When you turn your DJI Osmo on, you may find that it might need to be calibrated. By making sure it is calibrated, you know that the camera is balanced and that your footage is level. In this video, Richard Harrington discusses the importance of calibrating and stabilizing your DJI Osmo and demonstrates how to do it.
- When you turn your camera on, it may need to be calibrated a little bit. This is going to make sure that things are balanced so that the camera is most smooth when you're walking and doing movement with it. Let me walk you through that process. First up, just make sure that the camera is powered on and connected to the app. We covered how to do that in an earlier movie. Once that's done, you could tap the settings icon here to bring up your Settings, and go to Gimbal. Now, let's scroll down here a little bit.
And you'll see a couple of options. First up, the ability to calibrate. I'm going to go ahead and Reset the Gimbal. And put all the settings back to default. Now, let's start with just the horizon. I'll press Start. In this case, it's asking me to adjust and level things. Now this is a little hard to see in the studio, but we could actually tilt the camera to the side, and you see there, we're compensating, so if you're shooting on a curve or a level, or a hill, this is going to allow you to make some fine adjustments, and we'll talk a little bit more about this later.
Let's set that back to zero there. There we go, and you can see the horizon line adjust. Let's go back to the gear icon there and Gimbal. We'll scroll down. We're going to tell this to auto-calibrate. When I press the Start Calibration button, the camera is going to go through a series of mechanisms. Now in order for this to work, the camera should be level, so you should stop what you're doing, place it on a solid object, or grab the camera with two hands and hold it so you think it's level.
This is the camera getting level to the situation you're providing it. Now I've placed it in a stand so this is going to be even easier, but you're going to want to set it down on a flat surface, or do your best to hold the camera in place. Let's go ahead and tap Start Calibration. It's going to tell you that the Gimbal needs to be upright on a stable surface so that it can rotate freely. Let's go ahead and start this. When I tap OK, the camera is going to begin to calibrate. It takes a few moments.
The camera tilts up to determine the sky. After a bit, it will go ahead and recompose, and frame up a different shot, looking for the horizon. Once it's established those key points, the camera may rotate around to try to get familiar with the bearings, and just do a general balancing. It's now rolled back towards me, checks the sky again from this angle, and does a rotate back into place.
This is helping the camera find stabilization. Once that's done, the screen is going to prompt you to feel free to level the camera in case there's still some manual override needed. If you look at this here, I can easily roll the camera to the left or right with small tilts. In this case we're shooting on a pretty dark background so you may have a hard time seeing the horizon line. Let me tilt down just a little, and I could do small rolls there. You see how it levels the shot.
When satisfied, just tap the X to close. All right, at this point, I'll double-click the trigger, and the camera restabilizes back to neutral position. Now there are other controls that you can adjust. We'll talk more about these later, but very quickly there are some simple controls to adjust the speed in which the camera stabilizes. If we go back into Settings, I can go to Gimbal. From here, you'll see different profiles.
Fast, medium, and slow are just designed for how quickly it reacts to your movement. So a very fast movement where it's going to very quickly react, or slow. The SmoothTrack Settings can also apply additional resistance by trying to stabilize your movement. Now for this, you'll need to go under Custom, and you see here you have the ability for Advanced. So, if we turn that on, you get a lot of control here, so you can decide if you want to manually dial in the exact settings.
So here you can add the speed of movement, and the smoothing amount. This is how quickly it reacts. If you go back to one of those built-in profiles, which is going to work for most users, you see that it's going to go ahead and override that. For example here with Slow, there's some deadening and the speed is relatively slow. If we go to a faster movement, you see that the reaction time is much quicker, with a speed of 100. So, things like acceleration and speed will affect how quickly the camera reacts to your movement.
Now, below this there are other settings to adjust the speed of the pan and the tilt. Again, when using presets these are locked out, but we'll talk a little bit more about that, and you can do it so that the movement is horizontal and vertical, or free movement. Let's go to Free for a second. So with free movement, I could actually push diagonally, and the camera is going to rotate and tilt at the same time. Push down diagonal, and it tilts down, and starts to rotate.
I am pushing upward diagonal, and it tilts up, and starts to rotate. This means that you can limit the movement to straight up and down pans and tilts if desired, using just left and right, and up and down movement. Or, the diagonal movement, by being able to push at the 45 degree or 135 degree angle to get two senses of direction movement at once. Here it's tilting down and rotating.
Remember, that's right here in the app, and it gives you the ability to decide if you want that free movement, or just lock it to horizontal and vertical movement. If you decide that you like the movement to be opposite, you can adjust the tilt and pan so that pushing in the opposite direction moves. Right now, pushing to the right turns to the right, pushing to the left rotates to the left. But some people find this more intuitive if they do it the opposite direction. Remember, when you want to go back to default, just double-click the button, and the camera will recenter back to default.
Now that you have the basic operation down as well as how to use the app to calibrate the camera, let's move on and talk about memory cards. Once you've got that locked down, we'll be ready to shoot.
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- Breaking down and building the DJI Osmo
- Shooting photos with the DJI Osmo
- Controlling ISO and shutter speed
- Shooting time-lapse sequences with the DJI Osmo
- Shooting video with the DJI Osmo
- Using the advanced options in the DJI GO app
- Improving the contrast with a lens hood
- Mounting the DJI Osmo to a car