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Moonicam: the image stabilization of your own head with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

11/29/2014 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Although you can mount a GoPro on a helmet and turn it around to point at your face, the video quality on a GoPro is inadequate for anything serious. Not that this video is serious.

The team behind this project explain more details about it:
But I'm getting ready for a shoot that definitely needs to play game at multiplexes, so here's a test run that I'll explain later with a full commentary/tutorial. For now, I'll mention it was shot with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Rokinon 7.5mm prime lens, in ProRes 422 using film log with FilmConvert Pro emulation (while those short exterior shots at the beginning were from a Panasonic GH4).

I was pretty impressed by the image stabilization of my own head without having the benefit of any gimbal or active lens (and without me being some kind of half-aviary mutation, thinking of that viral video you've probably seen of a "chicken-powered steadicam" at Sure enough, to get this shot, I was tempted to take the classic SnorriCam approach; but my scene doesn't call for stability locked onto the torso; instead the head. I'm pretty stoked at how it turned out.

Be sure to follow their Vimeo account for catching the full explanation when it's finished.

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