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Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Support - for Small Camcorders

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The S800 Super Pro Video Innovators Camcorder Support. Now you can hold your camcorder steady with less fatigue and enjoy the mobility it is designed for when shooting on-the-shoulder to help you produce smooth, professional looking videos.

The shoulder support can be used with most VHS-C, Hi8, Digital8 and DV camcorders, offers an extra-wide shoulder cushion.
The S-800 Super-Pro's camera platform is hinged from the shoulder cushion, so it can be moved laterally for different eyepieces, and a pivot-hinge, has a total adjustment of 6 1/2", accommodating almost any Hi8, VHS-C and DV camcorder.
The shoulder cushion features a contour that conforms more comfortably to the slope of the shoulder it is thinner on the inside and thicker on the outside.
Can accommodate two accessories, such as LCD monitor or video light.
Folds to less than 12" for easy storage.
Adjustable length of 6 1/2" and lateral adjustment of over 90°.

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Video InnovatorsS-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest
 
4.0

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (26)
  • Stable (19)
  • Folds away (7)
  • Unfolds quickly (7)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Unstable (6)

Best Uses

  • Stabilization (21)
  • Movies (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film professional (11), Aspiring film maker (7), Tech savvy (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

nice accessory

This is a really well made product, very versatile. I use it for event videography, and it makes adding additional equipment (such as mics) easy to manage and carry (I added a...Read complete review

This is a really well made product, very versatile. I use it for event videography, and it makes adding additional equipment (such as mics) easy to manage and carry (I added a small shoe mount to the bottom rail and it fits my pack great). Adding a light (I use a litepanel) and other gear can make the rigging front heavy and negate it's usefulness, as it tends to pull forward. However, I also attach a monopod to the bottom and this allows me great stability and ease of use for longer coverage periods. A great product for the right situation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Idea ..But .. Not a Super Pro !!

It's a good idea but lacks in fit and steadiness. Had to bend out the curve to fit my shoulder and once I added my Panasonic HMC-150 it kept trying to pull itself...Read complete review

It's a good idea but lacks in fit and steadiness. Had to bend out the curve to fit my shoulder and once I added my Panasonic HMC-150 it kept trying to pull itself forwards and down. I moved the handle so it points straight down to get better up lift in the front but then it wants to wobble left and right. I feel the curved part should be about two to three inches wider and about four to six inches longer. I've tightened the plastic wing-nut where it bends but it still tends to bend on me and I'm afraid to tighten the plastic wing-nut any tighter, afraid of breaking the plastic wing-nut. So I plan on some modifications to make it better. I've already drilled a small hole at the very back and the left front of the curved shoulder piece and added an adjustable strap with clips from an old shoulder bag and use the strap under my left armpit, which holds the shoulder rest tighter on my right shoulder. Next I plan on drilling another hole and adding another wing-nut, bolt and washer to keep the unit from bending. And even after these modifications I know I'll still need to use both hands to keep it steady. I do feel that Video Innovators should take a better look at this shoulder rest and make some modifications of they're own and not raise the price, mainly because to be called a Super Pro Shoulder Rest I feel it is lacking in the extras that it should already have. I did give it two stars instead of only one because it did have mounting brackets and nuts for lights, mics, etc. It's still not bad compared to some of the other shoulder rests/stabilizers that cost hundreds. I would mention it to a friend but I wouldn't recommended it. Not unless you plan on modifying it.

Reviewed by 31 customers

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5.0

Steady for the price

By Katelyn

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Aspiring Film Maker

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Stabilization

    Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

    This is a modestly priced product that really helps stabilize your footage. Obviously not as good as a steadicam or glidecam, but definitely helps. I use it to shoot weddings. It takes some getting used to and after 8 hours, my arm was really sore, but I probably just need to build up the muscle.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Cheap DIY Base

    By Circle A Films

    from Reno NV

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

        For the money this is pretty good, compared to the insane prices of other shoulder mount anything. The two side-mount bars can hold another grip or anything else. If you want a "to waist" support look for their XSB Stabilizing Brace #130, though I have not tried or priced this extra component. You can mount a quick release tripod shoe or a mono pod to a middle 1/4"-20 built in thread. The joint from the shoulder pad to the front is a little weak and can swivel a bit, mount a washer and rubber washer to increase its staying power. You can also drill 1/4"holes to mount other DIY stuff. The best way to use this thing is to adjust your cameras neck strap so it just barely tension when it's on your shoulder thus given another point of contact and more importantly you can let go and the whole rig just rests on your chest for two hands free movement. Not really any way to mount a follow focus but for the price point and small collapsible size it's great for general use and Run 'N Gun/Travel.

