How to Create Cinematic Gimbal Moves with DJI OM 5

What’s up, everyone?, I’m gonna show you how to create a cinematic gimbal movement with your smartphone. And I will be using the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the DJI OM 5. And what I like about this gimbal is that it has a built-in extension pole, allowing me to create unique gimbal shots. But you can use any other gimbal. The principles applied in this video are the same. And by the end of this video, you will be able to create a basic gimbal movements that will make your shot more dynamic and cinematic. So with that said, let’s get started. So this here is a ruin in Regensburg. I thought this would be an interesting place to create our gimbal moves. And it’s also pretty cold out here. And it’s also pretty cold out, the sun is up, but it won’t stay up we have to proceed in.

Camera Setup

So let’s first talk about our set up right here. So I have the iPhone 13 Pro Max mounted to the DJI OM 5. And you wanna make sure your phone is balanced correctly. This way, the gimbal won’t have to use a lot of power and you can operate more smoothly, if you have the DJI OM 5, I actually created an in-depth video on how to use this in your video. So make sure to check it out, I will leave the link up here. So let’s talk about camera setting, the two video apps I like using is the Native Camera app and FiLMiC Pro, DGI also has an app that you can pair it with your phone called the DJI Mimo app, but we won’t be using that app since I prefer using the Native Camera app right especially for run and gun shooting. It’s easier to operate with, and in my opinion, produces a much better image quality, in terms of resolution, I will be shooting in 4K because 4K has more detail and I will be changing the frame rate from 25 to 60 frames per second. This way, I can slow the footage down and we’ll look even smoother when slowed down. I will be using the standard video mode mm and I won’t be shooting in pro res because unless you’re doing corporate work, I wouldn’t recommend shooting in a pro res because it just captures a lot of data and takes a long time to transfer to your computer. So usually, before I start recording my videos, I tap hold on the screen to lock the white balance, auto-focus, and auto exposure. This way, no changes will occur during the recording. And I usually like to drag down the exposure just a little bit by sliding with my finger down because I find the native camera tends to overexpose the image a bit So the next thing I wanna talk about is body posture.

Body Posture

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And this is really important because you wanna avoid these up and down movements when it comes to operating with your gimbal. You really wanna make your shot look like it’s floating through the air.And to do that, the first thing you wanna do is really hold the gimbal with both your hands, and then slightly bend your knees and then walk forward in a constant speed, heel to toe. And this really will give you the best results when it comes to shooting videos with a gimbal. So the first gimbal move I’m gonna show you is the reveal shot.

Revel Shot

And I’m actually gonna extend the pole so that I have a better reach when I’m standing behind the wall and moving my gimbal upwards. And I like using the reveal shot, especially at the beginning of the video to reveal a certain location. First thing I’m gonna do is set my end position. This will be the end position, so I’m going to tap hold on the screen to lock the focus and exposure, and move downwards. And then once I’m ready, I’m gonna hit the record button and slowly move upwards to reveal the location. Awesome. So the next shot will be a slide shot.

Slide shot

and I’m gonna position myself behind this wall, and you wanna look for foreground because this will make your movement much more apparent. And what I’m gonna do is actually just slide from left to right with my gimbal. So I’m first gonna set my composition, and I’m gonna tap hold. I’m gonna lower the exposure just a little bit, and I’m gonna start recording the video. And action. All right.

Push In Shot

All right. So the next camera movement I’m gonna create is a push-in shot and I’m gonna use the entrance for that because we have these two walls here that are gonna create more depth in our shot and make it the movement when I move forward more apparent. And what I’m also gonna do while I push forward is I’m actually gonna reveal the top of this ruin. So first, I’m gonna lock the exposure by tap holding, and then I’m gonna position myself, and I’m actually gonna increase the exposure just a little bit because it’s quite dark. And once I’m ready, I’m gonna hit the record button and push forward, and slowly tilt upwards. Coming up is the low shot.

Low Shot

and I’m gonna invert the camera for that. This way, I can get lowered to the ground. And I will be using the ultra wide angle lens for that because it will just make the camera movement more apparent. And actually, at the end of my camera move, I will be lifting the camera up to sort of create a fake drone shot. And I’m actually gonna invert it right now. Okay, this looks great, and I’m actually gonna tap hold to lock the focus and exposure, and I’m gonna increase the exposure just a little bit. And once I’m ready, I hit the record button and I move forward in a constant movement. And then once I get to the end, I’ll create like this fake drone shot. Next is the orbit effect and I’m gonna create a circular motion around this tree. So the first thing I’m gonna do is actually look for some foreground. I think this looks great. And then I’m gonna tap hold to lock the focus and exposure. And once I’m ready, I’m actually gonna circle around the tree as good as I So let’s go. See that? Oh, yeah., something else I like to do is actually push through objects. And this can be a little bit tricky, but with DJI OM 5.

Push Through

I can actually use the extendible pole and position it like this to really smoothly push through objects. And I’m gonna use this tree for that, and then it’s centered, and I’m actually gonna lock the exposure and focus. And once I’m ready, I’m gonna hit the record button and I’m gonna slowly push through these tree branches. And go. As good and high as I can.

Push Out Shot

As good and high as I can. (grunts) So the next thing I’m gonna create is a push-out shot, and I think this perspective is really nice. Also with the sun hitting the walls. And you also have these leading lines, which point towards this rock. So I’m gonna position myself, and I’m gonna tap hold to lock the focus and exposure. Once I’m ready, I’m gonna hit the record button and slowly move backwards. So there’s actually this underground path over here and I think it will look great.

Top Down Shot

if I would create a sort of top-down moving shot. I’m gonna position myself, and then I’m just gonna create a moving. All right, guys, so these were the camera movements and this is how it will look like if I would edit the video together, adding music and sound effect.

So these were some of the basic gimbal movements. I highly recommend you go out and practice those. So really search for a location that is interesting and take out your gimbal to really practice those basic movements that will in the end, make a lot of difference and make your shots more dynamic. And once you edit your video, make sure to share it with people. And the best way to get feedback.

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