I've been looking for ways to smooth out my video when shooting (not going the smoothcam filter in FCP) and wanted to do it as cheap as possible.
before i bought my merlin stedicam (needs LOTS of practice) I tried to add a body builders weight to the bottom of my monopod and got some pretty reasonable results with that setup.
just checked out the merlin stedicam online David. Looks interesting, this guy in the youtube video makes it look simple but like you said LOTS of practice huh?
That guy is using it pretty well. Better than I have managed. It took me ages to get it even close to balanced and it still tends to want to swing about like a ballroom dancer on speed.
I've used it in a few situations and really just need to mount up the camera and walk, run, live with it I'd say for a month or so.
I now know why spedicam operators go out at such high rates!
I'll get it out over the next week and shoot just some tests with it.
Just for you. :-)
Cool, you are the man!!
Hi Eric. I posted this link in the newspaper video group by mistake! doh.
David, just watching your YouTube video, thanks for making and posting it!
David, if you feel the need to buy one for me I'll send you my address :-)
How about an inexpensive dolly shot:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqPX0gH2id0