See How To Stabilize Your DJI Phantom Footage With A $10 Rig

Jul 29, 2014

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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

See How To Stabilize Your DJI Phantom Footage With A $10 Rig

Jul 29, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Shooting aerial footage with a DJI Phantom and a GoPro can be an awesome thing, but while the system takes care of getting the camera in the air and actually capturing some video, it has an inherent flaw which creates a Jello Effect if the rotor vibrates too much.

And indeed both the net (and the stores) are filled with tips and advice on reducing this Jello Effect. If you want a deeper understanding on where this effects comes in the first place, take a look at our rolling shutter intro. Anyways, it’s there.

The secret for reducing the jello effect is to disconnect the vibration coming from the DJI rotors from the camera. And this is exactly what the team at Human Resources did.

The team went through several options before coming up with a simple solution: Balancing the DJI propellers, using an anti-vibration system for $45 which weirdly has a direct hard connection between the vibration reducer and the DJI body. Here is a short demo of the jello effect:

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Eventually, the team used a sponge and a few rubber bands to isolate the camera from the DJI.

[DIY Anti-Vibration Camera Drone Mount | Jenna Cavelle via iso1200 (h/t Jason P.)]

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4 responses to “See How To Stabilize Your DJI Phantom Footage With A $10 Rig”

  1. jennacavelle Avatar
    jennacavelle

    thanks so much for the tweet! we hope this helps filmmakers save some $ and time!

  2. Jenna Cavelle Avatar
    Jenna Cavelle

    Thank you so much for sharing our video! We hope it helps save time and $$ for others and that it encourages filmmakers to support one another! Xo

  3. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    Cool, thanks for the post. But the Jello effect in the “before” images is something I haven’t seen in other gopro/DJI videos by others. Do other people have a software solution, or maybe is this a DJI Phantom model that has a vibration issue?

    1. Impian Production Avatar
      Impian Production

      The jello effect is normal on gopro/DJI aerial unedited video. This software helps me a lot:

      http://www.prodrenalin.com/