How to Get Smooth Gimbal Shots

Hey! Will Dano here from Origin Films.

Today I am going to talk about Ninja walking, what it is, and how can you use it to get smooth gimbal shots, regardless of what you are really on. If you are already an experienced camera operator you might already know this, but if you are not let’s get to it. 

If you prefer a video, you can watch the video here –


Humans walk like this. The issue is there is a noticeable up and down movement because of how our feet hit the ground. If you are filming while moving part of the reason why you get unpleasant shake is just because of vibrations that your steps make.

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How do we lessen the vibrations we make? By ninja walking. Ninja walking: (Lightly pressing your heels on the ground to avoid obvious vibrations).

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As you can see there is an obvious advantage because of how much it reduces the up and down movement. This technique will work with pretty much any type of rig you are using, except maybe a steady cam. But if you are on glide cam, a shoulder wig, or handheld, this tip will come in hand. 

Ninja walking will make your shake a lot more manageable and less jittery. It also makes a lot easier to stabilize in post.

Again here is the link to our youtube channel on how to get smooth gimbal shots in case you want to see the full video –

That’s it from me, I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions drop them down in the comment section below, and I will see you in the next blog! 

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