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Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System

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Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System

Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System With Camera

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  • For Small Cameras
  • 4-10 lbs Capacity

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The Glidecam HD4000 is a lightweight, hand-held camcorder stabilizing system. This system is upgraded from the 4000 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 4000 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 4.0-10.0 lbs (1.8-4.5kg)
Vest Optional Body-Pod
Arm Optional Forearm Support Brace
Head Assembly/Top Stage Adjustable
X,Y Head Dimensions: 8.750 x 5.00 x 1.00"
Quick Release Yes and Camera Plate has 1/4-20 and 3/8" Mounting
Docking Bracket No
Dovetail Plate Base Platform
13.75 x 4.75"-18.25 x 4.75"
Gimbal Free floating, precision Gimbal
Dynamic Spin 360-degree panning and tilting
Post Telescoping
Central Support Post: 1.00" diameter
20 to 28"
Monitor No (optional monitor could be mounted on Base)
Battery No
Battery Mount No
Weight 3.3 lbs (1.5kg)
Glidecam HD4000 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
  • Hardware Set
  • 90 Day Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    GlidecamHD4000 Stabilizer System
     
    4.5

    (based on 205 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (131)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional quality (160)
    • Improves performance (147)
    • Easy to use (86)
    • Compact (73)
    • Highly compatible (72)

    Cons

    • Heavy (19)
    • Pricey / poor value (9)
    • Limited compatibility (7)
    • Lacks functionality (6)
    • Poor performance (4)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (146)
    • Complex projects (108)
    • In the studio (53)
    • Home movies (43)
    • Weddings (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional artist (90), Business owner (87), Enthusiast (34), Film student (21), Cinematographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (158), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Smooth as silk

    The Glidecam HD4000 systems [...] came with clear instructions, images, necessary and addtional hardware. Set up and balance of the system is fairly straight foward and takes approximately 45 minutes to...Read complete review

    The Glidecam HD4000 systems [...] came with clear instructions, images, necessary and addtional hardware. Set up and balance of the system is fairly straight foward and takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour if you carefully follow intructions.Glidecam has excellent support through their website as well as telephone support. I had two small issues that i encountered. A bolt which was incorrectly installed at the base of the system would not let me adjust it telescopically. I removed it and put it through the other side and presto, no problem. The other was the knob you torque down to lock the telescoping section down was not clearing the tube, so with a bit of sandpapper i sanded it down a bit...problem solved.Overall, the system is beautiful and works as advertised. It will take some time for you to get used to manipulatiing one "in flight" but with practice your camera will "fly". The gimble, bearings, worm drive adjusters and quick release plate make this the obvious choice over older models.I did call Glidecam about the issues i listed in this review and they were quick to respond assuring me that the issue would be resolved at the factory.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Too heavy 5D Mark 2, Glidecam 2000 beter

    Using my heaviest lens the 24-70mm 2.8L it is still just barely enough weight for the Glidecam 4000 to carry,

    If I use my Canon 35mm 1.4mm the Glidecam 4000...Read complete review

    Using my heaviest lens the 24-70mm 2.8L it is still just barely enough weight for the Glidecam 4000 to carry,

    If I use my Canon 35mm 1.4mm the Glidecam 4000 will not even balance (Balance as in the counterweight at the bottom as intended, instead the rod floats sideways) Unless almost fully extended which makes it quite a huge non compact rig,

    The design is the exact same as the Glidecam 2000, very sturdy and of a quality build but bigger, the only time it is best balanced is when using the extra weight plate (12.7 oz/ 360g).

    I like to brag about being able to take 2 minute long smooth shots with the Glidecam 2000 the company I work for owns, I only ordered the Glidecam 4000 thinking it would only be better and because of some misleading advice from some forums,

    If you have a 5D mark 2 and your heaviest lens isn't more than the 24-70mm which is 805 g (28.4 oz), The Glidecam 2000 is perfect for your needs and more than you need, the Glidecam 4000 is too large a rig and after a 20 second shot I had an agitated sore upper back the next day, strained a muscle, bearing in mind I take two minute smooth straight continuous shots on the Glidecam 2000, and am able to do so again with a short break in between, the 2000 is the perfect compact rig for the 5dmark2, even with a rode mic. (5d mark 2 = 810g / 28.5719 oz body only)
    Plus I have a muscular physique to behold, so the 4000 is simply too heavy and not realistic for my shooting environment and requirement.

    The one other ability that is lost with this rig against the Glidecam 2000 is my ability to move from the left side of my body to the right side, with the Glidecam 4000 the tail is simply too long and always bumps my pelvis, whereas the Glidecam 2000 is a perfectly compact size.

    So this product is definitely solid but not for me and I will stick with the Glidecam 2000 which I have been using for very long time with great experiences and shots obtained.

