Cranes are quickly becoming a staple in the bags of many videographers and for good reason. It has a smaller footprint, lower cost of entry, and has a relatively low learning curve than most gimbals on the market. Even though most users can pick up and go without ever opening the manual. There are still fundamental crane movements that you need to learn to take a good scene and make it a great scene.
Veteran Filmmaker Brandon Li is an expert in utilizing proper gimbal movement in his videos. He uses them to add new and exciting elements to his scenes. That’s why when I saw he released his latest video on the basic movements he uses with his Zhiyun Crane v2, I knew it was something I had to share with the community. He gives his insight on seven different variations of following a subject with the crane. Along with that he goes further into the settings and modes that has helped him along the way. Anytime you get a window into a creative's workflow you will be sure to learn at least one thing to help you going forward.
While nothing will ever replace the countless hours we put in to our craft and learning our gear, if you use this video to establish a solid foundation on gimbal movements it’s going to help any videographer regardless of skill level.