Camera movement Thu, 30 Mar 17 00:52:36 -0600 Camera movement en-CA GH4 stabilization Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:14:28 -0700 photographer3000 16572@/talks/discussions Hi all, I have a GH4 with a Sigma 18-35 F1.8 lens fitted so pretty heavy front end and I,m wanting to buy a Steadicam/Glidecam/Flycam of some sort. Any advice and is anyone using any good combinations?

Nebula Gyro Jib with Nebula 4200 Lite and Nebula REMOTE for new shooting plan Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:35:52 -0600 Avril_Lovin 15923@/talks/discussions Filmpower has expanded the Nebula series in IBC 2016. This time, we introduced Nebula Gyro Jib, different form other Jib, is exactly a perfect match of Nebula 4200 and Nebula 5300. It just like a brand new “handle”, through the dove-tail slot, gimbal can be mounted on it. Now you may switch Nebula 4200 over the spring arm, the 3 axis handle, the single handle or the jib.

Because the camera is still on the stabilizer, that means Nebula Gyro Jib can carry cameras like the Canon XC15 and Panasonic PX230 which is compatible with Nebula 5300. With the help of Gimbal’s lock mode, making the camera stays locked on to a given target as the jib is moved. Also, if you switch to the semi-lock mode, it allows the camera to follow jib’s movement on the horizontal direction but stay locked as the jib moving up or down.

Further more, the Nebula Remote can be added as the controller unit to remote control gimbal’s Pitch and Yaw axis and mode switching, so that the direction of camera can be easily changed. Users may also remote control camera to start/stop recording by using the Remote. This system breaks the angle limit of traditional jibs.

Of course there are some features similar to other travel jibs such as easy to assemble, easy to monitor and easy for transportation. Nebula Gyro Jib is made of carbon fiber, making it only weights 1.4kg while having a reasonable length of 2.4m when fully extended. There are standard 1/4 and 3/8 screw holes on the jib for monitor and tripod. It can use regular weights or a handy donut shaped counter weight water bag as the standard fitting.

Laing H5 steadicam topic Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:43:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16374@/talks/discussions image

  • Work with any camera+ lens combination up to 2.8kg
  • Weight is only 0.67kg, so you can use it with bare hands for prolonged time
  • Very compact
  • Exceptional manufacturing quality Laing is known for
  • No charging required :-)

Remember that you can still win one



Edelkrone Slider Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:11:17 -0700 QuickHitRecord 5463@/talks/discussions A very interesting design:

These guys are always coming up with neat stuff.

The animation is great but I hope that they post a video of this thing in action. I'm curious to see how smooth it can actually be.

The Steadicam turned 40 - historical perspective Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:01:38 -0700 Kob 16200@/talks/discussions

Edelkrone Wing cheap analog Thu, 03 Nov 2016 02:43:30 -0600 fatpig 15987@/talks/discussions

has anyone ever tested this? Any Reviews online? This thing seems to be even older than the wing. I found one amazon review, thats it:

iFootage Shark Slider S1 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:01:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8740@/talks/discussions image

Available on deals - check additional details and price.



Edelkrone Wing Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:49:46 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15569@/talks/discussions

Varavon Crane Tilt Jib Sun, 20 Jan 2013 23:58:29 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5852@/talks/discussions

The hand placed on the gimabal introduce shake Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:53:30 -0600 Hisham_Aly1974 15824@/talks/discussions i am sorry this is my second post about the same problem , but sadly i can not fix it with all the advice i got so i need a help again

the problem is my second hand the hand placed on the gimbal itself introduce a lot of shake and slightly very little amount of panning left and right ( so it shakes rotates and pan the steadicam ) , i must note the following :

1- i understand that we dont hold it firmly and that we must be very very gentle and i tried for months to the most gentleness that i can with my fingers but i fail , tried different hand placement too with no luck , tried several drop times and different sled length no one is better it is always shakes badly , i read and watched everything i could about that 2 hands technique ( and it is not that much i found just 2 pages on the steadicam operator handbook )

2- i improved in many other things like my walking style my movements etc , month by month i find that i improve a very little but i do so it is fair , but the 2 hands technique after practicing i still on zero level same as i started months ago with no improvement at all

3- all of my good examples that people liked so far was done by balancing my stablizer very accurate and with slow drop time i fly it with one hand and the result is very very smooth compared to when i lay my other hand under the gimbal

4- i have an idea after all this months of fail that may be some people do not have enough gentleness in there fingers to do so or may be there is something wrong in the muscles nerves , i dont know i am not a doctor but is this a talent like singing some have it and some whatever the do it will never happen

5 - is there any resources or data online about this issue please write it may be i didnt read it and could have a tip or trick that may help me

6- i am sorry my english is bad and that because it is not my based language

one hand examples

LAING steadicams, arms and vests Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:22:12 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5749@/talks/discussions I am moving all to separate topic to have focused discussion.

LAING options

Quite good opinions about them. Good quality.

First, more light set, for cameras up to 7.5kg.





