This could be the gimbal I have been waiting for.
  • Filmpower Nebula 4000 Lite 3-axis Gimbal pricing (good price compared to others, I have a review unit)
  • This could change the way I shoot video, have a project coming up that it would work great on.
  • Not an expert here, never owned one of these before.
  • Put the others videos to come on my Dave Dugdale 2nd YT channel.
  • Their paper manual is really lacking
  • Their video manual is good to see but I would rather hear the motors than the piano music (music gets very old fast).
  • I have read all posts on this forum post on the Nebula so I know enough to be dangerous
  • They say not to use the default setting, so it sounds like you can wipe the firmware!
  • This video helped get the software I needed to adjust the motors. (this will be my next step)
  • I tried to balance my iphone first, that was a mistake, Filmpower said it was not calibrated to anything before shipment but it must be set from the factory for a much heavier camera.
  • Not sure but I think this is an 8-bit system and not 32, I will find out.
  • You can only mount the GH4 on way on the plate, rotating the mounting plate will not work. Also the way I have it setup allows access the GH4 battery and the sd cards.
  • Is it OK to trust FilmPower with a phone number of +1 (234) 567-8901 (sequential fake number and a wrong address from a website template)? Well I know they have delivered so I guess so, but it doesn’t make you very confident.
  • In the software (see below) you can turn off the loud beeps.

Video 1: Balancing Before Turning On

Video 2: A Look at the Software and First Test Video

Video 2 Notes:

  • For those that thought it was a pain to setup watching the last video, that was my very first time. I can balance it much faster than before now that I know what I am doing.
  • I tried flipping the unit so the screen could tilt out and it didn’t work.
  • Note to self:
  • don’t spin the camera around too quickly when more at 24mm, even at 24mm you will get a lot of rolling shutter.
  • Start turning before you have to turn.

Video 3 Inverted Mode, Serviceable Battery and WiFi App Instead of HDMI Monitoring

Video 3 Notes:

Filmpower updated me on inverted mode:

Yeah I watch 3rd video. Invert mode in two way. first is direct turn from normal turn on, it turn front or back, but can not exceed 180°. Second is fill invert mode need set YAW motor invert mode in app. Camera in normal and grip on top then turn on.

Video 4 Example Footage

Dan Chung Sony a7S/16mm Combo Settings

PID Controller:

  • Dan Roll   33, .01, 31 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Roll  19, .01, 12
  • Pitch 19, .02, 14 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Pitch 25, .03, 18
  • Yaw  25, .03, 27 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Yaw 25, .04, 20

Motor Config:

  • Roll   100, 0, invert, 14 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Roll  100, 70, invert, 14
  • Pitch 65, 0, invert, 14 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Pitch 70, 30, invert, 14
  • Yaw  95, 0, 23 – Balanced by Nebula Tech Yaw 110, 0, 23

Christopher Mayer GH4/12-35mm Combo Settings

Settings I will be trying next for the GH4/12-35mm combo:

PID Controller:

  • Roll   41, x, 24
  • Pitch 34, x, 22
  • Yaw  32, x, 27

Motor Config:

  • Roll   157, x, 70
  • Pitch 129, x, 30
  • Yaw  140, x, 15

Only Windows and No Android BlueTooth App

I don’t have an Android phone, so I need to download other software to control the motors:

It didn’t come with a Micro USB cord, I found one from my old phone that worked.

Emm over at Cheesycam has a good video on PID settings.

Notes to myself: Lower P and D settings on the controller when you feel vibrations when you tilt up or down. Click disconnect before you remove the remove the cord. Save all your settings and take screen shots, don’t hit default it might wipe your firmware.

Weight of my GH4 Lens/Body Combo

  • Panasonic GH4 body is 560g
  • Panasonic 12-35mm lens 305g
  • Total weight is 865 just less than the 1000g limit

Weight of Gimbal

  • 800g.
  • Total weight is 1,665g which is slightly more than just my Canon 70-200mm 2.8 lens (1,490g) so it should be easy to hold for a long period of time.

Others Reviewing this Unit to Watch Out For

Maybe if all the reviewers share how they are balancing with different lens/body combos we can all figure out how to get this unit to balance nicely.

