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CML Web Discussion 2021-03-10: Steadicam, or Gimbal, or...?


Steadicam, or powered gimbal, or…? When you want to move the camera and a dolly, crane, or jib arm isn’t the answer, what’s the best way to get a stable shot? Do you prefer the fluid flow of a Steadicam or other purely inertial stabilizer, or the more locked-down, servo-stabilized look of a gimbal shot? Which one better serves the story, and why? What about hybrid devices combining servo-stabilized heads on counterbalanced arms (ARRI Trinity, Steadicam Steadimate and Volt, etc.)? Are in-camera IBIS and OIS systems getting capable enough to stabilize handheld shots on their own? And when is plain old wobbly handheld still the best answer?

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