The newest Glidecam model, the HD-Pro stabilizer is now shipping (It was first announced back in April 2018, during NAB). It replaces all of the previous HD-1000, HD-2000, HD-4000 models, which were looking a bit outdated, as many copycats came in and added new features over the years.
You may be wondering why anyone would buy a Glidecam when you can get an electronic gimbal for a similar amount of money but there are still some advantages of a traditional mechanical gimbal while still being able to deliver smooth results. A big advantage is that they don’t require any batteries or power to operate, so if you are going to a remote destination, it means you won’t have to worry about charging it or configuring the settings as this is done by you as the operator in your movement and technique.
The new HD-Pro can support systems weighing up to 10 lbs (4.53kg). The unit itself weighs in at 2.1 lbs.
The head features a drop-in dovetail which also provides front-to-back movement, while the control knob is for horizontal adjustment.
Just like previous Glidecam models, the base platform lets you add or remove counterweights for dynamic balance as well as adjust the width to increase or decrease the rotational pan inertia. The base also has a 1/4″ mounting hold to mount a monitor. In the pictures provided by Glidecam, they show a HDMI cable running through the post to an Atomos Ninja V. We couldn’t find any information about the monitor mount on the website.
The mechanical gimbal incorporates several adjustable, axis convergence controls. Unfortunately, there are no laser markings on the post to help with balancing the setup when changing different cameras like found on the Devin Graham series.
- 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!
At a price of $499 USD, the Glidecam HD-Pro sits above the XR-Pro ($289 USD) and beneath the Devin Graham Signature Series ($799 USD).
There are also many other mechanical stabilisers on the market. iFootage just announced the Wildcat III mechanical stabiliser at IBC which features a slightly different sled design that can be folded in for transport as well as an arm support. It retails for £215 ex. VAT for the aluminium version and £325 ex. VAT for the carbon fiber version.