Here at EVO Gimbals, we are continually trying to push the limits of what is possible when capturing quality and compelling video. Many of our employees and customers are avid adventurers, taking to the ski slopes in the winter and the bike trails in the summer. Only six years ago—before the age of the Contour and GoPro—capturing any video of your point-of-view (POV) while speeding down a mountainside, getting barreled in a wave, or dropping out of a plane, was something reserved for only the top tier athletes with big sponsorship dollars. Today these images can be captured by anyone with a couple of hundred bucks and a sense of adventure. Technology that was once reserved for only the elites has trickled down to the average joe, and with it, the standard of what we consider to be good video has been raised immeasurably.
In an attempt to continue catapulting the bar to even higher heights, we have found through much experimentation what we at EVO believe to be the best-stabilized camera setup for capturing immersive POV style video. The GoPro Session, thanks to its compact form factor, can achieve what its big brothers cannot. Now, of course, we may be biased, but our clients tend to also agree that when paired with the EVO GP-Pro and SS 3-axis gimbals, the session allows users to get shots we previously thought impossible.
With the GoPro Hero5 Session, you can shoot in wide open 4k, or knock down the resolution and capture your action at up to 120 frames per second for incredibly smooth slow motion. While the larger action cameras will give you more options for video modes and
dial in your look, their increased size makes them more susceptible to being knocked around when the action starts to get intense.
With the Session, and EVO’s one of a kind mounting option for this camera you can blast through the mogul field, air the hip at your local skate park, or—as we found out at this year’s Colorado Freeride Festival—go upside down on your bike. All with an incredibly smooth, stabilized shot.
There's a secret to getting the most out of your SS camera gimbal and Session is in the way you mount it. Through trial and error, the best POV achieved that we've found, is when the EVO SS is attached to a child size, motocross chest protector
A typical chest protector—or one like the chest mount that GoPro makes—tends to have far too much play due to the elastic straps that are not designed to support the weight of a gimbal and a camera. However, with the proper mounting setup, the EVO SS 3-axis gimbal and Session shine. Regarding video modes, we recommend going with 1080p at 60fps in Superview or 1440p 60fps and then pair the footage with Andy’s Elastic Aspect in post-production.
With the GP-Pro GoPro gimbal, you have a world of options, though having this handheld gimbal mounted with the Hero5 Session, this has become our preferred setup for high speeds and when traveling over rough terrain. The joystick on the GP-Pro allows you to have ultimate control over your shots and when paired with extension poles you can achieve cinematic pans and sweeps in even the harshest environments.
Of course, we know that no one setup can meet every filmmaker's needs, but if you want to grab the action without the shake of a handheld shot, then we highly recommend pairing the GoPro Session with the EVO SS and GP-Pro 3-axis gimbals. Trust us... your audience will thank you!