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Learn to Film with a Smartphone Gimbal

Greg Hung, Travel Videographer

Learn to Film with a Smartphone Gimbal

Greg Hung, Travel Videographer

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6 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Feiyu Vlog Pocket Gimbal Intro


    • 3. Feiyu setup and balance




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You can increase the production value of your media of your Smartphone using a Gimbal like the Feiyu Vlog Gimbal or DJI Osmo 3. The Gimbal allsows you to do techniques such as motion lapse, 360 panos, and hyperlapse. You can also increase the production value of your videos to help stand out above others with your social media or vlogging.

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Greg Hung

Travel Videographer


Hi I'm Greg. I'm a South African Canadian Travel Videographer aka Global Citizen. I first got into video filming with a sharp camcorder in high school making my own short films and tennis video and editing on a VHS.  In 2011 in Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada) I rediscovered my love for video while filming an earthquake hiphop safety video for a Media Course. 

After I graduated from Simon Fraser University (BA Communications) in Vancouver Canada I went on to pursue a successful IT career working 13 years as an IT manager. I went onto to complete my MBA in Technology Management SFU and found my Entrepreneurial inspiration to start my own travel video business in 2011 during the DSLR video revolution. I sold my downtown Vancouver Apartment, bought an iMac, a Can... See full profile

