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Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System

B&H # GLHD2000 Mfr # GLHD2
You Pay: $493.00
Product Highlights
  • For Small Cameras
  • 2 - 6 lb Capacity

The Glidecam HD2000 is a lightweight, hand-held camcorder stabilizing system. This system is upgraded from the 2000 Pro and offers fine adjustments and an improved gimbal and balance system.

Camera stabilization systems like this one work to provide camera stability during movement for dynamic and subjective camera shots. It utilizes a balancing system that dampens the user's body movement, providing a smooth, floating moving image appearance usually achieved with more expensive equipment.

Upgrades from 2000 Pro
This system is upgraded in its gimbal movement and adjustment of convergence and camera balance.
No Tools
A no tool telescoping central post allows for precision balance and easy adjustment.
Construction Aluminum
Load Capacity 2 - 6 lbs (0.9 - 2.6 kg)
Vest None
Arm None
Head Assembly/Top Stage Adjustable
X,Y Head Dimensions: 7.50 x 4.125 x 1.00"
Quick Release Yes
Dovetail Plate Base Platform 11.50 x 4.00"-15.00 x 4.00"
1/4-20 Camera Mounting
Gimbal Free Floating
Dynamic Spin Panning and Tilting
Post Telescoping
Central Support Post: 1.00" diameter
15-22" In Length
Monitor No
Battery No
Battery Mount No
Weight 2.54 lb (1.1 kg)
Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System
  • Camera Mounting Plate
  • Mid Plate
  • Bottom Plate
  • Central Post
  • Three Axis Gimbal with Yoke And Offset Handle
  • Telescoping Post
  • Base Platform
  • 12 Steel Counter Balance Weight Disks
  • 90 Day Warranty
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    GlidecamHD2000 Stabilizer System
     
    4.5

    (based on 275 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (154)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (100)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional quality (215)
    • Improves performance (210)
    • Compact (123)
    • Easy to use (112)
    • Highly compatible (76)

    Cons

    • Heavy (16)
    • Pricey / poor value (15)
    • Limited compatibility (11)
    • Poor design (8)
    • Lacks functionality (7)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (198)
    • Complex projects (145)
    • Home movies (93)
    • In the studio (87)
    • Weddings (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional artist (102), Business owner (98), Enthusiast (88), Film student (51), Travel (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (230), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Smoother footage. Strong arms required.

    The Glidecam HD-2000 stabilizer is a great tool for videographers and video enthusiasts in general to have. If you like to shoot video while in motion (following someone, going around something/someone,...Read complete review

    The Glidecam HD-2000 stabilizer is a great tool for videographers and video enthusiasts in general to have. If you like to shoot video while in motion (following someone, going around something/someone, etc.), then this is the tool for you. The difference between a handheld walking shot and one with the Glidecam is night and day. It gives the shot a much more professional look, without the camera shake that often makes videos look more amateurish.

    However, it's not that easy to get the Glidecam balanced properly. And I don't think this is a flaw in the product, it's just that the physics involved are tricky. For once, you have to make sure that when you balance it, the camera is setup EXACTLY the way it will be setup when you shoot (battery in, lens cap off, viewfinder set to the desired position, accessories, if any mounted, etc.). Otherwise, if you balance it and then use a heavier/lighter battery, or pull out the viewfinder, the rig will be off balance again. The key is to follow the instructions and take your time. And be ready to get your arms really tired from testing, adjusting, testing, adjusting until you get it right.

    One gripe I have is the system to add weights to the base of the unit. I wish they'd come up with a different system to make is easier and quicker to switch weights. You have to remove 2 thumb nuts for each side (front and back) every time you want to add/remove plates, and the bolts that the weights slide into are very long (to accommodate for more plates). On top of that, you have to use both hands because the bolts will fall off if you have the unit standing with the camera on top while adjusting it, and if you don't hold the bolts, often they turn with the nuts, and you don't go anywhere. Another gripe: I wish the quick release plate would have an easier way to mount/unmount the camera to it. If you want to take the camera off, you have to remove the plate with the camera from the Glidecam and then remove the screw to "free" the camera. Something like the quick release mechanisms available in tripods would be extremely helpful for videographers on the go. Other than that, the unit is very well designed.

