How the Glidecam Smooth Shooter Works

The Glidecam Smooth Shooter works just like a Steadicam. It allows users to achieve camera movement without using large devices like dollies and cranes, and does not create the shaky footage you get when going handheld. This is because the rig mechanically isolates the movements of the operator, which creates smooth footage when the operator is walking. 

Steadicam was originally developed in the 1970s. The rigs are expensive to buy and Steadicam owners/operators can cost a lot to hire for your shoot. If the money isn't in your budget, then you might want to consider using a Glidecam Smooth Shooter instead. It uses the same principals of Steadicam to create smooth movement.  

Understanding the Glidecam

The Glidecam is designed to work with smaller cameras that weigh less than ten pounds. It's designed for independent filmmakers who aren't working with the same guns that the big boys have. The Glidecam works by isolating the operators movements from the camera. The operator wears a vest with an arm attached to it. The arm connects to the Glidecam's post through a gimbal. This arm and connection allows the operator to move while the camera is kept level.

The camera is mounted to a post that is balanced for the camera. With this rig, the operator can smoothly boom the camera up and down and also move it side to side.

Mounting the Camera

in order for the rig to work properly, the camera must be properly balanced on the post. To do this, you must first place the post onto a secure stand with the docking bracket. Then, attach the camera to the mounting plate. You want the camera's center of gravity to rest on top of the post so that the weight is evenly distributed.

Once the camera is mounted, it is time to balance out the rest of the rig. You want the rig to be evenly balanced on both the top and bottom. You also want it to be balanced so that the weight distribution is even from side to side and from front to rear.

On a Steadicam, the bottom of the rig holds a monitor and batteries. On a Glidecam, the bottom of the rig holds weight that's used to balance out the rig. Get a feel for the post and add weights to areas that need balancing. Instead of a monitor, you have to go by the LCD screen on the camera to see what you're doing. 

Once the right is balanced, you can attach the arm to your vest and then attach the arm to the rig.