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Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System

B&H # GLSS Mfr # GLSSH
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You Pay: $1,394.95
Product Highlights
  • For 2000 & 4000 Pro Stabilizing Systems
  • For HD-2000, HD-4000, XR-2000 & XR-4000

Glidecam's Smooth Shooter System is designed to be the first truly affordable professionally inspired camera stabilization system. Designed to work with Glidecam's existing 2000 and 4000 Pro units, as well as the HD-2000, HD-4000, XR-2000 and XR-4000 units. The Smooth Shooter is the perfect solution for the prosumer video camera weighing up to 10 lbs. Running, going up and down stairs, and even shooting from moving vehicles is all possible without camera instability or shake.

Simply attach a compatible unit to the Smooth Shooter's patented Dyna-Elastic arm, you will be able to achieve the type of tracklike footage you've always dreamed of. The distribution of weight across your whole body (instead of just in the arm) will allow you to shoot for extended periods of time.

Track-like Imagery
Glide effortlessly over rough terrain, giving your footage the much needed edge clients love.
Dyna-Elastic Arm
Lightweight and Strong, the Dyna-Elastic wields two high-carbon alloy springs capable of holding camera loads up to 10 lbs. The Smooth Shooter's arm can be moved up and down, absorbing vertical shock, which results in ultra-smooth camera movement.
Inter-X-Change System
Changing springs is easy with the Inter-X-Change System. The Arm can be set to use one or two springs, capable of holding 9 and 18 lbs. respectively.
Smooth Shooter Vest
The adjustability of the Smooth Shooter Vest ensures it will fit almost any body type. The vest makes sure weight is distributed evenly across the whole upper body, resulting in less fatigue. The quick release buckles allow for quick and easy removal, while the seven-panel seat belt strapping guarantees a tight fit.
Construction Aluminum, steel, carbon alloy springs
Vest Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support Vest
Arm T6 Aluminum Dyna-Elastic Arm
Arm Boom Range: 14.75"
Head Assembly/Top Stage No
Quick Release No
Docking Bracket No
Dovetail Plate No
Gimbal Free-floating, precision Gimbal
Dynamic Spin 360-degree panning and tilting
Post Telescoping (no tools required)
Monitor Not included – optional
Battery Not included – optional
Battery Mount No
Optional Accessories Glidecam 2000 Pro or 4000 Pro
L4-PRO 4" Active Matrix LCD Monitor
VBP-12LCD Battery Attachment (to power LCD monitor)
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Warranty 90-Day
Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System
  • Glidecam Support Vest
  • Dyna-Elastic Arm
  • Stainless Steel Arm Post
  • 6 x Steel Weight Plates
  • Hardware and Operations Manual
  • Docking Bracket
  • 90-Day Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    GlidecamSmooth Shooter Support System
     
    4.4

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional quality (25)
    • Improves performance (23)
    • Easy to use (17)
    • Highly compatible (9)
    • Compact (7)

    Cons

    • Lacks functionality (3)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (20)
    • Complex projects (14)
    • Stabilization (7)
    • In the studio (5)
    • Movies (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (17), Professional artist (10), Film professional (4), Aspiring film maker (3), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Oh yeah, its great.

    Great product. Easy to use with stunning results.Anyone with some sort of operating ability can master this within a few hours but as with anything the more you use it the better the results....Read complete review

    Great product. Easy to use with stunning results.Anyone with some sort of operating ability can master this within a few hours but as with anything the more you use it the better the results.
    I was surprised by the superb build quality. It looks/feels and works like it is more expensive than it is.
    Glidecam are a very good company to deal with also. They have responded quickly to my contact and great back up on any warranty situation.
    X-10 arm is now on my shopping list.
    If you want stunning smooth shots using suitable cameras at a great price this is it.
    I have used it running at speed over rough terrain, riding on quad bikes at speed along beaches, running with Maori warriors thru NZ bush fighting english soldiers amid explosions, chasing skateboarders thru city streets with stunt cars trying to run us down .......
    I doubt you will be dissappointed.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice tool

    The Glidecam is nice alternative to SteadiCam. It does have some limitations though. The vest is comfortable, especially for a big guy like me. The chest and waist belts are a little difficult...Read complete review

    The Glidecam is nice alternative to SteadiCam. It does have some limitations though. The vest is comfortable, especially for a big guy like me. The chest and waist belts are a little difficult to grasp and fasten, you almost need an extra set of hands on set. I'd like to see a little beefier support arm.

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    5.0

    Excellent results first time out

    By bnota

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Film teacher

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to set up
    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films

    Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

    Got this to use with our Glidecam 2000 in my high school TV production class. The students came back with smooth floating footage on their first try. I can't wait to see what they can do with some additional practice. Assembly was very easy and the vest fit all but the smallest of my students without any modifications. The parts are very well constructed and should hold up well even in a school environment. The manual could be better, there is no mention on how to add the additional weight plates that came with it. I found that they are used on top of the camera head plate to add extra weight when using light cameras such as the Lumix GH2 which is otherwise nearly impossible to balance. This information should be included in the manual.

