Last September, Google teamed up with GoPro to launch its 16-camera VR device, Odyssey. At $15,000, it was far from a consumer-grade device and even pushed the boundary of many professional uses.
DJI made some noise earlier this year when they dropped the DJI Osmo, a 3-axis gimbal system with a built-in 4K camera. With the exception of the microphone issues, which have been addressed, the device is an impressive one, putting out incredibly stable footage that competes with steady cam rigs many times its size and even more its price tag.
That said, there are always methods of improving DJI’s Osmo. One of those is to create a DIY chest mount as YouTuber Savi You has. [Read more…]
A few weeks ago, we shared a video from professional skier Nicolas Vuignier wherein he used a clever DIY setup to capture bullet-time video using only his iPhone. The resulting footage was both incredibly unique and absolutely mesmerizing.
Today, we get an inside look at how Vuignier created the rig that holds his iPhone in place as he swings it around his head. [Read more…]
iPhones might not be the video camera choice of professionals, but if you want a quick behind-the-scenes video or prefer to pack light, the 4K capable iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are wonderful tools.
To improve the footage from the smartphones, two of the most simple things you can do are add external audio recording and a means of better stabilizing the footage (especially the 6s, since the 6s Plus comes with built-in image stabilization). And the best way to do that in one is to create a DIY rig.
A few months ago I came across a photographer who had a DSLR strapped to his chest, another taking stills and a GoPro mounted on his head capturing video. Never mind that most of his footage was likely not even worth watching, he seemed to have a pretty decent method of carrying all that gear.
Then came along this Japanese photographer to show us all how it’s done. Almost more gear than man, this walking pile of equipment uses a custom-made rig to lug three Nikon DSLRs, the same number of off-camera flashes, a smartphone and an assortment of compact and action cameras.
Point Of View (POV) can be a major factor in storytelling. Finding new interesting points of view is not trivial, and every bit of innovation helps keeping viewres on their toes. This is why we got to hand it to Steven Prael for coming up with this cool GoPro rig idea that captures an orbital view of a scene.
The idea in general is pretty simple – get a go pro on a rope and turn, turn, turn it around. But execution may be tricky. By building a simple rig Steven overcame two problems that has to do with spinning – The first is how to keep the camera facing the center and the second is how to reduce vibrations.
Both issues were dealt with by adding a small wing to the rig, creating a makeshift glider. Pretty clever. If you were wondering how durable a GoPro is just check out the failed footage at 1:10 and 1:20 . [Read more…]