When shooting videos, one of the problems people struggle with is keeping the video steady. Sure, you could use a tripod to hold the camera while you shoot,
but what if you’re moving around?
How do you ensure you get smooth shots even while running, jumping or battling high winds? The answer is a gimbal. If you’re wondering, what is a gimbal? It’s the big secret
behind many of the unbelievably professional action
videos you encounter online.
There are many different applications for gimbal technology. Here are some of the most common ones you should keep in mind:
In the old days of videography, producers had to hire cameramen to manually operate mechanical stabilisers. This was expensive and inefficient, so eventually, the process became digitised with the creation of gimbals. These
devices included embedded sensors that detected movement and kept the camera floating in one position, no matter how the body it was attached to moved.
To achieve this, the gimbal must constantly move the camera to keep it in alignment. This requires simple movements determined by complex calculations. The three movements are known as the yaw, roll and pitch. Each one identifies
what axis the camera spins on. Three-axis gimbals perform the three axes movements: tilt, roll and pan.
Popular three-axis gimbals include:
Gimbals are useful, but you might wonder whether you should invest extra money in this technology. In short, is it really worth it? With good gimbals often selling under a few hundred dollars, some people might argue that it’s a
worthy investment for any ongoing video-making project you might have.
Here are the main reasons for using a gimbal head:
When purchasing camera gear, some people go out and purchase multiple pieces of equipment that do the same thing. This might work for some, but if you’re on a tight budget and have limited space, the more birds you can take out
with one stone, the better.
With that in mind, here are some of the fascinating add-ons that can kick your gimbal up a few notches:
C.R. Kennedy is one of Australia’s leading distributors of cameras and photographic equipment. We offer a wide range of gimbals, drone gimbals, action cameras. and more.
If you need more information on gimbals and other camera accessories, check out more articles on the C.R. Kennedy blog.
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