We’ve been working alot with our Ronin M on a number of different projects for different clients and we thought we’d share some tips and tricks:
1. Get a case for your Ronin M, we found that the paintwork on the Ronin M is easily scratched and chipped. If you cant afford an expensive pelican case you can pickup a cheap plastic container which works just fine (You can also make a bubble wrap sleeve). This means you can keep everything in one place, e.g. thumb controller, monitor, hdmi cable, tools etc etc.
2. Invest in a monitor for your Ronin M, we worked on a couple of projects without a monitor and its definitely a lot more effort to frame when trying to look at the screen on the back of your DSLR. Plus this makes you hunch your back when operating the gimbal, which is not great for posture. A monitor gives you perfect framing ability and enables you to focus on the job in hand.
3. If you decide to invest in a monitor for your Ronin M, be sure to purchase a DJI monitor mount and 1/4 male to male tripod adapter, the mount will not come with a tripod adapter, this will need to be purchased separately.
4. Get a right angle HDMI cable to fit between your monitor and DSLR. (around 1M)
5. Take your time stabilizing the gimbal, once you’ve done the manual stabilization, connect via the app, run auto stabilization and check the motor readings are all as close to zero (0) as possible. If these figures are higher than 1 or 2, run back through manual stabilization of your gimbal.
6. Use a wide angle lens or fish-eye lens, using a wider lens will a bigger focal length will make your video look smoother and less jittery.
7. Keep your Ronin M stand close by, it is worth putting the Ronin M down from time to time, this will help with muscle fatigue… The Ronin M does get heavy after a while. (Especially with the added above bits).
8. If your using a external mic or external light these can be mounted on the top of the Ronin M handle bar, this will allow the camera to move freely in the gimbal. (There isn’t a lot of room above the camera once its in the gimbal)
9. The Ronin M does a fantastic job of smoothing out the steps of a camera man, but if you want super smooth floating footage consider using a Segway or Skateboard (if you can). This really helps cut out any of the larger jitters vertical movements from the camera man.
10. Use a thumb controller – this can help with capturing a more creative shot and allow you to pan whilst using the thumb controller to control vertical moments of the gimbal.
We love our Ronin M, its a real workhorse and enables us to capture some amazing footage which just would not have been possible before! Here is a look at a project we worked on recently filmed entirely with the Panasonic GH4 + Ronin M: