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Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System

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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 304 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (173)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (109)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional quality (235)
    • Improves performance (226)
    • Compact (133)
    • Easy to use (117)
    • Highly compatible (81)

    Cons

    • Heavy (18)
    • Pricey / poor value (16)
    • Limited compatibility (11)
    • Poor design (8)
    • Lacks functionality (7)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (211)
    • Complex projects (152)
    • Home movies (101)
    • In the studio (92)
    • Weddings (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional artist (112), Business owner (108), Enthusiast (96), Film student (55), Travel (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (252), 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

    Glidecam HD2000

    By Adam

    from Hanover, NH

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Needs Practice To Use

    Best Uses

      Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

      The HD2000 is a great product. I have been using it now for a few weeks with my GH3. It was easy to setup and balance. I still need some practice operating it, but overall the video quality is excellent right out of the box.

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      5.0

      The best Stabilizer

      By Rick

      from Fort lauderdale

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

          This is a very good camera stabilizer product but needs a support like the Eroz X1.

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          5.0

          Superior Product

          By John

          from San Diego

          Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

          I've done an extensive amount of research on dslr stabilizers and the Glidecam always rated the best at this price range. There are so many options and most are half the price but be cautious! I won't reveal the brand but I spent $ on one a few months back and the quality was horrible! I should've went with my initial choice which was the Glidecam but instead, I wanted to save $. As a result, i wasted $ and got an inferior product that I have no use for. Although I have not used the Glidecam yet, there is a significant difference in quality between the two products and the extra $$ I forked over was well woth it!If you are debating between the Glidecam and any other system, look no further. Do yourself a favor and choose the glidecam.

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          5.0

          Been Waiting For This

          By Jmanf77

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Freelance Video Producer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Walking Shots Movement S

            Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

            A lot of camera ops I look up to rock the HD-2000, and I've been meaning to add it to my rig for a while now. I finally purchased it, and I'm stoked. I used it yesterday for the first time on a shoot. And it was awesome. Following people entering a building. Getting them talking, sitting down. Great stuff. I need a wider lens. Right now using my 24-105 all the way wide, but thinking about getting the Samyang 16 mm prime. Also, the quick release plate is essential for workflow.

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            5.0

            Great stabilizer

            By Mark

            from New Zealand

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

              everything is great

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              • No

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              4.0

              It's all about expectations

              By Robin Hood

              from Salt Lake City, UT

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                    I use the glidecam for weddings, run & gun videography, and independent film production. It took a fairly long time to get properly balanced, but works well now.

                    How well the HD2000 holds up in performance depends greatly on your expectations; if you're expecting perfect footage like you'd get from a Ronin or a Movi, you're going to be very disappointed and think that the HD2000 is garbage. However, if you're just looking for a way to clean up your footage so it doesn't detract by being too bouncy and jerky, then you'll be thrilled with the HD2000.

                    The only thing I can complain about is that it's difficult to hold the camera low to the ground, because the top of the handle butts up against the mounting plate. Other than that, with practice, the HD2000 is a great solution for steady footage on a budget.

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                    4.0

                    Good product

                    By dvuono

                    from Golden, CO

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Finicky

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                    Good product and a good forearm workout device. Thought I might need to upgrade to the 4000 but it was plenty for my DSLR (Canon 5D).

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                    5.0

                    Takes practice but great product

                    By Jared

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                        There is a bit of a learning curve to balancing your camera and flying the Glidecam but put in the time and you will be rewarded greatly. Each camera setup will be a bit different so don't be discouraged during the balancing process. Get it as close as you can, fly your camera, balance again, fly your camera again, repeat, repeat, repeat. I can't stress enough the more you use this item the better the rewards.

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                        5.0

                        Glidecam - A Great Bang For The Buck

                        By Matty

                        from San Diego, CA

                        About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                          As an amateur filmmaker, I am always looking for gear that will add a cinematic quality to my work. The Glidecam works with a wide range of dlsrs and camcorders. It takes some patience balancing, but if you put in the work, the product will look superb. One thing to know with the glidecam is it takes practice and patiences to get the best shots. So grab your glidecam, and hit the field fellow filmmakers!

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                          5.0

                          Great Product!

                          By Ben the dude

                          from Reno, NV

                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                            This is a great product! Once it is weighted in, it works wonderfully! Adds another dynamic way to shoot with DSLR cameras.

