OceanView’s SteadyView, camera stabilization by software

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    That seems rather spendy considering that my inexpensive video camera has digital stabilization. (Hmm, I wonder if it will stabilize input from an external source…?)
    One could always feed the input into your onboard navigation computer (you can get a darn nice one for much less than $3K). You could then use any number of different programs to stabilize the image before display — or even the software inside of the computer that is being sold here.
    I like innovation, but come on guys! The stock market bubble is a distant memory. There are not too many people who can drop $3K for this feature, and those people probably already have gyros.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Did you watch the video, Anon? I very much doubt that your camera can do stabilization like that.

  3. Russ says:

    This is kind of like a bunch of guys who drive Honda’s learning about the latest F1 technology. Interesting, but not really relevant.
    I’m pretty sure that I’m not their target market.

  4. Jeff Shukis says:

    I very much like the concept of video stabilization, and an extra $3K for stabilization software on top of your $20K camera purchase is probably reasonable… for a superyacht.
    The good news is that video stabilization of this type isn’t very difficult and I’m sure that – like everything – the price will come down dramatically. I can easily imagine a near-future version of the Raymarine hand-held FLIR camera with this feature built-in.
    Actually, if you really want this now and have some time to fiddle, video stabilization is available now – for free. Visit YouTube and search for “video stabilization”. You’ll find everything from $.99 real-time iPhone stabilization apps to video processing plug-ins to research algorithms, many of which don’t cost anything.
    Granted, most boaters would rather pay a bit to have someone else figure it all out and turn it into a black box, but if you’re the tinkering type, you need not wait.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can you recomend a setup in which one could use this in conjunction with goggles for celestial navigation app’s, that could perhaps filter out things that are not stars? Just wondering.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Is this really innovative? There are several 3rd party black boxes that stabilize video signals out there (for a lot less than $3K). Here’s one example: http://rock2000.com/products/rhp/rhp_imagestabilizer.php

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