Making motion pictures has always encountered the challenge of how to make a cameras move through space and record the way we see. Normally, when we see shaky motion, it appears unnatural to the eye. Not including modern TV visual style or Blair Witch Project of course. This all changes with 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilization.
Elaborate camera tracks, dolly’s, wheels, jibs, and rails have been the main solutions to camera sake. Now enter modern technology with brushless gimbals. Gimbals are a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object.
Adding modern digital technology too all three motors and advanced software brings video production filmmakers 3-axis digital stabilization. Gone are the big heavy gimbal motors and $20,000+ price tags.
As you may have noticed, much of my motion picture work over the past few years has been with advanced motion controlled pan/tilt heads, rails, and keyframe driven timelines from eMotimo, DittoGear, Kessler, and Dynamic Perception. Video eqipment advances with gimbals speeds up some of those motion control shots.
The past couple months of shooting stable hand held motion with a 3-axis gimbal is opening up a new world of creative opportunities and offering freedom of movement.
Currently I’m shooting with a BeSteady One rig. The video below is the maiden voyage out on rough uneven terrain moving at different speeds with a rather unpredictable subject. We also shot a narrative film last week with longer lenses (85mm f/1.4), which I’ll post soon.