Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 Gimbal Setup

After unboxing the Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 3-Axis Gimbal, in this video we will setup the gimbal with a camera and walk through the assembly and balancing process.

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Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 3-Axis Gimbal

Canon 80D

Canon 80D with 18-135mm USM Lens

Video Transcript

Hey, content creators. Welcome back here to One Man Video. Today we're going to be doing part two of our review of the Zhiyun crane V2 three-axis gimbal.

Now, in the last video we did the unboxing, so if you haven't seen that, go back and watch that. That's going to give you a good start to it. Today we're going to actually be putting it together. We're going to be putting the camera on, balancing it, and then on the last video that we'll do, the next one, we're going to be looking at some footage to help you understand why this might be a good fit for what you're looking to do.

Now, again, just let me lay out the premise to one man video. If this is the first video you've seen, I am not a videographer by trade. I'm actually a software engineer, but I've been creating a lot of content for some other sites and I'm figuring out the best way to use the right equipment to efficiently create and push out content on a regular basis. So if you're going on this journey with me, man, I am glad that you are here.

Now let's dive in and let's look at this gimbal. To get started, let's go here and look here at what we have. We have here the bottom of the gimbal, which actually ... where we're going to drop in the two batteries that come with it. Now, this is a point of clarification from the unboxing. Previously I has mentioned that it comes with two batteries, and I need to call out that you need both batteries every time you run it.

Based on what reviewers have said, there's a pretty good life with these batteries. You get about six hours, but I would encourage you, if you're going to be using these out on a shoot, you're going to want to have an extra set that you can be charging. It also comes with one charger and a micro USB cable. So if you grab just two extra batteries, that's going to be enough to have a backup when you shoot. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to screw this into the bottom of the gimbal.

Now, let's talk a little bit about the camera. Here I have my canon ADD. I'm actually using the 18 to 35 a with this that actually has the stepper motor built in for autofocusing. So this is a great cameram because I'm going to be out and about with the gimbal. I record most everything I do outside of the studio with this ADD. So this gives me the ability to capture on the go. This is why I'm looking at this camera with this gimbal.

Important thing to remember is I have actually weighed this camera with this lens on it. This comes in just a hair under three pounds. I believe it's about two pounds and eight ounces. One of the things you need to know is there is a limit on this gimbal. With any gimbal, there's going to be a limit in terms of the amount of weight that it supports. On this one, it's going to generally be, I believe about three and a half pounds, so you're going to want to actually weigh your camera to see if it's a good fit.

If you have a full frame, something like a 5D, it's probably not going to fit because of that weight. This is really targeted at people that are using things like the Panasonic, the GH4, GH5, GH5S, Sony A7, something like that, a lighter camera and something that's probably not full frame. This ADD is going to be a good fit for us in terms of that. There are some special integrations included with the gimbal for Sony and Panasonic cameras, so you get some extra ability to actually control those cameras with this gimbal.

But today we're just going to be using the ADD. I have GH4s here in the studio, so at some point I'll pull one of those out and put it with the gimbal and test out some of that functionality. But for today, we're just going to stick with this ADD for the moment.

Once we've got this in place, we have our camera. Let's look at what it's going to be to actually get this mounted. The first thing that I'm going to do ... and let me just call out, if you actually get the version of this that actually comes with the monopod stand at the bottom, that will actually help you in this process. But I'm going to start off by actually getting the camera mounted onto the base plate of the gimbal. The first thing you want to call out here is, in the instructions they call out that you actually want your camera to be close to this tilt motor. So I'm going to actually flip this over and I'm going to go ahead and put the mounting screw in. It's a little bit awkward to do this so that you guys can see it, but we will get it in there.

I'm going to be sure it's pushed over and that it's even with the front and we will finish tightening that mounting screw. I have actually already balanced this. This is going to be relatively close, but this will give us a chance to look at some aspects of the balancing. The first thing that we're going to do ... and I'm actually going to look at the instructions, because I want to be sure that I get this right for you guys. The first thing we want to do is we want to look at this tilt point right here. There is a screw on the bottom that we can actually unscrew. This allows us to move the camera backwards or forwards. So I'm gonna move this one back, and we can see, oh, now it's tilting backwards. So I'm going to need to actually push this forward just a little bit.

We see now it's moving forward, so we're really close. I'm just going to move it now back just a tad. Now we're still falling back, so forward just a tad. Let's get this positioned and we can see, boom, it actually stays. So that means that we have that point balanced and so we can go ahead and then tighten that back up.

That is our first balance point that we're going to be looking at on this, the level adjustment for the tilt axis. Then we're going to actually move over and we're going to do a different one. We want to be able to see here that the camera, the lens will remain pointing straight up. Okay. In this case, it is. But what we would do is we would actually unscrew this tilt here and we would actually move this forward or backwards to actually get this to be balanced.

So that one is in a good spot. The next one that we have is we're actually going to have the roll axis. This is going to be this screw right here on the back. So when we hold this still, we should see that this camera is going to remain in the ideal position here and not tilting on the roll access. We don't want this tilting to the right or tilting to the left. It should be able to remain relatively still and in this case it is. So we have that on a balance point.

Now the last one, and this one is tricky because this one requires you to actually hold the gimbal out to the side. We actually want to be able to see here if we can keep this in the correct position, just by holding it.

Now, if you notice, if this back end is going to move up to the top, or if it's going to go down to the bottom, anytime you do this, you're going to have to adjust this balance point for the gimbal. The way you do that is if you look here, we have this screw here at the bottom and this actually causes this whole assembly to move in or out, and you set that to the ideal position. Then once you get that done, you're going to then have the camera actually balanced for use with the gimbal.

Once we have all of that done ... and again, when you do it your first time, it should be the longest that it will take you to do it anytime you have it. There's a few reasons for that. One is because obviously you're just getting used to doing it, and the other reason is because you're going to have the biggest difference in terms of where it set to where your camera is.

Once you're used to your camera and once this is used to your camera and set up for it, it's going to be pretty quick to go through and make those adjustments. But important thing to understand is, you need to allow for there to be about, let's say five minutes once you get the gimbal out to get it balanced with your camera for every single use. Then once that's done, you're able to actually just get the gimbal. You can actually go in and press. There is a camera button. Give it a long press, boom, and then you're good to go.

That's how we set up the Zhiyun crane V2 three-axis gimbal. Stay tuned for the next video as we're gonna be Looking at some of the footage that I've shot with this gimbal and you can see if it makes sense to put into your rig.

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