The Steadicam JR is part of the family of Academy Award winning Steadicam Camera Stabilization Systems now manufactured and distributed by The Tiffen Company. Steadicam inventor, Garrett Brown, undertook the challenge to design a compact, superbly styled, jitter-free, personal Steadicam for todays lightweight Compact VHS, Super VHS-C, 8mm, Hi8, Super Hi8 and Mini DV camcorders weighing up to 4 pounds. Jiggle-free shooting, freedom of movement, performance, versatility, rugged design, durability and award -winning technology allows the camera to be as mobile as the camera operator - walking riding, running, or standing still. With the Steadicam JR, youre on the move!
Structurally, the Steadicam JR is deceptively simple: a camera platform, a gimbal handle, and two folding arms. The secret of the Steadicam JRs patented stabilization concept is in its ingenious system of weights and balances which places the center of gravity within its free-floating, inter-gimbaled handle assembly.
What all this means is, while you may shake or rock or turn, the camera will remain absolutely steady.
With the Steadicam JR, you can take shots at 'impossible' angles, above, below or even behind you. You simply cant get that with any other video product.
Once youve mastered the Steadicam JR, theres no limit to your freedom to create dramatic moving shots.
Three-Axis Gimbal reduces rotary jarring. The gimbal, located at the top of the handle, is the most sophisticated engineering in the JR, intercepting unwanted rotation before it reaches the camera.
With the larger rigs, taking a shot that requires a tripod means removing the camera from the Steadicam. With the JR, however, you do not need to remove the Steadicam to get those shots.
Spreads the weight of the camera, increasing the resistance of the rig to unwanted tilt and roll and pulling the center of gravity into your hands.
Folding up the bottom arm and folding out a 'Whales Tail' (a small, 'Y'-shaped piece of metal) converts it into a shoulder mount. If both arms are folded flat, the JR attaches to a tripod with standard screws.
Folds and stores in a layer 2' high.
Supports virtually all 8mm, Hi8, VHS-C, S-VHS-C and Mini DV camcorders weighing 4 lbs or less
Carbon fiber/Polycarbonate Composite Construction
Patented Quick-Release Gimbal & Handle