To enable horizon correction, calibrate the gyros of your SteadXP over the temperature range you plan to use it with. It needs to be done only once for each SteadXP:
– first, we advise to let your SteadXP (turned off) in a cold (and dry) place during one night.
– then turn SteadXP on and place it on a perfectly stable surface (on the ground) so it warms up slowly.
– finally, turn SteadXP off then on again to finalize the temperature calibration.
After that, whenever you turn SteadXP on, avoid shaking the device too much during the boot sequence (i.e when the LED alternates between red and orange).
To activate horizon correction within SteadXP software, simply uncheck the roll checkbox in Preview tab.
N.B: This is for SteadXP+ and SteadXP@
Fully charged, you can use SteadXP+ for 10 to 12 hours.
SteadXP & SteadXP Calibration Softwares
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SteadXP software works with every video codecs also supported by FFmpeg.
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.
Our video stabilization solution combines the device (that records the motion of your camera while you’re filming) and the software (whose algorithms synchronize the video and data files to correct the camera motions). So you won’t be able to stabilize your footage without them both.
The camera profiles list only shows profiles created at the exact resolution of the input video.
Yes, you can add a keyframe by double-clicking on a frame in the details tab of the timeline. This way you can control precisely your framing all along the shot. Take a look at this video tutorial for more details.
The profiles are in the folder Documents/SteadXP/cameraprofiles.
We recommend to shoot at least 8 seconds videos.
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 (10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13) and Windows 7, 8.1, 10.
A stabilization profile is a set of parameters (roll, pitch, yaw, stablevel, histo & zoom out) controlling the dynamism of the clip to reproduce a typical look (e.g. shoulder held camera effect …). It must not be confused with a camera profile.
Those profiles are accessible in preview tab and can be loaded with the corresponding drop-down menu.
Tune this parameter to increase the stability of your sequence.
0 : correct the rolling shutter
1 – 9 : gradually increase the stability of the shot while keeping a shoulder-held camera effect
10 – 50 : powerful stabilization of the shot
Histo is a pixel interpolation functionality aiming to increase stability and achieve smoother trajectories.
The interpolation happens when black borders enter the red rectangle area of your video. Neighboring frames (past and future, i.e historical frames) are used to fill the black borders.
You can adjust the number of neighboring frames used for the interpolation. The higher the value, the heavier the calculations.
Yes, simply browse your input video and clic on opt (input tab).
It is possible to apply a 3D LUT (color correction file) at any time on the input video of any project and start a new graded rendering.
You can add your own 3D LUT files and use them to modify your video (see the tooltip on the left of the dialog opened when opt is clicked).
Yes, SteadXP software allows you to add Motion Blur to your output video.
In preview tab advanced section, choose a type of Motion Blur and its intensity, from 1° to 720°. 180° being equivalent to cinematic standard (recommended value). The higher the value, the longer the processing.
From a cinematic point of vue, the rotational blur is accurate since the parameters of the virtual camera are taken into account.
This is feature will still be improved.
To select videos in SteadXP Calibration, you can either:
– select a single chessboard video, where all the angles were filmed
– select multiple chessboard videos, each one of them filming one angle at a time
If you choose the second option, SteadXP Calibration will merge those multiple chessboard videos into one single video. Go with this option if it is easier for you to film one angle of the chessboard at a time, each of them in a short video.
To learn how to film the chessboard, please refer to our calibration video tutorials
Video & Data files
We recommend the “SD Memory Card Formatter” from the SD Association. Mac users should avoid using “Disk Utility”. Cards with a capacity over 32GB shouldn’t be used.
No, it is not possible to change this timestamp!
No, .XPD data files should not be renamed.
It is not recommended, since the software uses GoPro file naming format to detect matching .XPD data files.
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.
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.
On DSLR, MirrorLess:
SteadXP only needs one audio track for proper operations. With the appropriate audio separator cable (1xStereo to 2xMono), you can then record one mono track. We recommend to use a preamplified microphone if you can’t set audio individualy on each track.
Warning: The cable must be an INPUT splitter (SteadXP needs separate tracks). Do not use a generic output splitter !
On XLR Cinema cameras:
SteadXP+ audio signal is in fact a differential signal: with a 1xStereo to 1xXLR cable, one audio track is enough (Audio Stream 1 or 2). On RED CAMERA, you can use a single 1xStereo to 1xStereo male male cable.
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 movements.
EIS / OIS
Every electrical (EIS) or optical (OIS) image stabilization systems have to be deactivated on your camera and/or your lens.
The more dynamic the scene you want to film is, 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.
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.
For optimal rendering, setup your action cam with:
- 4:3 image ratio like 1440 or 2.7K
- Wide field of view
- The best resolution available
- The LED enabled
- “Never” option enabled for display sleep
SteadXP has been conceived for DSLR, MirrorLess, Cinema or GoPro®* cameras. It isn’t compatible with smartphones.
When creating a camera profile, only the lens ends can be used (for example @16mm & @35mm for a 16-35mm). Using gaffer helps fixing the lens.
On a DSLR or MirrorLess camera, the auto-gain setup will set your audio gain properly.
Always check your VU-meters before recording, if level is too low, your camera is probably set in audio manual mode. Then simply adjust your audio gain to 80%, close to the saturation.
Video tutorials are available here. You can also access the documentation via the “Documentation” menu in both softwares.