Glidecam HD-4000 Stabilizer System for Small Sized Video Cameras up to 4-10 Lbs

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About Glidecam HD-4000

The Glidecam HD-4000 is a Stabilizer System for Small Sized Video Cameras up to 4-10 Lbs. This system is upgraded from the 4000 Pro and offers fine adjustments and an improved gimbal and balance system.

The Glidecam HD-Series offers advanced features and a degree of sophistication never before seen in a line of Hand-held Camera Stabilizers.

With the Glidecam HD-Series hand-held Stabilizers your camcorder seems to float, always balanced, isolated from your hands undesirable motions. Now you are free to move with your camera - panning, tilting, booming or running without any camera instability or shake.

The Glidecam HD-Series works so well that it allows you to shoot incredibly smooth and graceful shots even while going to extremes like running up and down stairs or traveling over rugged terrain. And when it comes to normal shooting, like walking or moving the camera slowly around someone, the results are equally magical.

Each HD-Series Stabilizer's offset, foam cushioned, Handle Grip is attached to a free floating, three axis Gimbal. This allows your hand to move up and down, and side-to-side, thereby isolating your hand's unwanted motions from the camera. This up and down movement alleviates the bouncing, pogo type action often associated with competitors systems because their handle cannot move up and down. This design feature, coupled with the overall higher inertia of the HD-Series systems, produces superior stabilization when compar ed with the competition.

A unique and proprietary, precision, three-axis Gimbal incorporates several adjustable, axis convergence controls. This allows all three axes to intersect for proper operational alignment.

A camera-mounting platform with a quick-release, no-tools, drop-on camera plate allows you to quickly attach or remove your camera. Ergonomic, control knobs allow quick, precise adjustment of the top stage's back and forth, and side-to-side movement. These controls allow you to adjust the camera's horizontal balance.

The Glidecam HD-4000 is commonly used for Complex projects, Home movies, Independent films and more.The Glidecam HD-4000 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Business owner among others.The Glidecam HD-4000 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Glidecam HD-4000: Improves performance and Professional quality

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Professional quality (11),Improves performance (8),Compact (5),Easy to use (4),Lightweight (4),Highly compatible (3)
Best Uses:
Independent films (8),Complex projects (6),Home movies (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Business owner (6),Enthusiast (3),Professional artist (3)

Glidecam HD-4000 Features

  • Upgrades from 4000 Pro - This system is upgraded in its gimbal movement and adjustment of convergence and camera balance
  • No Tools - A no tool telescoping central post allows for precision balance and easy adjustment
  • Fine adjustment Dynamic Camera Balance Platform (Camera Mounting Platform)
  • Integrated quick-release Camera Plate
  • Adjustable convergence, precision, three-axis Gimbal
  • Adjustable dynamic balance and inertial-control Base Platform
  • Foam padded Handle Grip
  • Precision Bearings at all vital points
  • Made with precision Aluminum
  • Anodized Studio Black
  • Laser etched Labeling
  • Allows unrestricted Booming and 360 degree Panning
  • Rubber feet under Base Platform
  • Made in USA

Glidecam HD-4000 Specifications

Construction
Aluminum
Load Capacity
4.0-10.0 lbs
1.8-4.5kg
Head Assembly/Top Stage
Adjustable
Quick Release
Yes
Docking Bracket
No
Dovetail Plate
No
Gimbal
Free floating, precision Gimbal
Dynamic Spin
360-degree panning and tilting
Post
Telescoping (no tools required)
Monitor
No (optional monitor could be mounted on Base)
Battery
No
Battery Mount
No
Vest
Optional Body-Pod
Arm
Optional Forearm Support Brace
Weight
3.1 lbs
1.4kg
Warranty
Glidecam warranty

Glidecam HD-4000 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Smooth

I use the Glidecam HD 4000 with my Canon XHA1. Using them together without a harness, gets very heavy, very quickly. But overall this product is great and can elevate the quality of your work a lot.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
4.0

Great stabilizer for the price

By

from Los Angeles  -  Professional Artist

Will be used for music videos

 
4.0

Glidecam HD-4000

By

from New Jersey  -  Film Student

Getting it balanced will consume most of your time, but once you have it balanced, life is grand. It is great for getting motion shots and remains stable during outdoor use. The fine tuning feature makes adding parts to your camera an easy fix. The instruction book isn't the best, but there are plenty of walkthroughs on YouTube to help you. The biggest drawback of it is that it does not come with a carrying case and does not break down that much so it is not the most convenient thing to carry around

 
4.0

Excellent

By

from Norway  -  Business Owner

Used a little more now. A very nice little thing that works very well for it's purpose.

 
4.0

About as expected

By

from Norway  -  Business Owner

I set it up and balanced it before I went out. Then tested it first at ice skating. It worked very well, but with a D800 and heavy lens(17-37/2.8 AFS) I quickly decided that extra support is needed if the video clips are to be long. The vest is really needed. As expected it is affected quite a lot by wind too, but it might be more stable if set up with more weight and a shorter pole length. Takes practice, but not as much as some claim.

 
5.0

This rocks!

By

from Columbus, Ohio  -  Business Owner

We use the Glidecam for shooting weddings...and we love it!! We have seen many reviews stating that there is a big learning curve, but for us, we were happy with the results the very first time we used it. HUGE difference in capturing those creative moving shots! Proper balance is key...Philip Bloom has a great tutorial on his site, on how to balance this sweet-puppy. Wish it came with a quick-release plate, other than that, this thing rocks!

 
4.0

Can be a great addition

By

from Norfolk, VA

Glidecam can be a really great addition to your productions, but this tool takes time to master. Do not assume that you will unbox it at your next shoot and be ready to go. Give yourself a good 8-10 hrs of serious practice before you step in front of talent or the client. All of the balancing issues you read about are true, but it can be done. You'll find yourself at the hardware store looking for medium sized fender washers to get the balance precise, as the weights that Glidecam provides do not allow for incremental adjustments. For us, a slower drop time of 2.5 to 3 seconds works best. Matching your camera rigs weight to the right Glidecam is critical. Find a precise weight scale (post office or mailroom) to make sure you know which Glidecam to purchase. Be sure to allow for ALL equipment, like cables, clamps, external mics, monitors, batteries, etc. If your camera rigs weight is not properly matched to the Glidecam, you'll never find happiness. All in all, for its price point, the Glidecam can help give you some really amazing footage… with practice and patience.

 
5.0

Works great!

By

from Dallas, TX  -  Business Owner

The design and ease of balancing is fantastic. Very high level of quality. Very well made.

 
4.0

Perfect stabilizer for the T3i

By

from Atlanta  -  Hobbyist

Perfect for chasing my kids with my T3i to capture some precious memories onto HD video. Only downside is the weight capacity which rules out the use of any heavier wide angle zooms. The HD-1000 is just the right size to avoid needing a vest or arm brace to capture 2-3 minute clips.

 
5.0

Gives my videos smooth professional look

By

from Orlando, FL  -  Hobbyist

I was told this product was hard to set up, follow the instructions I was filming with my 5D in under 30 minutes.

 
5.0

Glidecam HD-1000 is great

By

from FL

It's lightweight and smooth shooting.

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