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The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook by Laurie Hayball, Jerry Holway

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Four balancing acts

Three involve the rig: static, dynamic, and inertial

The fourth is the balance between the operator and the machine

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Initially, achieving static balance keeps the sled in an upright and level position while hanging from the gimbal.

Dynamic balance further aids in keeping the sled upright and level while the Steadicam is panning.

Inertial balance determines how resistant the sled is to angular changes in any axis or any combination of axes.

And lastly, the operator must learn to put on the vest, connect the arm, mount the sled, and “fly” the rig. This balance requires the operator and Steadicam to move as one.

Carefully balance ...

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