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The Stealthy in brace/mini tripod mode

If you’re a fairly serious videographer, you may well use a mini tripod, a brace, a camera stabilizing rig, and a monopod. Well, VariZoom’s new Stealthy combines all of those functions in one folding device.  Read More

Videographer Gert Wagner’s hipjib is designed to let your tripod double as a low-cost port...

For so-called “crane shots,” film and video crews often actually use what’s known as a jib arm – a manually-operated device that can set you back more than a few bucks, and is a hassle to set up and tear down. Videographer Gert Wagner’s hipjib is designed to make things easier, by letting your tripod double as a jib arm.  Read More

The BeSteady One is a new 3-axis video camera stabilizing rig, that can be operated by rem...

The burgeoning product category of video camera stabilizers is set to get a little more crowded, as Polish engineers Jack Iwaniec and Max Salamonowicz are currently proving very successful in the crowdfunding of their new rig, the BeSteady One. Similar in principal to the MoVI M10 and Ghost, it basically consists of a horizontal crossbar with handles at either end, which the camera hangs below on a gimbal-mounted platform – although the rig can also be used with the camera sitting above the crossbar.  Read More

The Ghost is a new motorized video camera stabilizing rig

When it comes to consumer/prosumer video camera stabilizing rigs, they fall into two main camps. You get the cheaper, purely-manual models like the Steadicam Smoothee, or more expensive, motorized units like the MōVI M10. Another product may soon be added to the latter group, in the form of Montana film-maker Jesse Spaulding’s creation, The Ghost.  Read More

The motorized, computerized STABiLGO GoPro stabilizing rig

Looking for smoother hand-held video, but wanting something a little more high-tech than the SteadiCam Smoothee? Well, you might be interested in the STABiLGO. Designed for use with the GoPro HERO2 or HERO3, the gimbal-mounted stabilizing rig utilizes a gyroscopic sensor, a 32-bit high-speed microcontroller, and two electric motors to keep the camera horizontally and vertically level at all times.  Read More

NHK's demo setup, for its new bullet-time system

Along with its nihilistic cyberpunk style, the film The Matrix is famous for popularizing what’s known as “bullet time” photography. You know the shots where someone would run and jump, then they’d freeze and the camera would appear to track around them as they were frozen in mid-air? That’s bullet-time. Now, that same technology may be coming to live televised sporting events.  Read More

Paul Components is now making a GoPro HERO camera mount that replaces the handlebar stem c...

GoPro HERO actioncams are proving to be pretty popular with mountain bikers, although not everyone wants to wear one of the cameras on their helmet or chest. Riders can always mount it on their handlebars, although now Paul Components is offering an alternative – a GoPro mount that replaces the handlebar stem cap.  Read More

The Brinno TLC200 Pro and its interchangeable lenses

Four years ago, we heard about Brinno’s GardenWatchCam – a fairly simple weatherproof camera, designed for getting time-lapse footage of growing plants. Since then, the company has set about making more general-purpose time-lapse video cameras. Its latest offering is the 1.3-megapixel High Dynamic Range (HDR) TLC200 Pro.  Read More

The Flex Shot in use on a tree branch

For professional-looking videos, one of the fundamental rules for the vast majority of shots is to use a tripod. Doing so can be a hassle, however – particularly if you’re running around banging off quick shots for some sort of extreme sports video. With that in mind, New Jersey-based Wild Iron Inc. is introducing a little something known as the Flex Shot. Essentially, it’s a deformable 4 x 4-inch (10 x 10-cm) heavy-duty rubber bag full of a “sand-like material,” with a coated aluminum camera mount on top. I recently had a chance to try out a prototype unit, and I think the idea has a lot of merit.  Read More

The Phantom Vision comes with its own 1080p app-controlled video camera

Well, that didn’t take long. Just this January, DJI Innovations released its GPS-enabled Phantom quadcopter. Now, at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, the company has unveiled a self-stabilizing camera mount that can be added to existing Phantoms, plus an upgraded Phantom that includes its own HD video camera. Additionally, DJI’s new iOS app allows users to view onboard video output in real time on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via Wi-Fi.  Read More

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