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

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Hard mountor soft mount

two basic ways to ride

Hard mount calls for the Steadicam socket block to be hard mounted (fixed in some way) to the vehicle, and the Steadicam operator does not carry the weight. Soft mount is when the operator, while standing or sitting on a vehicle, wears the vest and carries the Steadicam.

The mechanics of soft mount

The Steadicam makes all sorts of vehicles useful. The arm dampens the vibrations other camera mounts cannot. Also, if balanced and operated properly, the Steadicam hangs level, despite the attitude of the camera platform.

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One big advantage of soft mounting is the ability to step on and off the vehicle dur ...

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