The Kickstarter for the Supraflux Video Camera Stabilizer ended recently, raising almost $100,000, well over the initial $27,000 goal. If you didn't happen to get in on the action, however, you're in luck, because the Supraflux team is giving No Film School readers a special discount for a limited time. What is Supraflux exactly? Created by the guys behind the Picosteady, it's a handheld camera with an ingenious way to control rotation. Check out a video introducing the device below.
Chase Jarvis interviewed the team, here is a little from that:
CJ: What makes the SupraFlux so innovative?
Nadim: The first stabilizer was invented in the 70′s and hasn’t seen any innovation since then. In more than 30 years it has always remained the same concept, and has always been operated with the same technique: using your fingers directly on the post to control the camera’s movement. The problem with that is that it requires a lot of experience to get a good results. What makes the Supraflux Stabilizer so innovative is that you no longer need to touch the post to control the direction. This removes the human-factor error, and it tremendously reduce the experience and skills required to get good footage from the Stabilizer.
Some demo footage:
This is the capacity for the stabilizer:
What cameras work with the stabilizer?
Virtually all cameras ranging from 0.25 lbs to 10 lbs (115 g to 4.5 kg) will work with the Supraflux stabilizer. The camera is mounted using the included standard 1/4-20 size bolt. For cameras not equipped with a 1/4-20 mount (such as smartphones), you will need an adapter (not included). These are inexpensive and readily available online.
I think the brake is a really interesting idea (obviously so did many others as they gave almost $100k). While any camera stabilizer takes time and patience to get right, you're not going to find anything like this on a relatively inexpensive piece of kit.
For a period of 7 days (beginning now), the team at Supraflux is offering folks the same deal as the 2nd Early Bird Kickstarter pledge. That pledge rate, at $530, is a tremendous savings over the current normal price of $745 (including shipping to the US and Canada for both). Head on over to the special discount site to get your very own stabilizer for over $200 off.