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Balancing Canon Xha1 On Glidecam Hd4000


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#1 PWT

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:20 AM

Hello everyone,
recently (about two weeks ago) my school purchased a glidecam HD4000 after i put in a request for purchase. Ive spent a couple of days attempting to balance it and i almost have it but i was wondering if anyone has any possible tips.
Since i am new here sorry if i lack the knowledge for some terms. If you can, please put things into details.
Here are my questions:
1) I use the handle but i slightly hold the pole to balance the camera. Is this a bad thing?
2) For a camera of this weight, is a vest highly recommended?
After these questions i was wondering if anyone was able to balance this camera with this setup (bare camera no add-ons) and if they have please share the details:
-Weights front and Bottom
-Position of bottom platform (is it kept as default or is it extended).
-Position on top plate (where camera sits).
-Height of pole from base.
Thank you guys so much. Although i haven't fully balanced the glide cam, i must say its a great product.
Cheers!

#2 Tom Howie

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:31 PM

Hello, welcome aboard.

Thank you for joining the Glidecam Forum.


1) I use the handle but i slightly hold the pole to balance the camera. Is this a bad thing?

This is Ok, use the guiding hand to achieve the desired framing.


2) For a camera of this weight, is a vest highly recommended?

This really depends on how long you will be 'flying'. Hand-held is a great way to go for shorter shooting sessions.


After these questions i was wondering if anyone was able to balance this camera with this setup (bare camera no add-ons) and if they have please share the details:
-Weights front and Bottom
-Position of bottom platform (is it kept as default or is it extended).
-Position on top plate (where camera sits).
-Height of pole from base.

See this posting;
http://www.glidecamf...p?showtopic=871

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.