Here Are Five of the Most Popular Tools to Achieve Cinematic Camera Moves

With the overabundance of choices of tools available on the market nowadays, it’s quite overwhelming to pick the right one for your projects, especially when it comes to performing professional cinematic camera moves. And, before you think that getting a 3-axis gimbal or a drone could be the ultimate solution for virtually any situation on set, here is an insightful video that covers five of the most popular devices that also might help you to achieve staggering results next time you try to produce an intricate camera move. The video might not cover the included tools thoroughly, but at least, it will give you some guidelines which one to use on multiple occasions.

Unsurprisingly, the first tool mentioned in the video above is the LineCam’s Flow X1 Shuttle System. All in all, a camera attached to a cable system can get you in places where a drone simply can’t. For instance, using this technique you can fly the camera above crowds, concerts or other jam-packed events.

You can also utilise the LineCam system in tight spaces with multiple obstacles along the camera way where even a couple of inches in the wrong direction might cause you a lot of troubles. With the LineCam’s Flow X1 you can also make repeatable moves for visual effects. Overall, a cable cam system has many uses so don’t overlook it whenever you need to perform a similar type of shots for your production.


Another tool that also might add production value to any project is a professional crane like the 32.8ft Pan Tilt Head 10 Kilo Camera Crane Jib Arm Video LCD Kit by Came-TV. While this may be the least used tool out of the five, the results you may achieve with it can be stunning. For instance, you can’t get too close to your actors with a drone, plus you can’t use the latter everywhere due to restrictions and regulations. A crane, on the other hand, can be a feasible option when it comes to some slower and more precise moves with a longer lens.


The Rhino Essentials Slider Bundle with Rhino Motion is also included in the list as another simple, yet extremely useful tool to have in your arsenal when being on set. Further, you can use it for stunning time-lapse videos or multiple passes for visual effects or HDR videos. Plus, there are many lightweight and compact variations of those systems, so getting one for your projects shouldn’t be a big deal.

Speaking of tools for cinematic camera moves, we can’t skip over the conventional dolly system. It’s made well; it’s cheap and straightforward to use. Sure, it’s not as versatile as a drone or any of the other tools included in the list, but the are many reasons why it has been an industry standard for decades in professional cinema and big Hollywood productions.


At last but not least, comes the DJI Expire 1 drone. In regards to moving your camera, undoubtedly, a drone is the most versatile tool you can have in your kit. The ability to capture incredible cinematic establishing shots for your productions for a fraction of the cost is indeed mind-blowing. Considering the fact that those were reserved only for the high-end productions just a few years ago, it’s hard to believe that now you can capture some breathtaking aerials even with an entry-level drone.

Let’s not forget, though, that each one of those devices has its quirks and limitations; that’s why picking the right one for the job is the most important consideration just as with any other tool involved in the creative process.

[via: ISO1200 Magazine, source: Neumannfilms]

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  1. Alexander Semenov March 1, 2016
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