Hi Guys, just joined up here as id like some honest opinions.
Im a hobby designer, and play with RC gear for shits and giggles on weekends.
You may (most likely even!) have seen the MoVi stabilized gimbal that was presented at NAB. you may also be aware that the stabilization hardware and software for that was designed and made by some RC helicopter/multicopter electronics nerds in Poland, and here in Germany (and based on the stabilization theroy/scripts used for autonomous multicopters/hobby drones).
anyway, ive kind of got carried away with designing some light, small (and cheap) stabilized gimbals for RC helicopters etc using 3D printing technology. along the way, i tried out a few designs of a complete stand-alone system, for use exclusively with GoPro HEro2 or Hero3 cameras. It uses the exact same hardware technology as the MoVi, without a few of the custom software tweaks though guys developed (majestic mode etc.... although that could be implemented)
the current prototype weighs about 300grams including camera and battery, is about 140m long, and has a standard GoPro mounting fixture and is 360degree rotatable for fixture at any orientation. its got full 360degree roll and tilt capability, and can be extended to 3 axis as required (but i think this kinfd of thing works better in 2 axis... just my humble opinion!). theres open Live View and Ext. Mic ports for external monitor mounting, boom mics etc
Designed with standard gopro mounting fixture, the stand-alone gimbal design allows you to mount it to practically anything, including all the standard gopro mounts, poles, hand grips etc... or, mount a gopro tripod adapter, then attach any hand grip, dolly, shoulder stock, gorilla grip or whatever
Anyway.... the point of my post is.... i dont know squat about "real" cinematographic requirements, what DOPs look for in cool little gadgets to get unqiue shots, or really anything about profesional filming demands etc...
i was wondering , would a micro sized pixel-level digital stabilisation gimbal for gopro cameras (or an equivalently small camera) be of any use/interest to you guys? certaily not for daily use, for every shot, but maybe a useful tool to have for something a bit awkward/out of the ordinary?
Im not in this to make a buck, so dont think im scoping for clients, or trying to use your forums to make a product, im genuinely interested to see if something ive desiged and made could be useful to someone?
ive only got a few test runs of this specific gimbal to show off (the other gimbal ive got goes flying on my heli), but you get the idea. i need just bit of time invested in more creative mounting, and something more interesting to film...
various mounts that im using at the moment
i used the culman 'pipe clamp' fitting to mount it to the rear stay on the back of the bike frame