    Trusting this review helped, y'all have yourselves a fine day
    ;D ting*

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    3.0

    Might Be Good, But Not for Sony HXR-3

    By Brian

    from Folly Beach, SC

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Not For Sony Hxr-nx3

      Best Uses

      • Short Shots

      Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

      The product itself seems cool, but it shouldn't be recommend for the Sony HXR-NX3. I purchased this based upon it being listed as an accessory for the Sony HXR-NX3. Additionally, I did an online chat with B&H to confirm suitability. At no point did the topic of handling come up. This glide cam with my Sony is to heavy and cumbersome to be useful for anything more than brief shots.

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      5.0

      Glide cam

      By Kingvon

      from Shreveport

      Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

      I love the glidecam , you can get amazing shots . Be creative as you want .

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By RyanBlakeFilms

      from Scottsdale, AZ

      About Me Business Owner, 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 HD4000 Stabilizer System:

        awesome product! can't believe I waited so long to get this.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works perfect

        By WKS

        from Tampa, FL

        Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

        This is a great purchase investment. I would recommend to any videographer. YouTube and watch many tutorials videos and use daily to get the best experience.

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        1.0

        Glidecam review

        By Julie

        from San diego

        Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

        Expensive
        Difficult to use
        Big and not handy

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        5.0

        Top of the Line Stabilizer

        By Runder Treckmet

        from Tricklelimp Falls, CO

        About Me Film Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Less Functional In Cold
        • Limited Compatibility

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

        Excellent stabilizing system that works perfectly with everything from DSLRs to small cinema cameras such as the C300. Once you spend some time practicing with it, it can truly act as an incredibly powerful tool in your arsenal.

        The unit itself is very light and seems to have a very sturdy construction. It's great for steadicam tracking shots and can even replicated a dolly type feel if a stabilizer is used in post. The only thing that I've noticed to keep in mind is the fact that the rotation joint gets a little less fluid in cold conditions. While this is something to keep in mind if shooting in a cold environment, it is certainly not a reason to stray away from this device and does not make the device unusable in anyway.

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        5.0

        Must have

        By Jon b

        from California

        Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

        The shots I can get with this are crazy, I love it.A must have for all film makers

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        5.0

        Great product!

        By AJ Brann

        from Holland MI

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

          I use this for pretty much all my filming projects, had the HD2000 for a long time, but wanted the ability to mount more stuff to the Glidecam, The unit is great! Takes a bit to learn how to use it properly, but once you have it down it hard to imagine shooting without it.

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          5.0

          Awesome system

          By drdlbanderuni

          from Winter Haven, FL

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

            Be sure to get a 577 quick release plate and a 1-1/2 bolt and some washers to raise it off the plate so you can turn the knob.

            This thing is amazing. Use it as a monopod or a steadycam

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            5.0

            Great System

            By Chad B.

            from Dallas, TX

            Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

            Still learning how to get the best smooth video out of this but the Glidecam is very well constructed and is a quality product.

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            5.0

            Awesome and cheap.

            By Dan the man

            from LA

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

              I use this glidecam to stabilize a Red Scarlet and it works great. It's really heavy, but I've used it with an arm and it helps out a lot. It's definitely the cheapest way to do steadicam shots with the Red Scarlet... There must be many other better ways, but for sure much more (2k dlls or more) expensive.

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              5.0

              Awesome! Love it!

              By Seeg

              from Oregon

              Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

              Awesome stabilizer! I took it out to a park and had my wife chase around geese next to a lake and I was running after her. After reviewing the footage I was amazed!! Sooo smooth! It takes a while to set up, but if you read the directions carefully and do it right, it's worth every penny. Watch some YouTube videos to set it up if you must.

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              5.0

              5 Stars Baby

              By Austin

              from Long Valley, NJ

              Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

              For some reason I headed into the whole operation of buying a glidecam prepared to drop two grand on a simple piece of equipment like this. Not only did the price blow me away, but the performance did too. Two recommendations!!! ONE. Your wrist will get extremely tried after even a minute of use. I workout 3-4 times a week and am quite in shape- the arm brace really extended my shooting time. (Buy this separate for $) TWO. The quick release plate is a must. Just make sure you get one that doesn't blow. The one I got always gets stuck in place and then when I get it out it smashes my finger. Everytime. Anyways that's about it. Happy shooting!

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              5.0

              Takes a lot of practice, but worth it!

