I asked Chris Anderson (who sent this to me and is the creator) if it was any easier to balance than the ‘other' stabilizers on the market:
The bendable arm allows for supper fine tune adjustments getting that CG super close to the gimbal within minutes. Other steadicams have taken me up 15-30 minutes to balance properly.
Hopefully that turns out to be true… I was also very impressed with the ability to make this into something very compact and easy to carry! Many of the other devices are so bulky.
Tooga FloCam Camera Stabilizer for DSLR, GoPro, Smart Phones[tentblogger-vimeo 72707118]
What is a Camera Stabilizer?
A good camera stabilizer will flow through the air capturing captivating dynamic footage along the way. We really like the effect that stabilizer shots have in film but we don't like the complexity and bulkiness of the stabilizers on the market today.
Why is the FloCam a Better Solution?
The key functional difference between the Tooga FloCam and other stabilizers is a bendable counterweight arm which allows the operator to not only control the number of stackable weights, but also the weight position.
Changing the weight position means that adjusting the center of gravity is much more intuitive than rigid arm stabilizers where set-up is much more trial and error based.
The Tooga quick snap connection makes set up fast. We spent a lot of time making sure the tolerances are perfect so that the modular design works as good or better than a single piece stabilizer design.
We use a very low-friction u-joint and ball bearing combination to make our gimbal assembly. The high precision U-Joint is the most critical piece of engineering. We added a thumbsteer feature that lets the operator make fine tune adjustments on the fly.
For more details, visit Tooga FloCam Camera Stabilizer for DSLR, GoPro, Smart Phones
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)