How To: Get Great Gimbal Shots, Create Better Time lapses, Get Cinematic Footage from Your Smartphone ... and more

By David Schonauer   Monday August 5, 2019

We’re living in the age of the gimbal.

And that’s pretty sweet for filmmakers, allowing you to add interesting camera movement to videos with relative ease.

But the operative word there is “relative.” There’s a gimbal learning curve, and to help you get over it we include some expert insight on the subject in today’s roundup of motion art tutorials from around the web. One comes from photographer and videographer Jason Vong, who runs through gimbal basics and the types of lenses he uses to shoot high-impact footage. The other, from Mango Street, explains five easy shot transitions you can make using a gimbal.

We’ve also included tutorials on creating better time lapses: Rob Nelson of Science Filmmaking offers six basic and more advanced tips on shooting timelapse, while landscape photographer and YouTuber Christian Mögnum Möhrle offers seven tips for creating timelapses. We did the math, and that is a total of 13 tips.

There are also lessons on shooting DIY video editing, underwater video, getting cinematic footage with your smartphone, and shooting creative video productions on a budget.

1. Get Better Footage with Your Gimbal

Thanks to gimbal stabilizers, it’s become much easier to add interesting camera movement to your videos. Here, photographer and videographer Jason Vong explains basic gimbal techniques to get you well down the road to gimbal enlightenment.

2. Five Creative Transitions You Can Make With a Gimbal

After you’ve got gimbal basics down, start expanding your creative horizons. This video from Mango Street explains five transitions your can make with a gimbal, from the orbiting hyperlapse to the zolly ramp and the 360 roll.

3. Shoot Better Timelapses

The video above from Rob Nelson of Science Filmmaking Tips explains six different ways to shoot compelling timelapses, from basic to more advanced techniques (including) the very basic technique of shooting video and speeding it up in post-production). Meanwhile, the video below, from landscape photographer and YouTuber Christian Mögnum Möhrle, offers seven timelapse tips.

One of Möhrle’s tips:  Learn to play with different shutter speeds: You can add motion blur and other cool effects.

4. Plunge Into Underwater Video

You could learn to shoot underwater video via the sink-or-swim method, or you can take a few minutes before you take the plunge and watch this video from Shutterstock Tutorials, which covers everything from lighting and film rate to … the importance of having some weights handy.

5. Easy Tricks with Water to Create Cinematic Footage

Don’t feel like actually swimming? Water can still be your best cinematic friend, says  Indy Mogul's Ted Sim, who talks with cinematographer Phil Rhodes about using water in other ways to create footage with real pop.

6. Shoot Cinematic Footage with Your Smartphone

Smartphone makers are busy upgrading the video capabilities of their products. But you don’t have to wait for the next iteration of the iPhone to start shooting higher-quality footage. This video from FriendFilmsTheWorld offers tips on capturing cinematic footage with your Smartphone.

7. How To Rack Focus

Rack focus — changing the focus of a lens during a shot — is a basic camera move, and this video from NoFilmSchool shows you how to do it. Step one: Have a camera with manual focus.

8. Five Video Editing Techniques You Should Know

Footage becomes a film in editing:  Here, SonduckFilm offers five editing tips for Adobe Premiere users that every film editor should know, from speed ramping to creating a smooth digital zoom. Want more editing tips? Go here.

9. Learn Awesome 3D Freeze Frame Effects

What not animate your still photographs? The technique, notes NoFilmSchool, is used in many different areas of filmmaking, from commercials to documentaries. The process can be complicated, but in this video Cinecom shows you an easier approach for pulling off a 3D freeze frame.

10. Shoot Better Video On a Budget

You can shoot better video without having to buy lots of expensive gear. This video from Mahalo my Dude offers basic and budget-friendly ideas for improving footage, touching on lighting, compostion, camera movement, music, pacing and storytelling.


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