My name is Stephen, SteadyMaker clients may recognize me as the guy they talk to when buying one of our stabilizers, but I am also a freelance filmmaker! (You can check out my work at www.in-no-v8.com). I have been lucky enough to use different SteadyMaker stabilizers over the years in many different filmmaking environments, and I wanted to share some of my experiences. I love seeing clients use their stabilizers in all kinds of interesting projects, and I believe we all have unique perspectives to share to the filmmaking community.
We are proud to be releasing our latest upgrade to our SteadyMaker family...the SMG PLUS.
Over time, we listened to our valuable clients' feedback, and we have tweaked and upgraded the SMG EXTREME, packed with ALL NEW features, including:
This is our most competitively priced, feature packed stabilizer yet! We are adding components, such as:
A mini-tripod mount for pre-balancing and setting the stabilizer down between shoots.
We have created a central handlebar attachment and handlebars in one component to reduce construction time and make setup even more simple.
Histibe is a Ukrainian audiovisual artist, video director and music producer with over 10 years of experience. He's also an owner of Vimeo award winning creative label Mask Movement. His project were featured 20 times in the official digital galeries on Behance and published on a number of popular platforms such as Complex, UKF, JAY Z's Life+Times and Dezeen. Currently Histibe and his team has a list of clients and collaborators both from the video and music world, including Blackmagic Design, Steadymaker, Lensbaby, Foton, Glide Gear, M-Audio, Loopmasters, Arturia, Black Hole Recordings and more.
No-stabilizer people, pay attention!
So, we here at SteadyMaker are all about stabilization, as you may have noticed, and this post is no exception...however, there are times where you want to get steady footage, and you don't have access to a stabilizer (I know, gasp, no stabilizer!) Here are some no-stabilizer tips and tricks!
What can I do without a stabilizer?
One of the fundamental rules of steady, stable shots, is that your body is a source of stabilization. Your body is always going to provide more stable footage than just holding your camera . Having said that, the more points of contact you can provide, the better. For example, two hands on the camera is always more stable than holding the camera one-handed. However, by the same rule, try tucking your elbows in to the sides of your body, flat against each side, from the shoulder down to the elbow. The shooting position may be a little less convenient but your shots will benefit from extra stability, now that you are using your torso as the center of stability.
Ok....so, summer isn't quite here.....but we are not a company to sit on our hands and wait around. It's discount time!
Now that we have launched our premiere stabilizer, the Mini TANK we wanted to give our growing customer base more chances to shoot in new, unique ways. People all over the world are using our products in ever-more innovative ways, and as our entry-level stabilizer, the SMG EXTREME is still proving a popular item, we wanted to give our customers more ways to use their product. We introduced some great new items in the Mini TANK package, and these items can also help our SMG clients shoot in different ways.
After months of hard work and preparation, and some great feedback from some of our worldwide customers, we are proud to launch our latest premium stabilizer, the MINI TANK. This stabilizer comes with encoded motors ensuring better battery life, and more stable shooting, and comes complete with a wireless remote to allow multiple control options, and an extensive top handlebar section for inverted use.
There are a number of upgrades, improvements and differences between this and our older top of the range stabilizer, the Tank PLUS, which it is designed to replace, and also some similarities and differences between our other current stabilizer, the SMG EXTREME. The following video will give you a little more information about both our current stabilizers in order to decide which is best for you.
SteadyMaker is proud to feature a new profile about an up-and-coming freelance creator and our latest creative partner, Gerssis David. In his own words, from his Instagram profile, he is a 'Freelance Creative Director, D.O.P and Video Editor'. Right now he is based in London, UK, but he comes from Portugal.
..."What played a big role when I decided to get involved with SteadyMaker, was what they did perfectly well; fostering a relationship with the person that becomes their customer, making us find ways to explain our work, and what we are doing with their products, either how we manage them or even complement and implement them with other products, throughout our work and new techniques, learning more every day."
Our first official review! Thanks to our user Michael. Send him some love and go subscribe to his channel here:
The profile saving that is mentioned at 42 seconds into the video is done via SimpleBGC. This is the interface software to further tweak and adjust the settings/balance of your stabilizer. You can use it via bluetooth with a tablet/computer/phone to communicate with the stabilizer, and also control it remotely, but ONLY USE if you are comfortable with the software and feel confident, or if you really need to adjust your settings, as you can easily make your setup worse, and ALWAYS SAVE the factory settings before doing anything else.
Another in our series of profile interviews with creators.
Hi, we are Moviemotion; a young, creative group of passionate filmmakers who have gathered lots of experience when it comes to image creation & promotional videos. Our company is located in a town called Aachen, a town in the west of Germany.
Moviemotion Profile Interview
When did you start becoming interested in DSLR videography?
About a year ago, DSLR videography caught our attention. The main reason for that was probably that those pictures were now able to be captured with only a portable camera and a small number of accessories, and there is a large range of creative options to deliver a message to clients, for example creating emotion, impressing or even inspiring others.
Histibe is a Ukrainian audio-visual artist, video director and music producer with over 10 years of experience behind a number of various digital art projects. He's also the owner of Vimeo and Webby-award winning creative label Mask Movement. His projects have been published on a number of popular platforms such as Complex, UKF, Designcollector, JAY Z's Life+Times and Dezeen. Currently Histibe and his team has a strong list of clients and collaborators both from the video and music world, including Steady Maker, Lensbaby, Glide Gear, M-Audio, Loopmasters, Arturia, Waves Audio and more.