THE STEADYCAM HISTORY AND EVOLUTION

Who were the first manufacturers?

A little bit of history of the first Stedicam systems

 

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

After Steadicam it may have been a couple of handy and skilled people who made their own home made versions of a professional steadicam, due to the higher costs of the original steadicam those days.

 

I also what to exempt the probable cases of those handy and skilled people who perhaps lived in the surroundings of Los Angeles California who only had to load in the trunk of their car one of their home-made versions to try their luck in these international trade show exhibitions.

So having said this, for us the second serious company in the world according to what we know, it was Glidecam founded by Martin Stevens that started making their own versions between 1991-1993 -1997 until today.

 

The third company in the world was Basson Steady in 1997, with our own versions, since then we made several products, the first models were: Gullwing 500, Bumblebee 600rc, Bumblebee 800, Blackbee and Silverarrow 925.

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It's a wearable camera stabilizer that absorbs bumps and shakes, is 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 steadicam operator’s body.

 

It was designed to give to the camera operator the mobility and flexibility of a handheld camera with much more precision freedom and smoothness of a dolly.  

 

A professional mechanic steadicam 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.

 

The weight of a heavy weight cinema camera mounted on a mechanical Steadicam is perfectly distributed thru the whole operator’s body, due to that the hole weight is mounted to a comfortable vest which reduces the fatigue a lot, and also lets you carry much more weight for longer periods of time compared to any other 3 axis gimbal that all the mass of weight is on your arms. It's an amazing camera stabilization system that changed the way filmmakers tell stories, it is perfect for following a character as they move through a scene.

 

Steadycams are also used for shots where space is limited where there isn’t room, in narrow spaces. It is also great for walking backwards in front of the actors, filming them from the front as they walk, also for walking alongside the actors filming them from the side as they walk or run, or to walk behind the actors, filming them from the back as they walk or run, it is also for walking free through space.

 

It's also a great choice for getting closer to the main character to see how the world unfolds from their point of view.

The Boom of Affordable Stedicam Resellers

Around 2006 to 2010 with the boom of sales of affordable new brands appeared on the market, most of them not even manufacturers just resellers, what we call swallow or opportunistic players who come and go following the new tech gadget of the moment.

 

Mostly manufactured by third parties in China or India or in any other asiatic country, and of unknown brands but offered with all of the law at a very cheap prices, well finished, very attractive for massive consumers.

 

The problem is that these swallow or opportunistic manufacturers or resellers, is that after a few years once the product does not make massive sales and it’s not top fashion product they jump to destroy another market.

 

So after some time this resellers close their websites, if they ever got one, and you no longer find them anymore.

So when their customers have one of their products that is suffering a damage they do not have the spare parts to repair it, which produces more than a dislike for their owners.

 

These locust pests as we also call them, destroy all the markets in their path, and after that they look after for other new market opportunities.

As for example after going for the steadycam market, they went after Freefly saturating the 3 axis gimbal market, then they jumped to the market of Cages for DSLR cameras, then they jumped to the Sliders market, then they went after Gopro and it’s Sport cams market, then they went after DJI and it’s market of drones, and so on, I could continue naming many other cases linked to the video and film industry.

The Changes on the Market of Camera Stabilization

So in the last few years after all the changes on the market of camera stabilization with the introduction of gimbals and electronic stabilizers, we have seen many huge transformations in the film industry that caused great concern to many steadicam operators worldwide.

 

For example, Steadicam a few years ago sold it’s brand to Tiffen, then Sachtler sold their stedicams products to Arri, then Movcam disappeared, and then a few not so serious manufacturers or resellers of asiatic countries are also gone.

While these changes were happening at Basson Steady we decided to build a new game changer to adapt our mechanic stedicam products to the new reality, a hybrid solution, to help our customers to learn faster about how to become a professional Steadicam Operator saving a lot of time on the education of their brains and hands, learning faster how to keep stable a camera, and simplifying the process of achieving professional cinematic shoots.  

 

So back in 2007 we developed the first version of a hybrid camera stabilizer called Constellation, and with time we incorporate new technology and we came with what we call today the New 8 axis hybrid camera stabilizer model Endless, a mix between physic-mechanic and electronic, taking all the advantages of both worlds.

 

We incorporate to a mechanical stedicam the best of the electronic gimbal technology plus the experience of manufacturing and designing professional camera stabilizers for more than 22 years, to create the perfect hybrid camera stabilizer system ever made.

This addition of this technical improvements explains why professional filmmakers and cinematographers that started with a 3 axis gimbals are incorporating to their film gear the new 8 axis hybrid Basson Steady camera stabilizer.

