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Header image for article NAB 2018: Steadicam M-1 Volt

NAB 2018: Steadicam M-1 Volt

Nic here at the Tiffen booth to get the scoop on the latest updates from Steadicam’s own Jerry Holway and Rey Reyes. This year, Steadicam is showing a more polished version of the M-1 Volt.

This is an electronic gimbal stabilization accessory that was originally designed for use exclusively with the Steadicam M-1, that provides horizon correction. The M-1 Volt integrates into the sled seamlessly, and operators can even choose to balance normally and forgo the use of the Volt entirely, so you don’t need to feel locked into relying on the electronic stabilizer. Its as easy to use as achieving neutral balance (zero drop time), and then allowing the Volt to take over. Several operating modes are available, from a stabilized-traditional Steadicam mode, to interesting tilt-lock options, as demonstrated by Rey.

The Volt does not provide an instant Larry-McConkey-in-a-box and proper form and technique is still necessary. It does provide that little bit of assistance to take a good day of operating up to a great day of operating. Things like rebalancing for low-mode become a thing of the past, as you simply have to flip the sled and the Volt will take it from there.

Perhaps most exciting, is the news that the Volt will now also be available for sleds other than the M-1! Steadicam will be adapting the Volt for use with all of their legacy products, including the Archer, as well as rigs from other manufacturers like the GPI Pro, or anything with a 1.5” post, and will begin working on bringing this technology to both smaller and bigger rigs in the future.

Watch the video above for more information.

Nic Somera
Camera Technology Specialist, AbelCine LA
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