'm still working on, and hopefully i'll demo that soon. Glidecam makes great stabilizers. If you've been following my videos, I started with my DIY stabilizer, moved to the Steadicam JR., then to the Steadicam Merlin, tested the Glidecam 2000 Pro, Hague MMC, IndieHardware Stabilizer, Glidecam HD4000, and now Glidecam HD1000. I've tried many and i'm very satisfied with the quality, price point, and fast balance design of the Glidecam HD stabilizers. (HD version! Not Pro models, those kinda suck to balance).

NOTE: Besides being able to carry more weight, the handle has a much broader range of movement. You'll notice several 'Tilt' shots in this video as I point downwards going down the stairs, or point downwards at the skateboard. This type of Gimbal handle also allows for shots pointing upwards or sideways. This was one of the main reasons I left the Steadicam Merlin since it couldn't support these type of shots.

Glidecam has made it very easy to choose from 3 different DSLR stabilizers depending on your needs. I'm not an expert, you should always consult support with the respected manufacturers, but if you have any questions i'd be happy to try and answer them. Here's a link to the Glidecam HD1000 if anyone is interested in dishing out a paycheck to grab one.
If you are planning to balance heavier setups, you can find more information about the other Glidecam HD series stabilizer, how much weight each stabilizer can carry, along with prices following the links below.

find-price-button Glidecam HD 1000 Smallest Glidecam HD DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer

find-price-button Glidecam HD 2000 Medium Sized Glidecam HD DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer

find-price-button Glidecam HD-4000 Largest Glidecam HD DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer


184 thoughts on “Glidecam HD1000 DSLR Video Stabilizer Demonstration

  1. yasir

    Is waist jacket or arm support necessary with this HD-1000 model ?? or how many minutes can u go without using any support, i m looking for a light weight-easy to handle camera stabilizer for my EOS-6d

  2. Emm

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    @Michael Aers - No the Glidecam HD1000 will be too small. You would be better with the HD2000 for that setup.

  3. john

    Emm,whats your technique for holding the glider for more than 2-3 mins straight?

    I have a 7D and 17-55 mounted, and i cant hold it up for long...even for a minute straight!....

  4. Sean Cusson

    We (my company) went from the Merlin to the Glidecam HD1000. We made a conscious decision that if we wanted "steady" shots then we simply wouldn't worry about audio. In a pinch we use the Zoom H4N and rig a mic to a wrist strap so that it's pointing roughly wherever we point the camera. The audio workaround is not ideal but the smaller form factor lets us use the Glidecam more often.

    All this to say that I had a real struggle at first trying to decide what we should buy. Dealing with "I really want it to do *this* but what if I also ever need to do *this*?" made it almost impossible to pull the trigger on anything until we though about the types of shots we would want to get. By saying "We will only make these kind of shots when use the Glidecam." it made the choice obvious.

    As a tip, we followed some advice we saw on another "balance" video and glued 2 tiny bubble levels on to the mount plate. Now we balance in less than 30 seconds.

  5. Ben Epstein

    Hey Emm,

    Back to my comment from May 26, will the mic be pushing it because its too high up or because it extends to far out?

    Would my setup work with the smaller rode videomic pro?



  6. Fave

    Ive done alot of research and almost everyone says the glidecam hd1000 wont work with the 5d,WRONG. Just as emm as has used it,i also was able to accomplish the proper balancing on a 5d mark ii with a 50mm f/1.4. Just for the heads up i only had to use 3 weights on each side and i extended the telescoping post,for some reason using 4 weights on each side caused the glidecam to pendulum.Hope this helps someone

  7. Willem


    Just reading this post, I'm on a real tight deadline and where I live they don't got the hd2000 in stock right now! Now I'm kinda forced to buy the hd1000. Now I'm curious will it hold my setup? Should I send it back after my project and go for the hd2000? Going to fly with a 60D and a samyang 35mm 1.4.

    Thanks in advance!

  8. Emm

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    @thatoneguy - The HD1000 will handle the T2i and Tokina just fine. If you have the cash, the Glidecam is the better buy.

  9. thatoneguy

    hey man, I have a t2i, I dont think im going to go with the flycam, although havent made by final decision yet. im thinking about getting the hd1000 for my camera+11-16mm tokina lens, I was hoping I could fit a rode mic on as well. what do you think.i dont think i can handle the price point of the hd2000 500$ is just absurd amount, so im in between the flycam dslr and glidecam hd1000.

