We can all agree that shaky action camera footage sucks to watch but shooting smooth video on your phone or GoPro is hard to do. Professional video stabilizers run thousands of dollars for DSLR cameras and can even cost hundreds of dollars for more portable devices. Not really worth the price for your average casual shooter.
Enter Smoovie–a video stabilizer that fits in your pocket, is easy to use, and most importantly, affordable. Although it’s not quite as good as the large, heavy, and expensive equipment that professionals use, Smoovie brings video stabilization to the masses.
Instead of relying on weight and friction, the Smoovie video stabilizer uses magnetic force, allowing anyone to record smooth video without all that bulk. Measuring 19 cm x 4 cm x 3.5 cm and weighing less than 5 ounces, Smoovie is significantly lighter and more compact than other video stabilizers.
The patent-pending gimbal design uses two lightweight but super strong neodymium magnets. This magnetic attraction is what keeps shots steady by reducing the shaking created when you walk or move.
Smoovie is easy to set up–just pull out the telescopic counterweight balance to the marker for your smartphone or GoPro, and the device will calibrate itself. The handle is adjustable with a natural handgrip so you don’t have to hold your smartphone at odd angles.
GoPro users can capture all of the action with Smoovie Plus, basically a Smoovie for smartphones with an additional interchangeable adapter to use with your GoPro tripod mount.
The company is running a pre-order campaign for their video stabilizer over on Kickstarter. The Smoovie is going for roughly $21 and Smoovie Plus for roughly $23–expected delivery in June.