4 Gimbal Moves For BETTER STORYTELLING! | Zhiyun Crane M3
. So, a few weeks ago I created a video on 12 different drone shots for better storytelling. Where I go a little bit more deep into how the movements of your drone influence your story and as that video got a lot of great feedback, I decided to do a similar video on gimbal, movements. And thats. Why today, Im going to show you 4 essential, gimbal movements, Im going to tell you when to use them and Im also going to give you a few tips on how to perfectly execute them., But before we jump into the first movements, were first gon na. Have a look at the setup. So for all of the shots in todays video we are going to use … the all new Zhiyun Crane, M3. Zhiyun came out with this tiny gimbal a couple of weeks ago. They sent it out to me and they also sponsored todays video.. This might just be the tiniest and most lightweight gimbal Ive ever used.. This thing only weighs 700 grams.. Obviously the most important question is: what kind of cameras can it hold? This thing can hold multiple devices from a smartphone to an action cam to APS C, cameras to full frame cameras, just like my Sony, A7S III., But I think that it is primarely designed for APS C cameras and thats. Why today Im actually not going to shoot on the Sony, A7S III, but on the A6600 of my friend Gabriel. And .
.. There it is.. This is what the setup looks like this is so tiny. This is actually crazy. Im quite excited to shoot on a smaller setup again cause Im just used to these big and heavy setups. Later were also going to test out the Sony A7S III on there, but for the majority of the shoots were going to stick to The A6600., I think, its quite interesting to switch it up again, because probably some of you guys also shoot on APS C cameras, and I myself used to shoot on the predecessor of this camera, the A6500 for more than 3 years. So I know what kind of quality you can get out of these setups if you know how to use them properly. When it comes to the gimbal itself, it has a couple of different features that we know from other gimbals, but also some that are completely new.. It comes with a nice little backpack to transport, the gimbal camera and lenses.. It has an OLED touchscreen that can be used to change the settings.. It has 3 different Axis locks if you want to put it into your backpack or just prevent the Axis from swinging. Around., It has a quick release system that lets you quickly mount and dismount the camera without having to rebalance.. It has a built in fill light which Im gon na test at the end of the video and the Pro kit also comes with a microphone that can be attached to the bottom extension of the gimbal.
. Alright. So now that we know everything about the gimbal and the setup were going to start with the first movement., So why is it called Crane, Basically were just trying to replicate shots that you would normally only get on this huge Crane setups that you see on Hollywood Movie sets., And with these movements you want to keep it subtle, make them clean make them simple. Dont go too crazy, because these moves are just there to give a little bit of depth to your video without distracting the viewer from whats happening in the scene.. For this Crane shots, it makes sense to shoot on wide lenses, because then you just see more of the foreground. Moving in the frame. Also, it makes sense to shoot in slow motion like 50 fps or 100 fps, because then you have the option to slow down your shots in the edit, and that leaves you with a much more stable shot where you have less shakes in It. One of the most common Crane shots is a simple rise up where you set your gimbal to lock mode and basically just lift up the camera into the sky.. If you want to add a twist to it, you can also slowly pan, while rising up with a gimbal and even do a focus shift from your subject to the background.. Then theres the basic slider shot where you lock your gimbal and only move sideways. For these shots. You should always find something in the foreground to actually show that the camera is moving.
. Oh yeah and dont get too close to electric fences.. Another cool shot is a rise up while tilting down, as this can create some extra depth in your video and works great for showing a landscape with a character in the foreground.. So what Im basically doing here right now, Im just in full, lock mode and then Im using the joystick, because there you can have a much more controlled movement when it comes to the tilt itself. So if I just do it like this, I can really control it.. So basically I just move up and then I slowly pull down the joystick and then you have a really nice rise up with a gimbal tilt down.. So when would we use these movements? These Crane shots work really well to establish a scene or to establish a location, because the viewer can just take the time to actually see whats happening in front of the lens, instead of being distracted by crazy movements.. Also, these shots can create a very calm feeling and slow down the pace in between different scenes.. I think Im gon na climb up here. Yo, Look at that beach, hey. Completely white sand. A lot of these rocks here, which are also really great for gimbal movements, because you have some stuff moving in the foreground., Pretty nice here.. So when it comes to filmmaking, it always depends on the relation between the camera and the subject.. So dont just limit yourself by adding movements to the camera and just running around the subject, but also play around with the movements of your subject itself.
