The Steadycam is a revolutionary tool that’s changed the landscape of cinematography since the 70’s. It’s been used in countless featured films and continues the make its mark in the filmmaking industry. The steadycam combines the stabilized steady footage of a conventional tripod mount with the fluid motion of a dolly shot and the flexibility of hand-held camera work. It allows the camera to follow the operator’s movements while absorbing jerks, bumps, and shakes to capture smooth cinematic footage.
Steadycams have since evolved into very interesting hybrids where filmmakers are combining them with 3 axis gimbals. This allows the camera operator to make camera movements that are familiar to traditional steadycams while adding the fluidity of motion of a 3 axis gimbal. Ultimately, this fusion of technology equalizes the unwanted vertical movement. The hybrid steadycam and 3 axis gimbal combo also minimizes the fatigue and strain associated with operating 3 axis gimbals due to heavy setups.
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