Back in 2015, a Kickstarter campaign appeared for a curious plastic box that attaches to your camera’s hot shoe and allows you to stabilize footage in post so successfully that it replicates the feel of a gimbal. How good is the SteadXP, and could it replace your DJI Ronin?
Tyler Stalman has put together a short video that examines how remarkably effective the SteadXP can be when stabilizing footage but also reveals that it comes with a long list of caveats. It could replace a gimbal in some circumstances, but not without complications.
More than 2,000 backers paid almost $600,000 to help bring the SteadXP to market, easily exceeding its goal of €150,000 ($177,000), but also attracting some negative comments about rewards not shipping and units not working — not to mention the fact that after the initial product designed for GoPro cameras was funded, newer GoPro cameras then made the technology redundant.
This “plug and play video stabilizer” can also remove the effects of rolling shutter, producing some impressive results. The manufacturer is based in Grenoble, France (hence the beautiful mountains in the backgrounds of all of its example videos), and the device is available to purchase from its website for €350, which, at present, works out at a little over $400.
If you’re interested to see how the post-production process works, you can download sample footage, corresponding SteadXP device data, and the SteadXP stabilizing software from the website.
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