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GoPro wins Emmy award for HyperSmooth video stabilization
  • GoPro, Inc. today announced that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized the company with a 2021 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award, in the category of In Camera Sensor and Software Stabilization. This Emmy® is in recognition of the technology powering GoPro's industry-leading HyperSmooth video stabilization — a feature found in the company's full line of cameras including the HERO10 Black and MAX cameras.

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  • yeaaaa. they buy reelsteady patent and software and now are geniuses. sure...

  • @hardimpact

    Hypersmooth is not based on ReelSteady, but more likely stitching and horizon leveling technology from Kolor which they aquired back in 2015, etc.

    But then again there is a lot of 3 axis solid state image stabilization around these days, including solutions from the former GoPro SOC provider Ambarella.

    And sometimes the sum is better than the parts. ;-)

  • @EspenB

    1. GoPro Hero Hypersmooth today is far better than it was back in 2016 if they were just using the acquired 2015 Kolor technology. There have been marked improvements, made in house.

    2. Why do you think digital stabilization is only 3-axis? I think gyro-based digital stabilization it is not restricted to three axes, and thus is potentially (and in my experience actually better) than stabilization from 3-axes gimbals. Leaving aside the problem of low light of course.

  • @markr041

    Refinements the later years seems to be mostly about increasing the processor cycles in the SOC core and going to a higher megapixel sensor to allow for more cropping. Still, refinements to the original receipt.

    Yes, you can also correct for up/down shakes which gimbals can't. Unless you go into "steadycam" territory, like the DJI Ronin 4D.

    It's suprising how fast hypersmooth falls apart unless it's a super bright sunny day IMO. Sometimes even a dark overcast day or going into shadows injects floating garbage.

    Besides: The fast shutter of hypersmooth is the antichrist of cinematic images. ;-)

  • You can add synthetic motionblur with RSMB (unless half transparent objects like windows in foreground). Yet optical stabilisation is still much better, as it corrects before the damage is done.

  • "Yet optical stabilisation[sic] is still much better, as it corrects before the damage is done."

    This is complete nonsense. You cannot walk with any camera using OIS and get smooth video. None. Moreover, if you use optical stabilization you cannot use gyro stabilization in post (if the camera has gyro metadata). OIS is fine for static shots, or perhaps combined with gimbal stabilization.

  • If OIS is fast enough and properly implemented - like it is with GH5 f.e - it can avoid jitter before it can introduce motion blur to the footage - which can not be corrected in post, even with the most accurate gyro data. This applies to lower FPS even more than higher ones. For 60 FPS drone or Gopro footage, it might be ok to work with 1/1000 shutter, which is what I head for if I plan for stabilisation in post. For narrative work in 24 FPS 1/1000 is way to much strobo. If you want to stay with the usual 180 degree, motion blur is way to pronounced to apply stabilisation for any kind of higher frequency jitters.

    And yes, with a small shoulder rig and a wide lense, I can get pretty smooth results just walking with GH5. In no way comparable to when it is mounted on the Ronin, but with added stabi in post, it is pretty usable.