Smooth tracking shots are visually impressive, look pleasant to the eye, add production value to your video.
I’m sure every each one of us can think of at least a dozen great examples of perfectly executed smooth shots from some of our favourite films.
A fluid and dynamic tracking shot gives a film or a video another dimension and can immerse the audience further into the story as they follow the lead character or a villain. Modern cinema is full of incredible fluid shots like the long tracking shot of Henry Hill’s restaurant entrance in Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece “Goodfellas”, or the equally impressive Steadicam pioneering shots in Stanley Kubrick’s classic “The Shinning”, or any fluid shot in any Paul Thomas Anderson film.
Unfortunately, those used to cost a fortune. Not anymore. Now, we have access to advanced and affordable tools such as 3-axis gimbals, sliders, dolly systems, and other stabiliser devices that produce great professional results.
Casper Mini Stabilizer from Embrace Cinema Gear is one of those tools that will give you the freedom to produce formidable results and would perfectly fit into your gear bag.
It can be balanced very quickly, it is portable, collapsible, and light. And it comes at an attractive price too. It will cost you $289 only (the shipping is included) if you pledge on Kickstarter before September 15th. According to Embrace Cinema Gear it is the perfect fit for the owners of A7s, GH4, BMPCC, and most Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
For an additional $110, you will also get a hard carrying case for the Casper Mini Stabilizer, which has provisions for 2 cameras and lenses in addition to the Casper Mini.
In addition, here are some of the advantages of Casper Mini Stabilizer:
It will be the fastest stabilizer to balance because of a unique 2-axis slide developed in-house.
It is completely collapsible, can be stored easily and assembled quickly. You can pull it out of your camera bag and put it together in just 30 seconds.
It is very light, weighing only 1.1kg (2.4 lb.), and is easy to carry. We have also designed a special quick release system that further reduces the final weight after the camera is attached.
The custom designed quick release plates for the BMPCC, GH4 and Sony A7 will prevent the camera from getting misaligned or accidentally turning because of a heavy lens.
The unique cross shaped base adds greater mass and therefore greater inertia to the balance of the stabilizer. This also allows you to set down the stabilizer without having to worry about it tipping over.
This is how you can balance the stabilizer in less than 2 minutes:
If you are wondering how it is possible such a tool to cost at least than $300, the answer is simple. It is made in India. Embrace Cinema Gear has been manufacturing various cinema and audio products for the past 5 years. The factory has been fully functional for over 4 years and have 16 full-time staff members and 3 consultants.
Embrace Cinema Gear already had a successful Kickstarter campaign with 57 backers and more than $28 000 transferred to their bank account.
I’m really keen on, admire the work and share the enthusiasm of those small independent companies that dedicate their time and invest a lot of money to develop affordable tools that really could empower our work as filmmakers. I prefer to buy from small companies that are listening to their customers demands and make everything possible to improve the quality of their products no matter how small compared to the giant conglomerate gear manufacturers.
What do you guys think of the Casper Mini Stabilizer? If you think this stabiliser can help you add more production value to your work, consider heading over to their Kickstarter campaign to claim yours. Or would you rather buy from an established brand by a major manufacturer? Either way, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.