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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking by Dan Rahmel

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Weighted Tripod Glider

Applications

Although the cam glider introduced in the last chapter is probably the most effective means of obtaining a smooth camera shot, you can use an ordinary tripod if your time and/or finances are extremely limited. Turning your tripod into a glider is as easy as affixing a number of weights to the tripod (see figure 11-1) such that the weight pulls directly down on the center of the tripod. This weight will steady the tripod as it’s moved around.

Aside from convenience, there is an added advantage of using a tripod since the camera can be easily tilted and swiveled on the tripod head. However, the tripod will generally ...

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