APS Gimbal Operating Guide

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This is a restricted piece of equipment for advanced video students only. Students must be in an approved program for access to this equipment. The gimbal also requires a proficiency.


Handheld 3-axis gimbals are used in stabilization systems designed to give the camera operator the independence of handheld shooting without camera vibration or shake. Powered by three brushless motors, the gimbals have the ability to keep the camera level on all axes as the camera operator moves the camera. An inertial measurement unit (IMU) responds to movement and utilizes its three separate motors to stabilize the camera. With the guidance of algorithms, the stabilizer is able to notice the difference between deliberate movement such as pans and tracking shots from unwanted shake. This allows the camera to seem as if it is floating through the air.


The gimbal at Media Loan is a complicated (and expensive!) piece of equipment that requires special attention and care. If not used and stored properly it can be permanently damaged. These potential damages may lead to accidents and hazards. Please use thorough care with this equipment.


  • Store in a cool, dry place
  • Only use handles to carry gimbal.
  • Use the stand to set-up the gimbal for use


  • Expose to excessive heat, such as a furnace
  • Store any items in the case besides those included in the kit
  • Use excessive force with any of the parts
  • Use in a location with strong static electricity
  • Set the gimbal directly on a surface. You MUST use the stand.
  • Use in the rain or non-dry weather
  • Pick up the gimbal with any other part than the handles
  • Force the gimbal to move when locked


  • Only use the included battery with this equipment
  • Use only the included charger
  • Do not overcharge (when fully charged, the indicator light will be solid green)



You may experience some issues when attempting to operate the gimbal, such as vibration and drifting. The most common cause of gimbal misbehavior is improper balancing. If you're experiencing these difficulties, use the various axis adjustments to properly, and completely, re-balance the gimbal. If the gimbal continues to misbehave, or is having an issue with battery/motor power, please ask for help from APS by stopping in or calling x5506 during open hours.