I bought this product last December and it is one of the BEST rigs I have used since I started using shooting videos using a DSLR in 2011. In December I was asked to get footage of the sky inside a helicopter, to keep the camera stable inside a helicopter I ran through my mind trying to figure out what i could use, A strap, no I thought to uncomfortable, a Gyro, no I thought that would be too inconvenient on such short notice, then I remembered I had my Opteka Stabilizer Rig and I went for it!
This is the footage I got in the Air using the chest stabilizer, it is pretty stable if you ask me, the raw footage was used for a music video, and is pretty stable. Later I processed the with Adobe Premiere’s Warp Stabilizer and it became extremely clear with a little bit of effort and a good eye, you can get some really good and stable Ariel shots with this stabilizer.
Here is the footage of the helicopter ride below. Make sure to Check out Queen City Helli-Copter for any of your helicopter needs, tours, private flights, or areal photography or video footage, they have some very good pricing.
Here is a Video on the Warp Stabilizer and how it helps the footage, mind you the footage I got was ALREADY really GOOD for being in a helicopter traveling over 100mph with winds blowing pretty hard, so the warp stabilizer gives your footage that extra professional touch. Its a tool to be used to HELP stabilize the footage, not to be abused or used as a fail safe way to just go out and get shaky footage… its a REALLY great addition to a good rig like the Opteka CXS-400!
Article By – Gregory Moore