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Stabilize Your Shots

Using a monopod, your video camera, and a 5- to 10-pound weight, you can create your own shot stabilizer .

If you have ever attempted to walk and record video at the same time, you have probably noticed the inevitable jiggle in you footage. In order to overcome this highly distracting result, a number of companies have brought products to market. Most notable is the SteadiCam, which is a professional solution to allow the cameraperson to move around freely while maintaining a smooth image. The problem is, SteadiCam gear is quite expensive and the knowledge of how to use it is not readily available.

Fortunately, you can couple a monopod and a standard weight (the type you might find in a gym) to create a solution to stabilize your shots. By attaching a weight to the bottom of a monopod, you will be able to counterbalance your camera when it is attached to the top. There are a great number of monopods available, but I prefer those by Bogen-Manfrotto (http://www.bogenimaging.us/) because you can really abuse them and the end cap is removable on certain models.


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