I think I’ve always been a bit of a gadget geek.
I’ve always enjoyed cool stuff, and cameras in particular.
I wanted to take the opportunity to show you a cool new gadget .
This thing happened about 3 years ago at NAB which is the big world show with all the coolest newest toys in the world. And this dude, who’s name is Vincent Larofet walked into a hotel room before the show started with this ‘thing’.
It was called a ‘Movi’ it’s the first time they’d taken the helicopter gimbal mechanism off the bottom of what’s called a Wescam, which is the bit of the helicopter which stabilises the camera so you get a nice steady shot.
They took that bit off and put handles on it so you can put your own cameras on this machine and you get a really steady shot.
The people in the room went ‘wow this is pretty amazing’.
And the reason it’s amazing is that it’s the first time we’ve used gyro technology to really stabilise a camera.
And while that original Movi was really cool and really clever technology and there has been a lot of people who’ve copied it since; there is some problems with it:
- The first one is that it’s really bloody heavy. Ridiculously heavy. In fact when you operate it you have to hold your hands out in front of you and it causes a whole lot of back pain.
- The second problem is that because the operator can’t touch the camera, you need at least 2 people to operate it. Someone to pull focus and make sure the composition is right, and then someone has to carry it. In Fact sometimes you might even use 3 or 4 operators.
So the clever people at DJI made some innovations and came up with the DJI Osmo.
And we’ve got one, which is cool.
But basically what it is, it’s the same mechanism but its really small and it’s a 4k camera. And what it does is use the 3 axis stabilisation to make sure you get a really steady shot. Which might seem like not too much to you, but when you see the examples you can see that it’s a really cool way to get a stable shot that you couldn’t get before.
In fact it’s so much fun to use, that it’s the only camera i took with me on a recent holiday.
Of course it won’t replace what camera we use in terms of the everyday camera, but it’s a great special effects camera.
So a really cool bit of kit and when we do use it, it’s pretty cool!