2 Minutes of Uncut Video Footage Demo DIY 3-Axis MiniGimbal Kit

I didn't really have anything interesting to shoot today, but I just thought I would throw up a quick sample from the latest 3-Axis Mini Gimbal I put together using the Tiyaga kit. Just in case anyone was wondering if it actually works, here's a straight 2 minute+ uncut video sample (no image or post stabilization) right out of the camera.

The great thing about working with a lightweight stabilizer is that you can pretty much shoot all day with little fatigue. Since I was walking around indoors, my favorite ultra-wide angle setup is with my GH4 and Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye lens. I shoot in 4K then de-fish the footage (using this plugin) down to 1080p.

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find-price-button MiniGimbal 'Tiyaga' 3-Axis DIY Gimbal Frame Kit for Small Cameras

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23 thoughts on “2 Minutes of Uncut Video Footage Demo DIY 3-Axis MiniGimbal Kit

  1. Emm

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    @Matt - The Speedbooster and Tokina is pushing those limits. For PID settings on the GH4 12-35mm I think i'm just using around 30 for P & D. For the Yaw, make sure the keyway is screwed in as far as possible. Then for the thumb nut you can try to add some teflon tape (plumbing tape) over the threaded area to keep it from coming loose.

  2. Have you found any PID settings that work well with the Gh4 and 12-35 on your Minigimbal? The 11-16 tokina on a speedbooster seems like far too much weight for the gimbal and it barely fits past the roll bar when balanced. My yaw axis always seems to slip?

  3. jay

    the tiyaga kit is still not available on their site,
    do you know if it will be available again ? or are they
    still fulfilling the initial orders.
    I like many others on here, don't mind waiting, but I don't want to wait in vain to find out in 3 months it has been discontinued. thanks for such an informative site btw have been following your reviews intently for a few years !

  4. Emm

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    @Gethin - It's more than just a horizontal balance that needs to be set. You have to set 6 or more angles on a gimbal to align every possible center of balance. I don't know how well that idea will work out.

  5. Emm have you ever thought about adding weights to speed up balancing? Ie Balance to your heaviest lens then when you put a light one on you add the equivalent weight - presumably under the lens on the centreline of the camera. I dont know enough about balancing these gimbals but on my blackbird I sort of got this to work.

    It might at least work for zoom lenses - I imagine having a rack and pinion under the lens that you can move back and forth. Have it at the end when you're zoomed in and move it out when you zoom out.

  6. Emm

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    @Ron Hunter - You can make an adjustment layer in FCPX by duplicating the video clip, place it above the original, and change it to 'Screen' to make things brighter or 'overlay' to add more contrast and saturation. From there you can tweak the exposure and color of the adjustment layer (or original layer) to achieve your look.

  7. Ron Hunter

    Thanks Emm! That info helps a lot. "Adjustment layer" sounds like Premiere; I thought you used FCPX? (Or maybe you create a compound clip? I seem to remember a Ripple Training tutorial on that.) And your excellent comparison of 12-35mm lens vs 7.5mm Rokinon at 1080 and 4k, de-fished, was VERY helpful. I did not realize the fish-eye lens would provide that much additional field-of-view over the 12-35mm lens. I plan to get the Rokinon ASAP and hopefully get that 3 axis gimbal in the future.

  8. Emm

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    @Ron Hunter - I think my ISO was at 800 and I even stopped down to F/5.6 on my lens (more in focus). To brighten things up sometimes I use an adjustment layer over the original video layer.

  9. Ron Hunter

    My question is how did you get the exposure set correctly? The lighting looks great and nothing appears dark, but the Rokinon lens has maximum aperture of only 3.5. I have the GH4 and f/2.8 12-35mm lens, and filming indoors requires the ISO to be set very high (800 or higher), even when aperture = 2.8.

  10. Dan

    Nice work. Would the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 at 7mm achieve the same thing without having to buy the Rokinon?

  11. Emm

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    @efex - Stop down the aperture and use a very wide lens that has close focus and to infinity.

  12. Emm

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    @nate Yes you can add a joystick, and you can choose the speed of your follow so it is slower than mine. That is in the software.

  13. nate

    looks really good emm, thank you so much for doing this! is it possible to add a thumb controller and in fallow mode can the pan be smoothed out to have less of a hard start? also, i know you're just selling the frame, but whats the total price with all the parts listed on the ?

  14. Kirin

    Very nice!!
    I'm really keen to get one of these. Although I'm still a bit intimidated by the building of it. And getting all the right parts (I don't live in the US) .

    One question, is it pretty easy to change lenses are re-adjust the gimbal? Roughly how long do you think it would take to get it balanced again?

  15. Emm

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    @RG84 - Yeah i'm using follow mode on my tilt to point down while going down stairs and then tilting back up as I get to the bottom. No joystick, but one can be added if needed.

  16. RG84

    Yeah Baby!! Thanks for posting this. Love the look going down the stairs. You could make a 10 min long take with this. Reminds me of the movie Birdman. BTW nice house and Duvel, you have rich taste and money. Lol now pleae make the other build vids.

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