Secret To Using The Manfrotto Video Monopod As As Steadicam

Hey guys, Art here, off the dome media group. In this one I’m going to reveal my Secret To Using The Manfrotto Video Monopod As a Steadicam. In the last video I talked about my manfrotto mvmxproa4 monopod and how I combined it with the manfrotto mvh502ah video head.

I also mentioned my came tv H4 camera stabilizer and how I didn’t think that the monopod would be able to replace the H4. Well, I hate it when I’m right. In my opinion, for what it’s worth. The video monopod can’t replace a camera stabilizer.Not without making one modification and We’ll get to that.

First I want to talk about my overall thoughts on the monopod itself. I love it. For run and gun situations It’s definitely better than a tripod. I was able to setup, get the shot and quickly move to the next shot. All in the same time it would have taken me to move the sticks and get setup for just one shot. I was able to create fake slider shots using the fluid base.

I was also able to tilt the fluid head, extend the monopod and get jib or crane shots on the fly. I was in zone running around getting multiple angles in a matter of seconds. Now, the big question. What’s my Secret To Using The Manfrotto Video Monopod As a Steadicam.

My secret is a soft, sand filled, neoprene weight that scuba divers use for different purposes. Some divers use them for their ankles. I use them for my scuba tank valves. But that’s another post. My secret to using my monopod as a steadycam is to use put the weight around the bottom on the monopod legs. This creates a counter weight similar to the setup on all camera stabilizers.


The one I use is 3lbs. It works with my setup, but could be a little Lighter. Your weight should ideally be the same weight as your video head and camera setup. You can also extend or retract the sections to help with additional balancing. Hold the monopod lightly in one hand and use the other hand to lightly hold the pan bar.

Now, keep in mind that this will require practice and it can get a little heavy.Insert shots of party flying monopod But it’s worth it. You’ll be pulling off smooth shots with a little practice in no time. Also don’t forget to bend your knees and place your feet heal toe as you walk. OK, I think you get the idea. The weights come in various sizes. Just pick the weight that’s right for your setup and you’ll be on your way.

FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Training — How I Passed The Exam In 7 Days

After reading some posts here and all over the net about the FAA Part 107 Certification rating and the limitations it appears to be putting on our beloved hobby, passion, sport, business or whatever it is to you. I have to share my thoughts. Who am I?

I’m like most of you drone/quad pilots out there. I started out with rc cars and boats then discovered flying rc planes and moved to single rotor helicopters. It’s an addiction. We can’t help ourselves. Then the drone craze hit and for most of us it was the phantom that started it all. My first drone was the phantom 2. I’m sorry to say that about 3 to 4 months into owning it I was about $2,400 into it with all the upgrades. The was the pelican hard case, zenmuse gimbal, gopro hero 3+ black, AVL 58 5.8G videolink transmitter, flysight monitor/transceiver, clover leaf antennas, helical antenna,etc.. you get it. Believe it or not. I still fly it to this day and I know, I’m due for an upgrade.


What’s my point? It’s that no matter what we’re flying or how we’re flying. We have a lot of money, spare parts, flight time and more than a few crashes invested into what we love. For me as much as I love flying the bird. I saw the business opportunity also. I’m a real estate broker and was ready to starting shooting video of my listings and doing property inspections, etc. I was also planning to shoot music videos and weddings. The sky was the limit until 333 Exemption makes it’s appearance. It sounded great, but I needed a pilot to actually fly my bird. That’s not realistic and no fun.

Then the buzz of Part 107 started flowing around the net. I played the wait and see game with everyone else. I started buying books and reading to get a jump start like everyone did. I took the FAA online course and got the certificate. I read and read and read and just got frustrated. I looked at every major and minor online ground school and the prices ranged from $199 – $3,500. I found Remote Pilot 101.


It was structured, I could take real FAA practice test as many times as I wanted and I did it at my pace. Which was slow as hell considering my schedule. But you can realistically complete the course and take the FAA exam within 7 days. I did it and passed with a whopping 80%. Hey, don’t judge me. I had a lot going. 🙂 So, Why do you need this rating??

A few reasons are:

1.You can get paid for what you’re already doing
2.You’ll have more flying options with your part 107
3.Whatever city/village you live in will a a drone ordinance soon if they don’t already. You’ll be viewed as a professional and less likely to be screwed with. ( I did say least likely)
4.As some point your drone insurance will be cheaper.
5.You open up employment/contracting options for yourself immediately.
6.Why wouldn’t you want to be a master at what you love doing? Take it to the next level.
7.You won’t have to use the crappy B4UFLY app because you’ll be a Commercial Remote Pilot.
8.If I can pass on the first take. So can you. 🙂