              By SaybrookEditor

              from Old Saybrook, CT

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

                Right at the top, let me say I don't give this 5 stars because it's the best in an absolute sense. I give it 5 stars because for the buck, there is nothing that will add more production value or be more useful in a shooting situation. I've been using the 4000HD for a couple of weeks now and have to say that spending an hour a day has paid off in being able to pull off some pretty amazing floating shots which have virtually none of the typical hand held motion artifacts. Indeed, every pro that I've shown the footage to has been quite impressed by the fluidity of motion that this is capable of. Okay, a few caveats. This sucker is heavy. It will make your wrist very tired very quickly and if you use the arm brace it will make your arm very tired very quickly. This is the nature of a proper stabilizer... it's got to have mass to work. The more weight you add up top, the more you need down below. I have not even tried to seriously use my Panasonic AF100 on this (beyond verifying that I will idead balance the weight load) simply because I can't support it for more than about 30 seconds! However, with my Lumix GH3 and 12-35mm f/2.8, this does become much more managable. Even so, I practice suppporting it on a daily basis just so I can build up muscle mass and endurance. The other issue which is again part of the nature of stabilzers is that any change in lens focal length or lens requires rebalancing the rig. In fact, it's so sensitive that having the dust cap on or even the SD card out will affect it. This is where the quick plate adjustments make the HD model a far superior product to the less expensive Glidecam 4000.In all, this will challange you. If you've got the desire to master what this can do, expect to spend a lot of time practicing. I'm not even close as it still usually takes about three tries to really get the moves I'm looking for. Ultimately though, you will be rewarded with results so spectacular you'll never want to shoot handheld again!

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                3.0

                Is this practice or a workout?

                By ARL Productions

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Beginner To Intermediate, Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Limited Compatibility
                • Pricey / Poor Value

                Best Uses

                • Small Business Vids
                • Weddings

                Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

                So I've only used this item a couple times as of yet. Hopefully I can at least give you some insight from my bit of experience.Putting this item together was pretty simple. The instructions for this are GREAT! One thing they did leave out is that when fine tuning the balancing, there is one knob that you need to unlock for each of the two ways to adjust the forward/backward and side to side adjusting. I would have also been happy to have a little extra weight on the left side so that I could mount the camera all the way to the right side so that I could actually lock it in instead of having to remove the entire cheese-plate each time I want to use the camera without the Steadicam. The camera is held on nice and tight though, so that's great! One last thing on construction...I wish the "feet" would fold up to make it a little more compact. Now to address my headline. I use my Canon 5Dii or 7D with a wide angle lens with this. It gets heavy! Or I just no longer have muscles. I'm sure that the more I continue using this, it will (hopefully) get easier to carry for longer periods of time. It's not that bad of a thing...unless you would prefer it be made out of something much lighter/flimsier. It's just something you definitely need to keep in mind before ordering yourself one. Be prepared to feel the burn! And lastly, holding it steady is going to take some practice. gripping with your second hand is going to take some practice. This thing moves so smoothly and freely in every way! It's awesome! You will need to practice getting used to having both hands doing something different at the same time. Technique is going to take a little more time than I had anticipated. But I guess that's part of what makes filming an art. If you're impatient, this might not be the item for you. Do I like it? I can see myself liking it in the future. I can see it's potential.is it worth it? Close, but I think I would have rather saved a little more to buy something slightly easier to use.Would I recommend this to anyone? I think that's circumstantial. I honestly don't think it's for everyone, but could be a great tool for someone that knows what they want to do and knows what shots they want. Hope this helps...

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                5.0

                Great stabilizer!!

                By DC

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Low Mode Not The Best

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

                I love this stabilizer! It is a whole lot easier to balance/use than the steadicam merlin. However, when going low the handle will knock the platform if your not careful.

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                5.0

                Great product, great stabilization.

                By Scott

                from Allentown, PA

                About Me Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

                  As with any stabilizer, it's somewhat tricky to get balanced, but once you do, it's an awesome product. It only took me under 5 minutes to stabilize my Mark iii with lens, rode videomic, and other accessories. It works great, and is super smooth and professional.

                  I definitely recommend a vest, as it gets very heavy, but that's the case in most stabilizers.

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                  5.0

                  Great !

                  By Positivefilter

                  from Australia

                  About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

                    Solid, quick, reliable. The combo with the Manfrotto 577 is not that great at the beginning you have to make some twist for it to work. But when you get this sorted, it is indispensable to have it.

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                    5.0

                    King of Stabilizers

                    By Paul

                    from San Jose, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

                      I bought this product for dual use, both for event videography, and theatrical set work. It suits both quite well.For live events, the fluidity of movement and stabilization are second to none, it does take a bit of effort to set it up and get the balance perfect. So I recommend a good QR plate so you can swap it back and forth as needed and build an approximate balance starting point. The only real detraction is the increase in weight over the HD2000, while the specs say it isn't much heavier, I have used both, and after a long wedding or conference, that little difference in weight feels like a mountain.For narrative work, I think it is superb, you need the same things that make it good for videography, but the length of use is shorter, so the weight is not nearly as much of a problem.All in all, a really great device, probably the best on the market at this price range. (I would also avoid the foreign knockoffs, I have a friend who runs one, and while it started off well, after 6 months of use, it is already showing it's age.)

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                      5.0

                      Works well

                      By Tony

                      from Ann Arbor MI

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System:

                        Very solid and reliable. Heavy and hard to hold without bobbing and weaving, but for a few seconds you can get very smooth steadicam shots.

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