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Using Gimbal for Tripod Shots (4 replies and 8 comments)

Luca Vasile
1 month ago
Luca Vasile 1 month ago

I have to shoot a scene which contains both tracking and locked off shots in a fairly limited amount of time. To avoid having to switch to a tripod and get the locked off shots faster, I was thinking about using the gimbal and just have my operator stand still. I've never used a gimbal such as the Ronin or Movi before and was wondering whether it's so stable that it looks locked off or not.

dmullenasc
1 month ago
dmullenasc 1 month ago

Yes, it should look locked off if you stop operating the wheels, and it's a stabilized head on top of that.

dmullenasc
1 month ago

But your operator should set it down on something, if his arms move, the camera moves.

dmullenasc
1 month ago

The stabilized head would reduce or remove shaking but if your operator moves the camera side to side or up & down in space, you'd see that.

Luca Vasile
1 month ago

Thank you.

Eugene Verenyov
1 month ago
Eugene Verenyov 1 month ago

You can set gimbal on a stand in couple of minutes and use remote control like “mimic” on a tripod to control stabilizer. 

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Luca Vasile
1 month ago

Thanks!

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

All that is true but the operating sensitivity of a Movi, or any other stabilizing system I have used or tested, is not exactly up to that of a gear head or a good fluid head. Although the difference is less, I would say the same of a standard remote head such as a Libra.

Luca Vasile
1 month ago

Thank you very much, Roger! I'll look into some options.

Luca Vasile
1 month ago

I am looking at a very low budget situation, however. I think I will use something to rest the gimbal on or a monopod to keep the gimbal steadier like Justin suggested. There are no pans or tilts needed, just locked off shots which I need to get quickly in few takes and therefore wouldn't want to set up a tripod and move it around for all the coverage. Thank you again, sir.

JustinBalog
1 month ago
JustinBalog 1 month ago

Howdy! 

I just recently filmed a commercial and we needed to do some very quick interviews.  The entire project was pretty doc style, nimble and quick.  What we ended up doing was using a monopod with the gimbal for the establishing frame and our 2nd camera was working in tighter on individuals. 

I don't know what your budget/crew looks like, but it sounds similar to what we were doing and that's how we solved it. 

Hope that helps and good luck!

Justin 

 

Luca Vasile
1 month ago

I hadn't thought of that! Thank you very much.

JustinBalog
4 weeks ago

You bet, happy to help!

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