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Meet Volt, a Steadicam for Smartphones

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Technical 16th Jan 2017 No Film School


Steadicam adds power to the longstanding Merlin design for hybrid smartphone stabilizers.

The original Steadicam design is one of the most innovative in the history of cinema, driven by the passionate vision of Garrett Brown. Of course, the arm and vest rig was designed for much larger cinema cameras, while more and more filmmakers are working with smaller and smaller cameras. DJI has gained a foothold with the Osmo line of stabilizers for small cameras, and GoPro has even gotten into the mix with the Karma Grip.

Now, the original innovator Steadicam is making its play for the market with the new Volt. Built around the design for the Steadicam Merlin, a clever bit of engineering that Steadicam has made in various forms for decades, and combined with technology from drone maker Yuneec, the Volt is quite possibly the best solution for smoother smartphone shots yet.

By using a combination of motorized gimbal stabilization along with the weight-based stabilization of the Merlin design, the Volt offers a lot of compelling benefits. First is that it can continue to function even after the batteries run out, though the batteries claim eight hours of life, so that is more likely to be a benefit if you simply forget to charge the batteries in the first place. Secondly, the combination uses patent pending technology to simulate inertia in operation, creating smoother moves that feel less robotic and more organic. The Volt folds up to a self contained package that is easy to keep with you for a variety of shooting situations.

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