Camera movement Sun, 21 Jan 18 07:46:15 -0700 Camera movement en-CA Edelkrone SurfaceOne Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:46:30 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18433@/talks/discussions

Edelkrone SliderOne Pro Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:45:46 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18432@/talks/discussions

Steadicam Merlin 2 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:26:59 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 1998@/talks/discussions image image

  • Price : $850
  • Weight: 1.4lbs (0.64kg) (without balance weights)
  • Camera Weight Capacity *: 0.5 to 5.0lb (0.23 – 2.27kg) 7.5lbs max. (3.4kg) with OPTIONAL Merlin Arm & Vest Accessory
  • Maximum Height Folded: 5.3 in. (13.5cm)
  • Minimum Height Open: 8 in. (20.3cm)
  • Maximum Height Open: 15.3 in. (38.7cm)
  • Case Size (W x H x D): 13.4 x 9.9 x 4.9 in. (34.0 x 25.2L x 12.5cm)

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Wiral Cam - cheap wire camera acessory Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:10:47 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18024@/talks/discussions

Rhino ROV Camera Slider Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:30:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18016@/talks/discussions

"Best" slider? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:22:01 -0600 IronFilm 10118@/talks/discussions I know "BEST" can be very vague, but there is heaps of options out there and I'm not too sure which one to go with.

Have a budget of about US$300ish or less (less is better!), I'd prefer longer the better (right?), and is able to hold the weight of an APS-C DSLR (currently I am shooting with a Panasonic GH1, but I might soon upgrade to a Nikon D5200, which is a little heavier but is still lightweight).


Fastest Camera Slider Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:12:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17962@/talks/discussions

WiMiUS L2 4K is an affordable action camera Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:54:35 -0600 kerlly 17533@/talks/discussions There are lots of affordable action cameras on the market, but not many of those deserve your attention. In their attempt to compete with upmarket products, vendors tend to focus more on specs rather than the user experience, delivering action cameras that look great on paper but do not work as well as you might expect in real life.

That was the case with WiMiUS' L1, which did not live up to my expectations despite having solid components. However, with the new L2, things should be different. The quality is said to be better than before, and the selection of accessories is much more interesting as well. So, I have put the WiMiUS L2 to the test to see just how good it really is.

What's in the box?

Budget action cameras have a high number of accessories in the box, and the L2 is no different. It comes with a waterproof case, different mounts and joints, straps, cleaning cloth, carrying bag, drilled backdoor cover for the case, as well as two batteries. That is fairly standard in this segment.

However, what's not common are the waterproof case design, which lets you power the camera from an external battery or charge the battery inside, and the presence of a battery charger in the box. The battery charger can be powered by a PC or phone charger, via a microUSB cable.

This is the first time that I have seen an action camera vendor offer these two accessories as standard, but I hope it will not be the last because they make the device much nicer to use in a wider range of conditions. The battery charger in particular is handy, because it lets you charge both batteries at the same time.

What's also nice is that the waterproof case is black. It gives the L2 a more premium look compared to other action cameras in this segment. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking it's a GoPro Hero5 Black.

WiMiUS L2 in waterproof case

The waterproof case has a cover on top of the USB port (it's a USB Type-A connector, but you get the right cable in the box) so that you can connect it to an external battery or charger without affecting its waterproof credentials. Typically, such a case has to be purchased separately, if there is one available.

WiMiUS L2 waterproof case charging cover

Design and ease of use

The L2 has a pretty well thought-out design. You get a button on the front to power it on and off and switch between modes, a button at the top to validate setting changes and start and stop recording, and two buttons on the side to scroll through the settings menu or zoom in and out.

On the back, you get a display which typically acts as a viewfinder for the photo and video modes, but you can also check out the settings on it and look at the videos and photos on the microSD card. That's pretty standard, overall.

WiMiUS L2 display

What's interesting is that you get two status LEDs on the front. There's a red LED to tell you when the camera is on, and a blue LED that flashes when you're recording. The blue LED on the front is synced to the two blue lights on the back of the L2.

The choice of color is strange (I would have expected a different setup, like blue for power and red for recording status), but with this design you at least always know what the camera is doing without looking at the screen -- unlike with other action cameras like the ODRVM OD9000R.

Menu-wise, you have access to a wide range of options for both photos and videos. Of note here is that when you reverse the video in the software it does not also rotate the UI of the camera too. This is pretty great, because, based on my experience, if the UI is also reversed you tend to press the wrong button when scrolling through the settings menu.

There is a downside, however, and that is the fact that you cannot change the bitrate setting for the video. That's something I have seen with other cameras, like the L1 (WiMiUS' previous flagship) and the OD9000R. And it's a shame, because it can improve the quality by a significant margin.

True 4K?

This is a question that I like to address in every review of an action camera that mentions 4K on the box or in the specs. The L2, like every other action camera that uses a Novatek NT96660 chipset, is not capable of native 4K video recording.

To get 4K, the camera upscales the video from a lower resolution. In practice, the results cannot match what a native 4K camera can deliver, so I would recommend going with a lesser resolution, like 1080p.

Video Quality

The L2 has been tested in 1080p 60FPS mode. I believe it provides the optimum balance between quality, smoothness and storage space for most of us using action cameras casually and not professionally. On YouTube it is still the gold standard for most viewers, so if you want to upload content at 1080p and 60 FPS it will work just fine.

In terms of actual video quality, the L2 does pretty well considering the bitrate is capped at 20 Mbps. I've asked WiMiUS about this, and I'm told there are no plans to change that yet, so users are likely to be stuck with it for the time being.

Straight out of the camera, the video quality is solid in both good and poor lighting conditions. It's performed well in the middle of the day, when there's sufficient light to make the small sensor happy, and in an underground parking garage.

The L2 outdoes all other action cameras in this segment that I have tested so far. The only thing you can ask for, as you might expect given what I said above, is an option for higher bitrates. Hopefully this will happen in a future firmware upgrade.

Video Samples

The video samples below are take straight from the camera. The only editing that's been done is trimming to keep the length in check and reversing after the fact, because I shot with the L2 upside down and forgot to change the setting beforehand. Keep in mind that YouTube affects the video quality, as it applies its compression algorithms to bring the size down server-side.

Software support

This is one of the great unknowns regarding the L2. The action camera is brand new, so there is no way of telling what sort of support it will receive. WiMiUS does not have a great track record here, as its site does not let you download any new firmware for older products, so I would not hold my breath on any firmware updates.


The WiMiUS L2 is a pretty impressive action camera for the segment that it plays in. It comes with a great selection of accessories in the box, looks cool, works really well, and offers decent video quality too. The price? It can be had for $76.99 on Amazon (in black; the silver camera costs $77.99).

Edelkrone SurfaceONE Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:54:20 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17491@/talks/discussions

Vests and arms for steadicams topic Thu, 13 Dec 2012 01:05:13 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5471@/talks/discussions This is topic about various chinese (ONLY chinese!) produced vests and arms for them.

I'll try to focus on double arm designs (aka double spring arms) as they are preferable.

First, vest and arm from Wondlan Leopard 2 set:




Not cheap, but as far as I asked operators this is among best chinese vests.

It is offered as option to Wondlan Carbon stabilizer in our deals.

Pliable slider Waterbird Fri, 12 May 2017 14:35:45 -0600 Amadeus5D2 16916@/talks/discussions Waterbird Multislider

Edelkrone SliderPLUS X Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:10:51 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16753@/talks/discussions

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