Setting up a Steadicam Flyer

Tiffen’s Steadicam Flyer allows users to take videos, even if they are walking around. This is done via a vest that goes on the person that the video camera hooks into. But, a user first needs to set up the Steadicam Flyer before he can use it, and it is actually harder than it looks.

Included Parts

Users will receive a vest that goes around their body. The shoulder pads of the vest should match up with the shoulders, while the hip pads should match up to the hips. Users will also receive an arm, that allows the camcorder to move, and a sled for the camcorder.  

The final pieces are a Tiffen SteadiSTAND, docking bracket, video cable, power cable and Allen wrench, which will screw everything into place.

Step 1: Set up the SteadiSTAND

The SteadiSTAND should go somewhere between the user’s elbow and shoulder. Users should try matching up the stand with their body to ensure that it is in the right place. Next, add the docking bracket to the stand and tighten the knob.

Next, push the button near the end of the aircraft. Remove the pin. This will open the yoke.

Step 2: Prepare the Monitor and Gimbal

The monitor should be about 45 degrees. Put it to this angle if it is not already there.

Place the gimbal at the top of the post. To do this, loosen the gimbal’s bolt using the Allen wrench, and slide the gimbal to the top of the post. There should be enough space to place the docking yoke near the bottom of the stage.

Step 3: Add the Batteries

The way the batteries are inserted will depend on the type. But, for all types of batteries, the top attachment is for the battery that is currently being used while the bottom attachment is for the spare battery. The spare battery also acts as a counterweight to keep everything steady.

Step 4: Add the Sled

The sled needs to go into the docking bracket. Keep the sled upright while doing this. The knobs should be facing away from the grip stand. Slide the center post into bracket. The bottom of the bracket should be right on top of the yoke. Slide the aircraft pin back into the yoke. This should secure this entire setup in place.

Step 5: Add the Quick Release Plate

The video camcorder needs to be placed on the dovetail, which will take some experimentation to ensure that it is level. Once this is done, the quick release plate needs to be added to the dovetail. The dovetail needs to be the same way that it is on the camcorder, and the camcorder’s quick release plate just needs to be screwed into it. The center of the dovetail should be centered over the camcorder’s center of balance, which users will have to determine and then mark on the quick release plate. Replace the dovetail back into the stage.

Add the power and video cables to the system. And, finally add the camcorder and tighten the whole system.