As is often the case at these type of shows, one of the more interesting things I heard about at IBC2014 was through a conversation at the beach bar. I was chatting with Sherlock cinematographer Steve Lawes about what he considered to be exciting new technology developments. Rather than anything he’d seen at the show (to be fair, he’d only just arrived so hadn’t had a great deal of chance to look around at this point), he showed me a short film on his iPhone.
It was a teaser film for a hopefully forthcoming product called SteadXP, which appears to be very clever indeed. Essentially, it’s a camera stabiliser housed inside a small white plastic box that sits on top of pretty much any camera and does what looks like a phenomenal job of steadying shots whatever the circumstances.
According to the guys who created the device: “Our little box brings professional-grade 3 axis stabilisation to everyone. Compatible with nearly all digital video cameras, it’s dead easy to use, extremely light, has no moving parts and lets you just point and shoot. All the necessary corrections will be done automatically by our post-processing software, to match the exact type of result you expect.”
“With SteadXP you can do almost any of the crazy camera moves you always wanted to do, it will correct your footage and smooth-out any stabilisation issues.”
A crowdfunding campaign to launch the device is planned to kick off shortly. In the meantime, check out the two films below to get an idea of the quality of stabilisation that’s potentially around the corner…
Thanks Steve for pointing me in the direction of SteadXP.
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