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.