What’s a steadicam?
You can read how it works in this great guide, but in essence, it’s a a camera rig which lets you achieve smooth tracking videos with minimal vibrations. If balanced right, it’ll feel as if the camera were floating independently of the camera-person.
While decent handheld steadicams go from $800 up, there are lots of cheaper alternatives, including building your own for $14. Factoring in the effort, cost and performance, I found the Hague option to be in my sweet spot. Shipped in just 2 days from the UK, this contraption does wonders for budding videographers at a small price (about US $100).
The only thing you have to realize is that finding the right balance of weights isn’t easy, but once you figure out the ideal camera and weight distribution, you’ll be a step closer to professional videography heaven.
Here are my first test videos with the Hague MMC…