    You will get tired using this unit. There's no way around it, unless you buy the very expensive vest or arm brace accessories available for it. It also takes a little getting used to it and a lot of practice to get those perfect shots we are all looking for. But once you get the hang of it, you will really enjoy its benefits. The construction quality is excellent and sturdy. The grip is comfortable and big enough for large hands.

    Overall, this is a very useful tool to have and will make your videos look much better. There are lighter and cheaper units out there, but this one provides a lot of flexibility and a more robust design that accommodates for heavier equipment, etc. I recommend this unit.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I am waiting for an improved version

    The equipment gives me new experience. I love to use it anywhere I can bring. I think the glidecam maker should improve their product. The release plate system to attach to camera is...Read complete review

    The equipment gives me new experience. I love to use it anywhere I can bring. I think the glidecam maker should improve their product. The release plate system to attach to camera is uncomfortable and dangerous to operate, especially when you are on field and don't have enough time to adapt new situations. I nearly droped my camera because of relying on the glidecam's plate. I recommend you guys, who want to use the glidecam HD2000 seriously, should buy a quick release adapter system.
    To control and handle the direction of glidecam, you should cover around the Central Post by a nylon-conton band.
    If you guys do business relying on it, you should practice a lot. And before you go to shoot, you have to prepare and calibrate it carefully. You will not have enough time to adjust its balance on field. When you shoot video at place that has windy conditions, your device may lose it balance, so an advice is you should put more weight on it.

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    5.0

    Awesome

    By Jared H

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Highly Compatible
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

      Definitely a learning curve with balancing and using this but once you get the hang of it, you can get some great shots. Build quality is excellent. The fine adjustment knobs help a lot (a great improvement over the older model). If you want a reliable camera stabilizer that won't break the bank, go with this. There are cheaper alternatives out there but you get what you pay for. I've already used this in the studio and out in the field and love the results. Can't wait to start using this on some short films.

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      5.0

      Easy to Use

      By Nicholas

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

        I use this for a 5D MkII and a few different shorter L lenses. It took about 2 hours to get it assembled and weighted correctly for the lens I had on. It took another hour when I switched lenses to get the weight correct. I think that once I've spent some time with it I'll have a pretty good idea of how to balance each of my lenses pretty quickly. Overall, it's easy to use. It definitely takes some practice! So don't think that you will get going right out of the box. There's a specific technique to it.The Manfrotto 577 is helpful like others said, but the knob that locks it in place takes some adjusting since it rests on the top plate.

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        4.0

        Expensive but works.

        By Mad Cow

        from Vermont

        About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

          After much finagling I got the HD2000 to work. It does what it's supposed to do; I get nice floating video. It's best when you use the same equipment on the glidecam so you don't have to constantly work the algorithm.

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          5.0

          Pro

          By Pro it up

          from Murray KY

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

          Pro up your video shooting!!

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          • No

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          5.0

          great camera stabilizer

          By canofat

          from argentina

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films

            Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

            I used to record musical videoclips. It gave a profesional touch to my video productions

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            • No

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            5.0

            Glidecam Works Great

            By Bob

            from Fort Wayne, Indiana

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Needs Quick Release Plate
            • Takes Time To Master

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

            I am a teacher, so my students and I use the glidecam to shoot smooth and steady videos for our high school. This model came with a DVD and instruction manual that were easy to follow. The glidecam takes some time to use effectively, but does what is advertised.

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            5.0

            Great Stabilizing Tool

            By mountainfilmguy

            from Juneau, Alaska

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

              This is a great stabilizing tool that I use. I use it everywhere because it breaks down into smaller pieces and is easy to pack around. I use it anywhere from around the house to filming video's in the mountains. The performance is great!

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              5.0

              Thumbs up!

              By Rollon45

              from Harstad, Norway

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

              • A bit expensive

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

              It takes you a while to balance it right, but ones you are done - you are set to go. After the first time I tested it, and watched the result on my computer, I was amazed at the quality it gave me. It realy gives you the sense of flying, and it brings another dimension to my clips. With a 5D mk II/17-40 lens mounted its a bit on the heavy side, but suck it up and go on. Dont even think of buying this one without the manfrotto 577 - well worth the extra dollars. Its also fairly compact - I bring this with me camping - no problem.