  10. Emm

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    @Ben Epstein - The microphone might be pushing it. It's not just based on the weight, it's also based on how far away the weight is placed from the gimbal. Same concept as to why lowering the post just a few millimeters (without adding any additional weight) will change the balance dramatically.

  11. Ben Epstein

    Hey Emm!

    Do you think the Glidecam 1000 will be able to hand the 7D, Tokina 12-24, and the regular Rode Videomic?



  12. Alex

    Hi Emm
    Thanks for the tip....I guess also you were shooting in 30 frames per second, am I right ?

  13. Emm

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    @Alex - If i'm thinking of slowing it down, I'd shoot in 720p and have at least a shutter of 1/120th (or faster), and set my aperture with a wide lens to around F/6.3 (more stuff in focus), and adjust ISO as needed.

  14. Jonathan

    @Emm - Thanks. The Tokina is heavier than my T3i so thatll move the center balance. The total weight is 3.1 lbs (including the Rode mic). But I have lighter lenses that will make my camera's center balance shift.

    Would the Skyler be better for that range or the Glidecam HD1000?

    I will be doing a good amount of readjusting so I need a stabilizer that is not difficult to balance.

  15. Alex

    Hi Emm, I see.....but what about if you will do the same video on the same conditions, what setups would you use ?

  16. Emm

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    @Jonathan - The Skyler can carry the same or more weight than the Flycam Nano. It's perfectly fine for DSLR use. By adding a microphone, you are NOT just adding the weight of the microphone. The distance (height) of mounting the microphone changes the dynamic balance.

    If you've watched my balancing videos for Flycam and Glidecam, I talk about lowering the sled a few millimeters at a time to make the unit more 'Bottom Heavy'. There is no additional weight being added, but by moving it further from the center of balance it just naturally becomes heavier. The same can be said with adding a microphone. Don't consider it just by the weight alone, but consider how much weight is being added 'further away' from the center of balance.

    I would have to test this out, but a T3i is very lightweight already, and it may work.

  17. Jonathan

    Hi Emm,

    I just saw your review over the glidecam, skyler minicam, and flycam. You seem to like the Skyler the most, and it appears to be the easiest to balance.

    I have a few quick questions...

    Could I balance the Skyler with a T3i (barely 1 lb), tokina 11-16, and a rode videomic? I know Skyler is small in size but how much weight can it hold. What stabilizer would you prefer to use with this set?

  18. Alex

    Hi emm,
    Nice video, could you please tell me at what shutter speed and what iso did you shoot, also how many frames per second ?

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  20. Emm

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    @Howard - I don't really count the drop time. What you are looking for is to have the unit just slightly bottom heavy. Of course if it drops fast it's way too bottom heavy.

  21. Howard

    Just curious what kind of drop time do you prefer, and do you set it the same for different cameras and Glidecam models that you use? Do you prefer a faster or slower drop time depending on the weight and size of the camera?

    What performance characteristics do you look for or feel for?



  22. Bill

    Thanks Emm. Mic would be the MKE 400, at 2.1 oz I think the package would still be about 3 lbs. So I am banking on the HD 1000.
    If/when I go bigger I will get another Glidecam, because from what I read it seams better to go small and max out rather than bigger.

    Appreciate your input!

  23. Emm

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    @David - The results are the same for Glidecam, it's all practice from the operator. If you get too big a stabilizer, you'll have problems trying to get it balanced. Get the right one for the weight you plan on flying.

  24. Bill

    Emm...You may have answered this but... With all of your experience, at this point if you had to choose the best all around stabilizer that could fly a canon 60d w/ Tokina 11-16, or even a 5d Mark II w/wide prime, what would it be?
    Concerns would be- compact and lightweight and easy set-up. Only additions would be small shotgun mic sometimes.

    Glidecam 1000?
    Flycam Nano?
    Flycam DSLR?
    Dragon, modified Smoothee?
    Thank you Emm

  25. @Emm, Thank you for your fantastic sharing.
    Mine is 5D mark II with canon 24-70 2.8L, would be fantastic if I can add h4n and ew g3 receiver. I will use it for weddings.
    I like merlin weight but I think is for less weight.
    It looks like videos with hd4000 looks some better results than hd2000, isn't it?
    Which one do you suggest me for quality wedding and "in hand"?

    Best wishes Emm!!

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