3 Tips for Shooting Stable Video: By Jonny Rowen of Camtrol Technology | August 15, 2010 | By Aaron Schoenberger

Guest post by Jonny Rowen — Inventor of Camtrol.


Have you ever jumped out of bed super excited to go shoot a video but when you return home you, unfortunately, notice that all of your hard work didn’t pay off? The videos you shot experience a severe case of the “wobblies” and there’s nothing (well, almost nothing) that can be done to fix it. Join millions of people around the world.


The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Your videos don’t have to suffer. Your time needn’t be wasted. By utilizing the below tips you will produce a higher quality final product and your viewers will truly thank you.


Balancing Acts: Not Only for the Circus
To shoot a stable video your camera must be, at all times, balanced. This can be done via a variety of methods, but doing so with one’s hands is tough — almost impossible and very inconsistent. Look into a camera mount or method of mounting your camera so it’s balanced and can capture footage at its best. Freehand videography is hard enough, and the last thing you need is an unbalanced camera.


Shooter Fatigue: A Noticeable Downfall
I know the condition may sound funny, but it’s very real. Videographers that shooters for extended hours experience shooter fatigue and it affects the final product (video) in a negative way. If a videographer isn’t performing at his/her best, well, the footage being captured will follow suit. Videos should be captured at a comfortable, ergonomic position so as to preserve shooter integrity and performance.


Equipment: A Videographer’s Arsenal
To effectively capture the coolest, most unique, stable footage a videographer must rely on his/her equipment. Unlike still photography, capturing video requires a wealth of gadgetry. In particular, camera mounts are an integral aspect of video stabilization and provide for more functional, efficient camera use that, in return, produces a higher quality final product. Stable video goodness is where videography is at, which is apparent in the amount of camera mounting systems and camera stabilizers on the market.


I hope this article has been helpful and good luck shooting your next video!


Jonny Rowen
Inventor
Camtrol




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