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  2. Jared Collins

    Swaying Horizon

    Tom, Thank you for your response! For some reason, the horizon seems to sway left to right if there's not a hand there to guide it. Are you not supposed to be able to walk slowly with this system? I would think that would help with stability. After watching several of Stefan Czech's videos, he claimed slow movements were the key to smooth footage.
  3. Tom Howie

    Glidecam HD4000 with C100

    Thanks for the posting. This is not recommended. Basically this creates a balancing issue. CG (Center of Gravity) is not correctly aligned Horizontal Axis over the Central Post, which is the 'rotational center of gravity'. If the plate is off to the side, the camera may very well end up off to the side as well. And, knowing it is the C100, I would recommend that you center the plate. Here's some great training videos, check them out and let me know if this helps. Volume 1: The Basic Volume 2: The Circle Up and Down Volume 3: Focal Length Volume 4: Slow Is Smooth, Smooth is King Volume 5: Focus on the Focus Volume 6: Balancing in 5 Minutes. …OK, say 2 Minutes Volume 7: Smooth Shooter and X-10
  4. Hi all. My friend lent me a Glidecam he uses with a small DSLR. I want to use it with my C100, but as you can see the mounting plate is sitting to the right. I'm sure this will not allow me to balance it I right? I'm not sure this plate can be moved to a central position. Any help would be greatly appreciated Kind Regards Daniel
  5. Tom Howie

    Swaying Horizon

    Hi Jared, Sorry to hear about your difficulties! The Glidecam is designed as a 'two hand' operation, however, using "one hand' is just a important. The biggest problem comes with over-controlling with the guiding hand. This leads to instability. With the 2.5 to 3 second drop time, you'll want to adjust the horizontal balance as you've done, then once that is accomplished. Fly the Glideca, by walking in a straight line and do not use your guiding hand. Also, keep your 'wrist' solid/locked. Like you are sawing a piece of wood for example... Just walk straight. DONT walk slowly walk a around 2.5 MPH. Do this and you'll be headed in the right directions. Do this indoors (no wind) Let us know how it works out
  6. Jared Collins

    Swaying Horizon

    Hey guys! I am new to the Glidecam and I am also new to the forum. I recently purchased a used Glidecam HD-2000 from eBay. The item is in good condition. Like most people, I got the device and immediately attempted to balance it after watching the plethora of YouTube videos and wanted to start flying the system. Once I did that, I was unable to keep a true and level horizon no matter how careful I walked. After much research, I determined that my gimbal needed calibration. I attempted this, but was not able to get it myself. Tom/Glidecam had me send the system in to get calibrated and I got it back this week. I've been messing with the system since then. I believe part of my issue originally was that I had too much weight on the bottom. Though my drop-time was 2-3 seconds, I opened myself up for too much of the pendulum effect. I think I now have the correct combination of weight on top and bottom as well as the pole length. I still struggle with a straying horizon. Should I be able to fly the system 1 handed in a forward motion and it stay truly level? I realize there is a learning curve for these systems and I want to LOVE this system, but right now, it is just frustrating and I can't seem to keep a level horizon no matter what I do. Any suggestions or tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated!!
  7. please contact me directly at tom (at) or phone too at 1-781-585-7900
  8. I know this is an old post but I purchased a hd4000 from ebay but did not come with the counter weights. After seeing the price over £50 I measured the 2 that came with it and got them lasered and they are perfectly the same. I would post a photo but can't upload a file larger than 0.5mb lol.
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  10. Tom Howie

    Glidecam X-30 Sled [NEW - Only $3,395.00]

    Price Lowered, now available for only $2,895.00 New Sled, 1 Year Warranty. Includes; Pelican 1650 Flight Case and Hardware Set
  11. Tom Howie

    Glidecam [Photokina 2018]

