I don’t know about all of you but shaky video footage gives me a headache. The little bumps and wobbles that DSLRs and phone cameras are so bad at covering up and you can definitely tell whether the footage was shot by a pro or amateur. A company called SteadXP is looking to sell a solution that brings the intelligence of Hyperlapse to almost any camera you’d like to use. What makes the stabilization so good is how easy it is to use.
SteadXP’s device uses motion tracking with after-the-fact software analysis to deliver the kind of graceful, movie-like stabilization that would normally require a gimbal or steadicam. The device is actually a tiny box that houses an accelerometer and gyroscope, and when you attach it to your camera it can record your camera’s movements as you shoot. You then take the footage to your computer, where SteadXP’s software does the rest.
The company has created two models, one that plugs right into the back of a GoPro and another that can hook into the hot shoe of a DSLR or professional cinema camera. There are different stabilization profiles for filming fast action, one for locking onto the horizon, a mode for shooting hyper lapses, and ones calibrated for things like handheld or shoulder mounted footage.
The company is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. SteadXP is promising a Go-Pro compatible model for $159 or a DSLR/mirrorless version for $261. If all goes according to plan, shipment will begin in March. So, if you like recording videos of your outdoor adventures and don’t want to make your views feel queasy, then this gadget is definitely worth taking a look at.