Over the summer at the WEVA conference for wedding videographers, a new camera support device was revealed--the Steddiepod!! This device, made of sturdy metal, can be used for the following:
1) a steadycam - the weights on the three legs at the bottom help to balance the weight of the camera, and minimize shakes--great traveling shots!
2) simulated crane - extends over 5ft, mount it against your stomach, and you've got the camera up about 8-10ft in the air, with decent stability!
3) cat's perspective - hold it upside down, using the legs more like a steering wheel, get those foot level shots, with plenty of mobility!
4) tripod - the legs stabilize it as a tripod, and sports a fluidhead for pan & tilt -- a quick, easy tripod to set up and move, and takes so little room!
5) let the talent hold the device against his/herself, with the camera facing them, they can spin or whatever and the camera always gets a direct front shot of them!
There is a video (the quality is rather poor though, perhaps I can make one sometime in the near future for you all): http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...14059865945794
Hope this helps those of you looking for equipment! Any questions, feel free to ask, I've been using 2 of these things for many months now and I love them!