The Glidecam X-10 is a highly advanced, professional camera stabilization system designed for cameras weighing up to 2.7 kg (6 lbs) when used with the Glidecam 2000 Pro or HD-2000, or for cameras weighing from 1.8 to 4.5 kg (4-9.9 lbs) when used with the Glidecam 4000 Pro or HD-4000. The Glidecam X-10 support arm and vest system will allow you to walk, run, go up and down stairs, shoot from moving vehicles and travel over uneven terrain without any camera instability or shake.
The Glidecam X10 works by isolating your body’s motion from your camera, while your camera is balanced in a relatively motionless and isolated state. The Glidecam X-10’S Support Arm can be boomed up and down, as well as pivoted in and out, and side-to-side. It is the combined booming and pivoting action of the Support Arm that isolates your motions from the camera in a way that creates smooth camera footage.
The Glidecam X-10 does not come with a Glidecam 2000 Pro or HD-2000, or a Glidecam 4000 Pro or HD-4000; however, it is specifically designed to be used with them. If you already own one of the Glidecam hand-held stabilizers, then you will be able to use it by simply attaching it to the end of the Glidecam X10’s Support Arm. Neither the Glidecam 2000 Pro/HD, nor the 4000 Pro/HD need to be modified to work with the Glidecam X-10. You can use your camcorder’s flip out LCD monitor, or a monitor that is attached to the base of your Glidecam 2000 or 4000 Pro or HD series. This allows for remote viewing of the camera’s image without disturbing the orientation of the system.
When using the Glidecam 2000 Pro/HD or Glidecam 4000 Pro/HD in hand-held mode, it is your arm that carries all of the weight. However, when the 2000 Pro or 4000 Pro are used with the Glidecam X-10, it is the Glidecam X-10’s Spring-loaded Support Arms that carry all of the weight. Because of this, you will now be able to shoot for extended periods of time, whereas before, the stress associated with hand-holding the weight reduced your shooting time.
The Glidecam X-10 is a highly developed and meticulously engineered camera stabilization system. Its ability to shoot smooth imagery within its weight range is extraordinary. It outperforms all of the competition in its class, yet remains truly economical. The Glidecam X-10 is the realization of the need to stabilize lightweight cameras using the same degree of sophistication employed to stabilize heavy cameras. With the Glidecam X-10 you will be able to acquire an excellent smooth footage.
Glidecam X-10 vs. Glidecam Smooth Shooter
The Glidecam X-10 is very similar in design to the Glidecam Smooth Shooter; however the X-10 comes with both sections of its support arm being able to move vertically, whereas the Smooth Shooter comes with only the front section of its support arm being able to move vertically. Also, the X-10 comes with a trimmable Arm-to-Vest Connector, whereas the Smooth Shooter’s Arm-to-Vest Connector is not trimmable.
Glidecam X-10 Spring-loaded Support Arm
The GLIDECAM X-10’s Dyna-Elastic™ Dual-Articulating Support Arm incorporates 38 precision radial bearings within its machined T6 aluminum structure. The placement and implementation of these double-shielded bearings produce minimal friction and allow the Dyna-Elastic™ Support Arm to pivot and boom very smoothly, and with virtually no noise.
Four high-carbon alloy, Extension Springs are employed within the Support Arm’s hardcoat anodized Exo-Skeletal Shells. Utilizing Class Three Levers, the energy of the Extension Springs acts upon internal Fulcrum Points, and provides the Support Arm with its lifting power. The spring tension is field adjustable and allows for varying camera weights.
Glidecam’s spring Inter-X-Change™ system makes the installation and removal of the springs quick and easy. The Support Arm can be setup and used in either a Two-Spring Mode, or a Four-Spring Mode. In the Two-Spring Mode, the Support Arm can hold a total combined camera and hand-held stabilizer weight of 4.1 kg (9 lbs). In the Four-Spring Mode, the Support Arm can hold a total combined camera and hand-held stabilizer weight of 8.2 kg (18 lbs).
A key design feature of the Support Arm is that it incorporates Glidecam’s Light-Force™ technology. This literally means that only a “light” force or effort is required by the operator to hold the arm at any given position, or to boom the arm up and down. It is this Light-Force™ feature that provides the operator with the optimum amount of camera buoyancy or float.
Glidecam X-10 Support Vest
The Glidecam X-10 Support Vest is lightweight, comfortable and can be adjusted to fit a wide range of operators. High endurance, dual density, EVA foam padding and integral T6 aluminum alloy create a vest which can hold and evenly distribute the weight of the system across the operator’s shoulders, back, and hips. The Support Arm can be setup and configured so either a left-handed, or a right-handed operator can use the system.
For safety, quick release, high impact buckles allow the vest to be removed quickly. The Vest’s outer shell is made of 1000 denier cordura fabric, and 7-panel seat belt strapping, noted as being the best in the industry.
The Glidecam X-10 Support Vest incorporates a unique and proprietary Arm-to-Vest Connector that allows the angle of the Support Arm to be adjusted relative to the Support Vest. This Trimming Mechanism allows you to neutralize the weight of the Support Arm relative to your body’s center of gravity. When set correctly the effort required while shooting is greatly reduced. Another unique and proprietary feature of the Arm-to-Vest Connector is that it allows the Support Arm to be attached and removed from the Vest without affecting the operator’s selected trim settings.
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