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        • No

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        4.0

        It Works for budget! Could Modify

        By Cameraman

        from Chicago IL

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Construction
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Unbalanced

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Stabilization

        Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

        Shot with it using an HMC150. It worked but would be much better with some weight on back of shoulder support for balance. I don't mind the swivel not locking because I can adjust from using the view finder or LCD on the fly. I'm probably going to mount some weight to shoulder brace and/or buy the extended shoulder rest. Overall I like it.

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        • No

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        4.0

        For use with Z7U

        By PW

        from Boston

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Stabilization

          Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

          Makes Z7U into almost a real ENG camera

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          An excellent device

          By Oleg Efimov

          from Russia, Moscow

          About Me Film Professional

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • No

          Best Uses

          • Movies
          • Stabilization

          Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

          Using the system for video wedding videos and etc.. Very satisfied. Specially commissioned to Russia this model. Compact, easy to use. Use with the Canon 5d Mark 2 + 24-70 f2.8, canon 60d with +17-55 2.8 is.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good for Z7U

          By PW

          from Boston

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Stabilization

            Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

            Only shoulder rest I've found that works well with the Sony Z7U.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good low cost alternative

            By Ray

            from Pawtucket, RI

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Stabilization

              Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

              Using with a Panasonic HMC 150 and it's an adequate solution to long term fatigue. Doesn't replace a Stedy-Cam but for the cost it's very affordable and useful

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Needs tweaking

              By JS

              from DC

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Swivel lock not tight

              Best Uses

                Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                There are a zillion designs and as many preferences with shooters. For us, this works pretty well.
                PROs:
                Lightweight, different handle positions, inclds metal flanges to attach mic's, etc
                CONs:
                The swivel part does not lock in place very well-its useable but does move. The shoulder pad seems designed for hulk hogan (very wide front to back).
                I might buy the chest brace if only for occasional support - you arm is still holding all the weight.

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                4.0

                its ok

                By Eclipse Toys Videographer

                from Colorado Spring, CO

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Cumbersome

                Best Uses

                • Stabilization

                Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                its ok, not the best, not the worst.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Exactly what I was looking for

                By Dan M.

                from Port St. Lucie, FL

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                  All I needed was a good grip and some stability added to my handycam, and this did the trick. I purchased the adjustable grip along with it which solved the awkward hand position. Very happy.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good for what it is

                  By James

                  from England, UK

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Unstable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                    If you're going to move around, or need not to be tied to a tripod, then you need stabilization of some kind. I have tried this out with several other stabilizers - trying to find kit to recommend to colleges and small charities & businesses. This is perfect for small camcorders - for larger, semi-professional camcorders, it's fairly poor: the shoulder pad needs to be wider. If you're on a budget a Spiderbrace support is probably a better buy. However, I still rate this as I could also use the frame to attach on additional equipment.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Not for me

                    By Darrell

                    from Minnesota

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Unstable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                      Got this to go with a Canon XH A1s, but just couldn't make it work. Tried it out with the camera mounted to it and it did not work the way I needed. Felt too unstable and top heavy for me. It might be better suited for a smaller camera, but I didn't like it. I ended up returning it to B&H[...]

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                      • No

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                      2.0

                      Good Idea ..But .. Not a Super Pro !!

                      By Farmer Don

                      from Agra, OK

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Lacking
                      • Unstable

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                        It's a good idea but lacks in fit and steadiness. Had to bend out the curve to fit my shoulder and once I added my Panasonic HMC-150 it kept trying to pull itself forwards and down. I moved the handle so it points straight down to get better up lift in the front but then it wants to wobble left and right. I feel the curved part should be about two to three inches wider and about four to six inches longer. I've tightened the plastic wing-nut where it bends but it still tends to bend on me and I'm afraid to tighten the plastic wing-nut any tighter, afraid of breaking the plastic wing-nut. So I plan on some modifications to make it better. I've already drilled a small hole at the very back and the left front of the curved shoulder piece and added an adjustable strap with clips from an old shoulder bag and use the strap under my left armpit, which holds the shoulder rest tighter on my right shoulder. Next I plan on drilling another hole and adding another wing-nut, bolt and washer to keep the unit from bending. And even after these modifications I know I'll still need to use both hands to keep it steady. I do feel that Video Innovators should take a better look at this shoulder rest and make some modifications of they're own and not raise the price, mainly because to be called a Super Pro Shoulder Rest I feel it is lacking in the extras that it should already have. I did give it two stars instead of only one because it did have mounting brackets and nuts for lights, mics, etc. It's still not bad compared to some of the other shoulder rests/stabilizers that cost hundreds. I would mention it to a friend but I wouldn't recommended it. Not unless you plan on modifying it.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice, did some improvements