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  12. Zcarter32, Hopefully you able to get your balancing issues resolved. What is your drop time? We recommend a drop time of 2.5 to 3 seconds.... With one counterweight on each side, it sounds like your balance should be ok. how does your footage look?
  13. Andreas - just loosen the screws where there block attaches to the 'Elbow Hinge' that has the 'oval' machined in it. This will allow you to flip the block 180 degrees, you will also want to do this with the '2 pin' Block at the end of the Arm. There are 3 parts that need to be Flipped. #1 Flip the 2-hole Vest Block on the Vest #2 Flip the 2-pin block on the Arm End #3 Flip the Elbow Block. Doing these three things will allow you to operate your Glidecam in the Left-Handed position.
  14. The Glidecam XR-PRO, is the replacement for the Glidecam XR-2000, which is a basic model Glidecam - that did not include a Rapid Disconnect QR Plate, or the Front to Back Adjustment Knobs to position the cameras Front-to-Back / Side-to-Side. The HD-2000 is the hand-held stabilizer that includes these features. The Glidecam HD-2000, part of the HD-Series, is more versatile than the XR-PRO, due to these features. It is 100% USA Made - Great products See: *Note the newest member of the Glidecam HD-Series is the Glidecam HD-PRO.
  15. Hello to everybody, I'm going to start to use this powerful and versatile instrument, but I'm confused about the model to choose... I'm uncertain between the XR-Pro and the HD-2000...What are the differences? I mean, okay the first is for cameras weighing up to 10 lbs and the second for cameras weighing from 2 to 6 pounds. And...? Other differences? I didn't find other information on their catalogue pages... :D Please somebody drive me to correct choice :D
  16. Hi there, I'm trying to switch my X-10 to left-handed operation. I already switched the two pin connector on the vest and the two pin connector block on the X-10, which connects to the west. Now I'm trying to rotate the elbow hinge but I am not able to get it apart. As shown in the image I already removed the two screws which connect the upper arm to the lower one (blue arrows) and removed the two other screws (not visible, red arrows). I assumed that I could remove the thicker left block, rotate it and screw it back on, but it seems as if the right and the left block are fused together. Am I doing something wrong or do I just have to apply more force? I don't want to break it. Thanks in advance for your answers. With kind regards Andreas
  17. Up for sale is a well used unit and kits and I am willing to sell for $700. See pictures and if you have any question please feel free to send a PM.
  18. On this forum I saw many good ways for attaching the monitor to the glidecam console. And try many of them by myself. But for my setup: HD4000 + X10 in 4 spring mode with 18.5 lbs (8.23 kg) sled weight and 10 lbs (4.5 kg) on the top - I need setup that can give me more control and freedom of movement with sled at the side of the operator like with "big" steadycam setup like M1 for example. And real control of dynamic balance. Which I did not receive under other conditions. And inspired by Tom Blount setup I start to try different monitor mount schemas and check these mass distribution for dynamic balance according to Jerry Holway calculation method. And after 8 months of experiments I receive setup that perfectly fit my demands. And because battery assembly can be preciesely moved on 15 mm LWS rods I can receive real dynamic balance easily and later adjust it by predictable way on the stage when sled configuration must be changed (when for example follow focus, transmitter etc. added) So I'm absolutely happy to work with this setup and decided to share this solution so that those who are shooting with a similar configuration could do an upgrade )) Because of this forum image attachment restrictions I can't post more imags here and upload them to enjoy ) The main construction idea is to using worldwide accessible parts and simple math so anyone can easily make this upgrade. This setup mainly built from low-cost SMALLRIG parts who Eric Zhong from SMALLRIG Official Store kindly helped to match and two DIY brackets from sheet metal. Camera on top is my training setup with Nikon D5200 in cage and a approx 2kg weight plate from below. The idea is that I can use this camera for my projects or change it on the stage to a heavier one with one system sense. I now many steadycam operator learn & work this manner. So setup will work with BMCC, Sony FS7 or other huge camera that fit into HD4000/X10 weight range. Monitor in setup is Apputure VS-1 (1.17 lbs / 530g) + 4x120g CW (1.06 lbs / 480g) so Transvideo or BMVA 7" or Athomos can be easily set up. Battery is SONY NP-970 (0.65 lbs / 300g) with 3x120g CW (0.8 lbs / 360g) so IDX Battery can be used too. If someone have an interest - later I can post photos of assembly stages and links to used parts. Best regards, Ivan
  19. Can you share a link to the videos please as I’m having the same issues
  20. Hey guys, I'm looking at purchasing either the Glidecam HD-Pro or Devin Graham Signature to use with the Canon C200 and 5D Mark IV. Due to the heavy weight I will probably be using the 5D Mark IV on it 90% of the time. A stripped version of the C200 comes just under 10lbs. Just wondering if I will notice a huge difference in weight between the two models, especially when using the 5D Mark IV. I really don't want my back to suffer and I won't always have access to the X-10 Arm and Vest. The HD-Pro seems to have replaced both the HD2000 and HD4000. Definitely want to go with the model that is optimized for both of these cameras. Any info or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  21. So I have a Glidecam HD 2000 I am balancing it with my Canon 70D (755g (1.7 lb)) and my lens is the Canon 10-18mm (8.5 ounces or 0.5291 lbs), a am using the Manfrotto 394 RC4 tripod mount (weighing 9.9 ounces) I am struggling to balance it and have struggled for months. I was using one counterweight on both sides on the bottom and someone told me more weight was better for top and bottom. So I put two and tried to mount counterweights on top but have failed so far. Has anyone got any suggestions for me on how I can balance this? and whether adding weight on top is better?
  22. Thank you for adding. I have not used these ones
  23. Tom Howie

    Best glide cam for Sony FS 7

    GLDGS will carry up 12 lbs The Glidecam X-20 Arm with X-30 Sled is a great combination!
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