Equipment used

  • iPhone 11 – Link (You can use any phone)
  • Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal – Link

Softwares used

  • To shoot footage:
    • Apple iOS Native Camera
    • Filmic Pro – Link
  • For colour grading:
    • DaVinci Resolve 16 – Link

Steps taken to shoot video

Dagshai is where all of the footage was taken – Google MapsWikipedia. I was there with my Church members for a picnic/get together.

I had been recently really impressed with YouTube cinematic videos created using iOS devices.

So, I bought myself an iPhone 11 and a Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal.

Last Sunday (15th November 2020), our Church was out at Dagshai for a get-together/picnic. I thought this was a good opportunity to kickoff my life as a Cinematic YouTuber.

Here is how the video was made.

The main steps (this can be done on any phone)

  • Shoot at 4k resolution.
  • Shoot at 24 FPS.
  • Gimbal is a nice to have. If you have steady hands you can do most of it without a Gimbal. I am still getting used to mine and it sure is an added skill to learn. However, the Gimbal was instrumental in some of the footage I love.
  • Use a flat and “log” format for initial footage. Then, use DaVinci Resolve for colour correction.

Essentially, the first 2 steps are the most important ones. If you master them, you can create cinematic footage easily.

The mistakes I made

  • My Gimbal isn’t designed for the iPhone 11 wide angle lens. This was a disappointment.
  • Gimbals should only be used when you have learned enough to use them.
  • DaVinci Resolve has a bit of learning curve. I completely forgot to add transitions between videos.


Hope you enjoyed my video and are inspired to create something of your own. Please do. Until then, leave a comment below if you liked my work.


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