360 Camera Techniques

Tiny Planet Earthquakes: How to stop your tiny planet videos from shaking

Technique: how to avoid shaking in your tiny planet videos
Technique: how to avoid shaking in your tiny planet videos

Here is a brief tutorial on a few ways to avoid shaking in your tiny planet videos.

Here’s the video:

To recap, stabilization isn’t just for spherical videos.  It’s also very useful for tiny planet videos.  Indeed, any shaking tends to get exaggerated in tiny planet videos, so even though the shaking is not going to cause any nausea, stabilization is critical for tiny planet videos.  There are three ways to stabilize the video to avoid shaking:

OPTION 1. Use a stabilized gimbal.
Gimbals tend to have the most stability among the three methods.  Another advantage is that a single gimbal can often be used to stabilize any of your 360 cameras, or even your smartphone.

The two most affordable gimbals for 360 cameras are:
Guru 360 ($299):
Feiyu G360 ($349 or $359 with extension handle):

OPTION 2: stabilized 360 camera.
A few cameras have gyro-based stabilization: the Insta360 Air, Insta360 Nano, Xiaomi Mi Sphere, and Garmin Virb 360.

Insta360 Air Type C  or Micro USB is a 360 camera accessory for Android phones.  Here is my review.
Insta360 Nano is a 360 camera accessory for iPhones.  Here is a demo of its image stabilization.
Xiaomi Mi Sphere is the first 360 camera to have built-in gyro stabilization (it doesn’t need a phone).  Here is a demo of the Xiaomi’s stabilization.
Garmin Virb 360 ($799) is the newest 360 camera to have gyro stabilization.  It’s more expensive but it has all the bells and whistles, has excellent in-camera stitching, and is waterproof.

OPTION 3: stabilization software
There are software that can stabilize the horizon in a 360 video.  One such software is Mettle Skybox. Here’s a tutorial by CreatorUp’s Hugh Hou.