There are many different ways to hold a camera. The most common way for videographers is a simple tripod. However, staying on three-legs just isn't good enough. Viewers need motion. Viewers need to feel they are in a time or place. That is our job as the video operator. The question is, "what is the right tool to be mobile and stable?"
I finally got my hands on some common tools that videographers (especially those working with DSLRs) should be familiar with. First, I will show Manfrotto's Fluid Video Monopod, a popular tool for many. Second is the Glidecam HD4000, a staple of mobile video. Third is a new product by Turkish manufacturer, Edelkrone's Pocket Rig. I've conducted a simple test of all three support systems in a simple pan, tilt, and mobility test.
The camera setup was a Canon 5Dmkii with a 35mm f/1.4 L lens. I also used a foldable LCD Viewfinder to add extra stability.There has been a slight color correcting and grading, but its not great since we're trying to focus on the stability, not visuals. Also, no stabilization plug-ins were used.
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