How To Shoot Stabilized Video Of G-scale Model Trains
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How To Shoot Stabilized Video Of G-scale Model Trains

August 26, 2019

Today I’m going to show you how to get
some good track-level video
of your G-scale model trains. When shooting video of model trains
it’s very unnatural-looking
to shoot from high up above the trains. You need to get the camera down at track level. And if you just put the camera down
at a fixed position with the trains going by that only gives you a few seconds of video
before the train is out of the shot. The most interesting view is
from a camera moving along the tracks… either shooting forward,
showing you the view that the engineer would see
from inside the locomotive or shooting backwards,
showing you the actual locomotive itself
as it moves through the layout. So, you need to mount a camera onto a train somehow and you can do that by placing any kind of camera like a GoPro, or whatever camera you happen to have, you place it onto a flatbed railcar like this
or you could strap it onto a locomotive somehow. But the way that I do it
is a little more complicated than that but I do end up with far better video. You see, the problem that you have if you shoot track level video from a GoPro,
or a regular camera sitting on a flatbed car like this,
or onto a locomotive is that you end up with shaky video. The train is shaking, and that shakes the camera
and that makes for some
very amateur-looking shaky video… and you don’t want that. So, let me show you what I do to get
smooth video without all the shakiness. I don’t use this, that’s for sure! I use a special kind of camera called an Osmo.
It’s made by a Chinese company called DJI and this is basically a camera similar to a GoPro
mounted onto a gimbal and that gimbal is motion stabilized
so it takes all the shakiness out of your hands. I’ll turn it on here and you’ll see it spring to life. And you’ll see how the gimbal works here
to smooth out the camera. No matter what I do here,
the camera stays smooth and steady. And that gives you some great smooth video using
this DJI Osmo compared to a regular camera So, what I do is basically mount the Osmo
onto the top of the locomotive… something like that. But I do have a little trick that I use. I’ve got these 3M picture hanging strips
that are really handy and I attach one to the roof of the locomotive there. I’ve pre-placed one on the bottom of the Osmo here. and then they kind of connect together
a little bit like Velcro. And once that’s on there like that
that thing is really solid. Although, just as an insurance policy,
I do use some of these zip ties so that my camera has absolutely no way
to come off of there no matter what kind of crazy stuff I do
when I’m driving the train around. Voila! This DJI Osmo camera sells for
less than $600 on Amazon And sells these little
LGB DCC locomotives for about 150 bucks. Compared to what most G-scale model train people have invested in their train gear… That’s not much! So, now that we’ve got the camera
mounted on top of the locomotive We are ready to shoot some track-level video! (Sound of train horns) I hope this video has been helpful to you
and has given you some ideas about how to shoot better videos
of your own model railroad. I’m Jim Zim.
Check out some of my other YouTube videos on my YouTube channel
to see lots more videos of my trains…
both indoors and outdoors… Cruise ships… Water slides… And the Caribbean. I’ve posted 250 videos, so far,
on my YouTube channel and I’ve had a total of over 100,000,000 views, so… I guess there’s some interesting stuff in there somewhere! Please explore, and enjoy.


  • Reply SAXMANIVAN October 11, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Fantastic TUTORIAL! ??????.

  • Reply Coyote Willie October 18, 2016 at 6:12 am

    so you used the porter for those angles

  • Reply Moto Moto December 10, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Your awesome please please make videos just showing trains running around your track!

  • Reply Kelly Layfield January 15, 2018 at 3:26 am

    how do you get the track on train world com

  • Reply Epic Amiibo February 20, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks very helpful

  • Reply Harley Man April 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    DJI is the drone people.The Mavic Pro is the way to go

  • Reply ZionthomasSRC90fan trainkid November 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    How would you do it on a track master thomas layout because I use my iPad to video them as they go by

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