Take outstanding footage even in fast-paced situations. A reliable video stabilization system is a must-have for every production crew and filmmaking enthusiast.
Stabilizers and camera rigging equipment solve a lot of problems that filmmakers face on set. They prevent camera shake and other unnecessary movements, making them essential tools for professional video production units. They also come in handy for vloggers and hobbyists, whether they’re using a DSLR camera, a smartphone, or an action cam. Let’s take a look at two types of camera stabilizer in our collection to see which one suits you best.
Handheld stabilizers let you follow the action and move from scene to scene with decent stability. They work great in multi-angle video filming, particularly the U-shape video handle. This type of handheld stabilizer helps you take low-angle shots and gliding motions that many sports documentarists have perfected.
Sliders are often used in professional studios and filmmaking sets. You can mount your camera on this equipment to take smooth panoramic and panning shots as it slides on its track. Sliders can be manually operated or motorized with a rail system and wireless trigger controls for shooting stop-motion and timelapse.
Some of the important things to consider are the weight of the equipment you’ll mount on the stabilizer, the shooting styles you plan to do, and the condition of the place where you’ll use the stabilization system.
Narrow down your choices to designs that can accommodate the weight of your camera load. Small camera models will likely be fine on light stabilizers, while high-end and heavy-duty equipment may require more expensive stabilizers that can carry over 10 lbs.
How will you use the device? Will you require constant mobility for car chase scenes or just enough support for simple up-and-down motions? Answering questions like these can determine the kind of camera rigs and gimbals to get.
Your typical shooting location can also help you decide how much setup time is ideal and how compact you want your stabilization system to be. Quick setup and portability features will come in handy if you travel a lot and if you want your equipment to fit anywhere and be ready in no time.
Have you decided which type to buy? Check out the full specs and features of any item to find the right piece of equipment for you.