Shaky footage is the biggest pain point for any video producer. They spend a lot of time fixing them on Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro or any top video editing software. There has been really minimalist developments on fixing the shaky footage gripe.
Heading over to Hyperlapse by Instagram’s webpage shows video of a flight taking off which could have been shaky to the worst but thanks to smart software tricks, the video is super sharp. When Instagram announced Hyperlapse (only available for iOS device), users and critics alike praised its software chops it’s really smooth timelapse video.
While Hyperlapse applies to modern day smartphones, how do we bring these smarts to our video camera? The answer is SteadXP.
SteadXP is creating a third party solution for a shaky video fix to any camera. While most softwares fix the shaky footages by analysing scenes after they are shot, SteadXP does this in real-time.
Here is how it works
SteadXP is a small rectangular electronic device powered by a 32bit ARM processor, 3-axis gyroscope and accelerometer. The device records the movement of your camera as you start shooting your video. Once shot, the video can be post processed easily with the help of included software from SteadXP.
For starters, SteadXP has two versions – SteadXP@ specifically made for GoPro cameras and SteadXP+ designed for almost any camera. SteadXP has also managed to add a microSD card slot and USB for connectivity to this small device.
The SteadXP@ plugs onto the expansion slot of GoPro (Hero 2 or later), SteadXP+ sits on top of the hot shoe of any DSLR or any professional camera.
What sets this apart?
SteadXP comes with a host of stabilisation profiles for filming action sports, one that allows you to set hyperlapse speed, one for locking onto the horizon or one for footage shot with a handheld device or device mounted to a shoulder rig or any specialized video stabilisation gimbal.
SteadXP uses 3 axis stabilisation which is kind of old school considering that Sony’s latest alpha series cameras for video come with 5-axis stabilisation techniques but nonetheless SteadXP’s effort is no doubt a game changer.
SteadXP has set a goal of €150,000 for its Kickstarter project and has already raised €285,714 at the time of writing with 22 days to go. SteadXP estimates to ship final product to backers early March 2016, but it doesn’t go without a cautionary note that unexpected delays may happen due to supply problems.
At this moment, no product has looked as promising as SteadXP for stabilising camera videos and we are really excited about it.