First big reason is stability. You can't beat the size of Libec's HFMP Video Monopod Feet. Second reason why I would choose the HFMP over the XPRO is because you can quickly Lock / Unlock the base with a simple stepping motion.
Now if you were to purchase the Libec HFMP Combo which includes the TH-X Dual Mount Video Head, you're getting a fully operating head with Pan and Tilt controls, whereas Manfrotto's kit will not have a fully functional head. With the TH-X Head you can then use it on a Slider (as seen here), on a set of Tripod Sticks with a flat 3/8" base, or even on a Tripod with 65mm half bowl.
The feet on the HFMP Monopod is removable along with the Fluid Head, so you can separate it if you have to break it down. The Libec HFMP Monopod KIT not only includes a video head and carrying case, it also includes a bowl clamp for 65mm tripod usage and a hexagon wrench for preferred adjustments.
It's possible to purchase each of the Libec HFMP or Manfrotto XPRO Video Monopods without a head and you can add your own. The benefit to Manfrotto's is that it collapses 5" shorter, extends about 5" taller, and is about 1.2lbs lighter. But if you're looking for optimum stability nothing currently compares to the HFMP. Libec is also bringing better value at cheaper retail pricing than the XPRO system.
One way to make your videos a little more interesting is to simply move the camera. Although that sounds easy, performing smooth camera movements handheld can be very tricky. While there are many tools available to do this, nothing is more simple, straightforward, or as easy to operate than a Video Slider. Here's a look at the new 'Duzi', which is the latest, most affordable, and lightest video slider coming out of the Cinevate product line.
On the surface, the Cinevate Duzi is simple, but that's primarily what we want. Something easy to setup, easy to move around, and doesn't get in the way when it's time to shoot. The Duzi is crafted from CNC machined aluminum and stainless steel, with the exception of the solid 19mm Carbon Rods.
The carbon rods not only shed weight, but offer near silent operation when tracking with 8 precision roller bearings. These carbon rods never need to be oiled, and the open design makes it easy to clean and wipe down no matter what conditions you take the Duzi into. Duzi's end blocks offer 1/4-20 threaded holes and 5/8 inch thru holes to support dual stands. A middle cheese plate below the Duzi allows tripod mounting. For additional information, check out the Cinevate Duzi product page:http://www.cinevate.com/store2/camera-movement/camera-sliders/duzi-camera-slider.html
Good times! The brand new lightweight and portable Cinevate Duzi Video Slider just dropped in yesterday. It is an impressive little product, and Cinevate's most affordable slider to date. Obviously i'll have my own reasons about working with such a slider, but while I have her around, are there any questions some of you might have? Let me know in the comments.
For information about this new product, check out the details below.
It’s the lightest, most compact and affordable Cinevate slider ever. It's a Duzi!
Weighing in at just 4 lbs, measuring only 24 inches long, and with a price tag of just $375, the Duzi Camera Slider makes it easier and more affordable than ever, to run and gun with a lightweight and ultra-smooth camera slider.
Solid 19mm carbon rails, CNC machined aluminum and 8 precision bearings, means Duzi can take a beating and still deliver flawless slides.
Boasting a 50 lb weight capacity, Duzi is a workhorse. Whether you're shooting on a DSLR or a big ass camera, Duzi can handle it.
Drop it on the ground. Set it on a table. Center mount it on a tripod. Set up is that easy.
Duzi's end blocks allow for more creative rigging - 1/4-20 threaded holes and 5/8 inch thru holes can support dual stands. Duzi's top and bottom cheese plates offer even more mounting options.
Whether you're a beginner or seasoned veteran, Duzi is an essential part of your filmmaking kit, and at just $375, Duzi can be added to your arsenal affordably.
Cinevate Duzi Video Camera Slider
Crafted from CNC machined aluminum and stainless steel