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Guy Smashes $70,000 Camera While Using Stabilizer

If this video doesn't make you cringe, nothing will. In the middle of what looks to be a presentation at Cine Gear Expo, disaster struck. While testing out a powerful and pricey stabilizing rig, a $70K camera smashed to the ground.

This Guy is What You Get When You Combine a Ninja with a Cameraman

Want to see what you get when you combine a ninja with a cameraman? Just look at Florian Hatwagner, a Vienna, Austria-based camera operator who goes by the name "gimbalninja" online.

"I'm an Austria based cameraman that specializes in operating a camera whilst running, jumping and leaping over obstacles," he says.

A Look at Using Your Tripod as a Makeshift Steadicam

YouTube woodworking guru Matthias Wandel just posted this video about how he recently discovered that he can use his tripod as a simple DIY camera stabilizer for some casual filming. After doing some experiments with a DIY glidecam system, Wandel found that he actually got the smoothest shots by simply pointing the legs of his big and heavy Manfrotto tripod out and running around with his camera attached to it.

Steadicam Operator Walked Backwards 7 Miles a Day for 10 Days to Film the First 24-Hour Music Video

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself what life as a Steadicam operator is like, you might want to take a look at this video.

Deemed a ‘Walkumentary,’ this two and a half minute video shows you what Jon Beattie had to do during his incredibly grueling job as the Steadicam operator for 24 hours of Happy -- the extended music video for Pharrell Williams’ hit song.

Make Your Own DIY Steadicam for $20 and a Bit of Elbow Grease

The steadicam has become a staple in the cinematography industry. The problem more often than not, though, is that not a lot of people can afford one.

And so, since production models range in price from a several hundred to a several thousand, a number of tool-savvy people have set out to create their own DIY options. One such example is this extremely solid and good-looking creation by Instructables user and photographer survival434

Some Intriguing Trivia Tidbits on Shooting ‘The Shining’

There is little doubt that auteur Stanley Kubrick looms large as a director able to distinctively bring his films to life through his vision. He has left his mark across the motion picture landscape.

He also happens to be responsible for some very interesting technical results in the realm of photography as well (including owning 3 of the 10 Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 ever made).

Any words I write here about him will pale in comparison to the reams of scholarly works already published. And so, instead, I give you a couple of fascinating pieces of Shining/Kubrick trivia that you can whip out the next time there's a lull in conversation.

Humor: Chicken-Based Image Stabilizing Rig Delivers Super-Steady Results

Optical image stabilization is all about keeping the camera still even as the housing shakes or otherwise moves around. And when it comes to stabilization in nature, few creatures are as good at keeping their camera (read: head) perfectly still as the chicken.

So why not strap a camera onto a chicken's head and turn the guy (or gal) into a fowl-stabilized action cam!? Why, no reason at all!

MoVI: A ‘Game Changing’ Stabilizer Rig for Silky-Smooth Hand-Held Video

Over the last several days, one particular piece of new gear has been getting a lot of attention as a potential "game changer" for the videographers among us. A new hand-held stabilization rig, the MoVI is a three-axis, gyroscopic, completely silent system that's looking to revolutionize the professional stabilization market.

The Art of the Steadicam Pays Homage to Years of Stable Cinematography

Invented in the early 1970's by cameraman Garrett Brown, the Steadicam has become a staple in the world of motion pictures. But given how frequently it's used, most of us have lost appreciation for the true impact the camera stabilizer has made.

Knowing this (and wishing to change it) the people over at Refocused Media have put together the above compilation using famous clips from almost 50 different films -- clips that may have never been attempted if it wasn't for the Steadicam.