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camera stabilization systemIt is much easier to get higher production quality film if you first shoot with a steady camera, rather than try to edit it out with software such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Adobe’s After Effects. While this programs and extremely helpful at cleaning up shaky software, you will find their efforts increase ten fold if you first start editing start footage. A simple camera stabilizer can work wonders. There are many different types of camera stabilizers you can use to help assist you removing the shakiness from your footage, some at a quarter of the cost of expensive software. A good camera stabilizer will even make editing footage in expensive software a whole lot faster and easier, saving you countless hours of your time. A monopod is as simple as it sounds and is often referred to as unipod. This is typically a staff of some sort and is used to help stabilizer your shots. Most are even extendable allowing for easy transport. Simply set your camera on stop with the bottom secured to something steady and your footage is now of that of a pro. Tripod – Any good photographer or filmmaker has this equipment with them. A tripod is the ultimate stabilizer allowing for handheld shooting. Most tripods are also portable and expandable, allowing for each leg to adjust interdependently of one another. This allows for the use on any terrain or shooting at any user created angles. Counterweight / Gimbal – Gimbal or counterweight camera stabilizers are the high end of the market for stabilizing your shots. Most use weights to counter balance the weight of your camera, bringing you steady shooting while moving about. However these units can be quite costly and usually take a long time to master. However, once learned gimbal based stabilizers can take you shooting to a whole new level of smooth, stable footage. While most are hand held, most allow for a vest to be mounted allowing for hands free, hours on end shooting. Well there you have, some of the most popular types of camera stabilizers on the market today. Many are relatively simply to use and quite reasonably priced. They can however get a little crazy priced and complex when you get into the counterweight balanced models. But with any skill the rewards can come with time with these models. Just remember if you are looking to up your production value, it pays to first get steady film, then edit with your expensive software. Once you use a camera stabilizer, you may soon find you don’t need the software at all.