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Glidecam Gold V-8 Special with a vest only $179???

Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2005, 8:48pm

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Check out this site:
http://www.camerastabilizers.rainart.com/glidecams/vests/index.html

Is this really what it looks like, or am I missing something.. A vest, and a stabilizing system for $169? Or is it only the part on the end of the flexible arm?

Kind of unclear.. Like some stuff like that costs $5000 and such.. so this looks kinda cheap..?

I've tried building the T-shaped "steadicams" but i don't like them.. I want a vest and a moving springed arm.. And if you can get one cheap for smaller cameras, like VX2100 under 2 kilos it's easier than to build it..

Any tips would help smile
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2005, 8:53pm

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I think Aculag built a nice steadicam... check his website.... i think theres a video.
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2005, 9:09pm

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I like when people tell people to check my website because they think there's a video, when my website is not even close to being finished, and the person who said that obviously hasn't ever looked.

The video Timmy is referencing is HERE and these are shots from my first three days using the rig I built. There are still a lot of kinks to work out before it works really well.

The price you're seeing is just the low mount bracket. Which can be easily built for less than 10 dollars.
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2005, 9:11pm

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Acluag - can you post your links again to the specific place you purchased your 'build' manuals from?

I'm going to purchase the instructions and have a swing of this building malarky myself.
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2005, 9:29pm

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nicmar wrote:

Is this really what it looks like, or am I missing something.. A vest, and a stabilizing system for $169? Or is it only the part on the end of the flexible arm?
It's just for the low mode extension.
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2005, 10:10pm

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Yeah i realize that now.. kinda stupid website..

I want a cheap vest-steadicam.. don't they make cheaper ones for lighter cameras?? smile
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2005, 10:17pm

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aculag, couldn't you start producing and sell the one you made? If you made it, i'm not sure after what you typed above.. smile

I'd gladly pay €500 (EURO 500) for it if it works.. =)

What did you pay for materials and how many hours did it take to build?
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2005, 5:20pm

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er-no wrote:

Acluag - can you post your links again to the specific place you purchased your 'build' manuals from?

I'm going to purchase the instructions and have a swing of this building malarky myself.
Here you go, er-no. I definitely recommend these, but I also recommend not sticking to the plans entirely. If you have that option.

http://www.codydeegan.com/

Edit: He has a new book that would be a good thing to order as well called Building A Stabilizer Arm. Judging from the video on his site, it works a lot better, but requires custom machining. Not a problem for me, but maybe for others. I might check it out, depending on how different it is my my already built arm.
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 12:43am

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I do it because I can, Plain and simple. Its like art or music. Most people create things for personal pleasure, Not nessasarily financial gain. I do it to fulfill a childhood dream. Being able to fulfill my imaginations creativeness through modern technology is the reason I do it, None other.
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 12:50am

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timmyd wrote:

I think Aculag built a nice steadicam... check his website.... i think theres a video.
I think timmyd doesn't know what hes talking about...yeah... i think he's wrong.
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 3:10am

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atom wrote:

I think timmyd doesn't know what hes talking about...yeah... i think he's wrong.
Heh, I remember when I said basically the same thing earlier.
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 4:06am

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Atom, Master of the Obvious!
Sorry, I haven't seen that on a forum in a while and I just, I dunno, memories...
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 5:50am

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Serpent wrote:

Atom, Master of the Obvious!
Sorry, I haven't seen that on a forum in a while and I just, I dunno, memories...
Cut ya' lip and drink yo' Pepsi, Serpent. wink
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 2:58pm

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nicmar wrote:

aculag, couldn't you start producing and sell the one you made? If you made it, i'm not sure after what you typed above.. smile

I'd gladly pay €500 (EURO 500) for it if it works.. =)

What did you pay for materials and how many hours did it take to build?
I technically could, but I would have to re-do most of the design, since it's the design of Cody Deegan, not me. I think I could get in trouble for making a profit off of his work.

The materials could cost you less than 100 dollars, and if you worked hard on it, I'm guessing you could get it finished in a day or two.
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 3:03pm

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Aha.. maybe you should talk to Cody, if you're interested in starting a steadycam factory. I mean, if it's good..

I guess a lot of people in here is interested in something good.. I totally dislike the stuff where you carry around a stick for stabilizing.. but maybe it's just me!

Unless the book says that you're not allowed to make profit by the work, i guess you could. But maybe you got other stuff to do! smile

But it would probably be cheaper and faster if you massproduce, let's say 10 units, and gain 3000-5000€, depending on what people is willing to pay.

Pro units costs waaay more, and yet, we're not pros. But soon I'll at least have a semi-pro camera smile

Thanks for your reply Aculag and good luck in the future smile
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 3:26pm

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I personally think that I can make one that's better than Cody's. His is strictly intended to be a cheap homemade solution. And I mean, his stabilizer is just a variation of the same type of thing made by Steadicam, Glidecam and the rest, and he's able to sell plans for them.

I'll tell you what. If I can get a better version made and working properly, I'll see how much demand there is, and decide from there whether or not to sell them.

And if I sold them, you (the buyer) would have to provide your own monitor and battery, which are entirely optional, but I recommend them, unless you have a fold out screen on your camera, as a monitor is the only way to see what's going on when you're filming with it.

But, at the moment, I kind of doubt I'll be selling anything like that. Guess we'll see.
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 4:47pm

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what are the pros and cons of the rig you built?
Posted: Fri, 18th Feb 2005, 10:30pm

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Pros: It was cheap and easy to build; It's easy to use

Cons: It's not very steady at all, and it's ridiculously hard to get balanced because it is held together with screws that you have to keep undoing everytime you want to change something.

I was talking with my dad today, and he wants to help me build a real good quality one. I figured the one I built would only be more of a template for future designs though. It's got a lot of good things about it, and it's cool, and it works, but not as well as it should, and again, it's designed to be cheap to build. In the end, the cheapness shows in the structure itself, and in the performance.
Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2005, 12:05am

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Aculag wrote:

It's not very steady at all, and it's ridiculously hard to get balanced because it is held together with screws that you have to keep undoing everytime you want to change something.
That's a great sales pitch, Aculag! smile

But thanks for being honest.
Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2005, 3:51pm

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Aculag wrote:

But, at the moment, I kind of doubt I'll be selling anything like that.
Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2005, 8:35pm

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atom wrote:

That's a great sales pitch, Aculag! smile

But thanks for being honest.
More of a testimonial, really. I'm pretty sure that's what Cypher means too...
Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2005, 8:58pm

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You are correct, sir.
Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2005, 9:10pm

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ok! But if you change your mind, be sure to contact me! smile

OMG! Is it possible to disable these darn signatures/images?? They make it harder to read and follow a thread.. Sorry, maybe it's just me. But I never liked them. It would be great to turn 'em off, and for people who like to see the same stuff over and over and over, let them have it on.. smile

Quite off topic, but anyhow smile
Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2005, 10:36pm

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nicmar -

Just under the links at the top right hand corner of the page, there should be a bit saying "Welcome back nicmar - Click to edit options - Click to logout". Click on the 'edit options' link, and you will be taken to your FXHome preferences page.

Somewhere on the list on the left hand side of this page, there is a link to 'Forum Options' (NOT 'Forum Watcher Options' btw), where you can untick the boxes that say 'Display Signatures' and 'Display Avatars' to your liking smile

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2005, 11:11pm

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Thanks! That was very helpful! I searched for this way back, but never found it.. smile
I'd keep the avatars.. they kinda give a face to people writing here.. smile