April 23, 2016
NAB 2016

Steadicam Adds Even More Stability to Gimbal Footage with the All New Steadimate

We stopped by the Steadicam booth at NAB to learn about the gear that "combines gimbal tech with Steadicam tech" to give users even smoother camera movement.

First we took a look at the Steadimate, which can be mounted to the Steadicam Zephyr Arm and Vest kit to not only smooth out some of the movements you still get by only using a handheld gimbal, but it also gives you tilt functionality. The Steadimate will begin shipping in 2 to 3 months and retails at $399, but it's included for free if you buy a Zephyr Arm and Vest kit for $2500.

Steadicam also introduced their new A series, a replacement for their Pilot stabilization system. Alone, the sled supports up to 25lbs. and features P-tap, 1/4-20 weights for balance, a handle, a carbon fiber post and detachable aluminum base. Steadicam isn't releasing any official price for the A series, but depending on your Arm/Vest setup (Pilot or Zephyr), they say it'll be in the $1500 to $5500 range. They should make it to retailers by the last quarter of the year.


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These videos would be so much better if you actually showed some stabilized footage...

April 24, 2016 at 5:14AM

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ain't nobody got time to strip down their c300 and rebalance it! We were on a schedule.

Besides, it's not like it's nothing you've seen before. The tech is the same, these are all tools around it.

April 24, 2016 at 12:12PM

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Andy Zou
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I hear ya Andy, you guys were hustling, we all appreciate it. But I agree with Aaron it would have been nice to have seen some footage from the gimbal products, its actually more important than the interview to me.

There are plenty of tools that work with the gimbals but most of them do not work right. And I can never believe any of those sales guys.

April 24, 2016 at 1:22PM, Edited April 24, 1:22PM

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I get it, I was just being cheeky.

Sample footage wouldn't be accurate in this case since it is designed to pair the gimbal *of your choice* with a Steadicam arm and would not represent every combination, and I don't doubt the quality of the Steadicam arms (in trained hands).

April 24, 2016 at 6:57PM

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Andy Zou
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I don't think Aaron's comment was a critique against you Andy. It would be nice tho if these companies had some sample footage they could hand over to you or had a remote monitor set up so you could at least record it so we could see the results of the rig.

April 24, 2016 at 6:04PM

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K W
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Glad Steadicam took my hint from Cinegear last year they should get into the gimbal market. Seems silly companies that ripped off their design and then beat them to the gimbal market.

Glad to see Steadicam has become more accepting of handheld gimbals

April 24, 2016 at 6:07PM

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K W
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How would you balance this?

April 26, 2016 at 7:56PM

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You balance the gimbal independently of the arm. The arm holds the gimbal via the Steadimate and absorbs vertical axis movement.

April 28, 2016 at 1:35PM

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Andy Zou
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Damn thats actually really interesting... might need to try this out soon. thanx

April 30, 2016 at 11:49PM, Edited April 30, 11:49PM

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Zephyr Arm and Vest kit for $2500?

June 16, 2016 at 3:12AM

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David Baldini
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salve vorrei chiedere come posso comprare steadimate da voi. grazie

April 29, 2017 at 3:13AM

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antonio armeni
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