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looks better than most cheap steadicam samples you see online.  i think this would be perfect if you used the same technique alongide a cheap handheld steadicam as well, the camera and your processing will smooth out all the slight issues with the cheaper stabiliser i imagine.    

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Richg101 is right.  There are cheap ones and even the Steadicam Smoothee is a great value.  Check out cheesycam.com:

 

http://cheesycam.com/steadicam-smoothee-modified-test/

 

http://cheesycam.com/gh2-on-baby-merlin-modified-steadicam-smoothee/

 

http://cheesycam.com/steadicam-smoothee-modified-baby-merlin/

 

I've done these mods and it cost less than $200.  There are many others that are way cheaper, just check on ebay.  Perfect for small cams like the GH2 or RX100.  And much easier to stabilize than the regular steadicams.  This plus the stabilizer plug-ins will give you perfect smooth footage.  Good luck!

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Richg101 is right.  There are cheap ones and even the Steadicam Smoothee is a great value.  Check out cheesycam.com:

 

http://cheesycam.com/steadicam-smoothee-modified-test/

 

http://cheesycam.com/gh2-on-baby-merlin-modified-steadicam-smoothee/

 

http://cheesycam.com/steadicam-smoothee-modified-baby-merlin/

 

I've done these mods and it cost less than $200.  There are many others that are way cheaper, just check on ebay.  Perfect for small cams like the GH2 or RX100.  And much easier to stabilize than the regular steadicams.  This plus the stabilizer plug-ins will give you perfect smooth footage.  Good luck!

 

Awesome, I was just about to ask which stabilizers would work best with the RX100.  I'll give one of these a try. Thanks!

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Even if you had a real steadicam, a full rig, the takes hadn't been any more stable. As I see it, there are other aspects that give hints - subliminally or directly - that these are actually very stable handheld shots.

 

You dodge the people, you scan for motifs. A dolly shot, a long travelling shot, a plan-séquence, gives you the impression that the camera is heading straight along an even path, as if on rails.

 

In the Steadicam Merlin manual the inventor Garrett Brown elaborates on a few principles that make an already steady shot look even more elegant:

 

> Keep the camera on the same level all the time (rule of thirds, one can use the grids for proportions).

> Use tilts only as vertical pans without other movements.

> An exception is, if you need to climb stairs. Then you have to find a way to smoothly keep the 'horizon' on the same level again.

> Now there are steadicam shots that look like jib shots, combining tilts with forward or backward movements, but they usually don't work off the cuff, they need to be planned, tested asf.

 

That said, I find you are very good at what you do.

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Even if you had a real steadicam, a full rig, the takes hadn't been any more stable. As I see it, there are other aspects that give hints - subliminally or directly - that these are actually very stable handheld shots.

 

You dodge the people, you scan for motifs. A dolly shot, a long travelling shot, a plan-séquence, gives you the impression that the camera is heading straight along an even path, as if on rails.

 

In the Steadicam Merlin manual the inventor Garrett Brown elaborates on a few principles that make an already steady shot look even more elegant:

 

> Keep the camera on the same level all the time (rule of thirds, one can use the grids for proportions).

> Use tilts only as vertical pans without other movements.

> An exception is, if you need to climb stairs. Then you have to find a way to smoothly keep the 'horizon' on the same level again.

> Now there are steadicam shots that look like jib shots, combining tilts with forward or backward movements, but they usually don't work off the cuff, they need to be planned, tested asf.

 

That said, I find you are very good at what you do.

Awesome, I've never thought about camera moves like that. Will incorporate the advice into future shoots. Thanks!

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