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Freefly Tero with Blackmagic CroppedNow that stabilized gimbals have come out of the sky and into our hands with devices like the Freefly MōVI, they’re being put on all sorts of things. Freefly is continually pushing things forward, and they’ve now come up with their own custom remote controlled car that you can actually mount a MōVI to, which opens up all sorts of new possibilities for camera positions and angles, and gives you super smooth footage in the process. More »

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DJI_RoninWe’ve had our eye on DJI’s 3-axis gimbal stabilizer, the Ronin, since it made its mark at NAB. It comes with some exciting features not found in other gimbals within the same price range (even in the impressive but expensive MōVI), like its 3 operational modes; “Upright”, “Underslug”, and “Briefcase”. If you thought the Ronin was out of your price range, you might want to jump at the chance to snag it at a seriously discounted price while you can. More »

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DJI RoninBack at this year’s NAB, DJI, known primarily for their unmanned aerial system, introduced their new 3-axis gimbal stabilizer, Ronin, which is not only relatively inexpensive, but its multiple operational modes make it quite the versatile tool (especially because it can handle cameras big and small). We’ve been waiting patiently for three months for more information on this rig, especially an official price and ship date, but today DJI made the announcement that this handheld gimbal is now available for purchase — and for less than previously thought. More »

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Letus StabilizerLetus has shown prototypes of their gimbal stabilizer, Helix, at NAB before, but, if you remember, the prototype’s design was quite different. This year, however, Letus has worked out the kinks and finalized the design, and now Helix is one remarkable piece of gear. Because of its modular design, users have the option to utilize one, two, or all three axises of the optically centered stabilizer, each setup serving a range of shooting scenarios. We unfortunately weren’t able to stop at their booth, but cinema5D was, and Letus’ Aaron Pinto gives a demonstration the Helix while they were there. More »

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Gimbal GunnerIt only took a few short months for the gimbal stabilization market to be saturated with rigs with varying designs and prices. However, a unique rig has been made available by Dutch filmmaker Georges van Wensveen. The GimbalGunner combines the stabilization technology of a brushless gimbal, but the added comfortable ergonomics of a shoulder rig. Though a bit pricey for many independent filmmakers, van Wensveen’s stabilizer offers something pretty unique and worth checking out. More »

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Novo Gimbal StabilizerSo far, we’ve seen some pretty incredible products come through IBC, including several handheld gimbal stabilizers. Matt Allard from News Shooter visits the  Varavon, FlowCine, and Novo booths and talks with reps about their stabilizing options, some of which include accommodations for large cameras, interesting designs, and wireless monitors. Check out the videos for more information after the jump. More »

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EasyGimbalCreatives involved in extreme action filmmaking are typically using GoPros in order to get those much desired POV and other seldom-seen shots. The drawback to using such a compact and lightweight camera, however, is stabilizing the shots you get, which means finding a stabilizer that will give you a really smooth image. Currently on Kickstarter, the EasyGimbal, designed exclusively for the GoPro 3, offers a lot in terms of affordability and style for being a 3-axis handheld camera stabilizer, but how steady can it keep your shots? Decide for yourself after the jump. More »

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The Ghost StabilizerAs I’m sure we all know by now, gyro-stabilizers have been popping up left and right since the MōVI first came on the scene (as many of you predicted.) Developed by filmmaker Jesse Spaulding of SIC Visuals, the Ghost is the latest brushless gimbal camera rig, and it looks like it’s more affordable and has a longer battery life than some of the rigs that we’ve covered thus far. From the videos I’ve watched, it looks pretty solid, allowing for nice and smooth movement over difficult terrain, but this rig is only stabilized on 2 axes with a 3rd controlled manually. Does it show in the footage? More »

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DEFY G2 Gimbal from Relentless Pre-OrderThe DEFY G2 Gimbal from Relentless is a 3-axis brushless gimbal camera stabilizer that has been in development since NAB 2013 and is capable of carrying cameras up to 2 pounds, like the Panasonic GH2, GH3, and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cinema, as well as any other mirrorless or small cameras like those from Sony and Canon. Check out an introduction video below from Drew Janes where he introduces the G2 and answers some questions you might have about the stabilizer: More »

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STABiLGOI remember the first time I used a GoPro in a film. I was making a student documentary about roller derby and I got to strap one of those bad boys on the helmet of a delightful derby girl named Bullet Brains (Andromedolls fan here.) The footage was amazing because of the POV, but it was so shaky that you could barely watch it. Anyone who has ever tried to capture something on a GoPro knows this frustration, but there might be a solution to this problem: a handheld motorized GoPro stabilizer that uses a gyroscopic sensor and gimbal called STABiLGO. Hit the jump for more info. More »

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BeSteady_01Ever since the MōVi stepped on the handheld stabilization scene, we’ve seen an incredible swell of gyro-stabilizers coming on the market. The BeSteady One is one of those, but, not only does it give you incredible stability to get great footage (as you’ll see later,) it won’t empty your bank account — not even close. In fact, it’s one of the least expensive that we’ve seen so far. The 4-person design team, based out of the Canary Islands, has finally wrapped development and is ready to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of this cheaper and very capable gyro-stabilization option. Check out specs, videos, and prices after the jump. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video More Gyro Camera Stabilizer Goodness: Update on DEFY & the New $4,000 Rotorview from Sweden - nofilmschoolAs we mentioned before, MōVI was just the beginning for gyro-stabilized camera rigs. They are going to come fast and furious (just like the movie) over the next few months and certainly the foreseeable future. We already shared a little but about the DEFY Gimbal, and now we’ve got an update about the device which should be shipping sooner rather than later. We’ve also got a video showing off a new contender, the $4,000 Rotorview 3-axis stabilizer from Sweden, which is already on sale. Check out the products and sample footage below. More »

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Are you feeling inundated with MōVI updates yet? I hope not, because we have more news about how this innovative handheld stabilizing system is taking the film community by storm. Just within the last couple of weeks, the MōVI went from day player to superstar: first being announced by Freefly, gaining over a million views on its YouTube and Vimeo videos, winning a bunch of awards at NAB, holding a contest to win 2 units, and now making its debut on network TV.  More »

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It has been an exciting couple of weeks for the team at Freefly with the unveiling of their gyro-stabilizer MōVI, overwhelming response to Laforet’s Vimeo gallery showcasing the stabilizer, and award wins at NAB this past week. It looks like things are only getting better — not just for Freefly, but for all of you who want to get your hands on your very own MōVI. It’s availability, pre-ordering details, product information, and updates on Freefly and Vincent Laforet’s Twitter contest have been released. More »