A few kids in Brazil may have invented a technique that will provide a workaround for filmmakers who don’t have the money and resources to use a steadicam. In a video, the Brazilian production studio Space Criative uses a DJI Phantom drone in the place of a traditional steadicam. Steadicams cost thousands of dollars and need highly skilled technicians to operate them, but without this essential equipment, it’s difficult to get the kind of stabilized tracking shots that are so common in film.
Amazingly, the results of running around holding a drone seem to be nearly on par with this much more expensive standard. The drone also flies, of course, and the last shot of the video demonstrates that it can be used to zoom out into an aerial shot, looking much like shots done with expensive cranes in professional films.