What is a Gimbal?

A gimbal can dramatically improve the stability and professional look of your camera. Learn how you can improve both your photography and cinematography experience with this innovative device. But first, what is a gimbal?

Gimbal Definition

A gimbal is a system that allows an object to remain fixed facing a particularly direction, despite other movements. This technology is used for a variety of specialized instruments, but is also useful to support a camera. When attached to a gimbal, your camera won’t be affected by any left, right, forward, back, up or down movement.

Most gimbals use three concentric rings to stabilize movement. However, certain movements can cause rings to lock, known as gimbal lock. In order to prevent this, more advanced gimbals use four moving rings.

Improved Video Stability

Unlike a traditional tripod or free-hand shot, a gimbal allows you to walk or run while filming. The stabilizing technology reduces the amount of shaky, jarring movements that typically come from filming while walking.

In extreme conditions, there may still be some uneven movements when using a gimbal. For these instances, consider using Final Cut Pro to stabilize your video. Final Cut Pro allows you to seamlessly edit those minor bumps, jarring turns and shaky movements that can still occasionally arise with the use of a gimbal.

Unique Photography Angles

When you’re searching for dynamic shots, a gimbal can be a great way to successfully capture action shots at a unique angle. It’s difficult to keep your camera focused when you’re searching for a dynamic angle. With a gimbal, you can capture the best images on the move, with less blurry, out-of-focus photos.

A gimbal can be a great way to capture fast-paced moments at unique angles. For more dynamic images and 4K or HD footage, browse Shutterstock's videos. Find action-packed stock footage and unique angles that use a gimbal for maximum stability.

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