March 22, 2014

The LUUV Turns GoPro Stabilization on Its Head, Allowing for 180˚ Rotation

There are many stabilization options out there for action cameras and smartphones, several of which we've covered here. With all of them ranging in price, ergonomics, and technology, but the LUUV stabilizer, created by a team based out of Germany, not only has an interesting design, but can do some pretty cool things for all of you GoPro/smartphone filmmakers. Continue on to find out more about this stabilizer, currently running a campaign on Indiegogo.

Considering the splash, best described as Biblical in size, Freefly Systems made at last year's NAB with the MōVI, it makes sense that the action cam/smartphone stabilizers that came out afterward tried to capitalize on the popular 3-axis gimbal technology. The LUUV, though ergonomically different, keeps your footage steady using 3-axis stabilization.

There are a few things that the LUUV offers that are pretty interesting. First of all, the stabilizer was made using industrial 3D printers (which I think is cool). Second, you can rotate it 180˚ to get different perspectives -- being able to turn it upside-down is especially helpful if you're shooting extreme low angles for extreme sports, like skateboarding. Third, you can control panning with your fingertips, so operating the LUUV requires only one hand. (After seeing how this is done, I'm not so sure how helpful and effective it really is.)

Check out its Indiegogo campaign video to find out more about how it works:

Here are some more videos that show what the LUUV can capture:

https://vimeo.com/82043872

https://vimeo.com/86422018

And here's a training session that shows users how to operate it.

https://vimeo.com/88082775

Thanks to the adapter mount, the LUUV can be used with virtually any action camera, smartphone, and compact digital cameras. Counterbalancing is also made simple with suggested counterbalance settings designed for the camera you're using. Its design is also geared for those in windy conditions -- or those trying to film at high speeds. All of the LUUV's mechanical components are hidden within its sturdy shell.

It weighs a little more than half a pound, is about 10 inches long, and is made of stainless steel and aluminum. So, I can imagine that it's strong, durable, transportable, and easy to store.

Now, the stabilizer is currently running a campaign on Indiegogo. As of right now, they've raised nearly 40% of their $50K goal, and still have about a month and a half to go. All of the $199 Super Early Bird rewards have already been snatched up, but you can get a LUUV at the special Indiegogo price of $299. The retail price is $349.

If you're interested in getting your own LUUV, or you just want more information, check out their campaign on Indiegogo.

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[via Digital Photography Review]

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17 Comments

Wow, I Luuv this idea!

March 22, 2014 at 4:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Micah

is the bmpcc too big for this? if so...whats the best low cost stabilizer option for it? thanks

March 22, 2014 at 4:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Panasonic lenses with Power or Mega O.I.S.

March 22, 2014 at 7:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jérôme

Stabilised lenses are no substitute for a proper physical stabiliser. Mega O.I.S is only good when your standing still, it's not that effective when you walk with the camera, or going up and down stairs.

March 22, 2014 at 9:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Shaun Fontaine

It may be. I tried out the BMPCC on the new updated two axis brushless gimbal system from Came-TV. I gotta say, it was pretty good. It took me about about 30 mins to charge the battery, set it up then then fly with it. Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkS69FiTbIc&feature=youtu.be

I used a 28mm lens, which turns into something a bit more telephoto then idea due to the crop factor. I'll post another video soon with a focal reducer and a 18mm lens shot during the day (much smoother)

Thank You

March 25, 2014 at 11:58AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Amazing how cinematic that footage from the pocket cam looks.

March 25, 2014 at 12:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gene

Yeah it turned ok considering how dark it was. There is no grading or noise reduction in that footage, just straight out of the camera at ASA 1600, WB at 3200K and recorded as ProRes 4:2:2

March 25, 2014 at 1:04PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Looks great, but at $1000 bucks not sure its the low cost solution. But i'll emphasize how great it looks :D

March 27, 2014 at 3:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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i need one

thanks luuv

March 22, 2014 at 4:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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rolli barron

woooo.. cool until i saw the price, better no so much fancywancy design and make it simple and cheap

March 22, 2014 at 5:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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tom

March 22, 2014 at 9:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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georg

@ maharg ....

March 22, 2014 at 9:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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georg

Thank you in that this nice article!

March 22, 2014 at 9:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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ALL HAIL THE 3D PRINTING.

March 23, 2014 at 11:02AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Edgar

Ugh. Can we stop trying to make GoPros an A camera? They're good for crash cameras/action cameras, or something where you need to mount a camera in a dangerous place. Putting a GoPro on a stabilizer is just ridiculous.

March 25, 2014 at 6:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Danny

I'll see your Ugh and raise you one!

Double Ugh! To people bitching about the kind of camera other people want to use. Nobody needs a skateboarding video shot with a Red MegaUltraDragon camera. The GoPro is designed for Action Sports, and it's much better at that than whatever camera you feel is meritorious enough for the occasion. A cheap stabilizer for the GoPro would be a great tool for people who like to shoot with that camera.

But as for the Luuurve, it's just a weighted stabilizer. Why such much? $299? I could make one out of bits and bobs at the Home Store for $20!
-Olaf

March 27, 2014 at 9:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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$299 is a "special Indiegogo price"! HUN? how do they get to that price? I'm actually truly confused.

March 27, 2014 at 2:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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mike