With the release of the Osmo Mobile 3, it’s now easier than ever to create fluid movie sequences with your smartphone. To take advantage of this convenient gimbal stabilizer, we’ve put together five Osmo Mobile video transitions you can try to take your cinema to the next level.
Camera In, Camera Out
One of the simplest and most effective video transitions is the camera in, camera out. To do this, start shooting by moving the camera towards the subject until the frame is full. Then move away from that frame into a new position to reveal a completely different scene. Remember, you can use anything as a subject as long as it fills the frame, so get creative!
Similar to the transition in and out, this transition starts with the subject covering the lens with his hand in one position before removing it somewhere else revealing a completely different scene. This transition is especially useful for vlogging scenarios where you are talking to the camera. It’s a convenient way to move the story to a new setting.
To make this transition, finish the first shot by covering the lens and start the next shot by uncovering it. Then, place the two clips in an editor, such as the DJI Mimo app, so that the covered frames overlap and obtain a smooth transition between two different settings.
Wipe transitions are a great way to move from one position to another without a noticeable jump.
Take a look at the camera until something in your environment covers the lens (think of a streetlight, tree or pillar), then start your second shot by taking a look in the same direction from behind a similar object. During editing, align the two clips so that the two covered frames overlap and the result will be a fuzzy transition from one scene to another. In our video, we used the pillar for the transition between the outdoor park and the airport terminal. Then we used the window frame to hide the transition to the mountain range view.
The whip of the sky
Using the move of the sky whip, creators can effortlessly move their story between two external positions by tilting the camera upwards or towards the sky, before lowering it to reveal a completely different scene.
To achieve this effect, end the first clip by tilting the camera toward the sky, then start the next shot by tilting the camera down. To further enhance the effect, you need to add some motion blur and accelerate the video. This transition is best performed on cloudy days or days with light blue skies so that there are fewer details that could make the cut evident.
The transition of the floor ramp is excellent for the seamless transition between two moving shots and to ensure that the shot maintains dynamism throughout. The transition of the floor ramp uses the motion blur of the ground in both shots to switch between the clips.
To create the transition of the floor ramp, finish the first clip by tilting the phone down so the floor fills the frame, then start the next clip by tilting it up from the floor to reveal the new scene. In an editor, add a speed ramp to the two sections of the video floor so that the motion blur hides the moment the video changes and you are left with a gradual transition that adds dynamic motion to the video.
With an improved design that provides even more stability, transitions like these that involve many movements are perfect for the DJI Osmo Mobile 3.
Remember that while transitions can make your movies more cinematic, they are only a part of the cinema. Take a look at our other tutorials to improve videography with the phone. If you want to improve your content, combine your transitions with great sound effects. There are tons of music options out there that can capture the essence of what your video is broadcasting.
These are just 5 Osmo Mobile transitions that can help improve your story and content, but be careful not to use them too much. A video that contains more passages than the plot can be confusing for the viewer and remove the message that the video is trying to convey.
More info about Osmo Mobile 3
For more tutorials to help you create better content, please visit the DJI website especially in the DJI Guides section. For the purchase of the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 please visit the official website DJI Store