If you’re a newbie wanting to capitalize on some crash course learning be sure and familiarize yourself with some common terms you’ll be hearing about in the steadicam world.
*Articulated arm- this is the spring arm that supports the weight of the camera on all of the Steadicams but the Steadicam JR. Its official name is the "Double Hinged Exoskeletal Articulated Spring Support Arm.".
* Center of Gravity- The point at which an object's weight is in balance in all directions, and from which an object can be manipulated with the least additional motion.
*Don Juan- an operating position where the operator walks forward but the camera points backward. This position is good for filming actors’ faces when they are in motion.
*Missionary- an operating position where the camera lens points generally more or less forward.
*Post- The central, telescoping post, which separates the camera from the battery and monitor, thus bringing the center of gravity out of the camera and into the reach of the operator's hand, and spreading the mass of the rig so that it is more resistant to rotation.
*The Sled- This is the electronics portion of the Steadicam, on the opposite end of the post from the camera. The Sled contains the battery, the monitor, any support electronics for the monitor, and hook-ups for such accessories as video transmitters, wireless remote focus receiver and mini video recorder. Named "sled" because this portion of earlier Steadicam models had a toboggan-like shape. Modern models are now built slightly differently than the original that gave the sled its name.
*Vest- This is the portion of the Steadicam that distributes the weight of the system to the operator's body. The articulated arm fits into a socket just above the waist, which can be switched from the right side (for right- handed operation) to the left (for left-handed operation).