One for 7-15kg range comes in case:




Can I use one hand operating a dslr steadicam ? Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:28:10 -0600 Hisham_Aly1974 15671@/talks/discussions hello All ,,

his is my second post but i read and learned from all of the post here from years till now so thank You very much my Question is :

Is it possible to operate a dslr steadicam with just one hand ( the hand that carry it ) only , and if so what is the recommended settings for this ( may be a longer drop time or or ? ) , and how to stop it from the small panning that happen some times with the strong straight forward movements ?

what i want to do :

what i want to do simply is not using my other hand ( The guiding hand ) on that steadicam , obviously i understand that i cant tilt and panning also will be limited to panning with my body , i understand and accept that limitations , since all i need is stable and simple shots ..

Why i dont want to use my other hand ?

that is a long story and to cut it short , i tried every thing for many weeks i tried to be so much gentle to the max gentle that i can ( i did what u can and can not imagine to get it that gentle ) , but no way whenever my second hand touch the post as described under the gimble , the shot become shaky and useless and i throw a whole days of shooting this way .

info :

to give u some info so that u can understand my situation better

i am a director and editor not new in the field as i work from years but for operating a steadicam i am new in this just trying from less than a year , but for balancing the glidecam and other cheap rigs i have done it for little longer time for our low budget projects , but i didnt fly them by myself ,, i watched and read almost Tons of all ( Free ) steadicam Tutorials and documents ..

sample of my tests :

here is the model that i use it

it is very expensive in where i live as i get it for about 450$ ( things are very mad priced in my town ) sorry for the long post and sorry for my English as it is not my based language thank You in Advance


Opinions on Camera Sliders that have a parallax panning feature and cost less than $500? Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:14:57 -0600 CFreak 15590@/talks/discussions I am prepping for a shoot in 2 weeks. I am looking for PVer's opinions on the various parallax systems for sliders that are (or used to be) available.

Since I don't have an existing slider, I could either go with an all-in-one unit or an add on unit. The cheap add-on units from Neweer have mostly disappeared off eBay and Amazon. If anyone has one for sale, let me know, I could buy @aksels slider in the market place and add it on!

Ideally I am looking for something I can get in 2 weeks time, ca. 120cm long, quiet for sound recording, smooth (roller bearings are best?) can utilize a 2nd tripod for stability, and that works reasonably well for medium and close shots of an interviewee). At this budget level, I don't expect perfection, but, want to strive for it as always :-) .

Can one take noisy bearings apart and try to re-grease them, if loud?

Are there any DIY's you could recommend for this parallax add-on? Here's a complicated design DIY:

-I don't have that much time, lol.

Design examples:

Neweer 120cm add-on:

Konova 120 cm add-on:

All-in-one (looks like a Rhino "inspired" design):

Also available directly from CAME-TV. Just emailed them about availability.

-If no one can sell me a parallax add-on, this might be my only choice for a 120cm model, due to my time limitation.

Same design here:

Fixed designs. CON: Subject must be distance X away from camera to get optimal effect:

And I won't list the one-man-band design from Redrock due to $$$.

Have I missed any others?

I am sure Kessler got all the rip-off designs off the market or these things didn't really work that well -and that's why there are so few around today…?

Your thoughts please!

iFootage Motion Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:33:10 -0600 MikeLinn 15591@/talks/discussions

The Evolution of the Zoom Dolly Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:01:28 -0600 Manu4Vendetta 15573@/talks/discussions

MOZA Lite 2 Camera Stabilizer Operation Tutorial Video Tue, 12 Jul 2016 01:27:14 -0600 Queena_Allen 15346@/talks/discussions Gudsen released the MOZA Lite 2 at NAN Show 2016, a handheld, 3-axis camera stabilization gimbal designed for videographers, filmmakers and cinematographers to capture smooth shots. image

It weighs at only 2.2kg that lightweight enough for handheld operation, yet strong enough to carry any mirrorless cameras and common DSLRs as well as small cinema camera such as the Red Epic series with max payload of 11.0lbs. It takes powerful motors with digital positioning encoders on each axis to provide precision control and achieve smooth footage by using advanced algorithms. The operator can access to remote control of the camera and gimbal via the wireless thumb controller. It is powered by the intelligent battery with 2800mAh capacity and Tesla cells that can last up to 8 hours. image

Gudsen team just published the full tutorial video on Youtube for the MOZA Lite 2. It shows how to use the gimbal, including setup, balance, wireless thumb controller and MOZA Assistant operation.

Motorized timelapse options for varavon slider? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:05:31 -0600 ICProductions 11105@/talks/discussions Hey PV! Are there any options/alternatives to the motoroid/timeroid for the varavon sliders (specifically v800)? Are there other brands/systems that work ?

I'm mainly wondering about the Konova Motorized Kit B that comes with the crank as well. It seems a better value and can be upgraded as I go.

I've also been entertaining DIY and have read numerous ideas, including this one -

(He doesn't talk about how to attach it to the carriage at all, I'm thinking of buying the varavon weight pulley because it has a plate that fits)

Does anyone have examples of DIY for the varavon ?

Also - going the DIY route - is it a better design to have the have the motor on an end or with the carriage?


