DIY Video and Photography Projects

How To Balance CAME H4 Hand Held Stabilizer or Any Stabilizer
May 13, 2014


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I’ve been fortunate enough to operate many stabilizers over the years, and it’s amazing how they continue to improve while at the same time become more affordable. Here’s a look at yet another new product – the CAME H4 ultra portable Hand Held Video Stabilizer.
As a bonus, i’ve taken the time to walk you [...]

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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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Wondlan Leopard IV Stabilizer System Review
July 15, 2013


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Like most ‘affordable’ Stabilizing Vests on the market, build quality isn’t really an issue for me. The problem I have is that they require a very heavy ‘minimum’ amount of load weight to work properly. Here’s a great review about the Wondlan Leopard IV Stabilizer System from YouTube member Landon Donoho [Thanks Landon], but you’ll [...]

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Wieldy HDV PRO Iron Triangle Carbon Fiber Video Camera Stabilizer
November 28, 2012


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A few others have already received their Wieldy stabilizers and have also posted up little video reviews like YouTube member Nitsan Simantov and YouTube member Chrisbottrellphoto. I received my version quite a while ago, but am only getting to posting something now. Here’s a closer look at what these new Wieldy Carbon Fiber Video Camera [...]

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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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Cheap Camera Stabilizer Load Vest
October 22, 2012


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One essential tool for long Flying Video Stabilizer (Steadicam) type shots is a Vest system with an iso-elastic arm. The vest helps to take the weight of the camera off the arms and distributes the load over to the body. The flexible spring loaded iso-elastic arm keeps the camera level as the operator runs, jumps, [...]

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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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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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Solowheel Gyro Stabilized Self Balancing Wheel
April 7, 2012


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Running around with a Steadicam is possible, but besides tiring out the operator, it’s also hard to get rid of that stomping movement. Roller Blades are clever, but it’s not something that will travel through grass or gravel. The more popular solution for fast movements with a Steadicam is the Segway (as seen above). A [...]

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Can you modify a Steadicam Smoothee?
January 30, 2012


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I want to say when these things were first released they were over $200 dollars. Ridiculous pricing if all you plan to fly is a cell phone. They have since dropped down in price, and while they are listed at about $180 dollars elsewhere, this month they’re on sale at B&H (click here). Not bad [...]

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Steady Dragon Camera Stabilizer
January 23, 2012


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There’s a million different little stabilizers on the market, but about a month ago (maybe a bit longer), the Steady Dragon brand upgraded the Gimbal to a universal joint. This type of gimbal provides the maximum amount of range compared to the little Ball-and-Socket type like found in the Hague MMC. The Steady Dragon [...]

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Life After Death – Steadicam Vest
January 4, 2012


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Preparing for a last minute shoot today, I found my Steadicam Merlin Vest had cracked on the upper chest piece. Crap. The quick fix for me today was to use the top portion of the Konova Vest and mate it with the Steadicam Merlin Arm (which is held on with the waist area). There was [...]

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Skier DSLR Equipment Videos
September 14, 2011


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Here’s a couple of quality videos from Vimeo member FilmCyfrowy showcasing some Skier DSLR Video equipment. Skier is fairly new and is still building up their product line. They have an unusual cage-like design that wraps over the camera lens, a Follow Focus, ViewFinder, Small Transformer rig, and a Merlin-like stabilizer which seems to perform [...]

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Playing with Glidecam and other Gear
July 16, 2011


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click image for available Steadicam Glidecam gear
Droppin’ dollars into Glidecam gear is quite an investment if you’re not familiar with how one works. In fact, you might even find that ‘flying’ a camera is not something you’re quite into. If you already own one, maybe your thinking about testing out the arm brace or Vest [...]

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Testing a Stabilizer w/ Vest and Arm
July 15, 2011


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Testing out some new gear here. Purposely a very poor image with badges erased. The vest and arm are very impressive, but we’ll see how the actual stabilizer performs. It’s not a Steadicam or Glidecam brand name. Unless you can tell which one this is by the image, i’ll have a review on this item [...]

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