This is our initial test of the BeSteady One. (All footage was shot using the besteady one)
There are a few quirks that we need to iron out. Settings to tweak and all. So you will notice imperfections like microvibrations and a little jerkiness. This is our first test to see how it will function "out of the box".
What we have learnt so far is that you need to spend time with your setup to know what's best. Besteady isn't providing any preset profiles so far but we believe we can get it to function as their test footage showed it to be almost flawless.
There are some quirks...
- Focusing is a pain without follow focus. So we judge without a monitor but looking directly at the camera screen.
- If in the field you hit the besteady to make it go out of line, you need to press the Control button to recalibrate it again. This means you need to use your hands to put it to a neutral position, wait 4 seconds before its calibrated (after you push the button). We have hit it over 20 times. I hope they can fix this with a firmware update to automatically return back to a neutral position without the need to recalibrate. It's quite sensitive, so I have to be careful when i touch the camera (ie: to press record etc..) that I don't use so much force.
- In our initial test, you need to walk like how you would with a steadicam/glidecam or else you will introduce vibrations. Our handles were a bit wonky, but we are early backers, so they are going to replace them with more solid ones. So they might introduced abit of micro-vibrations as well? We are not sure.
In some of the shots you will see us trying out different types of moves and dolly moves.
So this is an early test and by no means conclusive, but we are going to get good at this!
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.2
Canon 16-35mm 2.8