DJI OM 4 – How to Shoot Cinematic Video

Okay. My friends, glad to see you on my Website. So smartphone gimbals have come a long way and there are many out there on the market. If you’re filming a lot of videos with your smartphone then having a gimbal is necessary for achieving smooth looking videos. Now, another deciding factor for a lot of people is not only the ability to capture stabilized footage, but also have a quick setup. You want to be able to capture moments as quickly as possible and have it ready when needed. With the brand new release of the DJI OM 4 the magnetic attachment system makes it possible. In this video, I will show you how you can use the OM 4 to your advantage to shoot cinematic video. And we’re going to cover a lot. So before we start, this video was not sponsored by DJI even though that would have been awesome. I actually borrowed the OM 4 from a good friend from George Paolo. You might know him from the previous videos to give you an idea. We’re going to start with a quick overview of the gimbal the built and design quality, how to mount and balance your phone on the gimbal. The basic button functions, some special features that the DJI MIMO app offers shooting modes to get more dynamic shots. My top camera settings for shooting video and behind the scenes of how I shot that video using a different operating modes on the gimbal. It timestamp will be in the video description below. If you want to skip or return to a particular part of the video. Hope that sounds good for you. And if it does get ready to become the ultimate gimbal master, okay, let’s get on with the video.

Gimbal Overview

Gimbal Overview

So here’s a quick overview of the gimbal. We have the magnetic phone clamp that allows you to easily attach your smartphone. You have your joystick that will help control the direction, as zoom slider to change zoom, obviously a charging port to charge the gimbal by connecting it using a USB adapter, a power M button to power your gimbal on and off, including other functions. Then you have the shutter record button for taking photos or start and stop recording, a battery level indicator, a one-1/4 screw mount that allows you to attach a tripod or other accessories. We have a small screw hole for mounting counterweights when using a camera lens, you also have a trigger to enter different modes and a USB A port which is great for charging your smartphone. DJI also did a great job on the button design, not too many which makes it simple to use.

Built and Design

Built and Design

Let’s move over to the built and design quality. If you had the previous model of the OM 3 they’re virtually the same in terms of dimension folding system buttons and ports. It’s a little bit lighter than the OM 3 and also has a new gray color, which I really like. The main difference is obviously the name new magnetic connection for the smartphone. You get a magnetic phone clam and a magnetic ring holder that allows you to mount it on the DJI OM 4. On the DJI OM 3 you had a smartphone holder which was less convenient to use with the magnetic system it definitely improved the usability. When holding the gimbal it feels lightweight (mumbles) and could easily fit into my pocket. It takes about 2.5 hours to charge the gimbal and runs at around 15 hours if balanced correctly. What I really like is that I’m able to charge my smartphone while operating the gimbal. Now shooting video drains the battery quickly especially on smartphones. So having this charging option is really great to be able to shoot longer.

Mounting and Balancing

Mounting And Balancing

Okay, let’s move on to mounting and balancing. From what I’ve seen mobile filmmakers prefer using the magnetic phone clamp over the magnetic ring holder. I myself too, since I borrowed this gimbal I will just show you how to set up the magnetic phone clamp. To do so attach it to the center of the phone make sure that the direction is the same as shown. Once you have that aligned with the magnetic point your smartphone will snap to the OM 4. You will realize that the attraction is pretty strong like my attraction to you. Okay. While also being easy to detach it comfortably press and hold the end button to turn it on and you’re ready to go. The simplicity of this mounting system is what stands above all the other smartphone gimbals which I personally really love.

Basic functions

Basic Functions

All right, let’s look at the basic functions of this gimbal. The first thing is that you can not only adjust the direction of your smartphone with the joystick but also with your hand. When you’re turning your gimbal on by default, it will be in follow mode, which I prefer when shooting my videos. Now keep in mind that you can connect your smartphone with the gimbal via Bluetooth and use it to control your standard camera without having to use the DJI Mimo app, though if you want more control over your camera then the MImo app might be a better choice but we will get into that later. So continuing with our basic functions, when turned off you can press the button once to check your battery level. I do that every time before I started shooting. When powered on, you can press the M button once to switch between photo and video mode. Pressing it twice will switch between landscape and portrait mode, but for video I generally leave it in landscape mode, unless it’s a video for my Instagram stories. Move the zoom slider to the T position to zoom in, move the zoom side to the V position will zoom out, press and hold the trigger to enter a lock mode. This way the gimbal will stay at its position and not follow your hand movements. Press the trigger twice to recenter the gimbal pressing it three times will switch between the front and back camera.

