Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a gimbal for walking shots, part of Corporate Video Weekly.
- Rich, when it comes to getting the most stable and professional results for livestream when you're shooting with your phone or another camera, it's all about the gimbal. - You sure it's not gumball? - (laughing) No, I'm pretty sure it's gimbal. - It's a gimbal? All right. - Exactly. A gimbal is a motorized device that gives you stability in multiple directions at the same time. - Yeah, it's basically a gyroscope and a series of motors to keep things level, and these are available at a lot of price points. We actually have two different ones here from a company called DJI that's very well known for their drones. And they use the same thing to stabilize cameras when you're flying a quad copter, but now this is not the flying part, this is just the stability part.
- No, so here I have this is is the DJI Osmo, I'm going to go ahead and turn it on here. And it looks like a really super- complicated device, but it's not. I have a holder here where I can put my phone in and pair it up with the actual camera, so it's like a viewfinder, as well as allowing me to control various settings. - And it actually serves as the livestream, so in this model, you're using a dedicated camera, and then your phone just becomes the control unit and the livestream unit. - And what's cool about this is that I have a joystick here that I can control the camera.
I can record and livestream directly from the phone. I could also put a memory card into the camera to record there as well. And no matter how I'm moving here, this is going to be nice and stabilized. You can see the motor kind of moving around a little bit, trying to stabilize that camera on whatever I'm focused on. - And I like this camera, I'll use it in a flashlight position where I tilt it forward, and just walk with it, and it's incredibly stable for doing tours. Like if we want to do a walking tour here, to show people the behind-the-scenes of the making of the donuts, this is so easy. We could just walk around with this and easily get a view of what's happening.
- And what's really cool too is that I can actually mount a device like, you know, a little shotgun mike here, it's got a little audio jack in on the front, so not only am I getting really nice stabilized video, I can also pair high-quality audio. - Now we'll come back to this unit in a moment. It's a little bit pricier and they do have some professional options. But they took the same thing and kind of left out the camera. What's the idea with this one? - Well this is, you know, kind of bring-your-own device kind of approach, right. You can actually put your own phone into this device, and the concept is exactly the same with the gimbal. But because it doesn't include the camera, it's going to come out at a more affordable price point, where you can use your phone, which in a lot of cases, probably already shoots, you know, 4K, and high-quality video.
But it doesn't have the complexity of the dedicated camera. - And I can pan and tilt, and I can do the movement with this, and this is great for walking about. And it does take a battery, so you do need to put a battery in here. - Yup, these guys. - I'd suggest if you're going to be doing a lot of streaming that if you're really moving around a lot, the more you move, the more battery gets used up, right? - Yeah, absolutely, because you're utilizing the energy of those motors. And I got to be honest with you Rich, this type of design is brilliant for things like live events, where you're weaving in and out of people, you don't want to make sure that you know, somebody bumps your elbow with the camera.
This is going to absorb a lot of that up and down, you know, rough and tumble kind of stuff. You know one of the annoying things when you're just using the camera by itself, or even if you're using it with a little, you know, kind of hand-held mount, is that you're going to get a lot of ups and downs when you're walking and doing things of that nature. This is going to absorb a lot of those motion changes. - Now there is something else that's really quite cool, and that is this camera can split apart. This is going to seem little strange. But what I have here is a suction cup mount, and basically an extension cable. You could take this suction cup mount, we've done this before, and do your own version of karaoke in the car, where you're driving around and you want people to actually see things and hear from you.
You could attach this on the dashboard or facing out. We could put this up on a window at the event, or mount it to a wall so people could see what's going on. - Yep, so I've just split the camera here, I've taken it apart. Now I'm just going to fit this right into the actual mount here, and then just lock it down just like so. And now I still have my handle here. I'm going to take these electronic contacts here, it's going to screw right into the handle here. And in just one second, I'll lock that down, turn it back on, and Rich, it's also worth noting that these cables come in various lengths.
So if you know, you have something outside of a car, something like that. And now, using the same joystick system, I can control the camera, but it's not attached to the mount, which is really nice. - Yeah, this means that you could put the camera in a wide range of places. You are doing an event, you're doing a store opening, you want to do a driving tour, you can mount the camera to the outside of a vehicle, to a window, or to a wall, and as things need to change, or you need to pan around and see the audience or see the location, you can do so. And thanks to the fact that the phone is attached, you can use that as the streaming device.
So this gives you the best of both worlds. The ability to have a phone, but a remote-controlled system. Alright, well we covered a lot of things this week to really help you improve the video quality and get a nice stable shot. If you join us for the next two weeks, we're going to tackle a lot of important stuff to improve the overall livestream. In fact next week, we're going to discuss ways to improve the audio quality, because I got to tell you, if people can't hear what you're going to be streaming about, they're not going to stay tuned in.