Camera Movement & Stabilizing Gear

Slider, tripods, and gimbals. Oh my! To increase the production value of whatever you're filming, either make the footage more stable (with tripods and monopods) or add more movement (with a slider or gimbal). Here are the ones we use.


Tripods & Monopods


Manfrotto Befree Travel Tripod

This mini carbon fiber tripod weighs almost nothing, fits into a backpack and can hold heavy cameras like the Canon C100 with heavy glass attached. AWESOME. The only travel tripod I use. (Just stay next to it so some tourist doesn't kick it over.)

(B&H or Amazon)


Manfrotto 055 Tripod Legs

Our favorite set of legs. These are easy to use, come with a level bubble and can take a beating. While these can come in carbon fiber, we opt for the aluminum and prefer to take a travel tripod when weight truly matters.

(B&H or Amazon)


Manfrotto 502HD Head

The 502HD is da best. If you are only using your tripod for locked down shots, a cheaper option might suit your needs better. However, if you are implementing pans and tilts, the fluid motion of the 502HD is unmatched for the price. 

(B&H or Amazon)


Manfrotto 500 Monopod

The monopod is great when you are looking for the stability of a tripod but need the mobility of a shoulder rig. The legs extend effortlessly and even boast three mini retractable feet, which can hold the monopod upright so you don't have to.  

(B&H or Amazon)



SwitchPod works with any camera, from a phone to a DSLR, and simplifies video making.

Switch between handheld and tripod modes (and back again) in seconds.

SwitchPod is lightweight, compact, and nearly indestructible.



Shoulder Rigs


CowboyStudio Shoulder Support Pad

The CowboyStudio shoulder rig is as simple (and cheap) as it gets. But if you are looking for a stable, mobile support for run and gun situations it is hard to overlook. 



Zacuto Z-Finder

When I am shooting with a DSLR like the 5D Mark III, the Z-Finder goes a long way to making the camera video friendly. Giving you an extra stability point, the magnifying eyepiece makes Z-Finder a must own for DSLR video shooters.

(B&H or Amazon)


Zacuto Rigs

If you are going to be on the go in a documentary setting, like this BTS of VICE, having a shoulder rig with a focus pull and menu accessibility is a big plus. You can build them up the way you like them. In my mind, Zacuto is the best.

(B&H or Amazon)


Sliders & Jibs


Kessler Pocket Dolly

A great way to add dynamic shots to your videos is with a slider. You can choose to run with the basic model or add additional controls like the Second Shooter motion control and parallax panning bracket for more advanced shots. 

(B&H or Amazon)


Kessler Pocket Jib

Not as heavy duty as it's big brother, the Pocket Jib travels easily with you making crane shots feasible in any location. 

(B&H or Amazon)


Motion Control


Kessler Second Shooter

The second shooter is phenomenal. If you are looking to incorporate 3 axis motion and consistent speed for time lapses and video shots alike, look no further. 






The Ronin - M is a lightweight version of the standard Ronin model. Built for smaller cameras, this model allows you to use the gimbal for longer durations without experiencing as much fatigue when using a small DSLR or mirrorless camera.  

(B&H or Amazon)



The big guy. If you are looking to operate a professional video camera and want a gimbal compatible with your camera's weight this is your gimbal!

(B&H or Amazon)


DJI Ronin-S

Perfect for vlogging or collecting smooth gimbal like shots, the DJI Ronin-S is a slick bit of engineering. 



Zhiyun-Tech Crane

Not into the Ronin-S? Check out this awesome gimbal.

(B&H or Amazon)


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