 

So If you are looking to update your film gear to the new standards of professional camera stabilization system for the filmmaking industry, and if you are already tired of carrying a heavy weight cinema camera with your own hands on a handheld gimbal 3 axis stabilizer that doesn’t solve all the issues of stabilization, then you must consider investing on the new Basson Steady 8 axis Hybrid camera stabilizer model Endless, the most advanced camera stabilization system ever made.  

 

The new 8 axis Hybrid camera stabilizer Basson Steady model Endless is a great option and a complete set up at an affordable price and the best choice for you, with excellent stabilization results.

 

You will achieve professional cinematic shoots at an affordable price starting at US$ 12.800.- scaling up to US$ 16.200.- ​

 

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The main differences between Mechanic vs Hybrid Steadycam

The main differences are that a mechanic steadicam 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 stedicam it’s a mix between physic-mechanic and electronics, taking the advantages of both worlds, it is based on a mechanic stedicam 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 stedicam camera stabilizer works with two different sources to stabilize a camera.  

 

And a professional Steadicam Operator with a hybrid stedicam 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 steadicam, creating a realistic organic smooth stabilization.

A hybrid stedicam also reduce the time it takes 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 Stedicam is a wearable camera stabilizer that absorbs bumps and shakes, is 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 stedicam operator’s body. 

A mechanic stedicam is based on 3 main parts, 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 stedicam 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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Comparison between mechanic stedicam vs gimbal vs hybrid steadycam

In the last few years many customers worldwide thought that saving some money buying a 3 axis gimbal like the ones from Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi will give them the same results in terms of performance and stability as buying a 8 axis hybrid stedicam system, but the answer is NO its not the same result.  

 

You may have seen already many comparisons between 3 axis gimbals such as the Dji Ronin or the or the Freefly Movi on youtube vs the classic mechanical steadicam.

 

When they compared a gimbal to a mechanical steadicam they find out whether a 3-axis electronic gimbal stabilizer such as the Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi has several weaknesses by not having a shock absorber arm and a vest, of course gimbals can indeed accomplish the similar camera moves like the mechanical Steadicams on multiple occasions and even at longer distances to the subject you are filming, and also gimbals performs very well following a subject, going up or down on stairs, turning corners and more.  

 

By doing this comparisons they also realized that the 3 axis gimbals has several weaknesses when compared to the old classic mechanic steadycam, because a mechanic steadicam has already 5 axis stabilization just by physics and due to the mechanical design.

 

And of course they also find out that when comparing 3 axis gimbals vs hybrid steadycam, the gimbals have many more disadvantages due that a hybrid steadycam has 8 axis of stabilization, starting from the 5 axis of stabilization of any mechanic steadycam, plus addition of the rotary head on top with 2 more electronic axis of electronic stabilization, so when you ad the mechanic steadycam to to electronic rotary head  you can now make a new movement that we call rotary movement of 360 degree between high mode to low mode that ads the 8 axis.  

 

Just to mention a few of the weaknesses of a 3-axis electronic stabilizer such as the Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi, is the issue with the 4 axis or z axis or up and down movement while walking because they do not have a shock absorber arm to do that job for them.

 

Then other big weaknesses is that the 3 axis gimbals such as the Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi do not use physics to stabilize the cameras its just electronic stabilization, and that has its consequences on the final result, as they do not have a weight on top and a weight at the bottom as a mechanical steadicam has to help stabilize the cameras, they only depend on what electronics can do, so for that they consume most of the power and a lot of battery trying to correct the 100% of the stabilization.

 

On the contrary a hybrid steadycam camera stabilizer works with two different sources to stabilize 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 that in the hands of a professional solves the 90% to 97% of the total stabilization, and then uses an electronic board with electronic motors to do the fine tuning to correct the remaining 3% to 10% to achieve the perfect stabilization result with less than 1 degree of inclination error, so for this reason the electronic board does a better job than with a regular 3 axis gimbal.

 

It's like if a 3 axis gimbal would have a 5 axis control board with 5 motors to stabilize the worst part without consuming any batteries or any power, and then after processing the footage goes to a second electronic board also with electronic motors to stabilize again what the first board could not do.

 

Then the operator of a 3-axis electronic stabilizer such as the Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi also has the issue of achieving an accurate framing specially when running in low mode, just by holding the 3 axis gimbal from the top handle, like when you see gimbal users running like crazy holding the 3 axis gimbals from the handle without caring about framing, reflections, noises and so on.

 

Another issue with a 3-axis electronic stabilizer such as the Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi has the issue of trying to make accurate panning while making fast turns trying to keep the frame centered with the use of a joystick, something that with any steadicam operator can accomplish easily with its hands with any classic mechanical steadicam.

 

And finally the weight issue of mounting a digital cinema camera on the 3-axis electronic stabilizer such as the Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi, needs to be considered too.

 

The weight of a heavy weight cinema camera mounted on a mechanic Steadicam is perfectly distributed thru the whole operator’s body, due to that the hole weight is mounted to a comfortable vest which reduces the fatigue a lot, and also lets you carry much more weight for longer periods of time compared to any other 3 axis gimbal that all the mass of weight is on your arms.

