As we wrote earlier, GoPro introduced their new Karma grip and made it available for purchase. While it really seems to do a marvelous job for stabilizing your videos, not everyone can afford it. And when you’re tight on budget, you can always get creative. In this tutorial, you will see step by step instructions for making your own 3-axis gimbal. And considering it’s DIY, the results it gives are fantastic.
Shooting video in hot sweaty dance clubs is thirsty work. But one ambitious young filmmaker has managed to solve that problem. Using his DJI Ronin upside-down, Israeli photographer and filmmaker Oleg Balzanov manages to keep refreshed while he films and dances.
It’s not a new idea, but it is the first time I’ve ever actually seen anybody pull it off in the real world. After posting the video to Facebook, it’s proving to be quite popular. I do wish it had lasted just a few seconds longer, though, to see what happened at the end. It looks like somebody was just about to bump into him. Now that really would be a stabilisation test!
I’ve become a fan of Yi Technology’s action cameras since I started using them a couple of months ago. For what they offer, they’re an absolute bargain, and they work very well. A video posted to YouTube today suggests that they’re expanding their range to include stabilisation.
Having recently picked up a gimbal for use with my phone, one soon realises how useful they are for handheld filming. I’ve been thinking about picking up another for using with action cameras, and it looks like the list of options just got a little longer.
DJI have updated their Osmo handheld gimbal camera to provide up to 7x zoom capabilities. Like the recently announced Zenmuse Z3 zoom camera for the Inspire 1, it’s actually a 3.5x optical zoom. On top of this is a 2x “digital lossless zoom”. Technically the “digital zoom” is really a crop mode, and is only available when shooting 1080p.
You get a field of view equivalent to a 22-77mm focal range on a full frame camera. It’s a comfortable range. It’s compatible with the DJI GO app, so you get full remote control and viewing from your cellphone or tablet.
Stabilization gimbals are a big thing now (My guess is that they be the most commoditized item at the upcoming photokina show). I mean you can get a decent gimbal for as low as $200 for an action cam/phone or $700 for a mirrorless camera. Those used to cost thousands just 3 or four years ago.
But even the best gimbal still needs to be used correctly to get the best out of it. This DSLRguide episode has 10 tips to master your gimbal.
But with great 3 axis control comes great responsibility. In this pair of videos from Aputure’s 4 Minute Film School, we’re told of nine vital things we need to know when thinking about working with one.
Camera stabilisation has come a long way over the last few years, but one thing you just can’t get around is the weight. The more motors and electronics you have to add, the heavier it gets, and if you’re using a DSLR or bigger camera with a large lens, forget about it.
Netherlands based Filmmaker and YouTuber Chung Dha has come up with an ingenious way to help alleviate some of the weight of his Feiyu Tech MG stabilizer, and prevent his arms from becoming tired on long shoots.
Aimed at Hollywood’s heaviest hitters as well as independent aerial cinematographers, DJI have announced their new Matrice 600 drone & Ronin-MX gimbal stabilizer. Able to carry a payload of up to 13.2 pounds, the Matrice 600 is perfectly suited to a range of cameras from Nikon and Canon DSLRs, to RED and Arri cinema cameras.
As one would expect, the M600 also works with DJI’s own high end Zenmuse camera line. When used with one of these much lighter units, battery life is more than doubled, increasing flight time from 15 minutes to around 35 minutes.
DIY Drones are wonderful and powerful tools designed with some of the best gimbal systems around. While the gimbals are obviously useful when flying throughout the skies, it’s equally good on land…so long as you can somehow hold your drone.
Enter the DIY 3D-printed handle for DJI’s Phantom 3 drone.[Read More…]
A while back we needed to shoot some action so we looked for a GoPro Gimbal. The market has a ton. We got the Feiyu Tech G4 from RCgeeks (if you live in the US you can get it here), and we were very pleasantly surprised.
As a gimbal, it does what you’d expect from a gimbal – keep the camera smooth, but the marker-sized form factor along with the the great performance made it into a trusted companion. I carry it around and it produces instantly usable footage.
You can check the full review after the jump