Hi, I have a short clip to share with you. Last november we went to Sierra Leone for a wreck diving expedition. The word expedition is often used as a fancy way of saying "trip" or "vacation" to impress your friends and mom I`m not sure if our trip was a proper expedition, but if not, it was very close to one!
We took with us: all scuba gear, including tanks, air commpressor, side sonar, gpses, metal detector etc.... two canon dslrs in aquatica housings, and one small camcorder in gates.
As the full movie is being made now, and it will take a while, I would like to show you a short trailer.
It is interesting that you point out that your experience is not 100% positive eventhough you bought a scooter for stabilizing purposes. I have seen a number of fine cave/mine videos where the scooter travel has created a nice flow to things. What is the biggest problem shooting video on top of a scooter? Is it the drag which might pull the nose up? Do you need to compensate for this? Or the shake or roll?
Don`t get me wrong. What I mean is, that while going with the scooter video is nice, smooth, and looks great. But when You stop and continue to shoot it is not that much easier. What You earn with stability You loose with the size of that big setup.
So I think of a scooter as of an underwater dolly
I think that every scooter is powerful enough to cope with the drag of the camera without a problem.
I would also assume that the maneuvaribility of the camera angle suffers if the video camera is fixed to one position on top the DPV.
Not that much, You will get used to it very fast.
Do you still have the camera attached to a DPV? Or do you use your monopod for stability also whilst swimming?
I don`t use the monopod, yet. I`m not sure I will, I have to test it, just an idea so far.
I use the tiny "yellow diving" mount which is perfect for a small m43 system (maybe too small for larger systems)
Your clip gets in my opinion 8/10 in being steady I guess for most of the viewers it is more than enough, but it can always be better
Will the scooter help You a lot? I m not sure. I bought a scooter just for that purpose
And as with everything, some things are easier some not.
While on a scooter and going, the video is nice and stable, but it looks bad when you start and stop, so you can film stop, the resume etc. Since the housing with arms is bulky and the drag is big so the mount is not that 100% stable.
Plus, it is not that easy to move that stuff and I think keeping firm and steady is easier, but slowly moving, panning etc no.
So, good trim of the housng will do more than a scooter, a good trim of a scooter and of a housing will do even more
Here are some old clips (shot 2y ago with sony hc5):
As I moved to dslr, my next idea is to use a monopod Not a tripod, as it is to hard to take and deploy every time.