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Grant Johnston’s Video Class on Shooting Real Estate Video with the DJI Osmo

September 13th, 2017

I just got finished with Grant Johnston’s video class on how to shoot real estate video with the DJI Osmo. Grant does a nice job of explaining all the features of the Osmo as well as describing how to use the Osmo in real estate situations like bright windows and other real world situations.

Grant also explains that even though the DJI Osmo may be not top of the line video gear, it is excellent for the price. So it is a good option for those who want to shoot real estate video but are on a tight budget.

This mixed assessment of the DJI Osmo brings to mind the Luxury Penthouse in Rio that Zoltan Prepszent showed us over a year ago. Zoltan shot all the interior video with his DJI Osmo. It is so good that several readers didn’t believe that it was done with an Osmo!

Anyway, I highly recommend Grant Johnston’s DJI Osmo video course if you are wanting to learn about using the Osmo.

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7 Responses to “Grant Johnston’s Video Class on Shooting Real Estate Video with the DJI Osmo”

  • I agree with Larry. Grant Johnston who is a master videographer has produced a number of courses (see his ad to the right here) and has helped me enormously in using my GoPro5 on an EVO stabilizer in much the same way. A master can use lower end equipment and get the most out of it. He has shot a 3 BD | 2.5 BA home in 30 minutes and about the same for the editing. Of course, he knows exactly what and how to shoot economically after 20 years shooting video. Definitely a learning curve both in how to shoot and how to work with the new equipment and learn its limitations. Video is still photography but has distinct differences from our still photo work flow. And I am finding a lot of my still clients realize they need to get on the video band wagon but just don’t want to have to pay for the costs of a high end coverage unless they are handling a multi million USD property. So if I can shoot the video using simple and fast techniques without being slowed down with sliders and tripods, I can do the video faster and at the same location visit as the stills. This allows many of my clients to have a video that they can justify in their budgets especially when you consider how much they are paying for the staging. Plus once they get used to having video, I sincerely hope they will also want higher end work for the higher end properties.

  • We’ll definitely look into this. Video is more popular than ever now and we need to look into ways to implement video efficiently and effectively. Thanks for the heads up.

  • In the 2nd video in the series (preview available on Grant’s website) he states that while the Osmo Pro is a better camera and produces a better product, he recommends the standard Osmo because of “value for money” (~$500 vs $2,000 USD). Does anyone here have experience with the Osmo Pro vs the standard Osmo? Have been leaning toward the Pro because of its purported superior handling of low light situations, but haven’t been able to test yet.

  • @John – There is a pretty detailed comparison of the various models of DJI Osmos at: https://www.heliguy.com/blog/2017/03/16/the-ultimate-dji-osmo-comparison-guide/ The best comparison would be some video from each but I haven’t found that anywhere.

  • @PeterDaprix Thanks for the kind words Peter. I mentioned to Larry that I have a mixed relationship with the Osmo as it can sometimes produce fantastic results very easily and sometimes can be frustrating when you are connecting the DJI app to its wifi etc. I think its a great tool for someone on a budget and was just wanting to use one camera for producing real estate videos with minimum fuss and good results. I know a realtor here in my local town who uses it to produce his own listings videos and is doing a great job with it.

    @JohnBarnhart I have the Osmo pro attachment for my Osmo as I have the X5 camera on my Inspire drone. My biggest problem with it is that even using my widest lens for the gimbal (Olympus 12mm) it is not wide enough for interior video shooting, its has a crop factor of about 2.4 so gives about a 35mm equivalent of 28mm. I think the Osmo’s sweet spot is for quick and easy shooting with the minimum of fuss. Thats my opinion anyway. Cheers

  • @Grant – thanks for mentioning the wide angle issue that the Osmo Pro. That makes it a deal breaker for shooting interiors!

  • Thank you so much for creating and making available those types of video tutorials. I purchased the one by Simon Maxwell (Enfuse) and it helped me tremendously. From what I can tell this is the same type of teaching, straightforward, to the point. I will probably purchase it soon as I want to start adding more video footage in my listing tours.

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