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Tips On Setting Up And Operating A Gimbal Quickly & Easily

By Hanssie on March 21st 2015

Equipment set up. Who doesn’t love it? Well, I don’t. Actually, I loathe it quite a bit. But in our profession, set up is necessary. Be it lighting, sound, tripods, or whatever else, setting up is the way of life and figuring out ways to do so more quickly is always a positive.

In the film industry, set up is even more intensive and extensive than photography. The key to video is getting a smooth shot and getting a smooth shot can be obtained by using a dolly on a track or a steadicam/stabilizer. Another option is to use a jib. All have their advantages and disadvantages. One of the newer ways to pull off a smooth shot is with a gimbal.

There is no one right tool, but the right tool for your given situation.



In the following video, Eric Stemen of Ocean Llama shows us how he uses the DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer in a ‘run and gun’ type of situation. He wanted to shoot the fall colors in Kentucky and had about 2 hours a day to do so. Using his bike rack, he was able to get his gimbal set up and start shooting within 3 minutes after parking. This is how he did it:

After initially balancing the gimbal I would leave as much of the gimbal built up as possible and stow it in the trunk of my car.  When I found a nice looking place to record, I would place the gimbal on my car’s bike rack which acted as the gimbal stand and then slide the camera onto the gimbal’s quick release hitch and connected the rest of the cables.


The second part of the video gives some quick tips and tricks for operating a gimbal for those of you who are new to it and the final part of the video covers wireless monitoring options. A useful video indeed for those that are dabbling in the filmmaking world. Visit Eric’s website , Vimeo or Youtube to see more of his work.

Watch Ronin Gimbal Setup – Run & Gun + Wireless Video Feed

[Via Eric Stemen]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Kyle Farris

    Dude put some serious effort into making that video–looked really good and the compositing he did to highlight the items was cool.

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  2. Brandon Dewey

    great video, thanks for the tips

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