We’ve written before about Gyro-Stabilized Systems, the Nevada City startup that makes and sells stabilized camera platforms and systems. Now the Sacramento Bee has a profile of the startup by Cathie Anderson titled “Filmmakers, broadcasters fly with Nevada City startup’s technology.”
“Jason Fountaine doesn’t blink when he gets a call in Nevada City from a filmmaker in Sweden who wants to nail a cinematic shot that has never been achieved before – a high-velocity shot from a new Saab Gripen fighter jet.
“In the aerial-to-aerial video, a snippet of which can be viewed online at vimeo.com, the Gripen streaks over mountainous terrain at speeds of more than 300 knots, but every image is buttery smooth. There are no plumes of white smoke here. And when the jet pilot turns to glance across his shoulder, directly through the cockpit canopy, and into the lens of the camera, it feels as though he’s looking right back at the viewer.
“The footage got technology blogger Chris Ziegler craving a “Top Gun” sequel and remembering a memorable track from the 1986 film.
“’If ‘Danger Zone’ doesn’t automatically start playing in your head as you’re watching this, you need to check your pulse,’ Ziegler said.
“Fountaine’s 5-year-old company, Gyro-Stabilized Systems, is frequently asked to help film and broadcast companies tackle new frontiers, he said, and that’s just the way his small band of 17 staffers likes it.
“They produce a pivoted support system, known as a ‘gimbal,’ that will keep a camera steady even as plane, helicopter, motor vehicle or boat swerves, spins or bounces. The company integrates off-the-shelf cameras and lenses its customers buy.”
The rest of the article is here.