Video Gimbal Rig for Real Estate Walkthroughs
I should start by saying that, while this post is talking about video walkthroughs for real estate photography, this type of filmmaking rig can be used for lots of other applications as well…
Video walkthroughs are not only a great way to help get real estate listing sold, but they also do a great job of promoting the listing agent’s knowledge and expertise. But it can be expensive and cumbersome to make them look professional.
In the past, I’ve used the “Steadicam” style stabilizer with the vest, arm, and sled. But that can be a pain, especially when navigating tight spaces like powder rooms and laundry rooms. I’ve recently put together this setup with an IKAN DS1 Beholder Gimbal on top of a Surui monopod with feet. I also put a Movo Wireless Receiver on top on my camera.
With this equipment, I can move through the home for sale without the bulk of a tripod or a vest/sled rig. It’s very lightweight and it gives really smooth and stable shots. The DS1 has a pretty good weight capacity and I’ve used cameras as large as the Canon 6D on it.
An added advantage of putting the gimbal on the monopod is that, with the monopod extended fully, you can create “crane shots” that are amazingly impressive and cinematic.
DS1 Beholder Gimbal – http://amzn.to/1XdhVmu
Canon T5i – http://amzn.to/24hYbwN
Wide Angle Zoom Lens – http://amzn.to/1TPat03
Surui Monopod with feet – http://amzn.to/1XdigWw
Movo Wireless Mic – http://amzn.to/1WvnQCY