Ever since MōVI officially launched gimbal for the mass market in 2013, it has become the go to camera stabilization device for both amateur and professional filmmakers. The gimbal enables the user to capture incredibly smooth images. However, using the gimbal isn't as easy as you might think. You need to know a few tricks so that you can use it effectively.
Ways to Use the Gimbal
1. Monitor Vertical Movements
The three axes gimbal monitor mount controls the roll, tilt, and pan movements. However, it does not take charge of your vertical motions. As a result, you should avoid running, jumping, or fast walking when using the gimbal. If you don't keep an eye on your vertical movements, your video will have discomforting bobbing movements.
2. Invert the Gimbal Mount
Using the gimbal for extended periods can strain your body and lead to joint pains. This scenario happens because of the way the gimbal mount is designed. Most gimbals are supposed to be placed near the chest or waist whenever you're operating them. This position is tiresome and limits your shots. To enable more flexibility with the shots, try inverting your gimbal. An important point to note is that not all gimbals can be inverted, so check if yours has such a functionality before attempting the move.
3. Balance is Very Important
As you're setting up your FMJ gimbal microphone mount, handheld gimbal mic and monitor mount, make sure that you properly balance them. Failure to do so stops the gimbal from working. Sometimes, the gimbal may function even when it's not balanced. However, shooting with an imbalanced gimbal is expensive since overworks the motor and drains the batteries.
4. The Perfect Shot Needs Other Accessories
To create the perfect shot with a gimbal, you need your slider, jib, and dolly since the gimbal cannot do everything. Therefore, mount the gimbal on the slider for incredible reveal shots. Mount it on the jib for stabilized vertical shots. Finally, place the gimbal on the dolly for smooth and captivating horizontal shots.
5. Tracking Shots
For the best tracking shots, you have to follow your subject around while keeping vertical movements to the minimum. You should also keep your subject at the center of the frame so that viewers pay more attention to the image instead of the edges of the camera, where they might notice up and down movements.
6. Steady Shots
If you don't have a tripod, you can still create a still shot with the following technique: either stand or sit still when holding the gimbal. In case, you notice even the slightest movement of the hands, use the warp stabilizer to mask the motion.
7. Making Awesome Crane Shots
A crane shot is meant to add some emotion to the video. Sometimes, you don't have time to get a jib for that captivating crane shot. Therefore, you have to improvise with the gimbal. To perform an effective crane shot with only a gimbal, you first need to squat, then slowly lift your body as you take the shot.
8. Pans and Tilts
In case you don't have a tripod to mount the gimbal, don't worry. You can still create smooth pan and tilt shots using your body. Before you do that, make sure the camera control button is near your thumb. In many cases, when you tilt and pan your body, the camera also follows the same movement. For such a scenario, it can be difficult to get a shot when the controls are on the camera. Hence, have thumb controls to manage the shots without affecting the position of the camera.
9. Pass-through Shots
A pass-through shot happens when the camera moves through a tiny space, such as a door or small opening, and comes out through the other end in one smooth shot. To do this movement effectively with the gimbal, hold it and steadily pass it through the opening, while making sure that the subject is at the center of the frame.
If you use the mentioned tips, you'll be creating cinematic footage in no time. You won't have to worry about movements that can affect your shots since you know how to avoid them. Good luck as you begin your gimbal journey.