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#1 Graham Castro

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 06:13 PM

Hey guys, i'm new here and I really have just one question. :)

How would one film maker go about getting a steady shot of somebody's legs/feet walking on a sidewalk?

To do this, you would have to be low to the ground, and the camera would be extremely un-steady.

Is there a way to do it properly? I'm using the Canon HV-20, if any of you have some camcorder stabilizers in mind.

THANKS!
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#2 Rob Vogt

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 06:26 PM

Use a Jib on a dolly with a video tap. Or you can Use a tripod with spreaders on a dolly. This is assuming its a tracking shot if its just some panning you want then you can use a pigeon tripod or a tripod w. spreaders
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#3 Graham Castro

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 06:37 PM

Use a Jib on a dolly with a video tap. Or you can Use a tripod with spreaders on a dolly. This is assuming its a tracking shot if its just some panning you want then you can use a pigeon tripod or a tripod w. spreaders



Thank you!!!
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#4 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 06:42 PM

There's no need to add a jib to the dolly....just use a dolly in low mode.
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#5 Graham Castro

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 07:18 PM

There's no need to add a jib to the dolly....just use a dolly in low mode.


I'm sorry, "Low Mode"? I'm new, I don understand your lingo! :lol:
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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 10:02 PM

Just allows one to mount a camera off of a dolly lower to the ground; as opposed to having put it on a jib. Normally an attachment/set up on bigger dollies. For the DIY crowd, a PVC Dolly and the camera on a sand-bag can pull it off w/o much issue. Or for a very short shot, skateboard on some plywood with sandbag.
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#7 Brian Rose

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 03:03 PM

I'd agree with the dolly. I've had great results with an Elemack Spyder. If you want to go really low, glidecam makes an add on for its Pro 2000 and 4000 models that allows you to invert the whole unit, and do a track shot from a few inches above the ground. And that gear has really come down in price in the last few years.

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