Gimbals are becoming ever more popular in the production world. Some are in the $10000 price tag range, (like the MoVI with accessories) down to a few hundred (like the Zhiyun Crane). Many manufacturers are making them in all shapes and sizes. In this article we are going to talking about the Smooth Q smartphone Gimbal by Zhiyun Tech.
This last weekend I competed in the 48 hour film Project for MKE. I was originally not intending to participate at all, because in the past it left me very frustrated and totally burnt out, however I had a talented friend approach me and we decided to give it a go with almost zero notice to assemble a team. Theres some things I learned from this years competition:
I recently traveled to Thailand and Shanghai for a bit of filming and location scouting for some projects. When preparing for the trip I realized I needed a travel tripod that I could comfortably walk around with all day and set up for some time-lapse photography.
If you’re like me chances are you are always taking photos of videos of different things/events/ people for script/story ideas. maybe you like the way a certain street is laid out or the light is hitting through a stained glass window. Whatever the situation, chances are you are not always carrying a whole film rig with you, but instead carrying a cellphone.
I know what your thinking- “Is he seriously saying that we can get decent results putting together edited pieces from a cellphone?”
To answer your question, here’s a piece that I shot with an iPhone 6+ and was put together and edited by Kenneth Kornacki of Kenko here in Milwaukee, WI
What works and what doesn’t
The Sony a7s and Atomos Assassin are a great combo when shooting together. Though some might say the a7s ii is a better camera because of internal 4k I say yes and no. While its true the a7s ii can record 4k internally it does so in a more compressed lossy format. Theres just no way around that. Being a newer camera it is also priced more than the a7s. Because I wanted a high quality signal in 4k without having to buy an Black magic Ursa (which is heavy and media is still expensive!) I still stick by my decision of of picking up the assassin and a7s. Recently I was in Mexico and decided it was a great opportunity to test my equipment overseas and see how it performs as well as see if I could make a kit that was versitile and easy to work with.
Recently I just posted about the Atomos Assassin and some topics about it. However nothing beats seeing it in action. Because this video is pretty comprehensive in all the topics it covers, I’ve provided links to jump to that particular section of the video. So far having the assassin for 1 week has changed the way I shoot and quality of work I can create.
4k is here to stay
Technology is always improving and it wasn’t long ago the the leap to HD from SD was made. While HD may be here for a few years yet, inevitably more content will move into larger resolutions. The newest standard to become more adapted is 4K. As such more cameras and televisions are supporting 4k content creation and display. That where the Atomos Assassin comes in.
As many of you know Adobe Max is happening on Oct 6th, and with it is plenty of new features and updates to Adobe’s line of video applications. While updates are always great in terms of making products work better and fix bugs there’s a couple of brand new offerings available that extend into the world of mobile where the first time I fee like I’m one step closer to editing while on the beach in Cancun.
I’m going to start with what sounds like the best part (for me as a video guy) and talk about Adobe premiere Clip.
Photoshop World in Las vegas is a long running conference covering a wide variety of topics. While at Photoshop World there are many seminars to choose from illustration to product photography and Digital asset management from Lightroom.
Professionals and creatives come together and share what they know through lectures and workshops over a week.