I have been using a Steadicam JR. for 17 years now. It is
a big part of my tool belt. A few things to remember.
1/. It takes some tedious fuzing to get it
set up. About 30 min. Once set up it's a breeze as long as
you don't add anything to it like a different size battery,
shotgun mike etc. Then you have to start all over.
2/. Set it up with a WA lens a .6 or .7 works
great. The DVX 100 is wide enough but is over the recommended
weight limit of 4 lb. Telephotos are tough and take skill.
3/. Practice is paramount. Spend a lot of
time walking around framing things and learning how to guide
the camera. You won't have any success trying to control the
Steadicam. You have to carefully guide it.
4/. Thinking the steadicam shot is paramount.
You have to understand the whole 3-d on 2-d surface thing
to make the best use of it. Establishing shots work great.
5/. The biggest enemy of the Steadicam is
wind and not understanding it's limitations. Use it sparingly
6/. The Glidecam and all the other knock offs
are OK but be aware of their limitations. Remember it is still
just a tool.
7/. Practice, practice, practice....
8/. Once you have spent a month or so mastering
the various aspects of this wonderful tool. You can start
strapping on the inline skates, ice skates, bicycle.
9/. If possible start with a 6-8 second well
framed still, then make your planned move and end on another
well framed still 6-8 seconds in length. This gives the editor
a myriad of options.
10/. It's not the wand, but the magician!
Funny you should ask. Somebody gave me an iMovie to clean
up : must've had Parkinson's or smoke too much or had the
...and it worked fine AFTER the fact. Cheaper than a tripod,
dolly or Steadicam. Yes, I know, it is a tiny bit softer but
it saved his bacon. Due to the generally lousy TV signal,
it was not noticeable on the home screen, even intercut. Was
possibly sharpened at the studio.
And yes, there are various Window apps too doing the same