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                            4.0

                            Impressed

                            By Jens

                            from Utah

                            Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                            I'm very impressed with the quality the glidecam hd2000 adds to my videos. It is generally easy to set up if you follow the instructions. It does take some time and skill to balance properly, however. But it's a GREAT investment and to me, it's worth every penny.

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                            5.0

                            The best $ investment!

                            By Chris

                            from LA

                            Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                            This is our film teams 2nd glidecam hd2000 & it's absolutely amazing! The build quality is outstanding! Once you have it balanced, filming is super smooth & easily looks more expensive.

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                            4.0

                            Get Proper Setup, Get High Performance

                            By Iceman

                            from Livermore, CA

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Independent Films

                              Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                              I've used this product multiple times now that I can say I'm beginning to get comfortable with it. The hardest part is getting my DSLR to balance properly with it. Once I got through it, it is probably the most versatile stability gear I can find in the market. I must note though that I have to give myself enough time to do some minor balancing adjustments prior to using it. Even if I'm sure I've balanced it last time, for some reason, the next time I bring it out, I would need to rebalance it again the night before or a few hours before I intend to use it. Learning how to move (walk) with it is probably another hurdle, but for me, it sort of came with time the longer I used it. Practicing at home certainly helps. The materials used in this product are really durable --- all metal. I hope it lasts a long time.

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                              5.0

                              Great

                              By awproductions

                              from Dallas

                              Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                              Fantastic product. I'll be using the glidecamfor years.

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                              5.0

                              Great tool

                              By bladeaudio

                              from Knoxville

                              About Me Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Independent Films
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                                Using this with an HDSLR for wedding videos. Makes the footage nice and smooth and stable. Takes lots of practice though before you can get good results. Balancing can be done quickly and much easier with a bubble level attached to the plate and placing the handle over the end of a light stand. You'll also want to use a wide lens for smoothest looking results.

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                                5.0

                                Great stabilizer!!!

                                By Jr

                                from Kings park

                                Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                                This is one of the best accessories you can get to improve the quality of your shots. Regardless of the camera you have, you can create cinematic movements with what this piece of gear provides. It really is a wonderful and exciting device to use. It does require some care and skill to use and setup but first off, just watch some videos, there are many on YouTube. And then when ready to use, just practice using it and you will pick it up.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Piece of Gear!

                                By Paul

                                from Denver, CO

                                About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                                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:

                                  I will be using this as a stabilizer for wedding videos. I was concerned how long it would take to balance the HD2000 after reading reviews online but had it very stable after about an hour. I've had it for about a month now and can balance it within minutes when putting on a new camera or lens. I'm currently using with my 60D but have put my 5DMIII as well. The only down side to using the 5D is the weight. It's about 1.5 lbs. heavier with my 5D (and the lens I use). That doesn't sound like a lot, but when you try to hold this thing for any length of time, it gets heavy fast! There is a learning curve with this piece of gear. Don't expect to take it out of the box, balance it and begin shooting perfectly balanced, smooth shots. Yes, your video will look great right off the bat, but you must practice a lot before your shots start looking brilliant. Having it only a month, I'm still learning on how to fly it but my shots have greatly improved. It is very sturdy, made incredibly well made and can take a pretty good beating. I would highly recommend getting a quick release for the baseplate. The Manfrotto 577 works very well for this. This is a wonderful piece of gear that I would recommend every video hobbyist/professional have!

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                                  5.0

                                  Saved my production ..

                                  By Essa m albadr

                                  from NY

                                  Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                                  Its really saved my projects .. Good replacement for havey duty steadycams and stabilizers ..

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Product

                                  By alex

                                  from boston

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Documentary
                                    • Independent Films

                                    Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                                    Takes some getting used to to get the rig balanced and takes some practice to pull off the shots you want to with it. Good way to get dynamic shots without setting up a lot of equipment. It's heavy with the 5D3, a lot of strain on your wrist at first. Good for run and gun productions.

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                                    5.0

                                    Just wow!

                                    By DAK

                                    from Doyline, LA

                                    About Me Film Student, Videographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy With Camera

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies

                                    Comments about Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer System:

                                    I am a church camp videographer. I have been drooling for one of these babies for some time now. I hand held my Canon T4i and no matter how much weight I added to the camera for stabilizing, I would have shake. The 3 way gimbal performs extremely smooth! I have already seen improvement in my quality of footage. The only thing I have struggled with is the fine tuning of balancing my camera out near perfect. Also, the QR plate that you can get with the HD2000 doesn't work pleasantly with your DSLR. From a 5D Mrk3 to T4i, you will have an issue with the QR plate accessory.

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