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#1 Thomas Bonde

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:28 PM

Hello everyone!

I recently picked up my Glidecam HD-4000, which suits me very well!

My interest in film-making is primarily Extreme-Sports, and therefore i seek advice, as i want to multiply the options of filming.

I've been simply amazed by videos, using steadicam&rollerskates for some extra smooth images, which somehow, in my opinion, gives the videos a rather artistic & elegant aesthetic.

So here's my question: Does anybody got any experience with rollerskates and a steadicam? if yes; What would be the optimal rollerskates? 4x1-wheeled or 2x2-wheeled? Some simple advices aswell would be lovely!

Best regards


note: I'm using the Canon 7D.
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#2 Tomas Riuka

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:18 AM

Nobody says anything because it's just a bad idea = not safe at all. Please read 'steadicam operator's handbook' and avoid ANY unstable moving options like skates, roller blades, skiing etc when operating steadicam cause you might get seriously hurt! There are other options intented for this - hard mount on a car, rickshaw, segway, quad.
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#3 Tom Howie

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 08:08 AM

Here is a ridiculously sick video by Vinny Minton on Roller Blades with his Glidecam. See: http://www.vimeo.com/10043411

D.P. Gale Tattersall said he was so impressed with this idea/video it landed Vinny a gig on HOUSE TV Series on FOX. (i.e. Glidecam HD4000 and Canon 5D MKII)

Vinny is now involved in touring workshops with Gale Tattersall and Canon, as well as future projects with Glidecam Industries, Inc.

It is all about aptitude and risk assessment(risk vs reward) I also have several ski instructor using Glidecam while skiing.

Edited by howie, 18 August 2011 - 08:14 AM.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:57 PM

I dont care what the all say, thats indeed a ridiculously sick video. Loved it. Very smooth work. It looks like it works for this guy. I watched the whole thing. Very very impressive work on skates
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#5 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:13 PM

As far as safety goes I would say that a glidecam with a 7D is a completely different beast than a full sized steadicam rig with a full sized camera. That said, doing anything like skating while distracted while shooting is not a good idea unless the skating part is already so second nature to you that it is no more difficult than walking. If you have to ask which type of skates are best then I would say that is not the case and you probably shouldn't be doing it.


p.s. I personally am comfortable on aggressive inline skates which have a very low stable base making them good for things like this IF you are so comfortable with them that it becomes second nature.
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#6 Tomas Riuka

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 03:25 PM

Looks great indeed,though i would never risk my health and equipment for it, unless somebody is willing to take thr financial risk for the whole shot
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#7 Douglas John Kropla

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 03:47 PM

How's that saying go...
"He who dares, wins" SAS moto.
Is this the future? I admire the young man who shot this but if this is the way things are going I guess I'm done. These old bones break now and I don't bounce when I hit the ground like I use to.
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#8 James Davis

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 04:59 PM

Saw it a while ago, very cool, I don't think it's any more or less dangerous than filming with a hand held video camera on a skateboard.
If you have the skills to do it then fairplay, can't see it replacing mid-full size rigs though, it serves it's purpose, anyone who attempts to do that while strapped into a complete rig with vest and arm is asking for trouble though.....I wouldn't recommend it.
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