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1. Feiyu Vlog Pocket Gimbal Intro : Okay, I'm happy to introduce a new type of gimble for your smartphone called the Fe You Log Pocket Gimble And this products really exciting because it's part of a new generation of smartphone, had held gimble with a good price point and allow you to level up your production value and pull off new shocks that you wouldn't be able to use with just your factory. Smartphone uses a Bluetooth connection to connect to the APP and gives it a range of new capabilities like the hyper laps. Motion laps give you some new color filters. You can do things like 3 60 panels, but of course, you also get smooth gimble style video with your smartphone. So I believe this is a good entry point into Gimble filmmaking. If your travel blogger or instagram er by using this gimbal, you're gonna immediately put yourself on a different level from the average person with smartphone. It's amazing the results that you can get when you put your smartphone on a gimbal. Just be sure that if you're do vlog that you need to take care of your audio requirements. This gimble is not gonna help you with that so you need to either get a smart live microphone or maybe a shock own microphone that's designed for a smartphone. Okay, so the balancing side of things is gonna be covered really quickly. This convey be a little bit tricky, but we've got a video on that. Next, you need to download and install the fe you on up, which is pretty good for controlling. You're gimbal, and it's pretty intuitive. The connection side of Things uses Bluetooth and again that's also pretty much seamless. Pretty automatic now to control the gimbal. This. Remember that there's a button you can do things like double top triple tap. I'll cover that in another lesson. You also have the ability to do on Matic fish tracking, which will cover, but it didn't work out too well. Keep in mind that you can always big your firmware and things can improve over time. We updated the firm words with the latest version when we film this lesson as of February 2020 and we also have some lessons as mentioned on time lapse at time lapse video using motion lapse and high prolapse is walsum took for doing video. So this is a great product for the price that comes in around 17 80 us that you could get on Amazon. I'll put a link to it if you're interested and works with the range of smartphones, so hope you enjoy these lessons and good luck on your gimble filmmaking. 2. FEIYU - CONNECTING TO THE APP: okay. When you first get your fill, you vlog pocket gimble you need to install the failure on, uh, and once you launch, it connects pretty fast using Bluetooth. No, If you click that icon and you click home, it's gonna give you the option to upgrade the firm worse. So read the instructions and just click the check box. Got it and click Upgrade. This box was a little bit confusing. I wasn't sure if it meant that the camera should not be in the cradle or that it should not be connected through Bluetooth. Anyways, I just left the phone in the gimbal and let it do its thing and finish the firmware upgrade . Not the most exciting thing, but it's a good start before you get going with the skin bull. 3. Feiyu setup and balance: the first step to assemble the failure Gimble is to assemble it. So we're gonna touch on the tripod legs, unscrew the neck, and then just bring it out, then tighten it up again and then extend the tripod stands so can stand up. And then we just need to unlock the neck. I need to turn around the phone cradle. Okay, men, get your phone. Make sure the phone cover is off otherwise of my not fit and try to sender it. So that's it's completely balanced. So you can see here. The phone has the climbs on the center, and ah, just try to make sure that the clamp is not pushing any of the buttons on side game. Once his balance, you can turn on your failure gimbal, and the next step is to download the failure on APP, and then you'll connect to it using Bluetooth 4. FUNDAMENTAL FUNCTIONS: All right, We're gonna cover some of the basic functions here. There is a button Ah, on the handle that you can use to do a couple of things. If you press it once, is just gonna start the recording on the video or urine photo moan. It's going to take a photo. So it's like your shutter button. You click two times you're gonna switch between photo and video mode and vice versa. If you click three times is gonna put it into selfie mode. So just keep that in mind. It's nice to access those functions really quickly. And, uh, if you tap some of the photo functions, you'll get a number of options here. We're just gonna test the 3 60 panorama, and we're just gonna tap it on the panorama button, and then the gimbal is going to automatically do a 3 60 panel. So we just have to wait and let it do its thing. Okay, the panoramas finish. So once it's done being composed, you can just click the icon in the top rights to preview any of the photos or media that air on your memory card. Okay, there's some advanced options here where you can access the filter. And this is pretty cool because you get filters from the software that you can use either for photos or for video. Okay, now we're gonna look at the AI function, so the guy is a face or object tracker that allows the subject to move. And the idea is that the gimbal will move along with your phone so it will follow her. At least that's what it's supposed to do. We found it doesn't work very effectively, so we did a second test. All right, so you're supposed to click on the face or it's an object. Draw a box around it, and then you can press that red button on the side. Teoh, just disable it. In my experience, the A. I didn't work too well, but that's how it works. And just be aware that it's there. Maybe they come up with future updates that make it work more effectively 5. FILMING TECHNIQUE: I'm going to quickly go over some tips for filming nice, smooth video with this gimbal. It's pretty similar to other Gimbels like the Ronin. Pretty much you want to avoid any bounce in your step because the gimbal cannot stabilize that. So what that means is ninja walk. Try to keep the phone and the gimbal as level as possible. If you look at it in this video here, you'll see that it's not balancing too much. It's a little bit easier to do this while you're side stepping, but as you can see while I'm moving forward, I'm using two hands and trying to keep it is level as I can for best results. 6. MOTION AND HYPERLAPSE: we're gonna cover the static and the motion lots with the failure. Gimble. So when you tap on the icon, you have two decisions to make. You've got the shutter interval, which means how often is to take a photo, and I prefer to do 0.5 seconds of it's really fast action, or maybe even 1 to 2 seconds if it's slower, option, like in the office just working. And another thing that you can do with the static time lapse is that you couldn't even walk with it to do what we call a hyper laps, which has a really cool effect. My favorite setting for this is one second, and the duration is up to you. You could do five minutes or longer. Look at the reading below. It will give you the actual duration on the finish video, which it will create automatically with the software. So I'll give you a demo of that right after a while, it's actually recording the time lapse. It'll just look like this. You'll just see the recording button on, and we'll just look like a normal video. But this is what the playback looks like. You can make a more interesting by doing key frame zooms. And next coming up is the walking hyper locked to pull off the walking high prolapse. You want to set up the time lapse the same way, but maybe set the interval to a least one second, pick up the gimbal on your phone and then just walk around and keep it fairly steady and level right? The motion lobs. So for the motion laps, we set it on the tripod, and we set up more than one target. So the first position we're gonna is gonna tap, and then we're gonna move the neck of the gimbal to let's just say another side of the room and then we're gonna top and we have the option of creating 1/3 target. Or we could just click Knicks. So I just click Knicks. And then I set up my interval and the duration, and then I just let it start. Here's an example of the Finnish motion locks that I did it a cool cafe. So both of these techniques air some of the most exciting features off this gimbal that gives your phone. They believe you pull off these shots