As a videographer, we’re constantly trying to find the best way to get stable shots without limiting our movement. Especially when creating cinematic content, smooth shots without jumps and jolts are important. Obviously, setting a camera up on a tripod will get us the most steady shot, but moving around smoothly with a giant tripod is pretty much impossible.
For a while, videographers attempted to make their tried and true tripods work well for moving shots. Sliders were added to the tripods, then dollies. Finally, the cameras came off the tripods, and steady cams were used. Most recently, electronically stabilized gimbals were introduced to the scene. These have really been a game-changer, especially in the drone footage field.
A lot of people look at drones and think the most innovative part of them is the ability to fly a camera around. In fact, camera flight has been around for a very long time. From our perspective, one of the most novel pieces of technology in drones is the high quality video transmission from the drone to the remote operator, which can be seen from up to a mile away. Getting such a clean HD image from so far away is truly amazing.