5 Gimbal Tricks To Get You Out Of That Creative Rut!

by Bret Hoy1 Comment

Shooting with a 3-Axis gimbal is almost expected in most professional videography environments these days, and that’s great because they’re versatile, generally easy to use once balanced, and give you the ability to accomplish shots you may not have been able to do before.

Gimbals like the DJI Ronin and Ronin-M as well as the Movi M5 and the newly popular Letus Helix Jr. offer a wide variety of options to the run and gun or well planned shoot alike.

As with any gear though, it’s easy to fall into creative ruts where you’re just shooting the same shots over and over again. The only way to break out of situations like that are to just muddle through a bunch of shoots until you’re inspired again, or talk to other professionals about what you can do to switch things up.

The guys over at Cinecom.net have put together a quick video of 5 Camera gimbal shots that you may not have used yet, and I can definitely see a few of these tips being useful to the shooter that’s just become a bit tired of the same ol’ same ol’.

If it turns out that you learned a few things, subscribe to the YouTube channel for new tips and tricks relating to filmmaking. It’s always good to have somewhere to go when you’re not inspired for a shoot.

5 Creative Camera Gimbal Tricks – Countdown #8 | Cinecom.net

Via Cinecom:

Camera gimbals are the new steadicams. With their 3-axis motorized stabilizer. For a relative cheap price we get super smooth videos without much effort from the operator. This allows us to focus more on the framing and the movement.

But with every fancy tool, it’s the guy behind the camera that makes those shots so great. We share 5 great tricks in this video that will help you make more creative shots with your gimbal. The operation of these shots are simple and easy as the gimbal does the stabilizing for us.

In the first trick we’ll have a look how we can better tilt the camera when filming low to the ground. This is easily done by offsetting the handles. Next we’ll have a look how to add more dynamics in a typical long shot. We’ll re-create the effect of a jib. The third trick is one of the coolest.

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  1. Here are two more tips I’ve read that have worked for me. If you have a Ronin, Ronin-M or MoVI (and some other gimbals), don’t forget “briefcase” mode.  I have found that if you are following a small child or animal, this mode works much better than trying to use the top handle.  The trick of course is where you position your monitor or monitor/recorder like a Atomos Shogun.  It will need to be close to the handle you’re using in briefcase mode but away from your bidy.

    Next, “upright” mode.  I find this position often more comfortable to operate from that the low mode and if you’re simulating a camera jib down move, it’s much easier as you don’t have to lift your arms as high. Sure, you can’t go as low but how many jib moves do we really do from up high to the floor.  I have done only one or two.

    It’s too easy to set-up our gimbals in the usual low mode, turn them on and start shooting.  If you have access to other modes, use them, they are a gift.

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