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Steadicam Steadimate Adapter for Motorized Gimbal - 1/2" Post

Abel Code: TI-SDM-NN
Mfr. Code: SDM-NN
Estimated to Ship – 5-10 Business Days
Allows Steadicam operators to attach their Steadicam arm & vest to motorized gimbal stabilizers, including DJI Ronin & MoVI Freefly products. Easy-to-adapt your existing Steadicam. Simply swap out the handle of your motorized giimbal with a Steadimate.
Key Highlights
  • Longer duration with handheld gimbal
  • Increase stability of handheld footage
  • DJI Ronin & Freefly MoVI compatible


The Steadicam Steadimate Adapter is a device to help you pair your existing Steadicam Vest and Arm with a motorized gimbal stabilizer such as the DJI Ronin or a Freefly MoVI. Simply swap out one of the handles of your motorized gimbal mount and replace it with the Steadimate. From there, the Steadimate serves as the handle of your motorized gimbal, but now advantageously equipped with an arm post for attaching a stabilizing arm. The Steadimate links your Steadicam Arm to the motorized gimbal and allows fingertip control.

Major Benefits:

  • Longer Duration of Handheld Recording
  • Adapting your motorized gimbal with an arm and vest turns your motorized gimbal into a body-worn stabilizer, meaning the operating load is taken off the arms of the operator allowing for longer durations of stable handheld video shooting.
  • Increased Footage Stability
  • Increased stability in footage; the Steadimate gimbal adapter provides tilt axis stabilization, as well as z-axis stabilization from the Steadicam Arm.


The Steadimate gimbal mount comes standard with a post block and balance pin that fit arms with 1⁄2" posts. Accessories are available separately which adapt the Steadimate to fit arms with 5/8" and 3⁄4" posts.

The weight capacity for the Steadimate depends on the weight capacity of the motorized gimbal, arm, and vest used. For operators who already own an arm and vest, the Steadimate can be purchased on its own.

For operators in need of a complete kit, Tiffen offers Steadimate Systems in two weight classes (sold separately):

  • Steadimate 15 System with the A-15 Arm & Vest [15 lb / 6.8 kg capacity]
  • Steadimate 30 System with the A-30 Arm & Vest [30 lb / 13.6 kg capacity]

How it Works

  • Attach the Steadimate adapter to the handlebar of the motorized gimbal
  • Balance the Steadimate System
  • Connect your existing Steadicam Arm (which supports the Steadimate System and isolates camera from operator) and Vest (which is adjustable to fit more operators and provides connection to the Arm)

What it Offers

  • Remove the load off the operator's arms to reduce fatigue. Steadicam Arm and Vest bears the weight on your body instead of your arms.
  • Effortless tilting via the pivot on the Steadimate.
  • Increased stability / z-axis stabilization for the smoothest shot possible.
  • Quick interchangeable use from handheld operation to Steadimate operation.
  • Position your motorized gimbal in Upright or Inverted mode.

NOTE: You can still use your motorized gimbal in a traditional manner. There is no need to replace the original handgrip or rebalance.

Compatibility Details

Compatible with motorized gimbals with handlebars which are 25 mm, 25.5 mm, or 30 mm in diameter.

The Steadimate comes standard with a post block and balance pin which fit arms with ½" posts. Operators can purchase optional accessories to adapt the Steadimate so they will fit arms with 5/8" and 3/4" posts.

Steadimate Components

The Steadimate is made up of a number of clamps, posts, balance weights, and locks. A handy graphic is available in our photos to help you identify the components. Your motorized gimbal will attach to the Steadimate with a Handlebar Clamp. You can adjust the alignment using the Tilt Balance Mechanism and Tilt Balance Lock Screw. A Post Block exists to connect the Steadimate to your Steadicam Arm. Included Balance Weights on the bottom of the Post help fine tune the counterbalance.

NOTE: Proper setup of your motorized gimbal is critical to accurately balancing the Steadimate System. Refer to the manual from your motorized gimbal manufacturer for directions on properly tuning their device. Remember to blanace the Steadimate System with the motorized gimbal powered on.

Moving with the Steadimate & Your Steadicam Vest/Arm

Stand up straight whenever possible so you can let the Steadicam Vest, Arm, and Steadimate do all the work. Steadicam suggests you maintain most of your weight on one foot so you can move in any direction at any time.

Similar to traditional Steadicam operating, start and finish every move with your arm. Simply move the Steadimate System in the direction you wish to travel, then follow along with your feet.

Always use a spotter when walking backwards to keep you safe.

Extend your range of movement by sitting, kneeling, or stepping up onto objects like apple boxes, curbs, steps, etc.

Should you decide to use a dolly or other form of moving vehicle, please take caution to protect you and your equipment.

Be careful where you place your fingers so they will not be pinched when you raise the arm.

What's in the Box

  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Tool Kit
  • 4 x Counterweights
  • Docking Stand Bracket
  • Balance Pin for 1/2" Post
  • Block for 1/2" Post
  • 3 x Sleeves (25, 25.5, & 30mm)
  • Steadicam Steadimate Adapter for Motorized Gimbal (1/2" Post)


Key Highlights

  • Longer duration with handheld gimbal
  • Increase stability of handheld footage
  • DJI Ronin & Freefly MoVI compatible
  • Pair with your gimbal stabilizer
  • Use with your Steadicam Arm & Vest

Stabilizers / Steady Devices

Extra Support Type:
Vest - Pair with your Steadicam Vest & Arm
Battery Operable:
No - This is a handheld adapter and does not require power. Your Motorized Gimbal will require that. Please refer to their manual for Tech Specs.
Gimbal Compatibility:
Gimbal Modes:
Stabilizer Connections:
Adapters sold separately for 5/8" & 3/4" posts on Steadicam Arm
Post Block & Balance Pin for 1/2" Steadicam Arm


10.25 in
4.25 in
15.25 in
5.5 lb
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