The newest gimbal from DJI is probably one of the best tools for beginner video creators. But how to use the DJI Osmo Pocket for cinematic videos?
Most other videos on YouTube just tell you the usual stuff, like using ND filters for natural motion blur, shoot in 24p, etc. And it’s true that all of that will make your videos more cinematic. But it’s all pretty general stuff that counts for every camera.
The Osmo Pocket is not like every camera. It’s basically a gimbal that has the camera included. So if you want to use it to get really cinematic shots, you have to use it like a gimbal and understand that it’s the biggest advantage is that it can give you smooth and steady footage easily.
But of course, if you use it wrong (like a lot of people do) it won’t look cinematic at all.
So how do you use the DJI Osmo Pocket properly to get cinematic footage?
At first, you should stop recording over long periods of time and instead think in terms of short, single shots between 3 and 15 seconds usually. So instead of running around and filming everything, you focus on especific subject or scenery that you get a shot off.
And to make that shot as beautiful as possible, you use the DJI Osmo Pocket to create some slight movement in your shot. That movement can be in every direction you want.
So the thing is that you want that movement to be as smooth as possible. To do that, you should hold the gimbal in a slight underslung mode, so that camera hangs down instead of having its position above the gimbal. That will help you a lot to reduce shake.
Also, when you move forward you should make sure that you only do very small and steady steps that won’t cause your body to shake too much as the DJI Osmo Pocket is not stabilized in the horizontal ax. For sideward movements, you should keep your upper body and stiff as possible while moving to the side with your legs and hips. That way you also reduce shake to a minimum.
To make everything even smoother, I recommend shooting in a high framerate, like 60p in 4K or 120p in 1080. That way you can slow your footage down when you edit it and that makes some slight jitters also less visible. Slow-mo shots also look a bit dreamy and cinematic, what adds to the cinematic look of your video.
Of course, there are a lot more tips that you can use to make your DJI Osmo Pocket videos more cinematic, but they are more general and apply to most other cameras as well. I actually made a video with such tips. Check it out here:
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