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The Ghost camera stabilizer minimizes the phantom shakes

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The Ghost is a new motorized video camera stabilizing rig
The Ghost is a new motorized video camera stabilizing rig
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Electronically-activated brushless motors keep the camera stable on two of it axes, while panning is controlled manually by the user via a ball bearing joint
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Electronically-activated brushless motors keep the camera stable on two of it axes, while panning is controlled manually by the user via a ball bearing joint
The Ghost is a new motorized video camera stabilizing rig
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The Ghost is a new motorized video camera stabilizing rig

When it comes to consumer/prosumer video camera stabilizing rigs, they fall into two main camps. You get the cheaper, purely-manual models like the Steadicam Smoothee, or more expensive, motorized units like the MōVI M10. Another product may soon be added to the latter group, in the form of Montana film-maker Jesse Spaulding’s creation, The Ghost.

Finding a professional-level Steadicam vest to be too heavy and cumbersome, Spaulding looked to a lighter system that he’d already built for getting aerial shots with his hexacopter. Several alterations later, it became The Ghost.

Like the M10, the carbon fiber rig features a top bar with handles on either end, which the camera, motors and other bits and pieces hang beneath. Electronically-activated brushless motors keep the camera stable on two of it axes, while panning is controlled manually by the user via a ball bearing joint – an update kit is apparently in the works, which will allow for motorized panning, too.

Electronically-activated brushless motors keep the camera stable on two of it axes, while panning is controlled manually by the user via a ball bearing joint
Electronically-activated brushless motors keep the camera stable on two of it axes, while panning is controlled manually by the user via a ball bearing joint

The whole shebang weighs in at about 39 oz (1,105 g), and is intended for use with DSLRs or small camcorders weighing up to 3.5 lb (1,500 g). Its motors and other electronics are powered by an included 4,000 mAh battery, which should allow for 2.5 hours of run time per charge.

Jesse is currently raising production funds for The Ghost, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$1,595 will get you a kit, while $1,995 is required for a fully-assembled unit, when and if they reach production.

Footage shot using The Ghost can be seen in the pitch video below.

Sources: Spaulding International Cinema, Kickstarter

3 comments
Davedownunder
New to this, so excuse me if this sounds dumb. After watching this video, I went to the Spaulding-kickstarter web site and could find no details of what the pledge is and what the likely order of costs will total. How can anyone pledge, if you don't know what it will cost???
Daishi
@Davedownunder Prices are along the right side of the kickstarter page. An assembled unit is $1,995.
Daishi
For anyone on a REALLY low budget you can always borrow a chicken to do this and attach a camera to its head: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dPlkFPowCc