ReelSteady has been a great tool for cinematography over the past few years. The original plugin was used exclusively within Adobe After Effects and the time it took to process and manipulate the footage was fairly time consuming. The technology is amazing but it has always carried a pretty hefty price tag. $400 for the plug-in and the cost of after effects puts this out of reach for many FPV drone pilots…until now!
ReelSteady Go Overview
ReelSteady launched “ReelSteady Go” this week at a price of $99. This standalone desktop application can only be used with GoPro camera footage because it uses the GoPro’s gyro data track to aid in stabilization. For most FPV pilots, shooting with GoPro cameras is the norm and this tool is an amazing upgrade to the process of stabilizing your GoPro drone footage.
While the Hero 5, Hero 6, and Hero 7 cameras can be used with ReelSteady Go, the software is perfectly calibrated to the Hero 6’s gyro data. When using a Hero 5 or Hero 7, you will need to suspend your gopro with a more supple mounting system to prevent the Hero 7 gyro from being too sensitive for ReelSteady to adapt and stabilize.
- Gyro-based stabilization
- Fully standalone desktop app
- Advanced rolling shutter removal
- Built in lens distortion correction
- Adjustable smoothness value
- Adjustable cropping speed
- Auto detection of GoPro metadata
- Intuitive user interface
- Horizon leveling mode
- Fast stabilization and render times
Gab707 Footage (RAW vs ReelSteady GO)
Drone Vibration Problems and Solutions
If flying with a Hero 5 or Hero 7 you will NEED to use very soft vibration dampeners to stop any high-frequency vibrations from reaching your camera. Hero 6 doesn’t have this issue and should work fine with any mount. More info here.