MoVI – the future of camera stabilization?

MoVI - the future of camera stabilization?

Everyone who operates video cameras knows that there is one major thing to consider before you can start shooting: stabilization. There are countless ways of stabilizing your camera – a simple tripod, a (shoulder) rig system (necessary for handheld shots if your camera has a form factor that makes it impossible to put it on the shoulder without additional pieces of equipment) – all the way up to Steadicams, jibs, cranes, sliders and so on, if you want to move that camera.

MōVI from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

MoVI in action

MoVI in action

And now the world is richer with another possibility to stabilize cameras, the MoVI, a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal – produced by Freefly Systems in Seattle, WA.

Vincent Laforet had a chance to shoot a test short with one, and published an extremely impressive resulting film. Including the behind-the-scenes footage, which is extremely revealing on how they managed to pull off many of the difficult shots, for example a “hand-over” of the camera rig while rolling at the same time.

MōVI BTS from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

According to Vincent, the learning curve on this is very low compared to other solution like a a Steadicam, so you should be able to shoot with MoVI within a very short time. The small form factor and weight also do are unheard of for devices in this category – which in turn allows many uses for it that have been unthinkable with other solutions.

Pricing wise we are looking at around $15,000 for the M10 (which takes up to 10 pounds), and around $7,500 for the M5 (for smaller rigs). While the M10 is already shipping, the M5 is not available yet.

cinema5D will be attending NAB of course, and one of our priorities will be getting a nice video hands-on with the makers of MoVI, who are filmmakers themselves.

What do you think? Is this really a “game changer” as Vincent pronounced?

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MoVI M10

via Vincent Laforet

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Otto Haring - Miami Photographer
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May 10th, 2013

Game changer…? :)

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April 10th, 2013

Being photographed, copied and manufactured in a Chinese factory near you! Give it 3 to 4 months I say.

David Mudre
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April 8th, 2013

The fact that the camera can be controlled externally by an operator watching a monitor whilst it is still being stabilized is bloody brilliant.

Megss
Megss
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April 8th, 2013

isn’t it a bit like.. overpriced?

kenny
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April 11th, 2013
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Steadicam pilot costs around $3800 which is much cheaper than M5 at $7500. But M5 doesn’t require as much training as steadicam, no vest and smaller form and can pass the rig to another operator in an instant unlike pilot which you have to remove the vest. A better price would be in the range of $5000.

PeterK
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April 8th, 2013

Thank you Cinema 5D, you are the first coverage on this I’ve read that actually seemed like an unbiased report rather than an overzealous marketing ad. (Living in America we have enough of advertisements masquerading as “news” lol) So keep up the good work!

I believe that this technology WILL be the future of camera stabilization, but with the MoVI I don’t think we are there yet; as it is too DIY (a re-purposed RC helicopter mount with handles) and too expensive for what it is (ZenMuse sells a very similar product as an RC helicopter mount that supports 5lb “smaller rigs” for $3,500).

A top handle and WHDI might be worth an extra $2,000 at most but not $4,000. I hear many other competitors are on the way, especially for the lighter 5lb setup, with improved designs for quite a bit less money (some even claiming around $1,000) so I would recommend everyone to hold off on this $15,000/$7,500 trap.

JamesB
JamesB
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April 7th, 2013

Perhaps a game changer for those with deep pockets but probably not for the indie film community. Still, want to rent it!

Fen
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April 7th, 2013

Really nice one !Looking for more reviews.

Sean Breathnach
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April 6th, 2013

Certainly looks like the future of small camera stabilization.

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