15 comments

  • Hi Dave:

    The best way to balance the vertical on the pitch motor is to put the camera facing down and move it up and down (facing down it will be back and forth) and when it stays horizontal it is balanced on that axis. Second thing to do is balancing the weight back and forth making sure it stays upright. If you got that then it will stsy 45º at all times. if you didn´t fine tune the sid to side it is time to do it now. The last to be tuned it will be the yaw axis. The order should be the following:

    1- Pitch (both CG´s)
    2- Roll
    3- Yaw

  • It seems as you tried it that
    Mode 1 – follow roll pitch yaw (follows all axis)
    Mode 2- follow yaw (follows yaw and locks rool and pitch)
    Mode 3- follow yaw (same as above)

    You might need to calibrate gyro and setup the deadband and offset of the axis.
    Connect to the GUI and first thing to do before changing anything is save the profiles it already has in there. I know that controller very well and it is a little temperamental 🙂
    There are many tricks to it if you need help let me know.

  • I have a few came-TV gimbals but I will be adding this to my collection. Could awesome for real tight spaces or when I want to try and be more stealthy. Small footprint is great.
    The latest version of the simplebgc software has auto PID tuning which works well in my tests with it although I’m not sure if its compatible with your controller.

  • Hi Dave:

    To reduce those shaky movements as you walk increase the deadband on the pitch axis. It will allow you to move up and down without being always correcting the level. I don´t thing you even read my comments but well I am trying to pass what I learned…

  • Augusto,

    He has a lot of social networking platforms to maintain. It can’t be easy to do all this stuff and get back to everyone.

    Good news though! I’ve learned from your input. I appreciate it. I will definitely be coming back to this blog post for your information as well. Every bit helps with the newbies like us.

    🙂

  • Hey Augusto – just bought myself a Nebula and would love to get a bit more of your contact info too to fine tune things!

    I’m on an A7s 10-18mm f4 combo and haven’t had problems with the default settings. Kinda intimidated by the software though to be honest!

  • Hi VonWong:

    I think your gimbal is very well balanced and stable. If you need help let me know. basecamelectronicsdotcom USER Kikojiu or my e-mail polycordfilmworksatgmail.com

  • Manually balancing the camera is perhaps the most difficult part of setting up a gimbal. I found you need to balance in six axes, not just three, and in order.

    First are the two pitch balances. If possible, lock Roll and Yaw so you can concentrate on Pitch. Pitch-1: Point the camera lens forward and slide it fore and aft until it stays level. Pitch-2: tilt the lens up until it points straight up, then adjust it fore and aft again until the camera is neutral pointing up. Now you should be able to pitch the camera to any angle up or down and it will stay put.

    Next is Roll, which also has two positions. Unlock the roll limiter. Roll-1 is again to point the lens forward and slide the camera left and right (if you are in front of the camera) until it stays level. Roll 2 is again to tilt the camera on its back with lens up and adjust its set of bolts until the camera does not roll whether the lens is up or forward. Not pitch and roll are good.

    Third is Yaw-1. Grab the whole thing and tilt it forward. The camera should not move. If it does, you need to move the “C” arm that’s mounted to the Yaw motor fore and aft until the camera doesn’t move when you tilt it forward. Yaw-2 is to tilt the whole rig left left. The camera should not spin on the yaw motor. If it does, it needs to be adjusted until you can tilt the rig forward or aft or twist the rig left and right and the camera stays neutral.

    Remember. Six axes, not three.

  • I’ve mounted the panasonic LX100 on this gimbal and found that it was not so hard to balance…May be, the most difficult part is to find the good PID settings..I followed the Augusto advices and only lower the P and the D of the pitch. I used it like that, walking and running to film a skate lesson.

  • Hi Dave,

    You convinced me, I ordered mine today!
    I look forward to receiving it. Your videos will certainly help me to configure.

    Thanks

  • Hi Dave,

    Can you tell me how the battery is charged? Would it be possible to charge it from a solar panel? Or bring spare batteries to recharge it with in the field?

  • Can this be used with the Samsung NX1 and the 16-50mm lens?

    Also, how would the configuration be to using the Atomos Shogun with it? I am assuming the cables would negate the stabilization, unless there is a wireless feed capability.

  • Dan, The battery is charged through the handle via sub connection. they have just introduced an extra battery system on their site.

    David, I believe it can handle that camera as long as it’s under the weight limit. Of course, lighter cameras/lenses will have better results. The shogun can mount to the back or bottom. Using a. Articulating arm like Dave did with his iPhone would work great. It doesn’t seems there’s a lot of room for the cable, but maybe a right angle adapter would work. There are very thin, light HDMI cables you can buy that have a greatly reduced affect on the motors. I don’t know about the nebula though. Maybe someone will test it.

  • I just got a reply from filmpower. they said Nebula4000 is a 8 bit controller, and they will deliver iOS app for it.
    FYI