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Which SteadXP should I choose ?

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Plugged on a GoPro®*, SteadXP@ will follow you anywhere, anytime in your outdoor adventures.

It works with GoPro® HERO[4, 3+, 3, 2] camera* and it fits inside the GoPro®* housings with their BacPac™* backdoor. It can’t be used with a GoPro® HERO5* as it doesn’t have the connection anymore to plug something on its back. SteadXP@ is not compatible with GoPro® HERO5*, DSLR, mirrorless and video cameras.

 


 

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On a DSLR, mirrorless or video camera, SteadXP+ will be your ultimate companion for filmmaking and video reporting.

It just needs a flash mount (coldshoe) and a mic input (jack, mini jack or XLR). HDMI and AV outputs are not required to plug the device. Be sure to deactivate the EIS/OIS of your camera while using our device. Otherwise it will mislead our algorithms. SteadXP+ is not compatible with GoPro®* cameras.

 


Can I use SteadXP Software without SteadXP device (or the reverse)

Our video stabilization solution combines the device (that records the motion of your camera while you’re filming) and the software (which its algorithms sync the video and data files to correct the camera motions). So you won’t be able to stabilize your footage without them both.


Is SteadXP device compatible with my smartphone?

SteadXP has been conceived for DSLR, mirrorless, video or GoPro®* cameras. It isn’t compatible with smartphones sorry.


Is SteadXP software compatible with my computer ?

The SteadXP software is included with the purchase of any SteadXP device. It is downloadable as a x64 (64bits version) and is compatible with Mac and PC.


Which formats does SteadXP Software support?

SteadXP Software works with every video formats also supported by FFmpeg. For legal reasons, it can’t support proprietary formats.
So, if you’re filming with a RED CAMERA®** for example, you’ll need to convert first your R3D®** files before importing them in SteadXP Software.

** RED CAMERA, R3D are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red.com, Inc. SteadXP SAS is not affiliated with Red.com, Inc.


What are your filming tips with SteadXP+

Lenses

It is essential to film your sequence with the same focal length. So two possibilities: the best and easy one is to use a fixed focal (prime) lens or you can still use a zoom with some gaffer tape to prevent any focal movement.

 

EIS / OIS

Every electrical (EIS) or optical (OIS) image stabilization systems have to be deactivated on your camera and/or your lens.

 

Shutter speed

The more dynamic is the scene you want to film, the more you’ll have to increase the shutter speed to avoid motion blur. E.g. If you’re filming when walking, 1/125 could be quite enough but the result will be more efficient with a higher one.

As a precaution, we advise not to use SteadXP with lower shutters than 1/250 for an optimal rendering.

 

Audio recording

SteadXP+ uses the stereo audio input of your camera to synchronize itself with video recording. However, with an appropriate Y-splitter adapter (not included), you’ll be able to plug an external amplified microphone and record a mono audio channel from your camera. The adapter not only has to dispatch a single audio track in two outputs, but it has to distribute two independent audio tracks (from 1x stereo male mini jack to 2x mono female plugs).

While using an external amplified microphone in some extreme noise conditions, the SteadXP audio signal can be significantly reduced, due to auto gain. Some cameras offer to manually set independent audio channels levels, to avoid any failure of the stabilization process.