The Steadicam Merlin offers light, agile, seamless shooting for today's videographer. Ultra-light and ultra-compact, the Steadicam Merlin allows you to keep up with the action more easily than ever.
Designed by Garrett Brown, the inventor of the original Steadicam Jr, the Merlin is the next generation hand held Steadicam system. The Steadicam Merlin is half the weight and four times as stable as the JR. Yet, it can move as smoothly as the big $60,000 rigs used in Hollywood.
The Merlin let's you "fly" wherever the scene takes you-- up and down steps, indoors and outside, through crowds--almost anywhere, with precise, elegant control and ease. Its quick release mount lets you instantly swap camera connections between your Merlin and any tripod.
With the Steadicam ProVid, the 15 to 26 pound camera is mounted with a universal dovetail plate at the top of the sled. This is counterbalanced by the weight of the battery and monitor at the bottom. Thus, the natural tendency toward horizontal sway, especially in shoulder mode, is eliminated. Meanwhile the camera can be tilted up and down with mechanical fluidity.The combination of factors at work within the Steadicam ProVid give new meaning to camera mobility.
In addition to 360 degree fluid pans and tilts, the camera can be boomed from about waist high to overhead. Want to get higher? Climb a ladder. It will look like a crane shot. And, in the low mode configuration, the Steadicam ProVid can maintain a POV inches from the ground. Traversing even the roughest terrain is never a problem.
In a moving vehicle - whether worn by the operator or hard mounted to the CP Vehicle Mount - and whether racing across open country, open water or the open sky - the Steadicam ProVid will hold the camera just that - steady.