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MojoFloCam has a funny name and a smooth purpose

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March 22, 2013

The MojoFloCam is designed to stabilize handheld video shot with smartphones or compact vi...

The MojoFloCam is designed to stabilize handheld video shot with smartphones or compact video cameras

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The skyrocketing popularity of smartphones and compact video cameras over the past several years has resulted in a certain class of products starting to show up a lot on Kickstarter – rigs for stabilizing video shot with the devices. We’ve recently covered models such as the Circle Thing, the Stabil-i Case, and the SteadeeGo. One of the latest such products, Steadibitz’ amazingly-named MojoFloCam, looks like it does a pretty good job at smoothing out the shakes.

Unlike the curved Steadicam Smoothee and its various clones, the MojoFloCam (from hereon in to be referred to as the Mojo) is based around a straight vertical metal pole.

At the top, a smartphone or camera (weighing up to 11 oz/342 g) is attached using either the designers’ universal phone mount, or simply a threaded screw mount. Below that is a pair of horizontally-extended counterweights, followed by the gimbal-mounted handle. Finally, another couple of counterweights are located at the bottom, at an axis perpendicular to the set at the top.

The four weights are mounted on two threaded rods, allowing them to be incrementally moved to either side when initially setting the rig up for a new camera. This means that once the Mojo is balanced, the camera won’t lean to the left or right, nor pitch forward or tip back. The bottom section of the pole, containing the second set of weights, can be extended downwards to compensate for heavier cameras.

The Mojo's thumb guide

The sealed-bearing gimbal is what helps keep the user’s vertical and horizontal hand shakes from being transferred from the handle into the pole. For situations in which they wish to quickly pan or tilt the camera, however, the user can reach in and use the thumb guide (see picture above).

A pledge of US$175 will get you a Mojo with the phone mount, when and if they reach production. Footage shot using it can be seen in the pitch video below.

A beefier version, the MojoFloCam II, is apparently in the works for larger cameras.

Source: MojoFloCam via Kickstarter

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
1 Comment

Video camera (or phone) stabilizers -- both with and without a gimbal -- are all over the place; and, honestly, they're remarkably easy to DIY. The gimbal is the key to true "steady cam" operation, but even the ones without a gimbal, such as...

The Woxom Slingshot

http://woxom.com/

...can be helpful. And, no, I don't sell or have anything to do with the Slingshot. It's just that in the Slingshot's case, its handle, even when combined with the holder, is not really as useful as just the holder, because said holder can be removed and used atop virtually any of the gimbal-type steadiers... at least those which have a standard camera threaded tripod-type attachment thumbscrew thingy in their tops. Because it'll hold most any sized phone (or even small video camera), it's nice to use with almost any of the gimbal-type steadiers.

Sadly, the laws of physics dictate what does and doesn't work well with these gimbal-type devices. The smallest (and, therefore, most desirable ones) just won't hold things as steady, and achieve the smoothness that one of these ugly ones with long vertical arms on them can achieve.

[sigh] Everything's a tradeoff, I guess.

Gregg DesElms
26th March, 2013 @ 11:29 am PDT
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