Stabilizer/Gimbal, a must have for the modern filmmaker

Stabilizer/Gimbal, a miracle?

Look at some statistics and you’ll see that the demand for professional video production is increasing. However, the deadlines are still tight.
Enabling faster en more flexible filming, without a tripod while keeping up professional quality, needs a little miracle.
Well, this miracle has arrived: the camera stabilizer, or gimbal.

A wise business investment

If a lot of action is involved then it is a good investment buying a gimbal to not miss anything worthwhile.
If you are like a guerilla or a travel filmmaker you do not have the time nor the space to carry a large tripod or slider.

 

Me and my gimbal, ready to shoot

 

Before this, movie makers had the option of either shooting handheld or use a so called dolly, a rail on which the camera could be moved fluently.
To record quality video without the need for a dolly or other heavy and expensive equipment, as a filmmaker you can now use a gimbal.

How does it work?

Before you can use a gimbal and switch it on (yes, electronics need power) you first need to balance the gimbal with your camera.
Basically this means that the gravity centre of the camera is in the middle of all its axes, so that the camera does not fall over.
On YouTube you can find dozens of instruction videos.
When balanced you can switch the gimbal on.

A gimbal uses three motors which, electronically controlled, can move the camera in any direction.
Shaking is now removed by moving the camera in the opposite direction.

Proof of the pudding

Before my holiday to Hungary I bought a Zhiyun Crane which has sufficient power to support the Panasonic GH4.
What is a better option than making travel videos and being able to test this gimbal?

See for yourself and look at the film made of the Basilica in Esztergom, the largest church and the tallest building in Hungary.

Everything is shot handheld with use of the Zhiyun Crane gimbal.

A film with wonderful images and impressive music.

 

 

OK, one more example. A tour through the caves of Aggtelek in Hungary. The challenge here is to film in the dark, with the Panasonic GH4. With the ISO at 800 that’s possible.

Just walk slowly, not going up and down too much. After stabilizing the footage in Premiere you will get professional results:

 

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