NAB 2017 – The Latest from Steadicam – Steadimate and the X-3 Arm
I regret selling my Steadicam rig. I was never able to truly dedicate the time to be a competent operator myself and those guys earn their money and the respect from me, it’s a physically demanding job and an art form. Enough about that, so what’s up at NAB?
First is the release version of the Steadimate, the adapter designed to allow you to attach a gimbal to the arm of your Steadicam. For anyone who hasn’t seen this in operation, the benefit is twofold. You allow your operator to run the gimbal for much longer stretches and avoid fatigue, and you gain extra axis of stabilization.
Capacity depends on your Steadicam vest/arm combo. The adapter alone goes for $499, but Tiffen also offers complete kits, if you’re using anything bigger than a DSLR you will want the Steadimate 30 system:
- Steadimate 15 System with the A-15 Arm & Vest [15 lb / 6.8 kg capacity]
- Steadimate 30 System with the A-30 Arm & Vest [30 lb / 13.6 kg capacity]
The other Steadicam item being demoed on the floor was the Steadicam X-3 Arm. This takes a traditional design but adds a third arm section and is compatible only with back mounted vests such as the Exovest. What you get is a much larger boom range with 16-18″ of additional height and keeps the sled out in front of you. Moving pictures are worth 10 million words, so check out this early prototype video from Narrative Glue Creative:
Not sure on the price yet. But I’m sure it’s worth every penny.