Browse Definitions :
Definition

steadycam (steadicam)

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

A steadycam (also known as a steadicam) is a device that enables smooth video shooting by stabilizing a camera and isolating it from shock and vibration. Steadycams and other devices allow a camera to move smoothly through a scene or while tracking a subject. The smooth motion in video enables easier focus on a subject and better clarity. That improvement dramatically affects action in videos such as sports broadcasts, making the action easier to follow. Steadycams also can dramatically improve inherently shaky video taken from mobile devices, such as smartphones.

A steadycam is generally made of a harness with an iso-elastic, spring-loaded swing arm. The swing arm attaches to a sled pole supporting the camera, upon which a gimbal (an isolating mechanism) and gimbal controls are mounted. Gimbals can also serve as a separate, simpler camera-stabilizing system. At the base of the sled pole is the sled, which houses the battery and monitor and provides a weighted foundation for stability. The sled rolls on wheels on smooth surfaces or a track, again enhancing stability.

In the case of mobile devices like smartphones, mounts can often be purchased to use the smaller video devices with existing steadycams. There are also smaller, simpler steadycams that are purpose-designed for mobile device video. These devices often have no sled but a counter-balancing weight on the arm attached to the gimbal.

While cinematographers often prefer smooth motion, a shaky camera can sometimes be used to great dramatic effect. A good example is in a chase scene or a horror film line the Blair Witch Project. Steadycams generally require a path clear of obstacles, and their bulk can make them hard to use in some situations. Using a steadycam is physically demanding as the videographer may have up to 70 pounds of video equipment to move around. Steadycam operators are often freelance, and a filmmaker may rent the service and equipment of operators that they know and trust or based on previous work that suits the desired filming style.

Learn about steadycams vs. gimbals:

This was last updated in May 2017

Continue Reading About steadycam (steadicam)

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

  • telemedicine (telehealth)

    Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services, such as health assessments or consultations, over the ...

  • Project Nightingale

    Project Nightingale is a controversial partnership between Google and Ascension, the second largest health system in the United ...

  • medical practice management (MPM) software

    Medical practice management (MPM) software is a collection of computerized services used by healthcare professionals and ...

SearchDisasterRecovery

SearchStorage

  • hot plugging

    Hot plugging is the addition of a component to a running computer system without significant interruption to the operation of the...

  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification and is used in internally mounted ...

  • kilobyte (KB or Kbyte)

    A kilobyte (KB or Kbyte) is a unit of measurement for computer memory or data storage used by mathematics and computer science ...

Close