Drone gimbal settings for smooth cinematic videos!

Published on 21 March 2022 at 21:34

You got your first drone and you are so excited to fly! You fly over the clouds, literally and you feel like you are the next  Randy Bailey. Then you check to footage when you get at home and you face this:

Choppy scenes, turning around and making you dizzy and generally nothing that looks anything like cinematic. I can totally understand. So here is a simple solution to fix that and get the most out of your drone's gimbal. ( This mini guide is intended mainly for DJI drones, but no matter the brand, once you find these settings and you can change them you will have the same result.)

Once you turn on your drone and have everything connected, before you fly, click on the three little dots on the top right corner. Then go to the  control settings tab.

Then look for the ''advanced gimbal settings.

Once you in that menu you will see certain option, regarding the gimbal's operation. Now, have in mind that depending on your drone's model you might have different options available. These are the settings available on a DJI Mavic air 2.

Now let's see whats on that menu.

First you have Pitch Speed: This basically controls how fast the gimbal will move up and down when you use the wheel in the controller. The bigger the number on the slider the faster it will move. You want this number to be low, somewhere between 10-20. Then again this comes to personal preference, try it out and see what suits better to your needs.


Then you have Pitch Smoothness: This setting will change how harsh the gimbal will stop after you let go of the wheel in the controller. It creates a small buffer to not have this choppy harsh stop after the movement is done. You want this number somewhere in the middle. Not to much to avoid having delays but also enough to create that buffer time and avoid choppy stops.


Following you have the Yaw Speed setting: This determines how fast the gimbal will follow once the drone makes yaw movements. High yaw speed will result in sudden movements that will make you dizzy! You want that somewhere in the middle to allow you also to navigate safely and not have delays.


Lastly you will see the Yaw Smoothness setting: Similar to the pitch smoothness, it creates a buffer for the gimbal, after the yaw movement has stopped, in order to avoid sudden stops and choppy footage.

Get to an open place and try to change these settings, see how the drone's gimbal responds and adjust it to your needs. Happy flying!

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