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The [=SteadiCam=] is a camera stabilization device that isolates a hand-held camera from the movement of the operator, allowing the operator to move freely without jiggling the camera. The [=SteadiCam=] allows for stable shots in places where dollies and tracks cannot be used, such as along stairs, over obstacles, and during WalkAndTalk scenes. It combines the stabilization ability of a fixed tripod mount with the fluid motion of a dolly shot and the flexibility of hand-held camera work.

The [=SteadiCam=] was first used by its inventor, Garrett Brown, in the film ''Bound For Glory'', for which its cinematographer Haskell Wexler won an Oscar. Brown himself eventually won both an Oscar and an Emmy for his invention. It is frequently used to shoot TheOner, a long continuous shot with no edits.

A [=SteadiCam=] rig for a motion picture camera consists of a harness worn by the operator, which is attached to a mechanism containing the camera and a counterweight. Tiffen also manufactures smaller versions of the [=SteadiCam=] such as the [=SteadiCam=] JR and the [=SteadiCam=] Merlin. These devices may be used with [=DSLRs=] and camcorders and omit the harness due to their light weight.

[=SteadiCam=] is the trade name for the product manufactured by Tiffen. Panavision produces an equivalent called [=PanaGlide=], and [=GlideCam=] Industries has a variation known as [=GlideCam=]. One can also find instructions [[http://14dollarstabilizer.org/instructions to build their own stabilizer]] if they have the necessary tools and supplies.

[[http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/steadicam.htm Click here]] for the details about how the [=SteadiCam=] works.
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!!Examples:

* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' was one of the first films to use a [=SteadiCam=], specifically Rocky running up the steps.
* ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' used Panavision's [=PanaGlide=]. The whole opening (Michael's [=PoV=]) is told through the use of a [=SteadiCam=].
* Used extensively in ''Film/CurbYourEnthusiasm''.
* Also, ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', and even in effects shots.
** According to [[WordOfGod the DVD commentary]], in a lot of scenes the camera operator was operating without a [=SteadiCam=] harness, but was so good at operating handheld that it looked like he was using one.
** Supposedly, the reason the [[StarTrekShake shaking effect]] looks so real is that they could actually rock the ''Serenity'' sets back and forth. [=SteadiCam=] cares not.
* While we're at it, ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', too.
* Steadicam harnesses were repurposed for the Smart Guns in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
* Used to great effect in ''Film/DasBoot'', where it enabled camera operators to work within the confines of a real-size replica U-Boat and produce tracking shots following crew members through bulkheads and around pipes.
* ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' is notably one of the few "guys carrying a camera during a disaster" films to make use of one, as the guy in question is actually a professional cameraman with proper gear rather than a camcorder, though it does have one [=JitterCam=] scene when the main camera's batteries die.
* Used extensively in ''Film/TheShining'', for an example Danny riding his bike through the corridors.
** Rumour has it that Kubrick, due to his legendary perfectionism, kept screwing up shots by reaching in to adjust the camera. The operator, Garrett Brown, allegedly got him to stop by conducting a conversation -- [[ExactEavesdropping staged where he knew Kubrick would overhear it]] -- in which he claimed to have punched out Sylvester Stallone for doing the same thing on Rocky.
* The [=SteadiCam=] [[TheOner long take]] is a staple of ''{{ER}}''[='=]s visual style.
* [=SteadiCam=] is the ''sine qua non'' of the WalkAndTalk, and hence are indispensable whenever Creator/AaronSorkin and Thomas Schlamme are on the other side of the camera. ''Series/SportsNight'' and ''Series/TheWestWing'' were particularly notorious.
* ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' has a scene which starts with a establishing crane shot, which then descends down to ground level and proceeds to follow the walking cast without a cut. This was done by having the Steadicam operator simply standing on a platform and stepping off when the crane reached the ground.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' was meticulously animated to contrast [=SteadiCam=]-like shots aboard the ''Axiom'' with [=JitterCam=]-esque shots on Earth to add another layer of Technology vs. Nature to the film.
* In ''Film/GoodFellas'' director Creator/MartinScorsese uses a [=SteadiCam=] for a three minute shot that follows Henry Hill and his girlfriend as they enter though the back door of the Copacapana restaurant, through the kitchen and up to the bar, stopping to meet patrons all the way.
* The [=SteadiCam=] operator Peter Robertson reportedly collapsed after [[http://www.steadishots.org/shots_detail.cfm?shotID=298/ filming the epic]] [[TheOner Oner]] [[http://www.steadishots.org/shots_detail.cfm?shotID=298/ on the Dunkirk beaches]] in ''Film/{{Atonement}}'', although the reports were exaggerated.
* It was combined with a camera shooting at 1 frame per second to produce the backgrounds for the speeder chase in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
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