Wish there was a way to shoot great video with your phone without your hands getting in the way and creating that “hand-held camera shakiness” effect?
The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 can really help on that front. It helps stabilize your phone so you can film on the go and minimize the shakiness. Let's see it in action.
A Look at The DJI Osmo Mobile 2
The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is a “selfie stick meets tripod” style device, also known as a handheld gimbal.
It supports your phone so you can record video while moving around. The handle has a joystick-style control system that lets you control the camera and move it around.
The gimbal works for a lot of different types of smartphone and the device's battery holds up for about 15 hours at a time, making it a pretty neat filming companion.
But the Osmo 2 isn't just a piece of hardware. To use it, you need to download an app that makes all the magic happen.
The software behind the gimbal
When you fire up your Osmo mobile app, you can choose between two main stabilization modes– the walk mode and the sports mode. This affects just how much the device tries to keep your phone stable (and affects the battery life.)
After you've picked the right mode for you, you need to decide what frame rate you want to use. This will depend on the type of video you want to make.
You can choose from:
Are you into live streams? You can stream live to major platforms like Facebook and YouTube from inside the app. Not only that, you can create a custom feed that you push to other platforms. This is an incredibly useful feature for marketers.
The app lets you make a lot of adjustments and has multiple settings but if I had to pick my favorite thing, it has to be is the object-tracking capabilities.
If you set your gimbal up on a tripod and select a specific person, it will turn the camera to follow them. This is perfect for recording fitness tutorials or any video where the participants are moving around the room.
A few concerns
While I like the Osmo Mobile 2 overall, it lacks one crucial feature. You can't attach an external mic. Any recording you create relies on your phone's internal microphone.
Just how much of a negative this is for you, depends on your phone and the purpose of your video.
Using a gimbal to make better videos
Using a gimble like the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 can prevent shakiness and make your videos look smoother.
If you shoot a lot of video on your phone, it can be a super useful tool and one well worth trying out.
Until next time,
Have fun storming the castle!
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