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The Feiyutech G5 Action Gimbal Is Buttery Smooth

Thanks to the rise and popularity of portable action camera gimbals, there’s a lot of options on the market. From DJI’s flagship Osmo gimbal to a plethora of overseas brands – some with awkward calibration and erratic stabilization motors. One of the most compelling options so far is Feiyutech’s G5, a 3-axis handheld gimbal compatible with just about every popular action camera out there. Here we’ll take a look at how some of the G5’s features stand out from the rest of the pack. Great stabilization, splash proof design and comfortable grip make this a great looking, complete package.

The G5’s rubberized, structural design is built splash-proof all over, so paired with the waterproof GoPro HERO5, shooting in the rain or by a body of water is no longer a problem. With it’s simple 3 button user interface, the G5 provides a convenient way to access various functions. With a simple tap of the function button you can access the different features. A single tap brings you to Panning Mode where tilting and rolling direction are fixed but the camera lens moves according to the hand movement of the user. A double tap enters Panning and Tilting Mode where rolling direction is fixed and the camera lens moves to the hand movement of the user. A triple tap makes the lens rotate 180 degrees while a quadruple tap resets the tilting axis of the gimbal to initial orientation.

This leaves us with the handle, which houses a battery that goes in from the bottom, a micro USB port for charging/firmware upgrades, a joystick for controlling pan and tilt and an LED indicator. Thanks to the soft grip, the G5 is one of the more comfortable hand-held gimbals to control with easy thumb access to the joystick. On the bottom of the handle is a 1/4-20” screw hole for accessories or to mount on a tripod.

I typically use my action gimbals mounted on a 10 foot painter’s pole while shooting high speed electric skateboarding shots with speeds of up to 30mph – no easy task for most small gimbals. But, given Feiyutech’s reputation for camera stabilization, it’s no surprise I was able to capture some amazing footage. Other gimbals often lose orientation during high maneuvers but the G5 handles even the most abrupt moves with ease. In terms of response speed, the gimbal managed to keep up with my street carving, which you can see in the video review.

Most people who are looking for an action gimbal are not starting from scratch and have at least one to several GoPro’s of various generations in their kit. By comparison, the DJI Osmo is more expensive but features it’s own camera which is hit or miss, depending on how much faith you have in their camera technology.

The Feiyutech G5, like my previous impression of their SPG Plus, is a very well designed, polished product. It is powerful yet intuitive with none of the annoying handheld gimbal glitches than often ruin a shot. I have to say that Feiyutech is really going hard at DJI’s gimbal market and it shows. Their product line impresses year after year and if they keep this up, everyone wins.


FeiyuTech G5 3-Axis Waterproof Handheld Gimbal

How to De-fish GoPro Footage in Adobe After Effects CC

A few days ago, I explained how to do a basic de-fish of fisheye footage using the default effects in Adobe Premiere CC. While fisheye lens distortion is definitely a stylistic choice, in some cases, the fisheye look is just not suitable for the scene. Since the GoPro has a fixed fisheye lens, the easiest way to get around it is to do an advanced de-fish using Adobe After Effects CC. Here’s how you do it.

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First import your GoPro footage into After Effects and under the Distort video effect, choose Optics Compensation. Under Field of View or FOV change the number to 75.0 and select the checkbox under Reverse Lens Distortion. Next, change the FOV Orientation to Diagonal and for Resize choose Max 2X.

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You will notice an immediate de-fishing of your GoPro footage as the horizon lines begins to straighten out. To get the maximum field of view, select your footage in the timeline and under Transform, change the scale to 75.0%. This will scale down your footage to reveal the maximum horizontal plane.

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Although you gain horizontal width of your image, you lose the vertical space because the image is squeezing inward to de-fish. To solve this, just drop in a 2:35 letterbox matte to give the footage a widescreen look. Throw in some color correction and warp stabilization and your raw GoPro fisheye footage will appear more cinematic and pleasing to the eye. If you have any questions please hit me in the comments below.

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