iFootage Seastars Quick-Release System – First Look

April 24th, 2020

Last week, we had a chance to talk to Madison Lee from iFootage who introduced us to their new quick-release system: the iFootage Seastars. The Seastars consist of one top plate and one base plate that allows you to quickly and easily move your rig from a tripod to a slider, to a jib, and so on in seconds. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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Image credit: iFootage

iFootage Seastars Quick-Release System

The iFootage Seastars is a quick-release system made for lightweight grip equipment that allows you to move your camera rig from a tripod to a slider, a jib, a top-shot setup, and nearly everything you can think of.

The system is relatively lightweight at only 0.6lbs/248g and is entirely made out of hardened stainless steel for maximum durability. The iFootage Seastars consists of one top plate that is 19mm thick.

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The Seastars top plate. Image credit: iFootage

The top plate features a two-in-one spring-loaded 3/8-16″ and 1/4-20″  mounting screw. The base plate feature one 3/8-16″ mounting hole.

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The Seastars base. Image credit: iFootage

The iFootage Seastars is a straightforward quick-release system. To mount your slider to your tripod, for example, simply drop your slider that features a top plate onto your tripod that features the base. Then, you have to align the two plates together until it falls into place. Finally, press the two devices together. You’ll hear a click and that’s it, it’s locked and there is nothing else to do. Releasing the two plates is also fast: turn the buckle on the Seastars base and you’re good to go.

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Image credit: iFootage

Pricing and Availability

The iFootage Seastars is sold as a set, with one top plate and one baseplate for $73.00/€79.00. Also, you can buy additional top plates or bases as your kit grows. An extra top plate is $25.00/€27.00, but you can also buy two for $40.00/€43.00 or three for $57.00/€62.00. If you need just a Seastars base, it retails for $52.00/€56.00.

The iFootage Seastars is already available to pre-order on iFootage’s US Store or iFootage’s European Store. It should start shipping mid-May, but it depends on the evolution of the current Coronavirus situation.

What do you think about this iFootage Seastars quick-release system? Do you use a quick-release system for your slider/tripod/jib? Let us know in the comments below!

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David Patterson
MemberApril 24th, 2020

This looks like a potentially handy system, but only if the connection is 100% solid (reliable, secure and no wobble), and if adding the top plate to other components won’t compromise how they fit into cases. I use Manfrotto 401 plates on many of my items, and I’m concerned that the top component will be too bulky when added. The price seems reasonable.

sam broggs
sam broggs
MemberApril 24th, 2020

I am using Manfrotto plates for everything. Sometimes you want to put your camera on a trips with a Manfrotto fluid head, sometimes on a slider without a video head. So it’s much easier when you have only one licking system.

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Ben J
MemberApril 24th, 2020

Interesting, although an extra attachment surface is always an extra possible headache. Not sure why they sell top plate kits – surely we need multiple base plates more, as shown in the product video?

Richard Miller
Richard Miller
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This looks great until you go to the ifootage page and add three into your basket. The price becomes far to uneconomical for a good tool. With shipping and taxes its very expensive and to have a slider, jib and tripod you will need the full systems to move the camera between them all.

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