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History of the first camera stabilizer manufacturers

Updated: Feb 18, 2020


History of the first camera stabilizer manufacturers

Who invented the first camera stabilizer system?

The first camera stabilizer was invented in 1975 by Garret Brown in California U.S.A to carry heavy payload 35mm film cinema cameras giving to the operator total freedom of movement. With his invention very soon won the Oscar for technical innovation, and is still the most used camera stabilizer in the cinema industry today.

Then who followed next as manufacturer?

It is not easy to say because it may have been a couple of handy and skilled people who made their own home made versions of a professional camera stabilizer, due to the higher costs of the original camera stabilizer those days.

So having said this, for us the second factory in the world manufacturing camera stabilizeraccording to what we know, it was Glidecam founded by Martin Stevens that started making their own versions of a camera stabilizer between 1991-1993 -1997 until today.

Then the third factory company in the world manufacturing camera stabilizer was Basson Steady in 1997, with our own version of a camera stabilizer, we made several products, the name of the first camera stabilizer models were: Gullwing 500, Bumblebee 600rc, Bumblebee 800, Blackbee and Silverarrow 925.

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But what exactly is a professional camera stabilizer system?

A WEARABLE camera stabilizer is a professional stabilization system for cameras that consists of a double shock absorber arm that act as a suspension system, then a center post or sled that has set of counterweights to provide stability with a gimbal handle to isolate movements from the camera and a double padded vest to distribute the weigh of the hole system thru your body.

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The camera stabilizer began to be used in the film industry in Los Angeles California as a substitute for camera travelings in the mid-1970s. The camera stabilizer does not need rails to move around, so the operator has total freedom of movement to walk or run, as well as to go up and down on stairs to perform different smooth movements without losing stability.

The effect of the camera stabilizer shoot allows the viewer to follow the scene in the front line and lives details that immerse him in the director's perspective.

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A specialized website about mechanical camera stabilizer and hybrid camera stabilization systems designed for cinema, television, for professionals as well as for amateurs.

If you are looking for epic camera movements to improve your shoots without inopportune tremors clouding the visual experience of the viewer, you're in the right place.

If you are a cameraman, videographer, filmmaker, and you want your scenes to be taken with the seriousness they deserve, the camera stabilizer system is the solution that will capture the interest of the most demanding public.

The relentless pursuit of technological perfection made us create a masterfully engineered hybrid electro mechanic solution, redefining camera stabilization for ever, a truly natural freedom of movement experience.

Basson Steady camera stabilizer provides the best customer service for the camera stabilizer operators community worldwide with our unique international warranty and customer support on the net. 

Our company Basson Steady camera stabilizer offers solutions and support via direct email or phone direct from our factory to the customer without intermediates.

We are credited as being one of the best world leader manufacturers and designers of professional camera stabilization systems, offering a wide range product line for professionals as well as for beginners, serving the most exigent customers in five continents since 1997.

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What are the main differences between mechanic camera stabilizer vs hybrid camera stabilizer?

The most important differences between a mechanic camera stabilizer vs a hybrid camera stabilizer, is that a mechanic camera stabilizer in the hands of a professional operator can reach around 90 % to 97% percent of perfect stabilization once you are a professional operator.  

A hybrid camera stabilizer it’s a mix between physic-mechanic and electronics, taking the advantages of both worlds, it is based on a mechanic camera stabilizer stabilizer modified to hold a rotary head on top which has an electronic board and brushless motors to stabilize the the horizon and tilt of a camera.

First of all it uses the Free power of physics in combination with a double shock absorber arm to do the main stabilization job.

A hybrid camera stabilizer works with two different sources to stabilize a camera.  

And a professional camera stabilizer operator with hybrid camera stabilizer will start from that 90% to 97% of mechanic stabilization and then from that point the electronic board will do the rest to achieve a perfect 99% to 100% perfect stabilization result with less than 1 degree of inclination error.

But that's not all, even if you are a beginner you will also get the same perfect level of stabilization, then of course for perfect framing it will take more time and experience as well as it will need to gain endurance and coordination only achieved with practice, because the panning its made with your hand as with any mechanic camera stabilizer, creating a realistic organic smooth stabilization.

A hybrid camera stabilizer also reduce the time to learn how to use it because it does all the job with the electronics, so if you are a beginner you will get great results of stabilization like if you were a beginner with a 3 axis gimbal.

A mechanic wearable camera stabilizer absorbs bumps and shakes, is also a portable stabilization system based on physic laws pulleys and counterweights that frees the video camera from the unwanted movements of the terrain surface as well as from camera stabilizer operator’s body. 

A mechanic camera stabilizer is based on 3 main components, the center post or sled that has a camera plate on top, then the center post has a gimbal or handle where you grab it, and a bottom weight with batteries and a monitor that acts as a counterweight, then it has double shock absorber arm to remove shakes, and the padded vest to distribute the weight thru the operators body.

On the other side a hybrid Basson Steady is based on 4 main components:

The electro mechanic rotary head motorized with brushless motors and controlled with an electronic board.

Then center post or sled that has a camera plate on top to hold the rotary head, then the center post is longer and has a gimbal or handle where you grab it where you have several clamps to hold for example an lcd monitor that will be much closer to your eyes around one feet so its much easier to frame a shot, the handle also has a clamp to hold a cell phone to control the video camera with an app, and also has clamp for a wireless a zoom or lens controller attached to the handle, and then a bottom weight with 2 or 3 batteries that acts as a counterweight.

Then it has reinforced double shock absorber arm to remove shakes but with a decompressor to reduce the fatigue of your back and to let you carry more weight for longer periods of time.

And finally a comfortable triple padded vest to distribute the weight thru the operators body.

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