CAME-TV Accordion Jib Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:15:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15324@/talks/discussions

Laing H3 Mini Wed, 07 May 2014 12:17:07 -0600 johnnymossville 10332@/talks/discussions Does anyone have an opinion on this one. I'm in the market for one now and as far as I know, Laing is pretty good, but I've never seen this one before. I like the iFootage wildcat, but this looks about as good and is cheaper.



Laing H3 - small stabilizer for filmmakers

Made only from premium materials and with great accuracy.

Very good top stage for precise adjustment.

Can handle small or medium cameras.

  • Cameras weight range - 1-3kg
  • Post diameters - 25mm and 20mm
  • Length - from 320mm to 460mm

Check additional details and price.

Cable cams Sat, 15 Jun 2013 02:48:41 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 7258@/talks/discussions

See tutorial at

iFootage Minicrane M1 III Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:25:53 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14899@/talks/discussions

New design principles of 5-Axis spring arm Wed, 08 Jun 2016 01:53:32 -0600 Avril_Lovin 15189@/talks/discussions Although Steadicam has made great differences, there are many restrictions to the detriment of current photography needs. Such as Steadicam is too big to be used for narrow scene, and too heavy for long shot. And the fatal weakness is the difficulties for beginners to start in a short time trial, users must take a long time of training to familiar with Steadicam and use it well. With wrong posture, it is counter-productive to keep stable. Still, usually we need to spend a long time on Steadicam for adjustment and balancing.


Turned the standard notion of 50-year Steadicam’s structure, 5-axis spring arm is Nebula’s original design, inspired by the damping system of F1 racing cars.


The effect of double spring arm in contraposition is both rebound and absorbing. But the mass of stabilizer and camera appropriately maintains inertial. Except the intentional tremor, the two spring arms can absorb any vibrations and bounces under payload acting on the vertical axis. With this kind of buffer, reduces vibration, retards speed, makes shooting more smooth even facing hard bumps.


They are just like the vehicle suspension system, on the one hand isolates road noise, bumps, and vibrations, on the other hand provides enough sustenance for stabilizing car body while making a turn. Besides vertical axis, with different spring tension, the two spring arms are also able to filter part of the vibrations on horizontal axis.



Two dovetails are added on spring arm, to show the flexibility of combinations. The standard 1/4 screw hole also makes it easy to carry most of the photography accessories. Every detail we designed is for filmmakers in search of 2 “P”s: professional and possibilities. Double spring arm in contraposition turns the standard notion of spring arms in line, in order to spread bounces caused by photographers’ step while moving over two handles. Thus perfectly reduces the jitter and jerking and improves users’ manipulation of stabilizers.



iFootage Crane mini M1 vs M5 - best decision Thu, 07 May 2015 00:56:56 -0600 Alexauwa 12944@/talks/discussions I've compared those to models for using it with my GH4. So far I only see a difference in the material, resulting in 1.4 to 3,4 kg in weight. Are there any other differences over the M5?

How is your experience?

Thank you!

Kamerar SLD-230W slider dolly Thu, 09 May 2013 03:27:42 -0600 inqb8tr 6919@/talks/discussions Looks cool doesn't it?

Nice review (it is called sd-1 here, but looks like it is the same product) :

8 meters carbon crane Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:15:33 -0700 MikeLinn 14457@/talks/discussions

DIY experts help. Possibly Im lost in translation Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:39:33 -0700 Manu4Vendetta 14263@/talks/discussions I'm trying to build a small dolly cart, I have several pieces, but there is something I cant get. Is the axes system it comes with toy cars, garden cars and another work cars. I put some yellow arrows on the piece or two component parts, they make the wheels can turn on.

My idea is my dolly car can make circular movement so. But I dont get on amazon and ebay, it comes. I think may be Im "lost in translation", i write "axi for gorilla cart", ""axi for trolley cart" etc and the result is the car. Some idea?

Thank you.

Supamods ultra core Y axis stabilization system Sun, 13 Dec 2015 05:40:02 -0700 Alexauwa 14203@/talks/discussions Thinking about getting one:

Anyone tried with gh4 and ronin-m?

360 Degrees Motorised Power Head With RC Required - Best? Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:17:36 -0700 driftwood 14036@/talks/discussions I have a new project I'm working on and require a portable, tripod mountable, smooth programmable/motorised panning head with remote control. I don't see the need to spend a grand or more on Kessler style stuff and have been looking at items like a Hague 360 Degrees Motorised Power Head With Remote Control. Mounting a GH4 / Sony A7SII.

Has anyone used the Hague or what's the best £500 ($700) max budget. Opinions sought.

Motionnine sliders Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:16:20 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12013@/talks/discussions

Linecam 34

  • Weighs - 1.7kg
  • Camera weight max - 8kg
  • Ground travel - 230mm
  • Tripod travel - 470mm

Linecam 46

  • Weighs - 2kg
  • Camera weight max - 6kg
  • Ground travel - 350mm
  • Tripod travel - 700mm

    Price is from $340

Motionnine sliders Sun, 20 Sep 2015 08:02:54 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13753@/talks/discussions They already make some small ones.

This one is new: