Everything I know about building a DIY steadicam is now is in this new guide. Learn how to get amazing cinematic video with this cool gadget that you can build using parts from your local hardware store.
If you don't like the material, no worries. I'll give your money back and you get to keep the guide. Guaranteed!
The most entertaining way to learn how to shoot extreme sports videos is by watching the pros, right?
Manuals and books are helpful but we always need a little bit of inspiration and motivation from the big guys.
Since I'm no longer selling the DIY Highball steadicam, you may wanna check out these other camera stabilizers. Click on any picture.
So here are a series of short video tutorials on hot to shoot steadicam videos by Sebastien Montaz-Rosset, famous for his slack line and wing-suit base jumping videos.
Steadicam video shooting tutorial
The smooth shots were taken with Glidecam HD 2000 and the premium DSLRs Canon 7D and 5D Mark II.
Notice that Seb says he had a hard time balancing the camera stabilizer at first. That's a constant issue with anyone who starts using this device.
What you have to do is understand the difference between stable equilibrium and neutral equilibrium and then set your rig somewhere between the two.
Then you also have to achieve dynamic balance which is a bit harder - you must fine tune the glidecam to a point where the gravity center of the camera is aligned with the shaft of the stabilizer.
Check out Seb's Facebook blog and Vimeo channel for more tips.
Adventure filming tutorial
Flight of the Frenchies - Trailer
I Believe I Can Fly - Behind the scenes video -
I Believe I Can Fly - Flight of the Frenchies (free segment)
Special thanks to Catalin Andrei and Catalin Pobega (fellow climber and blogger) who pointed out these videos to me.
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