I'm being asked to put together some video footage of key places on Lake St. Clair from the air. I really do not have a big budget so I been thinking of ideas. A gyro stabilizer would be amazing, but its defitinly outta budget.
Ok, for camera we have a Sony Handycam DCR-SR42. Its a low-end camera but its fine for what were doing. I'm not rulling by out a HV20 ethier, but the SR42 is what we have already. I'm going to buy a set of 3rd party lenses (telephoto, wideangle, depolariser.) The thing where I am running into trouble is I need to minimize the shaking of the plane from the engine. Since we need to be compact, this is my idea. I have a nice tri-pod that can shrink down to size. My idea is to attach sponges to the bottom of the legs. and add weights hanging from the center. My bet is it will hold down the camera to the plane since the whole setup without is just a few pounds. The weights will hold down, and the sponges even under the compression will deaden the vibrations.