Back in November, DJI took all aspiring vloggers and sports enthusiasts by surprise with the announcement of its compact gimbal-stabilized video camera system the Osmo Pocket. Even though its petite construction may seem inferior to a typical mirrorless camera, the functionality of the gimbal stabilizer coupled with the ½-inch sensor on board provides mobile content creators with some great video capabilities at a fraction of the cost of a full-sized camera-and-gimbal combo.
Getting the most out of the Osmo Pocket seems to be a whole different story, though. Luckily, Mauro Licul of Mauro’s Films goes over five neat tips and tricks you can use to get smoother, cinematic videos with this otherwise tiny, but extremely powerful gadget.
The first technique outlined in the video focuses on creating a hyperlapse video in a few easy steps. To start off, you’ll need to connect the Osmo Pocket to your smartphone and launch the product’s companion app. Next, you’ll have to set the camera to video mode and add all your video settings, preferably shooting in 4K at Super Fine Quality.
Once you’ve set all your parameters, enable the tracking feature and select a subject in your frame to track onto. Then start recording and carefully walk towards and around your subject, trying to remain as steady as possible.
Lastly, to transform the captured footage into a hyperlapse, take it into your NLE of choice and increase the speed accordingly. Depending on what you’ve shot, you may even find yourself going up to 1000%.
Another way to obtain cinema-like shots with your Osmo Pocket is by capturing some smooth reveal shots while taking advantage of the Pocket’s powerful gimbal system. To pull this off, you will need to plan your camera movement in advance and gently move your hand as you guide the camera while shooting.
Mauro Licul suggests starting with the camera facing towards the sky. Then, slowly move forward whilst tilting the gimbal head down until the camera looks straight ahead. To use this technique properly, though, you need to ensure that you’re not shooting in FPV mode to avoid unwanted roll movements.
Thanks to the compact design of the Osmo Pocket, vloggers now have an additional option when it comes to choosing a camera for on-the-go lifestyle recording. In fact, the Osmo Pocket makes the practice of vlogging a much more convenient endeavor that one may think.
For the perfect vlogging setup, select the Flip option on the Osmo Pocket’s menu to enable selfie mode. Afterward, toggle face tracking and ensure that you’re shooting in either Follow or Lock Tilt mode. All that’s left is to hit the record button and start vlogging.
An additional tip to help improve your experience with the Osmo Pocket includes setting your Auto Power Off timer to 1 minute. Doing this will ensure that your camera has enough juice left for any last-minute photo or video taking.
It’s also worth noting that when shooting panoramas, the photos you take with your Osmo Pocket are stored on the SD card as both JPEG and RAW files, which is another convenient feature, considering the flexibility and variety of options it gives you when editing in post.