                        By Javier

                        from Puerto Rico

                        About Me Video Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Unstable

                        Best Uses

                        • Stabilization

                        Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                        Very good construction, I found it unstable and added a hook on the back with a 3lb weight to counterbalance the camera. For the price I found it a good deal.

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                        4.0

                        Not Bad with my HVX

                        By gl productions

                        from Santa Cruz Mountains

                        About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                            I purchased this (with the ES800 support) for my HVX-200. No...it's not a Steadicam, but does provide some stability. I have it adjusted for use with either the viewfinder or LCD.

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                            4.0

                            Not Bad!

                            By gl_productions

                            from Santa Cruz Mountains

                            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                                I use this (and the ES-800 support) with my HVX-200. No, it's not a Steadicam...it's not meant to be. It works great as a shoulder support. Can be adjusted to one position for using the viewfinder or LCD.

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                                5.0

                                Awsomeness !!!

                                By Curt

                                from Detroit, MI

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Stabilization

                                  Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                                  I love this product. Any videographer who doesn't own a shoulder cam should have this as a part of there arsenal. It provides that added stability you need to get steady shots in areas a tripod can't get.

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                                  2.0

                                  Would not recommend it!

                                  By Gus Photo

                                  from Reseda, CA

                                  About Me Film Professional, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Unstable

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                                    Does not fit well at the shoulder.
                                    It is not very stable: pivots on the point of support, you have to make an effort to keep it straight.
                                    I would not recommend it by itself.

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                                    4.0

                                    At this price, no complaints

                                    By writngator

                                    from Riverside, Calif.

                                    About Me Novice looking to improve

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to use
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Helps reduce shake
                                    • Inexpensive
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Room for attachments

                                    Cons

                                    • Cam weight makes it tippy
                                    • Don't expect a SteadiCam

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Attachments mount well
                                    • More stable low shots
                                    • Stabilization

                                    Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                                    Using small videocams like my Canon HV30 can make hand-held shooting a challenge, especially if you're still looking for that first Best Videography award. The S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest won't guarantee you a nomination but it can help you dramatically reduce hand-held shake, especially among beginners. The Super Pro can rest on either shoulder and allows for steadier pans, tilts and zooms. Also can help on low shots. The slide near the shoulder attachment lets you lengthen or shorten the frame to your preference and change the angle at which the curved rest sits on your shoulder. That actually helps because angling the shoulder stock slightly (rather than keeping it dead straight) seems to make shooting more comfortable. Unlike expensive shoulder cams, balance is an issue. The weight from the camera and any other attachments sits out front so the S-800 Super Pro wants to tip forward. I also fabricated a mount on the left side of the frame for a seven-inch monitor, so the whole rig tips left a little. A counterweight on the other side should help resolve that and the monitor really helps you frame shots and deal with glare in direct sunlight. Since the rig's weight does not rest/balance on your shoulder, you must compensate using the arm you use to hold the frame. That can cause some fatigue and muscle shake during extended shooting. Overall, the S-800 Super Pro helps you steady your shot, it's adjustable and it includes two accessory bars that can be used to attach any light, mic, etc. with a shoe mount. So far, the attachments seem to tighten sufficiently. For the money, it does what it is supposed to but it is not a high-end piece of equipment.

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                                    4.0

                                    Nice for the price

                                    By Falling Star Films, LLC

                                    from Alabaster, AL

                                    About Me Film Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds Small
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Stabilization

                                      Comments about Video Innovators S-800 Super Pro Shoulder Rest:

                                      I use this for event videography and capturing B-Roll for internet commercials. I really like all the places you can mount your accessories. I have my tripod mounting plate on the bottom and I can quickly go from Tripod to shoulder shooting. One side note: If you are a body builder you may find the curved shoulder plate does not fit too well (I bent mine a bit to accomodate) but this is not everyone's problem.

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