Mostly Skatebording review
Because of Mostly Skateboarding’s Google ranking, people from time to time send us products to review. The Steadicam Smoothee is one such product. It is a Steadicam for iPhone, GoPro, or Flip Camera. My test unit was set up for my iPhone 4S. It requires that the phone must be out of any case, so if you have a lens that requires a case, you can’t use it with the Steadicam Smoothee. The idea of a Steadicam for an iPhone is kind of silly because the advantage of the iPhone is that you can have it in your pocket. The bulk and size of the Steadycam means you could just bring out a full size camera with the weight that could keep it steady on its own. I have to say though that I am impressed with the results. It takes a little bit of time to get used to the Steadicam and get it balanced. If you add a lens (I used an Olloclip) then you have to adjust the unit for that. It is actually pretty easy to adjust once you have figured out how to do it. I follow filmed a few lines and had to step off my board for Lloyd’s long line. You can tell, but the shake from me walking instead of skating is better than when I’ve had to do that with a VX. The major drawback for me as a skate filmer is that you can’t make dynamic moves like you can with a solid camera. With some practice, you could probably get the hang of moving the camera around however you want to. If you need a Steadicam for your iPhone I can recommend the Steadicam Smoothee. Buy it from Amazon and I’ll get a small cut.
BMX Union review
All right, so I’m no Matty Lamert or Will Evans when it comes to putting videos together. I’m actually pretty dusty since it’s been quite a few months since I put anything together too. Either way, above is a new edit I threw together of some clips of Conrad Heppner, Jesse Higgins, Blake Waters, Chase Bilich, Colton Walker and myself that I have been collecting the past few weeks during sessions at Bluff Valley’s Over the Top Skatepark using this new Stedicam Smoothee steadicam for my GoPro that I’ve been testing out for a review. Check out the edit, then make the jump to check out the review if you’re looking for a way to get some smoother shots out of your GoPro or iPhone.
Looking at the setup, you can see there are a few key parts to this. The two red knobs you can see in the photos above are two of the key components for this. They allow you to balance the camera on the handle with left and right or forward and backward tilt. If you have ever used a real steadicam setup this can be super tricky to get a camera centered… Having these little dials makes it pretty easy and quick to get your camera set in a good balanced spot.
Next would be the handle, which works on a gyroscope to allow it to swivel and adjust to the movement and your wrist position. You kind of have to hold the handle like a gun with your index finger and the thumb above the swivel point to help keep the camera from twisting right and left on you when moving since gravity and force will still throw it off a little (science…)
After that part, you can see the two weights that hang off the front of the setup on the two rods. These weights help with keeping the who rig centered and the added weight helps to keep your hand from shaking as much.
Up top there’s a mount for your GoPro camera. There’s also another version which works for an iPhone. I’m not exactly sure how that one works, but based on this photo it looks like you just clip your phone in and you’re set.
They’ve done a good job to make it real simple to setup and use which is good since that means less time messing around with it and more time filming.
Do I think it’s worth buying? I think if you’re the kind of person who is always putting out videos with clips you film on your GoPro and iPhone and you want to make your footage look better, but you’re on a tight budget… This is for you.
The price tag isn’t too rough either. You can pick it up for $149.99 right here or you can find a dealer here.
So that wraps up this review.