The handheld stabilized tracking shot (or follow shot) is one of the greatest achievements in film history. Made popular by its use in the Kubrick masterpiece Shining, most of us filmmakers have tried to recreate the same.
Steadicam systems are widely used to do this but they also cost a lot of money.
And then a few months back, the world was introduced to this – The Freefly MōVI M10:
and then it’s younger brother The Freefly MōVI M5:
And very recently we have seen the DJI-Ronin- a very versatile stabiliser.
But getting these rigs to India can be pretty expensive (with customs and shipping) and the daily rental for something like this costs about INR15,000 a day.
That kind of makes it pretty useless for filmmakers on a budget. And a bunch of indie filmmakers and engineers from India just decided to fix this problem.
Meet the ZyCam and the ZyCam Pro created by Indierigs (check out the featured video on top if you haven’t). The rigs cost INR 1,60,000 and INR 1,90,000 respectively.
The features are pretty standard:
- 3 axis MEMS-Gyro sensor
- 32 bit ARM – Micro-controller
- 4 Brushless Motor Controlled Stabilization
- Carbon Fiber Body
- Wireless RC Follow Focus & RC Pan/Tilt Control (Extra cost)
- Battery Powered
Head over to http://www.indierigs.in/products.html for more details. This might still be a little pricey to own, but considering cameras like the Canon 5D mark III (with lenses) which are similarly priced can be rented at an affordable price, we hope camera rental vendors pick these up as well.