BTS: Gimbal

On a recent live event shoot for a Portland-based corporate client, we chose to use several forms of camera support: tripods, a monopod, and a gimbal. Any day of the week, the gimbal is one of our favorite tools. In the most basic terms, it is a handheld camera support that provides stabilization while moving. For many video shoots, this tool is a great asset that adds a unique perspective to the final video product.

Dynamic Footage

While tripods and monopods are essential for many of the live event shots, the gimbal adds something special. For this event, we were able to use the gimbal in keynote sessions, breakout sessions, and across various b roll of the event. It added an extra element of dynamic and moving shots to mix in with the rest of the footage.

Recap Montage Value Add

For this two-day event, we filmed and edited a video the first day to play as a “Day 1 Recap” on the second day. We had a lot of fun pulling together all the pieces, but we definitely had an advantage with the gimbal up our sleeve. It provided a way for us to make this video of people talking, walking, and presenting much more visually interesting and engaging.

All About Perspective

The gimbal may not be the perfect tool for every situation, but it is certainly one of the best for providing a unique perspective in a variety of situations. We were excited that our customer allowed us to bring this tool into the live event space, but that’s only one aspect of its potential. The gimbal is great for many promotional videos, product features, various corporate videos and documentary-style stories.

We appreciate what it does, and from what we’ve seen, our customers really do too! Be sure to check out the video above and feel free to contact us should you have any questions regarding your next video project.

About the Author

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Rachel Jones

As the producer for VideoPro, Rachel coordinates all our client projects. Her background includes commercial video production, drone piloting, and chocolate making. She loves working with people and learning something new every day.