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Teton Gravity Research posts gyro-stabilized 4k video

By dpreview staff on Apr 1, 2013 at 17:49 GMT

Action sports video production company Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has posted the first video shot with the GSS C520, a five-axis gyro-stabilized 4K cinema system by GSS (Gyro-Stabilized Systems). The C520 is compatible with the RED Epic, Arri Alexa M and Sony F55/HDC-2500 video cameras. For this video, the system was fitted with a RED Epic video camera and mounted on a helicopter to capture 4K stabilized footage of San Francisco, California. (via FStoppers)

Teton Gravity Research's video shot with the GSS C520 system

For this video, the system was fitted with a RED Epic video camera and mounted on a helicopter to capture 4K stabilized footage of San Francisco, California.

Comments

Total comments: 25
KAllen
By KAllen (Apr 3, 2013)

You would be surprised at the amount of aerial footage shot with these systems.
Think of productions like "Life on Earth" all those wild life programs will of used these systems all over the World.
Lots of TV programs here in the UK have 5 second scenes of aerials thrown in, all big sporting events use them. Corporate projects use them ( I know of a recent air con survey on London rooftops shot with a cineflex) of course Hollywood uses them.
Watch TV and count how many aerials you see, you will be surprised.
Hollywood, it would be easier to count productions that don't have an aerial clip somewhere.
Lots of work for these specialist products if you are in the business, it's not what does it cost, it's what will it earn that matters.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 2, 2013)

There are consumer camcorders priced from $1,300 to $1,600 (or a PJ710 discounted to $1,000) that offer gyro-stabilized 1920x1080 video. Sony calls it "balanced optical steadishot."

A rental helicopter costs another $10k / hour or so, in any case. Chump change for an SAC partner, of course.

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KAllen
By KAllen (Apr 3, 2013)

The difference between something like the Sony and a system like this is incredible.
I've sat besides a Cineflex system, we were shooting night aerials over London. I was watching the operators monitor while he was checking all was in order. He zoomed in on a tower a couple of miles away, the building filled the screen and it was rock solid. Jaw dropping for me, especially as we were travelling over a 100mph.
This is 4k video, big cameras take more stabilising, long lenses take even more.
A sony handycam although very good is not going to take the editing/grading etc and deliver broadcast quality 4k video, especially as it's spec don't reach the requirements of many producers 1k HD.

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Roberto Mettifogo
By Roberto Mettifogo (Apr 2, 2013)

Nice, you see that the 6th axis is missing, horizon line is rolling a bit in many parts of the video, Cineflex is superior, but maybe it's also superior in price so it's all relative. Excellent cinematography by the way.

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koolbreez
By koolbreez (Apr 2, 2013)

They only bought the system, they did not develop it. As an educated guess I would say it costs more than the helicopter it is attached to, by quite a bit. I would venture to put that GSS in the 7-8 figure price range, and that might be underpricing it. Way out of reach of everyone, except a very very select few in the movie industry, and then only one, or maybe two for now.

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expoboy52
By expoboy52 (Apr 2, 2013)

Robert Wise did this 50 years ago using 70mm film and a Tyler Mount for his openings in "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music."

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Vlad S
By Vlad S (Apr 2, 2013)

And what about the drive from Sausalito to SF in "Foul Play?"

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fotoph
By fotoph (Apr 1, 2013)

TGR gives me tingles in my special parts.

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Sean Nelson
By Sean Nelson (Apr 1, 2013)

Too bad I can't get one of these for a hexacopter... ;)

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 1, 2013)

For a more frugal option, you can simply leverage the 30 and 60 fps of the amazing Nikon 1 V1 to "shoot" 4K video as this gentleman did in this clip:

https://vimeo.com/62831831

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jorg14
By jorg14 (Apr 1, 2013)

A good example of what can be done on a very modest system with a bit of talent.

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gsum
By gsum (Apr 2, 2013)

Incredible - the Nikon 1 video is better than that of the GSS 520. Why aren't Nikon selling the V1's spectacular capabilities more effectively?

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dpLarry
By dpLarry (Apr 1, 2013)

Beautiful and very cinematic shots... excellent..

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KoKo the Talking Ape
By KoKo the Talking Ape (Apr 1, 2013)

Eh. The bokeh wasn't creamy.

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JordanAT
By JordanAT (Apr 1, 2013)

So...where's the 4k video file? I see a couple of digicam shots of the setup, and what looked to be a highly compressed 720 (looked too smeared for even 1080) version of the video on vimeo, but nothing that would let me see it at full res on even my paltry 4960x1600 res setup.

Oh, and I'll bet it cost more than James' Aunt's girlfriend made grafting on the internet last month.

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vFunct
By vFunct (Apr 1, 2013)

The best part about these is that even in 1080p, it should have higher apparent resolution than other 1080p sources, because there's a full RGB value set at each pixel, as opposed to the typical 1080p sensor that only has one color value at each pixel.

It's the same reason a 24megapixel sensor image downressed to 12megapixel looks sharper than a 12megapixel sensor image.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Apr 1, 2013)

need telephoto to check performance of a stabilized system. the extreme case that I know of is some NHK videos shot with a 10,000mm lens (reflective) 30km from Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Apr 1, 2013)

Currently being miniaturized for deployment on Stealth Department of Homeland Security Drones (for your safety).

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 1, 2013)

They don't need 4K video. Haven't you seen 24 or NCIS? They have magic software that can produce 8K video from VHS security footage.

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HBoss26
By HBoss26 (Apr 2, 2013)

hahaha @tkbslc i saw that lol

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stoneinapond
By stoneinapond (Apr 1, 2013)

"why does it look so choppy in pan?"

Possibly your computer video card can't keep up with the footage.

I sometimes have flying dreams. This was just like them. Amazing.

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malcolm82
By malcolm82 (Apr 1, 2013)

It is 24 fps so it will always be choppy.

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maxnoy
By maxnoy (Apr 1, 2013)

Ridiculously good.

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (Apr 1, 2013)

The views are literally breath-taking... made me rethink value of still photography.

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hammerheadfistpunch
By hammerheadfistpunch (Apr 1, 2013)

why does it look so choppy in pan?

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Total comments: 25