A few years ago I was out on St.Kilda for a shoot (the middle of nowhere) and I needed lots of low down moving shots. So, I brought my Devin Graham Signature Series Glidecam. It cost a lot of money so assumed that it was of the very best quality. However, as I was grabbing my first shot the gimbal collapsed on me. With no time to work it out, I clicked it back in and just scrapped the low down shots that I wanted. In essence, the gimbal couldn’t take the weight of a GH4 camera.
When I got home I reached out to the guys at Glidecam (with photos of the issue) and they replied with a note about a completely different issue and that I need to buy a new part.
I feel I should first mention that most of my time is spent animating/editing so the Glidecam wasn’t really classed as ‘broken in’ yet. It was, however, out of warranty by a month or so. So having been told that I need to buy a new part I decided to just repair myself.
If you are having a similar issue, please watch the video above try and fix yourself.
and that’s it. Please do take care when replicating the steps above. If you get the threadlock into the ball bearings at all it will no longer work.