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This is Derek here again on behalf of ProAm USA. Today, we’re going to talk about the Autopilot Stabilizer a little bit. I think we all know how difficult it is to get smooth footage, but we also realize how important it is too. You’ve got a couple of options You can always mount up to a tripod, slider or something like that, but the Autopilot Stabilizer is going to allow you a lot more versatility to move more freely. Of course, you can get an electronic gimbal or something like that, but the Autopilot is going to be quicker...

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Ever since the Slideways Slider was released, I've wanted to motorize it. On my first attempt, I hooked up the same motor and joystick combo from our TigerTilt Motorized Head. And while it worked great, I wanted something automatic and easier to install and remove. Of course, I also wanted to make this an inexpensive project. So in this video, you can see all of the components I used as well as footage I captured with my DIY motorized Slideways slider. I go into detail on all the steps necessary to build your own.     I can easily see...

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Traveling with the purpose of filming and documenting new locales is to see the world like you’ve never seen it before– through your camera. The journey will be difficult, it will be long and it may break you (your equipment that is.) Even with the best-planned itinerary, the entire trip is full of unpredictable elements; changing weather, flight delays, rental car issues, etc. So you need to consider factors like your health, the possible weather events in your destination, your route options, your crew's needs and of course the equipment you will be using for your shoot. "Preparedness is the...

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As a run-and-gun filmmaker, I’m constantly looking for ways that I can improve the production value of my work. One of the primary ways that I try to do that is by incorporating dynamic and interesting camera movement into it. Jibs and cranes are great tools to utilize when trying to create compelling or cinematic camera movement, and are also one of the most versatile tools that you can use while on location or a set. Unfortunately, there have been historical trade-offs due to their inherent bulk. It used to be that jibs and camera cranes were typically items reserved...

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Guest Post by Craig Kotilinek A mini jib, classified in this article as anything less than eight feet, is an inexpensive and smooth way to take your production to the next level. Everyone seems to be jumping on the Movi craze and before that it was sliders. These are great tools but when everyone uses them everyone’s productions start to look the same. This is where a mini jib can come in very handy in setting your final product apart (and above) the competition, but there are some things you’re going to want to be aware of before setting out...

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