Monday, July 15, 2013

The Stealthy Camera Stabilizer

Steady Camera Operation Made Easy

stabilizer for video cameraYou want to make sure you have all the gear you need, but lugging around cases of equipment can get old quickly. When it comes to capturing a great steady shot, an arsenal of tripods, monopods and stabilizers all end up getting dragged along. Multi-functionality is one of the most attractive features
of any piece of production equipment, and that’s exactly what the Stealthy™ offers!


Features That Make the Stealthy More than a Video Camera Stabilizer

The Stealthy™ is way more than a stabilizer for video camera operation. This versatile piece of equipment can easily switch from a video camera stabilizer to a:
Beyond its multi-functionality, another incredible feature, whether you are on set or out on location, is its easy portability. You can use the belt clip to hook the Stealthy™ to your belt buckle, backpack, or camera bag. This feature also solves another problem: getting the shot in time. It has a quick draw mode that allows it to be drawn up and put to use at a moment’s notice.

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Stabilizer for Video Camera Equipment of All Sizes

Weight is a factor for any video camera stabilizer. Again, the Stealthy™ proves to be one of the most
accommodating products on the market as it’s built to work with photo and video cameras up to 3 lbs. Have a beefier camera? The Stealthy-WT5 weight kit accessory boosts support for cameras up to 5 lbs.

Bottom line: The Stealthy™ is a great piece of equipment for anyone who needs a video camera stabilizer. Bringing much more to the table than any other similar product, the Stealthy™ is so versatile that it can be used to replace multiple pieces of equipment. From packing up to shooting on the fly, the Stealthy™ makes getting a great shot much easier!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Advantages of Motion Control Camera Equipment

Motion Control Camera Equipment

 VZCINEMAPRO-K2 motion control cameraCreating a professional, high-quality product is important in virtually every industry, but for film it’s a must. There’s no easier way to ruin picture perfection than by having jerky, shaky shots.

In the early years of cinematography, keeping the camera perfectly still was necessary when one wanted to capture a picture in clear focus. Invented by Louis Augustin Le Prince in 1895, the earliest portable film cameras couldn’t really be moved at all without running the risk of completely ruining a
take. Today, we’ve come a long way in developing cameras and motion control camera equipment that allows for a wide range of movement while keeping things extremely steady.

Benefits of using motion control camera equipment include:
  • Superior Smoothness – unless you’re going for a Blair Witch Project effect, the smoother the shot, the better the end product will be. 
  • Precise Repetitive Motion – with motion control camera equipment, you can better ensure that each take has the same camera movement. 
  • Aids in the Creation of Special Effects – the point above helps in the compositing process and addition of special effects. 
  • Reduces Workload in the Editing Room – the smoother and more precise each shot, the less work and editing that will have to be done post photoshoot. In a world where time equals money, this is extremely important. 
While some motion control equipment has been around for decades (like the dolly), there’s a new crop of camera motion control technologies that are revolutionizing how DPs use their equipment.

Using Remote Pan Tilt Head for Motion Control

Welcome to the world of remote technology. From drones used in the military to motion control camera equipment used in the film industry, the concept of remote control offers its users capabilities that just weren’t possible before. As you can imagine, remote operation significantly expands the number of shots you can get, but the benefits go far beyond that.

With a remote pan tilt head like VariZoom’s CinemaPro models, cameras can be programmed to pan, tilt, focus or zoom to precise specifications, giving DPs the ability to remove human error from the equation. However, programmed movement isn’t the only amazing thing that a remote camera head can accomplish. They can also:
  • Track actions at any speed
  • Create custom motion limits so the camera stays within set parameters
  • Control movements independent of each other to achieve the exact movement needed
  • Wirelessly control the camera from a distance – up to a mile away
  • Be used with a crane or jib for enhanced control when the camera is out of reach
A remote pan tilt head is the ultimate way to stretch the boundaries of camera operation, making it easier than ever to operate a camera. Many systems, such as the VZ-CinemaPro-K4, utilize a joystick (called a jibstick in CinemaPro models) to effortlessly control movement as well as focus and zoom.

As remote technologies become more commonplace, high-tech motion control camera equipment is becoming more and more affordable. Companies like VariZoom are now able to create remote camera head equipment that is budget-friendly enough to be used by smaller productions, but technologically advanced enough to meet the most stringent of requirements. At the rate technology is improving, in the near future we wouldn’t be surprised to see motion control camera equipment being used by DPs who are nowhere near the set.

About the Author: VariZoom manufactures lens control systems, remote camera heads, and motion control camera equipment like the CinemaPro and CinemaPro Jr. series. Professional film equipment from VariZoom is built with quality, care, and attention to detail to give customers cutting edge film capture technology at surprisingly affordable prices. VariZoom’s product selection can be viewed at