7 Types of Dynamic Camera Movement in Video

Along your video making journey, you’re probably going to start making a video that requires some sort of movement.

Maybe your video style doesn’t call for you to move the camera at all.

Either way, it’s not going to hurt to know the types of movement in video.

The movements that occur in video are going to make your video much more dynamic and add a different perspective to things when you’re using it.

When you’re making videos, it’s always nice to have something different. Yes, you might have a video that doesn’t require you to have any camera movement, but there are going to be videos where you need something to set your video apart from your competition.

Different Types of Movement in Video

When I’m talking about movement, I’m talking about camera movement.

Subject moving in your videos is to be somewhat expected. It’ll be a little weird if you have a video where there is literally no movement at all.

Might as well just have audio of what you recorded at that point.

When you’re starting out making videos you may not recognize the importance of movement.

If you’re making videos with great content, why should movement matter, right?

As I mentioned above, there’s going to be a point where you need to separate your videos from other videos in your same niche.

You’re always going to be competing with other people that have your same ideas. You need to stand out from the field.

If you don’t find ways of standing out, then you’ll just blend in with everyone else.

You might have an audience that you’re happy with but you want to continue to grow your brand, right? To do this, you need to stand apart.

Below you’re going to see the different types of movement that you can incorporate into your videos that will significantly set them apart from the competition you’re facing.

Another thing to note with these movements, you can do them handheld or with a gimbal. My gimbal of choice at the moment is the Moza Air 2.

Dolly Movement

A dolly movement is a simple pushing in and/or pulling out with your shot.

For example, you have the camera fixed on your subject. From there, you start pulling the camera away from the subject or you start moving closer to the subject.

You do all of this while keeping the camera at the same level.

This type of movement is simple, but is very effective. It can make a scene go from not so dramatic, to very dramatic or vice versa.

This will all depend on how quickly you move to and from your subject. When you move faster to your subject, you’ll build the drama very fast.

The slower you move to your subject, the slower you’ll build the drama which, depending on what you’re shooting, can really take your video a different level.


When you see this, think about the planets.

The planets revolve around the sun. This is how this camera works.

Whatever your subject is, think of that as the sun. Your camera is a planet.

It’s going to revolve around your subject.

This can really give you a great effect when you’re filming your videos.

If you’re somebody that usually does a sit down, in front of the camera video, adding this to your repertoire can really change things for you.

Think about it, you can have your typical sit down setting, but having the camera moving around you while you’re speaking. It’s going to look very cool. I can promise you that.

If you’re still struggling to imagine what this movement would look like and how you can utilize it, there is a thing called a 360 photo booth.

Check out this video:

As you can see, the revolve movement is something that can really give you a different look to your videos.


Simply put, the rise-up movement is one that starts at a lower angle and moves to a higher angle.

You can go from having your subject look larger than life to pretty small and insignificant.

The movement doesn’t have to be extreme either. You can simply start at the bottom of a face and move the camera towards the top of the face.

That in itself is going to give you a dynamic movement that’s going to really allow you to have a different element to your videos.

Drop Down

Drop down is going to essentially be the opposite of the rise up movement.

You can go from having a subject seem somewhat insignificant within its surroundings to having a larger than life feel to it.

I’ve also seen this type of shot called a pedestal shot.

Executing this shot can be relatively easy if your camera is fixated on a tripod. You can have the tripod set at its highest setting then lower it at your discretion to get the type of drop down shot you want.

This works best when your camera is also fixated, meaning that if the camera starts high on a subject’s face, it’s going to drop down towards the chest and lower.

If you’re using something like a gimbal to get this type of shot then you’re able to keep the camera focus in one area the entire shot.


Pan movement or panning is a type of movement that works best on a tripod.

It’s when the camera starts focus on one side of the scene, then rotates to the other side. The movement is either from left to right or right to left. It can also be up and down if you like as well.

If you use your head as the example. Turn your head to the left, then move it all the way to the right. That’s a pan movement.

This is what a pan movement is when it comes to your camera.

Back to the tripod. If you’re trying to do this movement without a tripod, you’re going to find that it’s difficult to get a steady shot.

A tripod is going to help you get a steady shot for the entire movement.

Doing a movement like this without a tripod allows for too much room for error. It might not be as smooth of a movement as you think.

Lateral Movement

Lateral movement is a simple movement.

It’s a side to side movement that happens as the subject is moving as well.

So, when you do this movement, it’s going to look like the background is moving. When done properly, you really won’t be able to tell the camera is actually moving.

You need to try and get your subject and camera to move in sync. Doing this will lead to a successful lateral movement.

Add Movement

Add movement to your videos.

The above types of movements are going to be great for your videos.

Having great content is going to take you far, but adding something as simple as some of these movements can take your videos to the next level.

These are 6 movements. Are they needed for you to have a successful video? No.

However, I do highly recommend that you try to add something dynamic like these movements in your videos. It doesn’t matter what your video is about.

There is going to be an opportunity at some point in your video to change things up and add one of these movements.

You don’t have to make things dramatic either. Even doing a tiny movement can really change the perspective that you’re giving with your videos.

Keep these movements in mind at all times and you’ll notice how much better your videos become.

It’s not going to be enough to add these movements and have a dynamic video if you’re making simple mistakes. So be aware of the simple filmmaking mistakes that can prevent you from having a good video.