For the first shot. I basically did a simple rise up like before, but now my friend Gabriel entered the frame and walked into the distance.. Another good way of introducing a character is to lock your focus at a specific point and then let your subject walk towards you.. This shot looks a lot more interesting on high aperture lenses, but obviously its also harder to nail the focus compared to an f4 lens.. You can also wak backwords to get a dolly out movement and let your subject enter the frame while walking towards you.. So shots like these are a very natural and easy way to introduce your subject or your character for the first time in the scene.. Most of the times you dont need to shoot more than one of these shots, because obviously you dont need to reintroduce your character over and over again.. These shots make the viewer feel like theres, actually something happening in the scene because they have to look at what the character does. How hes moving. Is he leaving? Is he coming into the frame And they dont just observe a continuous motion, so that makes the viewer a lot more engaged and you can also surprise the viewer.. Obviously, you can also just switch it around and let your subject leave the frame and that works just as well for closing shots., And you can also just use one of these shots where the subject leaves the frame and then enters again and then thats.
A very good transition to a new scene.. So when it comes to traveling and going on small adventures, I basically just stopped taking gimbals with me, because these huge gimbals are just too heavy and bulky for me to operate and to carry with me. Its just not worth it to me and therefore I just Switched to handheld shots a lot of times. But yeah. I feel like this. Small gimbal can actually be a gimbal that Im taking with me on those trips, because if we just look at a full setup with, for example, the Zhiyun Crane 2S with the Sony, A7S III and a 24 70 mm lens on it, that would be 3.3 kilograms. While that small thing with the Crane M3, the Sony A6600 and a 10 18 mm lens, is only 1.4 kilograms, which is actually crazy. And I think its not only a benefit to carry less weight, but also its really cool to just be able to operate a Gimbal, with one hand which you can with this one. Like I can just switch mode with this, for example, go into Vortex mode, and then I can just do gimbal movements with one hand. Like I can even vlog, while making gimbal shots.. So I think that this gimbal might actually be one that Im taking with me on those shorter trips.. So, as I said, the relation between you and your subject completely influences what the viewer is going to feel when he looks at your shots.
. I already said it in my last video, where I talked about how to shoot a commercial if the camera moves in the opposite direction to the subject. Youre not really feeling a connection to the subject, because hes just passing by its basically the same as if you walked in a pedestrian way and theres a person passing you by.. You probably dont really care about that person.. But if you actually walk with another person like, for example, your friends, then obviously you care about the other person, and that is something that also happens in filmmaking as well.. If you match the motion of your camera to the person youre filming, then the viewer feels like hes actually going on the journey with the character and they feel some sort of connection to them., As it is with the other movements. There is an infinite amout of possibilities of shots to capture this way.. You can follow the person from behind focus on one specific detail and switch between different focal lengths.. Here on the beach, I went for a typical slider shot where I put the gimbal into lock mode and walked parallel to the subject.. Another shot I often like to do is a dolly out, while reverse following the subject, which means that I have to walk backwards in order to match the movement.. We also tried a few other follow shots which not always worked out. Acting is more difficult than moving. The gimbal huh, So you would use these shots if you wanted the viewer to actually feel like hes the character himself, like hes stepping into the shoes of the character because follow shots, jut help the viewer identify better with the character and what hes experiencing right.
Now.. Therefore, it sometimes also make sense to shoot these shots in real time instead of slow motion, because then you have even more elements to make. It feel natural and realistic to the viewer. Like, for example, with sound design walking along the beach, and you hear the waves in the background. Then you can really transport the viewer into the same position as the characters: themselves. Muy bueno.. Alright. So now we checked out how the A6600 works on there.. It is a really cool setup to be honest.. Now were just going to throw the Sony, A7S III on there and were going to see if it is able to actually hold that payload or if its going to struggle. Lets see.. So it looks quite good.. One thing which I recognized already is that if you have the viewfinder cushioning up here, then its going to touch it. So if you just detach it up here, then you actually have a lot of movement when it comes to that and you can move basically any way and it feels quite strong to be honest.. I dont have any issues: yet. Im, going to take a couple of shots and Im going to see how that works.. So an orbit generally makes more sense when youre filming a subject. Because, then, you can show the subject from its different sides, and also you can give the viewer a much better understanding of the environment where the subject is in.
