Vincent Laforet took the wraps off of the new MōVI M10 digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal yesterday. The new unit has the potential to serve as a substitute for virtually every form of camera stabilization on the market today – including Steadicams, sliders, jibs and dollies. [click to continue…]
Adorama has released a new Steadicam-style video camera stabilizer under its Flashpoint in-house brand. The Flashpoint ZeroGrav appears to be a close reproduction of the Glidecam HD-2000, which is about the right build for HDSLR rigs. Notably, the ZeroGrav has a bigger load range of 2.2-11lbs capacity, while the Glidecam HD-2000 is rated 2-6lbs. [click to continue…]
We stopped by the Tiffen booth to check out some of their new offerings at CES 2012. One of the hot new items there was the Steadicam Merlin 2, which adds some functional refinements to the popular and original Merlin.
Check out some demo footage and a brief overview of the Steadicam Merlin 2 in the video below.
Apologies for the audio distortion. It wasn’t clipping, but rather failing preamps on the camera, which we later remedied by recording to the Zoom H4n instead.
I picked up a Glidecam 2000 a couple of months ago after talking with the Glidecam guys at NAB. One of the operators at the booth gave me a short course in how to use it effectively, which turned out to be very helpful as I’ve been learning the ropes.
I haven’t arrived by any means, but I’ve started getting some pretty fun and usable shots with it. My church’s VBS was a couple of weeks ago and I took the opportunity to have a bit of live practice with it.
Anyone who has tried their hand at video knows that long takes are challenging from both a technical and creative aspect. For one, everything has to go right with the camera and all the surrounding technical components. And two, the subject matter has to be engaging enough in order to justify the long take.
This student short film managed to wrangle both challenges for a very compelling short film made up of roughly a four and a half minute seamless take. It was shot with a 5D Mark II and 24-70mm lens on a Steadicam Merlin. They shot 36 takes in total.