Six Common Misunderstandings Of Novices About Stabilizers


Regarding the stabilizer, we often talk about function and gameplay. For newcomers who are new to the stabilizer, if you want to do well, you must first sharpen your tool. If you want to use the stabilizer to “upgrade and fight monsters” in the video industry How can you not even understand the most basic use and popular science of the stabilizer? So in this issue, I will share with you a stabilizer popular science post and share the six most common misunderstandings about stabilizers by novices, and help you “clear the customs.”

Misunderstanding 1: Only professional video shooters need to use the stabilizer to shoot

This is the biggest misunderstanding that many novices use with stabilizers. During the shooting process, whether you are shooting long-term VLOG or short-term vibrato, whether you use professional SLR shooting or mobile phone shooting if there is no stabilizer or With the aid of a fixed-camera tripod, the final image will become flawed or even scrapped due to your unconscious slight shaking during the shooting.

This kind of unconscious slight jitter is a “common problem” that cannot be avoided in human hand-held device shooting, and the stabilizer can well eliminate the jitter problem generated during the shooting process.

Therefore, the most basic equipment for video shooting must have a mobile phone/camera + stabilizer, not just for professional video shooters. In addition to the anti-shake stabilization function mentioned above, the stabilizer also creates many additional gameplays that cannot be easily implemented on mobile phones and cameras, such as three-dimensional dreams and POV delay functions, unlocking more possibilities for you.

Misunderstanding 2: The stabilizer can be used directly without levelling

Different from the traditional mechanical pan/tilt (stabilizer), the electronic pan/tilt (stabilizer) is a precision instrument. It is necessary to check whether the key parts are correct before use. Due to the separate and convenient design of the quick release plate, after installing the camera equipment, be sure to make sure that the quick release plate is clamped to the stabilizer body and the screws are tightened to avoid accidents of equipment falling.

Error demonstration of not clamping the quick release plate

Before shooting with the stabilizer, whether it is a camera or a mobile phone device, installation and levelling is the first step, and it is also a particularly critical step. Install the device on the quick release plate of the stabilizer or the mobile phone holder, and level the three axes of the stabilizer according to the weight of the device. This action can not only give better play to the operation of the motor to provide reliable and stable performance but also greatly increase the effective working time of the battery.

In particular, for camera stabilizers, many people often neglect the levelling of the yaw axis. Especially on the stabilizer, if the yaw axis is not properly levelled, the steering may not be smooth or stuck when shooting in the 3D dream mode.

Misunderstanding 3: With a stabilizer, the picture will be stable no matter how you shoot

A mistake that many people make when they first touch the stabilizer is to misunderstand that the camera can fully realize the visual effect of the human eye with the support of the stabilizer. When shooting, you can turn the stabilizer as you like without thinking to get a stable picture. Although the stabilizer has the function of stabilization and anti-shake, the key to making the picture more smooth and smooth is the walking pace during shooting and the gestures of holding the stabilizer to shoot, especially in moving shooting scenes.

The correct step is to try to tighten the arms, bend the knees, lower the centre of gravity, walk forward and touch the ground with the heel first, replace the feet in turn, step lightly, and reduce the ups and downs of the upper body with slightly bent legs. On the contrary, when retreating, the toes touch the ground first; advance at small steps, and keep the heels on the ground to keep moving at a constant speed and balanced force.

Misunderstanding 4: The stabilizer must be able to carry the camera + lens combination within the maximum load

In the parameter table of each stabilizer, we can see a maximum load value, so is the weight of any camera + lens combination within the official load value, and the stabilizer can be equipped? In fact, it is not. The loading and use of the stabilizer for the camera + lens combination does not only look at the load value. The length of the shaft arm and the length of the lens will be limited, which will affect the stabilizer levelling and the use process. 

Therefore, the load of the stabilizer does not mean that it can carry any camera + lens combination within this load range. Before purchasing the stabilizer, you need to consider your lens and check the official camera + lens combination adaption list.

Misunderstanding 5: The jitter of the stabilizer at the extreme angle is a quality problem

In order to protect the motor from excessive loss, generally, each axis will set the limit angle as a warning under the limit angle. If during use, when your shooting angle reaches the set limit angle, the stabilizer will give a jitter or not working warning, which means that your shooting angle at the moment has reached the official limit angle;

Misunderstanding 6: Plug in the data cable of the stabilizer to control the camera immediately

During the shooting process, it often happens that the stabilizer cannot control the camera’s adjustment parameters due to problems with the plug-in process of the stabilizer. When the above situation occurs, don’t rush to find the problem of the data cable and stabilizer, first review whether your plugging process is correct.

The correct process is to install the camera, connect the camera control cable, and then level the stabilizer and camera, turn on the camera power and stabilizer switch in turn, select the camera brand in the stabilizer menu interface, click confirm, and wait for the stabilizer to recognize the camera Then you can control the camera to adjust the parameters through the stabilizer.

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