Freefly Movi Announced – the Smartphone Cinema Robot

December 6th, 2017 Jump to Comment Section 9
Freefly Movi Announced - the Smartphone Cinema Robot

Freefly Systems, the pioneers of handheld gimbal stabilizers, have taken some of the technology from their higher-end MōVIs and shrunk it smartly to fit smartphones. Take a look at their new “Personal Cinema Robot” – The Movi.

The Movi (not to be confused with the MōVI) is a stabilization gimbal dedicated for the iPhone specifically. It features some dedicated ways of operating that are unlike things we’ve seen from other smartphone gimbals. It also comes in a more compact form factor which allows you to put it down. 

Maybe the “new” name “Movi” is Freefly’s way of saying “we give up” on teaching everyone how to write “MōVI” ;-)

The Movi’s main features:

  1. Fully integrated app.
  2. Compatible with larger phones and lenses
  3. Full axis controller (Pan and Roll motors).
  4. Tough fiber reinforced plastic parts.

Screenshot from their Movi app

The product has various interesting dedicated shooting modes as explained by Freefly:

In order to better understand, check out their product demo here: http://gomovi.com/ or simply take a look at the video below: 

Majestic: Classic single operator mode where you can control directly the Movi, like fast or slow movements. The Majestic mode turns bumpy moves into much more smooth cinematic shots.

Echo: Take aim, set your endpoints, define the move’s duration, and pull the trigger to achieve repeatable, automated camera moves, for single user execution.

Time-lapse:For timelapses purposes, define the movement path and duration, and tap go to achieve dynamic Movi-assisted time lapses for any directions (pan and tilt).

Movilapse: For motion timelapses, Grab the robot and go. Cover some serious distance and roll timelapse.

Orbit: Keep the shot fixed on your subject as you circle. Getting perfect wraparound footage is as easy as setting your direction, your speed, and triggering the action.

Price: $299. Preorders at B&H and CVP (and their website) have already started, see below. It will start shipping in March, 2018.

Here’s a cool piece that Tim Sessler shot with the Movi on an iPhone 8 in New York – VORTEX:

To be honest, it’s a bit confusing regarding the name (Movi vs his big brother – the MōVI), but besides this, it looks like it’s the most innovative stabilization rig for smartphones so far. Freefly Systems’ contribution to the filmmaking community has been huge, and certainly their new device is attempting to become a household name as an “everyman’s gimbal” for smartphone stabilisation.

However, so far we think this might only work with iPhones, not Android devices. We have reached out to Freefly to receive clarification on this and will update the post accordingly. 

Gimbal settings in the Movi smartphone app

Would you use the Movi or it might be an overkill considering it aims for smartphone only?

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