At 2016 NAB, Tiffen’s Steadicam showed its new Steadimate, a gimbal arm and vest adapter that allows operators to attach a Steadicam arm and vest to motorized gimbal stabilizers including the DJI Ronin and Freefly MōVI.
Tiffen’s Steadicam said the user swaps out one of the handles of the motorized gimbal and replaces it with the Steadimate. From there, the Steadimate serves as the handle of the motorized gimbal, but now it is equipped with an arm post for attaching a stabilizing arm.
So why put an arm and vest on a motorized gimbal? There are two major benefits, the company said.
First, adapting the motorized gimbal with an arm and vest turns the motorized gimbal into a body-worn stabilizer, meaning the operating load is taken off the arms of the operator allowing for longer durations of operating.
Second, it increases the stability of the footage. While the motorized gimbal serves to electronically stabilize the mounted camera from movement, the essential shock-absorbing nature of a Steadicam arm improves upon this initial stability.
Additional operating benefits include effortless camera tilting and interchangeable use from handheld operation to Steadicam operation.
The Steadicam Steadimate will be offered for sale worldwide as the adapter alone or as an affordably-priced complete system with multiple arm and vest options.
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