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Shaky Videos No More – Slick’s Motorized Steadycam takes GoPro Footage to new Heights

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Getting that perfect shot is difficult for just about anybody short of a professional videographer, and it’s no easy task for them either. One of the biggest challenges with video is trying to hold the camera still so your footage doesn’t resemble The Blair Witch Project and give all of your friends motion sickness. When you see some of the professionally done videos, the things you don’t see are the rigs they build just to get that smooth, steady shot.

The folks at Slick believe they have come up with solution that will all but perfect your action videos taken with your GoPro. Head past the break and check out the pretty ingenious little gadget they came up with….

 

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I kind of look at this as the dropper post of the action camera. Sure, it’ll add a little weight, cost money, and people will swear they don’t need it…. till they try it. If you spent the day riding the perfect ride with friends and wanted to video some of the highlights of your ride, you’re obviously doing it so you can watch and share it later. You’ll likely edit it, add a song from Metallica’s new album and share it with everybody you know. After all of that effort, your sweet flow is rattling in the confines of your screen making your Aunt Gertrude think riding a bike is torturous.

 

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The Slick unit can be mounted to any thing a GoPro mounts to since it uses a compatible mount and even comes with a adapter to hold the new smaller GoPro4.

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How does this work you ask? Each of the camera’s motorized three axes is driven by a micro-controller, so that the camera stays perfectly level regardless of the kind of terrain you’re moving on. Though it’s pretty  simple as the only thing you have to do other than charge it, is turn it on. Its battery life runs about the same as the average GoPro, so just charge them together. It’s also waterproof so take it just about anywhere you do your GoPro, though they express that even though surfing and water sports is fine, scuba diving, (submerging), is not guaranteed.

SLICK footage is so smooth that you can simply increase playback speed to get that awesome hyperlapse effect. Check out this hyperlapse street/forest footage shot from a helmet facing backward in Paris. This thing just makes video editing more fun!

 

Here is some side by side footage of a GoPro on the left by itself, and on the right with the Slick Stabilizer. Though the footage on the left seems a bit exaggerated,  using the Slick Stabilizer obviously smooths it out better than humanly possible.

 

 

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Kate
Kate
7 years ago

So this is not available yet?

but 488% funded, so should be able to purchase a real one soon?

Editor: It still has more than 2 weeks to go on indiegogo. Buy in now for March 2016 delivery. It will likely go on sale next summer/fall sometime if all goes well.

DowningK
DowningK
7 years ago

This looks sick, I am so tempted to fund this.

mountguitars
mountguitars
7 years ago

and i just bought a G4 Feiyu gimbal and this one comes out….sort of.

Matt
Matt
7 years ago

If you are going to put that on your helmet, what is the point of even bothering to pretend the helmet is for safety? Just make an ultralight helmet for mounting that to, because it’s going to crush your skull regardless.

tedder
7 years ago

TLDR: $200 or so.

Emilio
Emilio
7 years ago

@Matt Good point. The product is very good but it is risky to put it in your helmet. Just strap it to your forehead and leave the helmet at home. A mounting for the chest or the handlebars would make much more sense though.

postophetero
postophetero
7 years ago

Cool idea–just stop putting cams on helmets FFS!–on the bars, the chest, saddle anywhere but the helmet. Ask Michael Schumacher about helmet cams…

Forest Cat
Forest Cat
7 years ago

As a Huge Metallica fan, it feels pretty darn good to say that the ghost of Cliff Burton will HAUNT YOU FOREVER, for “RickRolling” me… How in the world did I Fall for THAT???Sleep with One Eye Open…

rupert3k
7 years ago

Hopefully by the time they bring out an improved GoPro Session, it will also feature proper image stabilisation.

Michael
Michael
7 years ago

Definitely a case of function over fashion…

Groghunter
Groghunter
7 years ago

hardware crowdfunding is always a NOPE NOPE NOPE, but if it hits retail, steadicam footage from an action cam is going to blow minds.

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

Rick Rolled! Also a cool product

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