Stop streaming shaky videos: The best five tripods for mobile journalism broadcasting
Written by Watchity
Stability is one of the most important things in video broadcasting. It won’t matter if your video is being recorded on 4K if your hands are trembling and ruin your shot.
That’s why tripods and stabiliss are so useful: they add smoothness and atmosphere to your contents.
But before recommending equipment, it’s important to analyse the types of tripods and gear support that are available in the market.
The key choice before buying your gear, is to know what you want to shoot.
Broadcasting an interview or a music festival requires different kinds of gear.
There are several kinds of stabilizers you can use for mobile journalism: a hand stabilizer, a selfie stick, a monopod, a tripod or a gimbal stabilizer.
All of them have different characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. You should also consider buying a mount for your phone that is compatible with your support, so you can add a microphone and lights to your camera.
A hand stabilizer it’s ideal for street broadcasts because it will allow you to move and run without having to worry, and will add more firmness to your shotsyour shots will be more steady rather compared to when you use your hands. than just using your hands.
It’s not the best support, but it’s the best tool if you have to keep movingmove a lot.
One of the best hand- held supports it’s Shoulderpod. It’s lightweighted, good builsturdyd and you can personalize it depending on your needs.
You can use it only as an stabilizer, but you could also make a whole broadcasting system with it.
Equally hated and beloved, the selfie-stick has grown from an infamous toy for all ages, to a tool that now helps photographers, journalists or anyone with a creative mind.
The selfie-stick allows you to have control over a shoot if you need to see yourself on camera. You can raise it above people to get a panoramic view, or put it lower than any other support will allow you.
Just keep in mind that the front camera is not always as good as the rear camera and you’ll be fine.
Also, friendly reminder, you’re going to need a strong arm for those long live interviews.
The selfie-stick we recommend the most is the Lifestyle Design’s GripStick. It not only works as a selfie-stick, but also as a table top tripod and a monopod. It’s all about versatility.
A monopod could be seen as a large selfie-stick, but its characteristics are very different. The monopod is used to reach stability while it touches the ground, to get to narrow places where a tripod won’t fit, and it’s very easy to carry around.
Some monopods even include extra legs to add stability and can turn into small hand-held stabilizers, but they’re not as stable as a tripod.
The Manfrotto XPRO Monopod Series is a great choice for MoJo. They all have a solid build, retractable legs for more stability and a ball joint at the base that’s perfect for easy ground levelling. There are aluminium and carbon fibre versions, with different weights and prices.
Tripods are perfect if you’re not going to move the camera at any point during your broadcast. It will give your video total stability and a very professional appearance, but you won’t be able to relocate while you’re broadcasting.
It’s ideal for interviews, indoor conversation and streaming with only one camera. One of the advantages of MoJo, is that mobile phones are superlight, so you won’t need to buy or carry a big or heavy tripod.
If you’re looking for something versatile, the Ztylus Journalist Tripod Kit might be your answer. It can be used as a rig to attach accessories and other supports, as hand-held stabilizer or even as a tripod with two different sizes. It also has a cold-shoe mount to attach a microphone.
They are hand-held stabilisers with a three-axis gimbal that does away with shaking and vibration, providing a very smooth and gliding look.
It’s a very cinematographic resource for broadcasting that makes everything look very professional. Sometimes people abuse of this resource, but it’s because the mass-production of this kind of stabilisers for mobile phones started only recently.
The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is one of the most famous gimbals in the market. It’s well-recognized for being one of the easiest stabilisers to use and for the quality of their build. Just connect your mobile to the Osmo Mobile by Bluetooth, download the app and start shooting. This support also includes tracking features, a hyperlapse mode, weights 485g and has advanced zoom controls.
The Zhiyou Smooth 4 is one of the biggest competitors of the DJI Osmo, because of its cheap price, a battery that can last over 12 hours and a very long list of mobile phones it is compatible with – not just iPhone or Samsung.
Shoot your own video! MoJo is all about versatility, so it doesn’t matter if you’re doing a broadcast for a live interview, a manifestation rally or a music festival: you have to be prepared for anything.
Find out what story you want to tell and ask us for a free demo.