Steadicam Flyer: Walking a Straight Line
Tiffen Steadicam Flyer allows users to keep a camera and video camera steady even if they are moving. Basically, the camera will hook to the person’s body via a body vest. This body vest keeps the camera upright and stable even when a person is walking around. Users no longer have to worry about images or clips being fuzzy due to shaking hands, but they need to get the hang of it before they can use the system.
Step 1: Learning How to Move with the Flyer
Perhaps the hardest part about using the Steadicam Flyer is being able to move around with it. When a user first puts it on, it feels very awkward, and the user may feel clumsy with it on. So, it may be best to start off slow. Put the vest on, and buckle it. Pull it tight enough that it stays in the center of the chest, but does not restrict breathing.
Make sure that the shoulder pads rest on the shoulders and the hip pads on the hip bones. Try bending and moving in the vest. This will allow the user to get a feel for the weight and figure out how to move it in.
Step 2: Setting Up the Line
To practice walking in the Steadicam Flyer, users will need to do some practice steps. So, pick a spot where there is at least 15 to 25 feet. Make a two by two X on the opposing wall using some type of tape. Next, place a straight line of tap on the floor that starts about 3 feet from each wall and runs across the room.
Step 3: Walking the Line
Now that the lines are setup, it is time to try and walk it. Place the entire system on, including the vest, docking station and camera. The arm of the device should cross the user’s body, while the camcorder should be to the left. Do not turn the device on. Fingertips should remain on the center post and the gimbal.
Start at the end of the tape. The center post should be right over the line, and the user should be to the right of the line. Now, start trying to walk straightforward. Occasionally, look at the tape. The center post should still be over the tape, and the user should be walking to the side of the line.
If a user is not on the tape, he should try readjusting the arm or try moving a bit further away from the line. When he gets to the end of the tape, the user should turnaround and try walking to the left of the line with the center post again over the tape. Try leaning a bit forward to help get moving, and try bending the knees.
The user should keep practicing going back and forth over the line until they can do it smoothly. There will be some camera bouncing in the beginning, which should diminish once the user gets comfortable with the device.