I hate shaky cam!
I kinda don’t care how adorable your kids are, if your youtube video of them is jittering all over the place, I’m not going to watch–and don’t even get me started on the jello-y look of a rolling shutter!
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a pocketable accessory that could attach to small cameras (like Flip and Samsung Memory cams), that could help you take some of the wobble out of your video?
The folks at readySTEADY Video are here to help!
The readySTEADY is a small, metal disc, about as thick as a hockey puck, and un-screws to contain a threaded metal goose neck. Sliding the goose neck through the metal puck, and then attaching it to your camcorder gives you a handhold grip below the camera to act as a camera counter weight. By engaging the muscles in your torso and both arms, it essentially turns your whole body into a steady cam rig.
It’s the same principle at work as in several of the DIY camera stabilizers; if you pull against something, you’ll steady your shot more than if you just hold one hand out there while recording video. In practice it helps quite a bit, if only to get you to think about how you hold and move your camera. You wont pan your shot from your arm, but from your waist. You wont tilt up from your wrist, but from both shoulders.
Now, it’s not something I think people will use EVERY time they take their video camera out, but using it is also something of a training device. It helps create good habits, so that even though you wont have the benefit of pulling against the puck, you’ll still be using better technique when it’s not attached.
The readySTEADY really is designed around this new breed of pocket cameras. Even the Samsung Memory Cam was a little big for the goose neck to support, and forget about it if you’re shooting on an SLR…
The only issue I ran into using it was the goose neck getting stuck in my Memory Cam. I over tightened when screwing it in the first time, and there’s nothing to grip when you’re trying to unscrew it from the camera. A pair of pliers was needed to remove it, but since then I haven’t had any other issues (I just don’t screw it in that hard).
No promises though…