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If you’re creating video content for whatever reason, you’ll know it’s not always easy. You either have to rely on a friend that knows what they’re doing and is available or you need to do your best to keep your recording equipment in one static position and then map out the edges of the ‘frame’ to make sure you don’t go outside it or set up so that you’re watching the scene unfold to avoid going out of shot… I could go on but, put simply, it’s a lot of effort just to get a good video!

In very simple terms, the Pivo Max is a device that you attach to your smart phone, tablet or camera so that it can track you while it is filming. You pair it to your filming device via Bluetooth and let it do its thing! Included in the pack is a simple remote that allows you to zoom, change rotation, stop and start recording and change the mode. The Pivo Max has a range of tracking options: body and face tracking, horse and dog tracking and an Action Tracking option where you just outline a square of what you want it to follow so you can even be the secondary character in your video if you wish (maybe you’re filming a weather event or landmark feature). It has been primarily designed for those that post solo work-out videos such as personal trainers or show-offs but the possibilities of what you can do with this far outstrips that intent. You could engage in video calls and still be able to move freely around the room (ideal for professional trainers unable to get to clients’ homes for example), record house viewings on your own or you could even use it to attempt your own version of ‘Daft Bodies’ performance piece of Daft Punks’ “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” (check it out, it is SO cool!) not to mention the potential for film and media students to film their own performances and self-critique.

The battery life is good and runs at about 10-12 hours which should be plenty of time before you need to recharge and you can even plug your phone in while in use to keep that charged too and it can rotate a full 360°. All-in-all, not a bad bit of kit! RRP £239.99

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A really useful bit of hardware for anyone creating their own solo piece of video for whatever reason.
  • 360° rotation
  • Multiple tracking modes
  • Good battery life
  • Compatible with both iOS and Android
  • Doesn’t come with connectors for other devices or advice as to which ones to use.