 

The Dji Ronin or the Freefly movi 3 axis gimbals are lighter, but the hole pressure goes entirely on operators’ hands and shoulders making the 3 axis gimbal system impractical.

It’s a real challenge to walk around with a digital cinema camera such as a Red Epic or an Alexa mini, mounted on a 3 axis gimbal such as the Dji Ronin or the or the Freefly Movi for more than a couple minutes.

Both camera stabilizer systems the mechanic stedicam as well as the electronic 3 axis gimbal such as the dji ronin or the freefly movi need a lot of practice and coordination to master either of these.

This is the main reason why a good steadicam operator is well paid for the professional job they do.

This reasons mentioned before help to explain why the classic mechanical steadycam were not replaced by gimbals in the professional film industry and also explains why professional operators in Hollywood still use them as the main professional camera stabilizer.  

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Becoming a Steadicam Operator or a professional hybrid steadycam operator

Becoming a professional stedicam operator or a professional hybrid steadycam operator requires practice and coordination to develop some skills and this takes some time, because its a serious profession that not only involves to have a great camera stabilizer but also your own brain, hands and arms must become one to frame a shoot and to achieve the look of a professional smooth cinematic style shoots.
 
Then you also need some time to understand that using a mechanic or hybrid steadycam as a real professional, means that you have to learn that is for slow speed movements, it is not for running like crazy as you mistakenly see on many youtube videos. 
 
It is very common to see that when you put a stedicam to a person that never put one on his body, one of the first things they want to do is to run, and that's the first mistake to avoid, it is not for that.
 
 To avoid that you need to calm down, take a deep breath, it also requires to have some control about breathing, to be concentrated on framing the shoot, specially due to the liberty you will have to move everywhere with a hybrid steadycam camera stabilizer.
 
You will also need to learn how to move and walk, how to keep the distance between you and the subject, then you must also consider the effects of lights and reflections, zooming, panning, tilting, the audio noises, and more, and when more accessories you add more things needs to be controlled by the stedicam operator.

The Hybrid Steadycam & The Future of Professional Camera Stabilization

At Basson Steady camera stabilizer we believe that a hybrid solution is not only the future but it is also the present of professional camera stabilization for filmmakers and cinematographers.

 

We decided to build a new game changer in camera stabilization to help our customers to learn faster about how to become a professional stedicam operator saving a lot of time on the education of your brain and hands, learning faster how to keep stable a camera to achieve professional smooth shoots.

 

And with the new 8 axis hybrid camera stabilizer model Endless, you will still have the power to control the Pan with your hand as always as to point your camera wherever you want as with any mechanical stedicam. 

 

It's a ready to use hybrid camera stabilizer, you just need to put the camera inside the rotary head, then balance it up and down, side to side and front to back, and then press the ON button to make it work.

 

You do not need to change the P.I.D settings every time you put a different camera, you can run cameras from 1 kg up to 8kgs without tweaking any P.I.D settings, which is also impossible to achieve with any other 3 axis gimbal on the market such as the Dji Ronin or with the Freefly movi.  

 

So If you are looking to update your film gear to the new standards of professional camera stabilization system for the filmmaking industry, and if you are already tired of carrying a heavy weight cinema camera with your own hands on a handheld 3 axis stabilizer that doesn’t solve all the issues of stabilization, then you must consider investing on the new Basson Steady 8 axis Hybrid camera stabilizer model Endless, the most advanced camera stabilization system ever made.

But Don’t Take it Just From Us and Hear What Other Professionals Said About it

 

Recently on an independent Camera stabilization comparison, our new 8 axis Basson Steady camera stabilizer model Endless scored in top position as the best Vest system stabilizer.  

 

Below you have just a few more reasons why Basson Steady hybrid camera stabilizer is the leading hybrid camera stabilization system alternative.

 

Hear also the Testimonials straight from other Professional Sources

 

According to the report from StudioBinder about 15 best camera stabilizer systems, they qualified the new 8 axis hybrid camera stabilizer Basson Steady model Endless as the best vest system stabilizer on the market.

Pros: This stabilizer is really fun to watch If you ever get the chance to operate it, you’ll quickly begin to understand why so many engineers and scientists seem to be a common profession among comic book villains.

 

The Basson Endless 3 is the Mac Laren of stabilizers.....

 

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/best-video-camera-stabilizers/#5-basson-endless-2-electro-vest-system

 

Another comment from a Professional Source

According to Cinescopophilia website a professional source for filmmakers “Endless is an Amazing 8-axis Hybrid Camera Stabilizer” Basson Steady introduce the New World’s First 8 Axis Hybrid Camera Stabilizer with Electronic Horizon & Electronic Pitch.”

 

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