. Why is it called orbit? Basically, just like a planet is circling around the sun youre going to circle with your camera around the subject. Science., Yes, science. The cool thing about this movement is that it creates a lot of depth, because the foreground, which is your subject, is going to move a lot slower than the background of the subject.. That effect is actually called parallax effect and you can make it even more intense if you switch to a higer focal length.. So if you shoot on a telelens, then the background is going to pass even quicker, but obviously youre also just going to cover a smaller portion of the whole orbit.. So for orbits, it makes a lot of sense to film in pan follow mode in order to get that sidewards movement, while keeping the other axis steady. One of the most well known orbit shots is the so called hero shot where you basically circle around the subject. In order to drive more attention towards it., By going a bit lower than the subject, it will appear superior to the viewer and therefore seem even more powerful.. So a small tip when youre orbiting around the person is that the person twists in another direction from your camera movement, because that looks a lot more cinematic and also you will reveal even more sides of the character.. When would you use these shots? These shots are often used to intensify the emotion that the character feels right now.
. Also, if you keep the subject, centered then youre going to isolate it in its environment.. So most of the time, this is kind of a turning point for the character.. They are just kind of stopping and theyre looking around themselves and theyre, just kind of realising something., So yeah you can make the experience of the character appear even more intense to the viewer.. This is freezing cold., So right now it is almost completely dark.. We just have a little bit of glow in the back here, but especially if youre shooting a subject. Obviously you dont get any light on the subject itself. If you want to have that glow in the background., But were now going to try to use actually the light of that gimbal., So we just press here on the side and … boom. We have a light., You can dim it, you can adjust the brightness and you can also adjust the colour temperature.. So yeah were just going to see what looks good on him. And yeah were just going to try. If that looks cool, or if that looks like a freaking news reporter., It has a look that you obviously dont, normally see because normally the subject just wouldnt get any light.. But I think if we use it on a very low brightness level, it can actually work. Out. I got a couple of shots where you just see a bit more detail in Gabriel himself and you dont just see the silhouette.
, So it can be a cool look. I got ta. Try it out a little bit more in order to see if I actually like it., So I really think that understanding how these movements influence your story is the quickest way to become a better filmmaker.. I myself learned these things over the last 10 years of just going out and shooting over and over again, and I hope that I could pass some of this stuff on to you.. Hopefully, next time when youre out shooting with a gimbal youre, not just capturing cinematic stuff and then in the edit youre, just figuring out what to do but youre, actually thinking about what you want the viewer to feel when he looks at your shots.. So, after about a good week of shooting on this gimbal, what are my thoughts on it? To be honest, I was quite surprised that its actually able to hold the Sony, A7S III on it. To be fair. I still think that it is primarely made for APS C cameras and I actually think that, if youre shooting on a Sony, A6500 or Sony A6600, this is the gimbal to get right now. 100., It is small, it is powerful and it also has a couple of cool features that you dont get in other gimbals., But I can also actually see myself shooting with the Sony A7S III on this gimbal, and I can see myself taking this gimbal with me On future adventures and trips, because it is just so small, I can fit it into my backpack.
I can throw the A7S III with prime lenses on it and it just works out perfectly.. If you want to shoot with zoom lenses on it like the 24 70. Its not perfect, because then the motors are not strong enough, but APS C. This is the gimbal.. When it comes to the prices, the gimbal itself costs ‘9 euros.. If you want to get the Combo pack with the small backpack, it will cost 489 euros., And if you want to get the Pro kit with the microphone on top, then you would pay 699 euros.. If you want to buy it for yourself, then you can check out the links, the description., Those are affiliate links, so if you buy it through these links, you will support me and my channel. Also I wanted to let you know that Zhiyun is currently doing a Mobile film challenge, where you have to shoot a video on your smartphone and then you can win amazing prices up to 10000, US dollars.. So if you want to check that out, you can also find a link for that in the description. Thats. Basically, everything for today. Im going to see you guys in the next one.