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    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    You will feel it on your back

    By Shihan

    from Clarksburg, MD

    About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • Walking shots

    Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

    Works good once you get it balanced but you will feel it on your back.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Deal

    By AB Motion

    from Houston

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films

      Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

      This is a great product, we first bought the stabilizer and even when we were doing good shots without it we see a great difference in using it with this product.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      This product was just what I needed

      By Mattik

      from Houston Tx

      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

        This product was easy to understand. Very Ergonomic. I feel like with this product there really is no need for Tracks.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        only a week old

        By triple

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Wedding Videos And More

        Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

        the Smooth Shooter vest is well built. I have had the unit for only a week or so and i am still working to complete the balancing of the unit.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        amazing but complicated

        By dadiloz

        from nyc,ny

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

          its not for the iphone types. this requires craftmanship and unfortunately was not designed using the most modern technology available. painful process to set up

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Glide that extra miles

          By nazakanari

          from Singapore

          About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

          I do short films, weddings and events videography.
          Good product especially if you have to move around and shoot that extra miles continuously.
          Although it a bit expensive and take extra spaces to keep it, you will appreciate it once you get used to it.

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          • No

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good, reliable and smooth

          By Fernando C

          from New York, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films

            Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

            I bought this equipment based on reviews of specialised magazines. It worth every dollar. Just the Gildecam isn't enough to obtain a steady shot, you can obtain a "less floating" image. But with this product, you can certainly stabilise the image to a more professional level.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Quality product

            By logan435

            from Calgary, AB

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Improves Performance
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

              The smooth shooter is a fantastic addition to my toolkit and helps creates excellent results. The vest is easily adjustable to fit most any body size and is built of quality material. The vest's pads do not breath so it will get warm after a while of shooting. The arm is very limited to how far you can boom up and down.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I recommend this product to all

              By Sergio Mejia

              from Mexico City

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

              • Heavy bulky

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

              I bought this product to stabilized my canon XHA 1S and 5D Mark II. At first I had my doubts if I would serve this really serious and if not very expensive and useless, and now that I have it, I can say it was an excellent buy. I use this with mi Glidecam HD4000.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Professional quality

              By James

              from Lowell Ma.

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies

                Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                I do weddings and this came in handy given the long hours shooting the video.
                Bought a Full Kit and its worthy it.
                This makes my work easier and Professional.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent product

                By Pcdootch

                from Abbotsford BC

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight
                • Produces High Quality Film

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                  Excellent product. Very well made
                  Straps appear to be made out of seatbelt material. Easy to setup and was up and running in 30 minutes. Does take some time to get used to but most of that time could be avoided if you have spent some time with the glidecam on its own.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Brilliant product from Glidecam!

                  By Kyle

                  from Johannesburg, South Africa

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • On Location

                    Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                    At first, I purchased the Glidecam 2000 pro for my dslr. While it improved my shots it could not compare to the sturdiness that the smooth shooter has provided.

                    I shot a music video in Soweto, South Africa, yesterday and did a piece walking along a rural road within the township and the shooter handled it all.

                    It makes the experience of filming more enjoyable for me as it allows me to focus more on directing and aesthetics and not worry constantly about the steadiness of the shot.

                    I do however wish that the product came with an additional accessory; a carry case. It can be problematic on location.

                    Thanks!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I recommend to every one to buy it

                    By hotchillipix

                    from gold coast australia

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects

                      Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                      very simple to use, very quality, smooth and stable on the same time.
                      I bought the kit so it is very comfortable and easy to use.

                      It take a time to balance the camera but when you over it and try few shoot to get use to it it is great, yes the price is high but im not sorry to have it :)

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great System!

                      By Josh

                      from Destin, FL

                      About Me Pro videographer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Design
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Cinematography
                        • Promotional Material
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                        I have been shooting the glidecam hd-2000 for a year and decided to bite the bullet and get the smooth shooter. I am glad I did

                        The product is really well made and seems sturdy and that it will last. It was really easy to adjust as I had to remove one of the springs to achieve optimal balance.

                        After I balanced my hd-2000 and got the weight right for the smooth shooter...it was pretty easy to get this thing to do what it says it will do. Just like the sled...practice makes perfect...and your gonna feel it in your back for sure.

                        Dont expect the smooth shooter to be the x-10...but for more basic tracking shots it does the job. Now I just gotta find some type of case or something to put it all in. Very Pleased!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great product for the price

                        By Bythos Films

                        from Napa, CA

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to set up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • Not made for big guys

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                        for action filming this has made our work some much better. Take your time and set the balance, and run a few hours of test to refine your skill with the vest.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Smooth Shots

                        By FRANKWBM

                        from Milwaukee, WI

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • Lacks Functionality

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                        the smooth shooter is a professional yet affordable rig. easy to set up; takes practice, but worth the time.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Nice tool

                        By Ed

                        from Chesapeake VA

                        About Me Business Owner, Director of photography

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Economical

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films
                        • Pro Video

                        Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                        The Glidecam is nice alternative to SteadiCam. It does have some limitations though. The vest is comfortable, especially for a big guy like me. The chest and waist belts are a little difficult to grasp and fasten, you almost need an extra set of hands on set. I'd like to see a little beefier support arm.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great thing for videocameraman

                        By patrik

                        from medford, ma

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                          all is great about it, nedd a little time to get used to it but it is a great system.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          A professional Choice

                          By Marco KK

                          from Milan Italy

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Glidecam Smooth Shooter Support System:

                            Usefull and suitable make your videos looks very professional. Unfortunately you need a good training to fully understand how does it work.

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