Budget Video Stabilizers
In this video, we’re talking about our 5 favorite budget stabilizers. We’re picking the best stabilizers that are not only affordable, but that can also grow with you in your career. Check out the video below to see our picks!
Our 5 Favorite Budget Stabilizers
Tripod: Benro S4
We love the Benro Tripods for video, so naturally it’s going to make this list. The tripod is a staple for any videographer, and if you don’t own one yet, this is the perfect tripod to start with. The S4 features a fluid drag tripod head, pans and tilts, and also has a half ball head. There are 2 versions to choose from: the incredibly light carbon fiber model ($440), or the great value aluminum model ($275).
Monopod: Benro Monopod
The Monopod is the stabilizer I use most frequently, and it’s incredibly versatile. Stillmotion made a great video on Making the Most of the Monopod for Filmmaking, and you should definitely check it out if you own a monopod or are thinking of purchasing one. The Monopod we recommend is the Benro Monopod. At less than $200, you’re not going to break the bank, and you’ll have an excellent and versatile stabilizer in your arsenal.
Handheld Stabilizer: Glidecam HD2000
For shots involving camera motion, the Glidecam HD2000 is our go-to stabilizer. Youtube Superstar Devin Supertramp uses his Glidecam to capture amazing motion shots in his high intensity scenes. Whether it’s in the mountains, indoors, the beach or the Bahamas, the Glidecam HD2000 comes with us on every shoot. This model supports 2-6 lbs which makes it ideal DSLR and Mirrorless camera setups.
Slider: Cinevate Duzi Slider
I’ve used many sliders, and most of them have been disappointing, until I found the Cinevate Duzi Slider. Most sliders have to be constantly lubricated and cleaned, and if they’re not taken care of then the slide won’t be smooth. The Cinevate Duzi Slider has an open rail system so dust doesn’t get trapped inside, it simply falls out. It’s also made from Carbon Fiber (weighs only 3.6lbs) and can support up to 75 lbs. If you’re looking to buy a slider, we highly recommend this one.
Jib: Aviator Travel Jib
The Aviator Travel Jib ($475) is what we bring when we want to add production value to our shoots. It’s light weight (3.75lbs), extends up to 6 feet, and it’s fast and easy to set up. Because of its size and ease of operation, we find ourselves bringing the Aviator Travel Jib to most of our shoots.