Monday, July 14, 2014

The Most Affordable Steadicam Ever

By William Sawalich Published in Blog
The Most Affordable Steadicam Ever
It's amazing to me just how fancy the tools surrounding smartphone photography and video production have become. I can only guess this trend will continue into the future as smartphones become ever more capable cameras. Did you know you can now get the beautifully smooth Steadicam look in your videos thanks to the Steadicam Smoothee? It's for videographers who want to create that flying sensation in a scene without the big budgets required for all other Steadicam options. The rock bottom price of this unit—just $149—should be the first clue, though, that this isn't for video cameras, or even DSLRs. The Smoothee is, in fact, a camera stabilizing platform built for smartphones and GoPro compact cameras. If you don't have the time or money to invest in "serious" video tools but you're interested in trying out the techniques for yourself, the Smoothee might be just the thing for you. I'm certainly not going to tell you a smartphone camera is just as good as a DSLR, but I am going to tell you that it's good to be gear agnostic; I don't care whether I make a photograph with a plain pinhole or a fancy medium format digital back. It's the end result that matters, and if this inexpensive tool makes it easier to make neat videos with a camera all of us already have on hand, well then consider me a fan. 

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