At Staaker it’s all about the end result, the movie! So of course we used a lot of time and resources to develop a gimbal that keeps the GoPro perfectly stable even in the most demanding situations. When your Staaker does hard acceleration or braking the forces on the gimbal are high, but it still needs to deliver, the same with removing vibrations - in any weather or temperature. Today’s blog will be a deep dive in how we solve all these issues....
Let’s start with the dampers:
Anything that has propellers and flies vibrates, but we don’t want that to affect the footage. So to remove the vibrations we have developed some silicone dampers that work from -20 C / -4 F to 40 C / 104 F in order that you can do almost any sport / activity with Staaker - something that stands us out from competitors. We started with testing what was out there, and there's a lot! However, none of the dampers used by others worked at the level we expect at Staaker.
Due to Staakers high performance and ability to operate in almost any conditions means that there were high demands on what material we used. That’s why we choose to use a thick walled ball shaped dampening ball but with quite flexible silicone.
The dampening geometry:
The design and spacing of the dampers also plays a crucial role in how effective the damper system is. Traditionally there is just a square plate with a damper ball in each corner. However for our use case that didn’t work very well. We ended up with a rather complex asymmetrical spacing, this is due to where we mounted the gimbal (in the front of the Staaker) to make sure that it would dampen correctly for both pitch and roll.
Watch below to see Staaker in 30mph + winds and just how stable Staaker really is.... no post production stabilization!!!
Now that the dampers work it's time to turn the attention to the mechanical stabilisation of the camera. Our gimbal has 3 axis, uses brushless motors and stabilizes the camera 400 times a second to ensure the footage is extremely smooth. Click here to see the drone tech specs
We choose to have the entire gimbal made in aluminium to ensure that its rigid enough to handle the forces generated during extreme use. We also choose to use more powerful motors for the exact reason, we experienced that during high speeds or hard braking the motors could suddenly not have enough power and you would get a small shake in the movie.
Not acceptable for us.
So after 10 to 20 iterations on gimbals and damper balls we have now developed a setup that gives amazing results even under harsh conditions…..below Jon Olsson putting Staaker to the test in a one-shot - again with no post stabilisation!!! Order yours today at www.staaker.com - just $1195