Using Gimbal for Tripod Shots (4 replies and 8 comments)
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.
Yes, it should look locked off if you stop operating the wheels, and it's a stabilized head on top of that.
But your operator should set it down on something, if his arms move, the camera moves.
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.
You can set gimbal on a stand in couple of minutes and use remote control like “mimic” on a tripod to control stabilizer.
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.
Thank you very much, Roger! I'll look into some options.
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.
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!
I hadn't thought of that! Thank you very much.
You bet, happy to help!