If you’re seeking to get your camera off the tripod and add smooth motion capture to your video projects, you might take a look at this modified setup of the Flycam Nano DSLR system adapted for use with the GoPro Hero3 camera. If you’re not currently shooting with a GoPro system, no worries, the information in this post can be equally applied to nearly any digital compact on the market today. That said, I do highly recommend the GoPro Hero 3 (Black) for its frame rate capabilities, specifically the ability to capture 60fps (frames-per-second) at full 1080p resolution, not to mention its usefully small size.
As cameras have become smaller and more capable, companies are now making available on the consumer level the cinematic tools developed and used by the motion picture industry for decades. One such item is a vertical stabilizing device designed to remove footsteps, typically (generically) known as a steadicam. While there is a company producing excellent products under the name Steadicam, the system we’re using for this post is the Flycam Nano DSLR. This setup is so straight-forward, and produces such amazing results that it has become an integral part of my daily workflow. Let’s start with a look at the basic setup and balance of this versatile platform. Read more