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This New Camera Stabilizer Could Change Cinematography Forever
Gizmodo ^ | 4/5/13 | Michael Hession

Posted on 04/06/2013 8:06:51 AM PDT by LibWhacker

A new piece of filmmaking gear was just announced that could completely re-invent the complex process of camera stabilization. It's currently being tested and endorsed by Vincent LaForet, who's given us a little taste of what it's capable of.

The product is called MōVI, created by Freefly, longtime maker of crazy camera-drone equipment and stabilizers. LaForet is presenting a short film and behind-the-scenes video to illustrate its abilities, which consists of a completely custom-made gimbal and 3-axis gyroscope that digitally stabilizes the camera (a Canon 1DC in this case). It looks to be very light and portable, a far cry from giant metal arms, vests, and weights that almost the entire camera support world is based on.

This New Camera Stabilizer Could Change Cinematography Forever

Anyone who has ever picked up a camera knows that one of the most frustrating things is getting footage that isn't shaky. That smooth gliding movement is one of the hallmarks of good production value. At the pro level, stabilization is the focus of entire companies, like the ubiquitous Steadicam, which provides beastly and expensive equipment to Hollywood, TV, and independent production houses for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some of cinema's most famous shots have utilized this type of gear, such as this iconic Goodfellas scene:

Shots like these are based on a counterweight system, where heavy weights are suspended below the camera, which sits on a low-friction gimbal. The new system gets rid of the counterweight completely, allowing the camera person to move around much easier. For added control, the camera's movements can be operated remotely via joystick.

Let's be real though—this is very much a professional-level piece of gear that is currently priced at $15,000, with a $7500 option coming in the near future. That is to say, out of the price-range of most individuals and small businesses. But the very apparent break with old technology will no doubt trickle down into more consumer-friendly devices as time goes on, and hopefully make those awe-inspiring camera shots possible for anyone to pull off.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Business/Economy; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: camera; cinematography; m333; movi; stabilizer; vi

1 posted on 04/06/2013 8:06:51 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

That is fantastic.


2 posted on 04/06/2013 8:10:44 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: bmwcyle

bfl


3 posted on 04/06/2013 8:12:54 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: LibWhacker

Would also make excellent platform for a coffee holder in my car...


4 posted on 04/06/2013 8:13:09 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: LibWhacker

Works great on drones too.


5 posted on 04/06/2013 8:15:34 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: LibWhacker

Here is an even more advanced version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UytSNlHw8J8


6 posted on 04/06/2013 8:15:34 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: LibWhacker

“Let’s be real though—this is very much a professional-level piece of gear that is currently priced at $15,000, with a $7500 option coming in the near future. That is to say, out of the price-range of most individuals and small businesses.”

This particular piece of equipment possibly. However gyro stabilized camera platforms for hobby aircraft (quad copter and fixed wing) are pretty inexpensive. Hundreds, not thousands of dollars.


7 posted on 04/06/2013 8:19:53 AM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: Yardstick

LOL!


8 posted on 04/06/2013 8:22:01 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: PLMerite

WTF


9 posted on 04/06/2013 8:24:20 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: LibWhacker

Gee. This is gonna really frack up the cheap SCIFY ghost, goblin and monster/alien movies whose stock-in-trade is crazy camera shaken-baby syndrome to obscure the cheap-ass special effects until the last scene “money shot” where they put all their CGI efforts.


10 posted on 04/06/2013 8:33:08 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: LibWhacker
More importantly, can you attach a weapon to it?


11 posted on 04/06/2013 8:42:06 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Yardstick

OK the invention is pretty slick, but YOU WIN! That’s the coolest thing I’ll probably see all day!


12 posted on 04/06/2013 8:45:45 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Gaffer

Actually no. He thought of that. It has a shot recorder built in with a programmable amount of shaky-cam that can be added. This thing is is an active mount, not passive. It won’t change everything steadicams do but it will enhance everything that can be done.


13 posted on 04/06/2013 8:58:54 AM PDT by phalynx
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To: LibWhacker

Now if they could only get the cinematographers to actually use it instead of subjecting us the the “shaky camera” scenes that are so prevalent now.


14 posted on 04/06/2013 8:59:51 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron. No, they are both.)
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To: Gaffer

Oh, no... *groan*... Does this mean there’ll be even more of those totally dark scenes, that are so dark you can’t see a thing?


15 posted on 04/06/2013 9:05:36 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: raybbr

Thanks for that comment.

It seems that about 10 years ago cinematographers and directors thought it would be cool/different to constantly shake the camera.

It has gotten out of control.

In addition, while they don’t do it nearly as much, action shots are cut into 1 second or less images that are slapped together.

While I’m at it, this trend to shoot scenes in near total darkness may work in the theater, but at home, it sux.

Also, the volume fluctuations between dialog and action drive me nuts.


16 posted on 04/06/2013 9:14:29 AM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: LibWhacker

I remember seeing camera footage from a shell shot out of a 16 inch naval cannon decades ago. The shell of course is spinning from the rifling.


17 posted on 04/06/2013 9:38:27 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: Lx

I’m sure you could. And I think everybody appreciates you showing it attached to Pvt. Vasquez.


18 posted on 04/06/2013 10:01:28 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: LibWhacker

next to Macy’s.


19 posted on 04/06/2013 10:07:11 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: LibWhacker

I saw Vince LaForet’s video on that yesterday - what a great invention. It WILL change things in the video world!

Too expensive for my use, but for a professional, this will be a great new tool!


20 posted on 04/06/2013 10:09:39 AM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: Zeneta

Also, add in the replay of an action from different angles. I don’t need to see the car explode from seven different angles.


21 posted on 04/06/2013 10:30:04 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron. No, they are both.)
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To: LibWhacker
It's eliminated pitch, yaw and roll, but there is still x,y, and z axis movement, which appears to be damped.

Pretty amazing.

Now what are these amazing camera shots that they're talking about? Camera movement through a crowd?

22 posted on 04/06/2013 10:34:43 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: LibWhacker

If they can get the price below $500, this will revolutionize youtube cat videos.


23 posted on 04/06/2013 11:34:45 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: raybbr

I tried this not to long ago and found it nearly impossible.

While watching a relatively recent action movie, count how long and how many clips or cuts are in just one scene.

Most are less than one second.

You can have a 60 second scene with a hundred or more cuts.


24 posted on 04/06/2013 11:48:01 AM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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