I've had a glidecam for a bit over a year now I suppose. That said, the instructions weren't exactly what I'd call spectacular, so I wasn't able to get an instant handle on how it works. I was looking for something to do the other day and remembered that I hadn't screwed around with the glidecam in a while, so why not figure that thing out? It's funny, because I've got some pals who are convinced that you need roller blades for a good quality shot, and I've certainly heard mixed reviews about the product....admittedly, I was actually pretty skeptical at first too! Here's the thing, the way I set it up at first was TOTALLY WRONG. I think if a glidecam salesman saw how I was operating the thing he would've laughed in my face. What I didn't realize was that if the weight of the camera isn't perfectly centered, the thing doesn't really work very well at all...my original setup had too much weight at the bottom, and it wasn't balanced properly...so I could get a decently smooth shot while moving, but as soon as I stopped moving the camera would be all over the place. Not really very useful. So, what was the ONE STEP that solved ALL OF MY PROBLEMS? I used a pen to measure the center balance of my camera. That's it. Once I got that figured out, I got the camera mostly centered on the center post (not perfect, actually. Lens doesn't fit without an adapter plate, so it can still be improved a bit) and all of the sudden this thing isn't so bad after all.
Alright, so now that you've read through all that junk, I guess I'll tell you what the video is. Pretty simple, really. I went out into the parking lot and ran full speed while carrying the camera on the glidecam. And I mean FULL SPEED. I'm horribly out of shape though, so I'm not THAT fast. Anyway, check it.
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