BCPVA Meeting Nov 24th 2020 – Getting Smooth – Stabilized Gimbals in 2020

Hello Members & Guests;

In 2013 Freefly Systems turned the film industry upside down with their introduction of the MoVI M10. Almost immediately gimbal stabilized camera work earned a solid place in film & video production world, and widened the choices we have in creating professional footage. After seven years of innovation, three axis stabilized gimbals have come a long way. This month our online meeting will cover this evolution and bring us up to date with a presentation by Derek Kovacevic Content Creator for HungryHippo.ca on the recent and notable Zhiyun-Tech 3S series of gimbals. Members currently using gimbals for their work are encouraged to share their own images, footage, and experiences.

Main Presentation By:

Derek Kovacevic –  HungryHippo.ca

Topics Covered:

Why invest in a gimbal? Who’s it for?

Introduction to the Zhiyun-Tech 3S

Overview of the specs and capabilities/features

Quick breakdown of the 3 different models (3S E, 3S, 3S Pro)

Balancing the gimbal

Recommended accessories

Shooting modes. Which mode is best for specific shots 

Examples/Montage of stabilized footage

Pros and Cons

Q & A and Group Discussion

Meeting Details:

People can start joining the meeting at 6:45 pm, and the meeting will start at 7 pm. If you have never used Zoom before, please join early to download and troubleshoot.

How it will work: You can connect with both Windows and Mac computers / laptops, Apple and Android cell phones, and tablets with the Zoom video app. This link will give you a prompt to download and run Zoom if you have never used Zoom before. If you have used Zoom, it will open a box with Zoom Meetings highlighted – click the Open Link button. When you connect you can test your headphones, webcam, and microphone with Zoom, before you join the talk.

Audio: This is the most important part.  We want/need to avoid feedback -so wear headphones. If members don’t wear headphones, the audio from everyone else will feed into their microphone and this can cause a feedback loop.

Microphone: Most laptops and mobile devices have built-in microphones (and webcams).  These will work just fine. Your mobile devices likely shipped with headphones with a built-in microphone – this works great too.  If you have and headphones with three rings on the connector then your headphones have a microphone built-in.  If you are using an external USB webcam, then it probably has a microphone too.  If you haven’t used it in a while, you may want to plug it in and possibly update the driver. Webcam: If you are joining with a mobile device then take the time to mount your device on a stand at eye level.  The same basics that apply to videography apply to webcam usage: add some soft front-light, avoid back-light, and be aware what is in your background.

Topic: BCPVA November zoom meeting

Time: Nov 24, 2020 06:45 PM Vancouver

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Meeting ID: 694 528 3150

Passcode: BCPVA

Stay well and see you all online on Nov 24th!


The BCPVA Exec Committee