Camera Shake & Vibration

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Footage not as smooth as you'd expect when filming with your phone? See below for symptoms and potential solutions.


  • Shaky footage
  • Vibration in footage throughout slide
iPhone 7 & higher may experience camera shake because of the camera lens in the phone. Using the included ND filter can help with this.

Potential Solutions:

  1. Confirm phone mount isn't loose.
  2. If using iPhone 7 or higher use included ND filter:
    1. Once connected to the ROV Motion app focus on your subject.
    2. Select "M" from the option menu on the right hand side of the screen.
      1. If your shutter speed in the menu defaults to more than 1/60th, you'll want to use an ND filter.
    3. Hit the "ND" button on the left hand side of the screen. This will have on-screen instructions.

  1. Attach the ND filter over your phone's lens.
  2. Twist the variable ND filter until the the bar in the middle of the screen turns green, this indicates the proper exposure for most conditions.

  1. This will result in a cinematic effect when filming, alleviating shake and vibration by locking the shutter speed and ISO and controlling the incoming light instead. 
iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone 11 produce shaky footage that cannot be resolved when using the ND filter that comes with ROV sliders, as such these series are not compatible with ROV at this time.  Currently, there is no timeline for when this will be fixed, but we do have plans makes some changes in the app so that they are compatible. These phones can still be used to control the slider and use the app, but we don't recommend filming while attached to the slider. You can still use a DSLR on ROV Pro and use one of these phones to control the slider via the app.

What is an ND filter?

Neutral Density (ND) filters reduce the intensity of colors of light equally from entering the camera, in measured amount. This allows more control in selecting shutter speed and aperture combinations in a variety of conditions.

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