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Glidecam HD-PRO: new hand-held stabilizer for professional footage

Glidecam Industries starts 2019 with the introduction of a new product, the Glidecam HD-PRO, designed for film and video cameras weighing up to 10 lbs. (4.53 kg.).

Glidecam Industries celebrates a quarter of a century with the introduction of a new product, the Glidecam HD-PRO, designed for film and video cameras weighing up to 10 lbs. (4.53 kg.).

Presented as the most affordable and full featured hand-held camera stabilizer Glidecam has ever offered, the new Glidecam HD-PRO is the result of 25 years of experience. It costs $499.00.

Machined out of experience, and forged with the operator in mind, the Glidecam HD-PRO once again delivers, says the company behind the product, “the state-of-the-art sophistication and design that Glidecam is famous for.” It promises to transform “your hard to watch, shaky camera footage into hypnotically smooth, professional footage.”

Born in the Spring of 1991, the Glidecam was created by Martin Stevens, while producing and directing his first feature length motion picture. Displeased with the available solutions for camera stabilization and the high price of the systems, he designed a more affordable and capable camera stabilizer for his own production needs, using what he now refers to as “a common sense approach”.

Glidecam HD-PRO: new hand-held stabilizer for professional footage

A world’s first in 1997

The product attracted attention and in 1992, Glidecam Industries was created. One year later David Stevens, Martin’s brother, joined, bringing his experience working in both the financial and sales world. The rest is history, and 25 years later the company continues to expand its portfolio of products. The Glidecam HD-PRO is the newest addition to a lineup with more than 20 different products, some as popular as the Glidecam Devin Graham Signature Series.

The company, responsible for the introduction of the world’s first body mounted, camera stabilization system for cameras weighing up to 10 pounds, the Glidecam V-8, introduced in 1997, continues to design and offer a wide variety of camera stabilizers (camera stabilization systems) for use with motion picture cameras, video cameras, and video camcorders.

Glidecam HD-PRO: new hand-held stabilizer for professional footage

Fluidity and grace

The Glidecam HD-PRO’s all-new, and meticulously designed, features combine the best components of the company’s popular Glidecam HD-Series with some of the high-end professional features normally found exclusively on the camera sleds of our more elaborate body-mounted systems.  Designed for film and video cameras weighing up to 10 lbs. (4.53 kg.), the lightweight and rugged Glidecam HD- PRO will transform your footage. Glidecam Industries says that “with the Glidecam HD-PRO hand-held Stabilizer your camera 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-PRO 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. Both professional filmmakers and amateur movie makers alike can enjoy the fluidity and grace that Glidecam camera stabilizers provide.

SPECIFICATIONS

• Designed for Video, DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras Weighing up to 10 lbs. (4.36kg)
• ‘Drop-In Style’ Precision Dove-Tail Camera Mounting Plate
• Camera Plate Features: Laser Engraved 0.10” Adjustment Markers and Rubber Friction Grips.
• Knurled Fore/Aft and Side/Side Balance Adjustment Controls Knobs
• Industry Strength, Spring Loaded Camera Lock Knob [“Kip Handle Design”]
• Redesigned Precision CNC Machined Base Assembly *Increase Rigidity and Lighter Weight
• All Internal Stainless Steel [Corrosion Proof] Hardware
• Precision CNC Machined [Industry Strength] Telescoping Clamps
• 100% USA MADE!


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Would the stabilizer’s performance improve with and arm and vest system? If so, which system would you recommend? Also, would you please confirm if the handle’s inner diameter of the Glidecam HD-PRO is 22mm?