The TRIPOD - as a video stabilizer - How to!

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We talked about the basics of using a tripod for your photos for real estate. 

I told you I was going to show you how to stabilize your video, so it looks a little less seasickness inducing... I think you know what I am talking about. 

To see what is up with the tripod, check this post out: What's up with the tripod?

Now, there are a couple of solutions to this - if you have a few grand laying around, a steadycam and a broadcast quality camcorder is probably in order - but then you would have to give up your day job and become a vidographer... Nah...

The other version is to get a Smoothee - especially if you have an iPhone 4, since it will record HD video. The Smoothee is a stabilizer on the same principle as a stadycam (Go figure - same company too) and runs you about $200. 
You can also opt for a Merlin version - it's a bit more nigh end, and so is the price of $800...

Now, if you are anything like me, you are wondering how to do this cheaper...

So - back to that TRIPOD you just bought?!?! Right?!?! 


  • Find the center balance point.
  • Hold the tripod with 2 fingers if possible and move as you wish...
  • Note that camera does not bob as much as wehn you just carry it.  

There you have it - see the video for a visual. 


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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Thanks for the tips!  

Jan 07, 2012 04:47 AM #1
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Terkel - Thank you for sharing detailed quality information on the TRIPOD as video stabilizer, how to.

Jan 07, 2012 04:49 AM #2
Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Great tips on the tripod.  Need to use it more effectively in our productions!

Jan 07, 2012 06:43 AM #3
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Great cheap tips. Does save a lot of money.

Jan 07, 2012 02:34 PM #4
Terkel Sørensen
Real Estate Places - Temecula, CA
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales

You are welcome - sometimes all it takes is understanding how the fancy and pricey version works, to know how to use something else. 

Most of the pros who do this - actually use light stands, but most of us don't just happen to have one of those sitting around - so I adapted to a tripod...

Jan 09, 2012 02:27 AM #5
Paul Viau
High Shots Photography - Halifax, NS
High Shots Photography - Real Estate Services

Terkel - I'm considering going the smoothee direction. I will still take stills with my wide angle. But video - especially out doors looks like it's done with a professional motion camera! I think this is awesome.

May 26, 2013 10:41 AM #6
Terkel Sørensen
Real Estate Places - Temecula, CA
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales

Paul. I don't think you can go wrong. That said, do expect a little bit of s learning curve getting the hang of how to drive the thing.

May 26, 2013 02:06 PM #7
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