How To: Modify a Glidecam with a Steadicam arm and vest

Modify a Glidecam with a Steadicam arm and vest

How to Modify a Glidecam with a Steadicam arm and vest

The lady shows how to make the steadicam arm to work with glidecam stabilizer. The steadicam arm is made such as only a steadicam can be fitted on that. The video describes how to make the usable for glidecam with three simple tools ,a 10 ounce hammer ,a long nose player and a flathead screwdriver. First take out the circular clip with which the post is secured with the screwdriver unscrew and pull the post out .Using the hammer straighten the post .The post will have a scratch but the straightened post is ready to use with the glidecam stabilizer. The post is sturdy that it will take time to make it steady .Do not beat the post too hard because it may damage the post. Then fit the circular clip to the post using the player. Then refit the post to the arm and it is ready to use with glidecam.

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It's great to see people helping others like this but 2 observations I would note. (This being said I have not tried it myself but have a mechanical background)

1. Use timber or a vice or something other than carpet and tiles, for two reasons. first and obvious, you may crack the tile('s) and secondly, the carpet will absorb some of the shock from the hammer and will take longer to bend the bar. If you use a vice, put something like sheet metal or timber between bar and vice plates to prevent damage bar surface.

eg: vice-> ] timber->| bar ->H
looks like this
]|H|[

Also if you place timber on bar and hit the timber instead of directly hitting the bar, the timber will absorb the damage from the hammer head and not "scar" the bar.

2. It appears to me from the video that you don't actually need to remove the circlip ("sir-clip" = circular clip), taking the grub screw out of the bottom will release the bar.

Again this is just some added advice for anyone who watches the video. Good work on the video also.

-Nevil

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