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              5.0

              #1 glidecam

              By Samshots

              from DC

              Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

              First time user and it was easy to balance and got great shots with it

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              5.0

              Great Build Quality

              By Chan

              from Alabama

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

                Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                I have been using the product for freelance cinematography for about 2 months, and the saying that, "You get what you pay for" really comes to mind with the Glidecam. Although it is more expensive than other hand-held stabilizers on the market, it really feels like a solid product that will hold up over time.

                While it does have a fairly steep learning curve, it opens up a wide range of new shots. Balance can also be hard to achieve initially, but once it is dialed in it will hold steady.

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                5.0

                Amazing

                By RG

                from South Carolina

                Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                At first I was sceptical of this product. I read a few bad reviews citing how hard it is to balance, one even claimed that he was an engineer and couldn't figure it out. To fully understand this mechanism and how to balance it took me under an hour. It truly gives you extremely smooth shots and balance. I love this product.

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                5.0

                Pretty Awesome!!!!

                By BDOG

                from ATL

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                  Check out youtube on how to balance, takes some work. Works well. I shoot with a t3I and the HD2000 is perfect. I kept reading reviews saying to get the Manfrotto 577 to use on the plate and I did but found it easier to use with out it. Well made product.

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                  4.0

                  Smooth But Takes Practice

                  By Eric

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Semi-professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                    I had some issues balancing it, but have started to learn how to handle it to get the smooth shots. It has a learning curve but the shots look great.

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                    5.0

                    Great Product

                    By Benny Boy

                    from Cornersville, TN

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                      This GlideCam took us all day to balance...but now that I have the hang of it, I do another one in ten minutes. Very easy to use, with easy adjustment knobs.

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                      5.0

                      Light & Easy

                      By Joey

                      from Santa Monica

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                          I own the 4000HD as well and we needed another. I thought I'd get this to use for shorter, quicker broll pickups. I got it with the wrist brace and it's just like the 4000HD but lighter.

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                          4.0

                          Very nice Stab for a SLR

                          By Tom

                          from Montreal

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Not easy to balance

                          Best Uses

                          • Better Than Handheld
                          • Follow Shots
                          • Landscape
                          • Wedding

                          Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                          I've been now using it for a month and I really appreciate the result. I'm actually using canon 6d and 7d on it with 17-40mm L lens and the Tokina 16-28mm. The results below 50mm are very clean when it's well calibrate, there's no vibration and the swinging is smooth while being subtile when the camera is not to heavy. It also performs better when you only use the cam and the lens, don't put to much accessories on it or it will be hard to balance it well.

                          Why I do not give a 5 star: cause it's very very very long to find the perfect balance with the weights and there position.

                          I'm using it on skis and even at high speed the result is very nice.

                          With patience, it's a very good tool for your videos.

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                          5.0

                          Light and Stable - Great For DSLRs

                          By Austin J Kurpuis

                          from Wenatchee, WA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Outdated Instructions
                          • Outdated Manual

                          Best Uses

                          • Cinematic Shots
                          • Complex Projects

                          Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                          I use this with a canon 5D MKiii and a 7 inch HDMI monitor, it is an amazingly light and compact rig and it's even better when pared with the X-10.

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                          5.0

                          Worth it

                          By Othan G

                          from Raleigh, NC

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Improves Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                            Well worth the price.. Is kinda difficult to balance. Practice makes perfect. Well worth it though.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Seasoned user, LOVE IT

                            By Harrison Hughes

                            from Alabama

                            About Me Film Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Improves Performance
                            • Improves Stability
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                            • Pricey / Poor Value

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                            I ave used the Glidecam HD-1000 for over a year, and my equipment eventually got too have to use it. So I was forced to upgrade to the 2000.
                            I absolutely love the ease of using the rigs. Granted, it took me about two months to really get the hang of it, but now I can't stop using it.

                            The "quick release plate" isn't very "quick" so I purchased the Manfrotto quick release plate with it, and it works great.

                            I use the 2000 with a Canon 70D, a 24-105L, and a Rode Videomic Pro. I honestly could not imagine shooting videos any other way.

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                            4.0

                            What you would expect

                            By Buck

                            from Montana

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                            As expected it is slightly difficult to balance, but everyone knew that going in. The biggest surprise was the difficulty operating it. I expected it would be easier than it was. Practice is the key to this tool, use it all you can and get good with it like you would any instrument of your craft.

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