Last year we picked up a Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System. With tackling more video projects over the past few years, we were excited to add another tool to our video production kit. Being that our camera bodies always have Manfrotto 200PL-14 Quick Release Plates attached to them, we did not want to have to switch plates when going to and from the Glidecam.
Combining Both Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect and 323 RC2 System Quick Release Adapters
Unfortunately Google didn’t provide a solution, but the solution was simple albeit a little ugly. You mainly need the following to make things work.
- Included Glidecam Camera Mounting Plate
- Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect Adapter with Sliding Mounting Plate
- Manfrotto 323 RC2 System Quick Release Adapter with 200PL-14 Plate
- Screw and Washer from your local hardware store
Putting The Pieces Together
Bring the Glidecam Camera Mounting Plate and the Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect Adapter to your local hardware store (you don’t need the plate). You basically need a screw and washer to connect the bottom of the Glidecam Plate to the Manfrotto Rapid Connect Adapter and have it mostly centered. Something around a 3/16th slotted screw will do the trick as long as the head is fairly flat. What worked best for me was using the pre-drilled hole on the bottom row second from the left when the Glidecam Plate is flipped over.
Next, attached the 323 RC2 Quick Release Adapter (remove included plate) to the Sliding Mounting Plate. Personally, I have the 323 RC2 Quick Release Adapter on the left side of the Sliding Mounting Plate when the camera would be facing forward. Once those are attached, insert the Sliding Mounting Plate into the 577 Rapid Connect Adapter and lock down the plate. Place the whole group back on the Glidecam and get to balancing! Once your camera is on, be sure to lock down the Manfrotto 323 RC2 Quick Release Adapter using the little copper pin so the camera doesn’t accidentally fall off.
Balancing Your Glidecam
There are a ton of great videos online that you can find regarding balancing like the one below.