Stabilize that shot

Today Smartphones make it amazingly convenient to shoot HD or even 4k videos, but as anyone who has watched the end result will tell you, the resolution isn’t everything. Smartphone-shot footage often suffers from shakes and jarring motion, especially when you attempt those panning shots you see in movies. the resulting video may be high resolution, but it’s often unwatchable. Gimbals are certainly the solution. exciting with their promise of delivering smooth footage even when you’re running at full speed.

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Gimbals bring together an array of complex electronics, sensors, motors, and physics to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of canceling out motion on the fly before it reaches the camera.

Basically, a motor is placed on the 3 different axes around the camera. When the sensors detect motion on these axes, the motors counteract that motion to cancel it out almost instantly. This keeps bumps and jolts from ever reaching the camera as it sits motionless in the middle of all of this activity.

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In other words, a brushless gimbal is a robot kung fu master.

By using modern technology to cancel out external movement, the camera is able to remain very stable. This allows you to capture smooth footage that would otherwise only be possible with a counterweighted stabilizer like a Steadicam or Glidecam.

One of the other unique benefits of a gimbal is it’s ability to keep a level head under pressure.

Traditional stabilizers rely on counterweights to smooth camera movement. This works well, but it also makes them sensitive to external forces like the wind or the inertia from when you turn a corner. As a result, keeping the camera consistently level with the horizon is difficult as a counterweighted stabilizer has a tendency to sway.

Worse yet, once the swaying starts, it can be difficult to smoothly get it under control, which can result in footage that looks like it was filmed on a boat out at sea.

By contrast, a brushless gimbal uses sensors and motors to keep the camera absolutely level despite how you may be holding it, so you can say sayonara to seasickness.

This ability to remain straight and level makes a gimbal similar to sliders and dollies that use tracks to move the camera along a straight path. 

~ Nikhil Chaudhary

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