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  • Writer's pictureChadwin Smith

Gimbal + Monopod = Cinematic Crane Shots!

Today I'm going to show you how you can combine your Zhiyun Crane or other handheld gimbal with a monopod to get some really cinematic and epic shots.

So I'm sure you already know how you can get epic, smooth and creative shots with a gimbal on its own. But once you add the monopod, it just levels up, it gets that much more intense, you can do things that are even more cinematic and even more creative. Let's take a look at a few of the shots I got with this setup right now.

The awesome thing about this is that you can get footage that almost looks like it was shot on a drone. And this is especially useful in places where drones are not allowed obviously.

Another advantage of this setup is that you can get shots to look like they were shot an actual jib or crane without all the big heavy expensive equipment that either you just don't have the budget for, or you can't bring that kind of equipment on set. So again, another huge when using this setup.

Setting Up Your Gimbal on Top of a Monopod

Guys, here's a couple quick tips on getting this set up. First of all, you need to screw the monopod into the quarter 20 on the bottom of your Zhiyun Crane or other gimbal like the Ronin RS2 I find that the easiest way to get really smooth shots is to put your crane or other gimbal into the locked off mode and you can do that on the Crane by pressing the mode button once and that'll keep it from panning or tilting when you're doing your movements. And that just makes it that much smoother.

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