Whether you are shooting from the comfort of your home or from a rugged mountain trail, it is important to use the right kind of tripod. Even as a beginner, you can film a high quality, fluid video with the right tools. A tripod is an important part of any professional video shoot, but with so many types available, it can be challenging to know which one is right for you. As filmmakers ourselves, we primarily use three types of tripods and are happy to share them here.
Our 3 Favorite Video Tripods
Perfect for travel and remote locations, the mini-tripod only weighs 10oz. We love the iOgrapher Flexible Mini Tripod because it is flexible for those difficult angles and is completely waterproof. The legs can wrap around poles, bike handlebars, tree branches, etc to capture the perfect shot. It can even function as a selfie stick!
Use the mini-tripod for:
- Shooting remote, outdoor locations
- Taking video in tight spots
- Traveling light
- Video that includes you
If you plan to film video on the go, you will need this mini tripod.
Sturdier and heavier than the mini-tripod, the multi-use tripod offers stability for motion shots and a greater degree of precision. Made from high grade aluminum, we love the Multi Use Tripod II for professional video shoots. The tripod head can pan and tilt with smooth transitions and it can shoot horizontally and vertically.
Use the multi-use tripod for:
- Motion and still video or photography
- Shooting panoramas
- Holding accessories, like lighting, mic, etc
- Smooth panning
If you are shooting some extended footage or lots of motion, this is the tripod for you.
Monopod (We know, it's not a tripod)
While not technically a tripod, the monopod needs love, too. Monopods offer extraordinarily fluid movements that will make you look and feel like a professional. We love the iOgrapher Monopod because it fits every budget and comes with a carrying bag perfect for a mobile workflow.
Use the monopod for:
- Shoot sporting or music events
- Filming where you have limited space
- Any low lighting events
- Grabbing nice aerial shots
If you want to film some cool footage in a tight or low light spots without having to hold the camera, you will love this monopod.
For less than $150, you can own all three of these essential filming tools and look like a true professional.