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How would you describe Steadicam in layman's words?


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#1 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:45 AM

I'm always faced with a challenge when I have to explain what I do to a random person (a muggle). How do you translate the complex mechanics of Steadicam into a single sentence that will let people understand it?


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#2 Mariano Costa

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 10:59 AM

...a body supported camera stabilizer...
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#3 William Demeritt

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 01:44 PM

"I operate a camera like a cameraman, however it's attached to my body with an apparatus that uses springs to stabilize the handheld camera 'jostle', so it comes out smooth like the camera is flying in front of me."


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#4 Brian Freesh

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 02:16 PM

"It's magic"


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#5 William Demeritt

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 02:19 PM

Another reply: "Magnets... how do THEY work???
 


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#6 RonBaldwin

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 02:58 PM

Just say camera operator. You think it's any easier to describe the mechanics of a geared or fluid head? If they want specifics, then go into more detail and describe that you spend most your days (and nights) walking backwards and looking for crafty
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#7 Alan Rencher

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 03:27 PM

Another reply: "Magnets... how do THEY work???
 


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#8 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 04:34 PM

Motherfucking magic


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#9 Nathan Chapman

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:14 PM

I normally explain the arm takes out "translation" - lets me put the camera anywhere in space - and the gimbal ("this bit here") takes out angles and roation - I can point the camera anywhere.

 

Except when they suggest it works by magic. Then it's magic.


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#10 Chris Loh

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 12:15 AM

I operate a camera rig on films/music videos/commercials ect.. If it's anyone that I plan on holding more than a two sentence conversation with, I'll show them a picture on my phone.


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#11 nick franco

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 12:46 AM

Well it's just like a movi...


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#12 steve wagner

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 06:40 AM

Ten years or so ago I obtained one of the first release of Segway transporters. Being an early adopter and riding about people always asked "why doesn't it fall over" My first sort of smarty pants answer was 'why don't you fall over !? ', quickly followed by explaining the idea that people stay vertical by deftly moving their feet fore aft left right etc to stay right below their own center of gravity and thus not fall over- and the Segway just copies that idea. Then they would of course want a demo ride, and I always obliged,   not always so practical with a Steadicam style rig on your back, but it never hurts to teach a little Newtonion basic physics if both of you have the time & patience.

S D Wagner


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#13 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 10:20 AM

Thanks guys, here's what description I will use now.

 

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#14 Andre Perron

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 01:17 PM

Well it's just like a movi...

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