Special Features

Special Features

Okay, let’s get into the special features of the MImo app. In order to get access to all of the features that the OM 4 has, you will need to download the DJI MImo app. Once you did that you can connect your smartphone with the app via Bluetooth. This gimbal offers a lot of great features that can be really helpful for getting creative shots. Now let’s quickly take a look at those special features. Active track simply allows you to track a subject. This is great for having your subject remain in the center of the camera while shooting. There are three ways you can use active track. The first one would be dragging a green box on a subject or object on the screen in the camera view. I find it does a great job of tracking the subject smoothly. To stop active track just have the X icon on the upper right’s square. The second way is to press the trigger once to start or stop active track. It will simply detect the nearest face and start tracking the subject. The third option is using gesture control. To enter it tap the hand icon below the recording button by performing a palm or the V gesture the camera will track the subject and start recording a video or take a photo. If you want to stop recording just do either one of those hand gestures again. This is really great if you are filming yourself. For vloggers this might be a useful feature since active track will keep the subject in the frame. Moving on to story mode this allows you to record a video using different templates. You can enter it by selecting the S icon then just follow the instructions. In the end it will automatically create a video for you according to the template you’ve selected. Now, I don’t use this mode at all since I have my own style of creating videos, but for those that need to post something really quickly on social media or don’t have much experience with editing a video this is a great option. With the hyperlapse mode I’m able to create moving time-lapses. Now there are different ways to creating hyperlapses with your smartphone, but the easiest way is to use a gimbal and with active track enabled, I get even smoother results. If you want to find out more on shooting hyper lapses with a smartphone, I have a video on that that you can check out here somewhere. With FPV mode the gimbal will allow you for pan tilt and roll follow to give you that first person view experience. With the spin shot you’re able to use the joystick to control the roll to create an inception effect. This allows the lens to rotate and gives the scene a feel of changing space and atmosphere. Enabling sport mode will increase the false speed immensely. This is great for shooting subjects with sudden movements.

Camera Settings

Camera Settings

All right, so now I’m going to show you my camera settings using the DJI Nimo app for that you need to download the app and then open it up and connect it to your smartphone. And we’re currently looking at our live viewer. If you want to get back to the home screen just press the upper left house icon, and you’ll get back if you want to switch to the live view mode, just press the camera button. Let me explain to you what each icon means. So the upper right shows you the battery level of the gimbal. Then you have the battery level of your phone and you have the flash indicator which is currently off and the current gimbal mode. So it’s actually in follow mode at the moment. To the right you have story mode. On the upper ride you can switch between the front and back camera. You also have your shooting parameter so you can switch between slow motion, dynamics, zoom and so on. Below you have the zoom icon, I don’t use this actually, I prefer using it on the gimbal but what I use it for is to switch between lenses. So I can just press on these white dots 10:54 this way I can easily switch. So if you want to change shooting modes you’re find this here and then go to this icon and then change, follow mode here. To the right you will find this hand icon here you can enable gesture control. So let me now show you what camera settings I used. So first of all, switched to video if you haven’t then we’re going to set everything to manual. We want full control over our camera. I’m gonna to keep my ISO as low as possible because I will shoot in 4K 60 fps. I will leave my shower at 1/125 of a second. Below you have the exposure value and to change your resolution just tap the icon below and we’re going to go for 4K 60 fps. The next thing you want to do is set your white balance. So I’m going to tap on the three dots and then I’m going to select the white balance to sunny depending on the weather outside. What’d you also want to do is turn on grid lines. I like the grid line and diagonals this way I can set my composition. And if you want to switch your gimbal to sport mode you can do this by selecting this button right here, yeah. And that’s about it.

Operating Modes

Operating Modes

So let me now show you how I shot the video using this gimbal to get the best results, make sure to walk heel to toe with your knees, slightly bend. This will help smoothen out the video even more. This way you will avoid robotic movements that look unnatural. The great thing about having a gimbal is that you can operate it in different ways to get unique shots which otherwise wouldn’t be possible when shot handheld. Now, if you want to know more about cinematic gimbal movements this is a topic for itself. I have an in-depth topic on that, which is on my playlist. Here are three simple operating modes that you can use to your advantage. The upright mode is the one I use most often where I keep the gimbal upright. This is great for following the subject to enter the side to great mode, just rotate the handle 90° to the right or left. This is great for creating a crane shot, where you start from a lower position and work your way up to the top. Okay, we almost made it, with another slung modeI can put the gimbal upside down which allows me to capture shots from a lower angle giving the story more depth. When inverting the gimbal I noticed the phone rotating, which is great, this way I don’t have the motors in the shot.

Price and Summery

The OM 4 is really affordable ff you plan on picking one up. The OM 4 will cost you $149. After using this gimbal, I can say that the magnetic mountain system helps me be more efficient when filming. This is super great, because now I can easily take out my phone, snap it onto my gimbal and capture smooth looking videos just a few seconds. That snappy sound is like music in my ears. And I really had no problems using the magnetic phone clamp, and at no point did it fall off the gimbal. I also liked the fact that it’s compatible with filmic pro which is one of the best video apps out there for smartphones. I recommend the OM 4 to any video creator that wants to make videos with their smartphone.

Now, let me know what you think about the OM 4. If you liked this Post and found it helpful then leave a thumbs up, so that I can keep creating awesome tutorial for you guys. That will help you create even better videos. Until then, have a great day take care, and I will see you in the next Post guys.

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