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Old August 21st, 2014, 04:20 PM   #1
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Stable 4K Cell Phone Video with a 3-Axis Gimbal?

Here's a 4K video shot with a Samsung Galaxy S5 on an ikan X3 (3-axis):


No tripod or monopod or brace. Just one hand. Walking while shooting needs practice, though.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #2
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More Experimentation with a 3-Axis Gimbal?

Following people, moving through a crowd, circling a pianist, following action:


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Old August 26th, 2014, 02:17 PM   #3
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Awesome stuff. That's a great combo you have there. I hate seeing footage like this though, makes me think I should get one too to try my hand at it. ;)
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Old September 14th, 2014, 09:37 AM   #4
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Old September 15th, 2014, 09:51 PM   #5
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Old November 1st, 2014, 03:22 PM   #6
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Mark,

Here is what I thought was super cool. On the busy streets of NY no one cared or even noticed what you were doing. They were oblivious to it.

I have had street performers in NY stop performing and try to demand money from me just because I had big camera. Big cameras get way too much attention there. It is always a problem. Your stabilized phone could serve a purpose......

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Old November 1st, 2014, 08:12 PM   #7
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Mark,

Here is what I thought was super cool. On the busy streets of NY no one cared or even noticed what you were doing. They were oblivious to it.

I have had street performers in NY stop performing and try to demand money from me just because I had big camera. Big cameras get way too much attention there. It is always a problem. Your stabilized phone could serve a purpose......

Steve
Exactly - this has always been my quest - to get good-quality video from an inconspicuous camera. This comes close.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 01:21 AM   #8
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that's what struck me moving through the crowd - people just didn't seem to notice or care. maybe from their point of view it's a phone in a cradle that someone is looking at, not a camera - interesting
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 11:58 AM   #9
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You guys might be familiar with a guy on this board named Noa Put. He does great shooting hand holding a Black Bird with various small cameras on it. Now he is going to a stabilized Go Pro 4. If anyone can pull off artistic professional shots going lightweight, and low cost it will be him. I am sure he will keep us updated. Noa does not just talk about things, he posts samples of his work and it is always impressive.

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Noa Put still has to wait for another (at least) 2 weeks to get his gopro, it seems gopro has problems keeping up with the demand. :)
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 12:29 PM   #11
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I am looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

I bought my black bird a year ago and it sits around unused because I have not dedicated the time it will take to train with it. Got it out yesterday for a test flight. It my be a skill that is beyond me. I haven't gotten past the WTF am I doing wrong stage yet. Very frustrating!

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I see Mark has been doing some awesome stuff with his stabilizer and phone, didn"t see this thread before.

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I haven't gotten past the WTF am I doing wrong stage yet.
I still remember the first time I used the blackbird and I managed to get pretty usable footage out of my very first try-out, beside getting it balanced right the walking technique and how you hold it has a big impact on the end result. I"m actually pretty excited to try out that 3 axis gimbal thing and go-pro but not one store in my country has it in stock and where I ordered it from has no clue when it will arrive as they keep moving the delivery date forward.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 12:53 PM   #13
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Hey Noa,

I figured out yesterday my biggest problem is the finger technique. I was trying to do it the way the training DVD said beginners should start with. He said keep it so light you should tap your fingers on and off it. I can't make that work at all. I was going way too light on the touch and had no camera control.

I will firm up my touch and practice some more.

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Old January 8th, 2015, 05:19 PM   #14
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Re: Stable 4K Cell Phone Video with a 3-Axis Gimbal?

I just saw this for pre-order on B&H:

SYNC Technology Smartphone Stabilizer for $249

SYNC Technology Smartphone Stabilizer SY500-001SP B&H Photo

It isn't 3 axis, but the price seems great. (I know the IKAN is just a bit more, but discontinued by the manufacturer).

My only concern is anything that could be mistaken for a firearm or gun. I have to dress it up with some neon stickers or something.

The video of it looks pretty good (but no actual footage).


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I just saw this for pre-order on B&H:

SYNC Technology Smartphone Stabilizer for $249

It isn't 3 axis, but the price seems great. (I know the IKAN is just a bit more, but discontinued by the manufacturer).

My only concerned is anything that could be mistaken for a firearm or gun. I have to dress it up with some neon stickers or something.

The video of it looks pretty good (but no actual footage).
The successor the ikan X3 is the ikan FLY-X3, which is available now (3-axis):

ikan FLY-X3 Handheld Electronic Gimbal for Smartphone FLY-X3 B&H
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