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MōVI 3-Axis Video Camera Stabilizer

All you have to do is watch the quick video above to have your mindblown.

If you ever operated a handheld video camera or an HDSLR, then you know that jerks, vibrations, and shaky motions are the bane of good video recording, especially when the camera operator has to move around as well.

The award-winning and highly popular photographer and cinematographer Vincent Laforet had a chance to work closely with Seattle-based Freefly Systems to test and produce a short film using Freefly’s new and revolutionary MōVI M10 digital 3-axis stabilizer.

Driven by advanced gyro-stabilizers and accelerometers, the 3.5 lbs MōVI will keep a video camera rock steady even when the camera operator is running or trailing an actor down a set of spiral staircase. The flexibility of motion available with this stabilizer is unmatched by any stabilizers and can effectively substitute sliders and jib cranes, as well.

As Vincent explained in his blog post, the MōVI can be operated solo or with a second “gimbal” operator who uses a joystick to independently control the camera’s motion on the stabilizer itself. So what does all of this mean?

In short, simply incredible video work potential that will change the way video camera operation is done all the way from the Hollywood blockbuster DP to the Indie film shooter.

To see the potential of the MōVI , have a look at the behind-the-scenes video of Vincent’s short film for MōVI. Every shot was done with a Canon EOS 1D C and a Canon EF Cinema Prime 24mm t/1.5 shot wide open.

As this video has demonstrated, the types of intricate creative shots possible with the MōVI stabilizer are amazing. For someone as accomplished as Vincent to call the stabilizer a game changer is no small matter.

Price-wise, the MōVI M10 that is used in the video will run for $15,000 and is already under production, while the smaller M5 will be sold for $7,500 in the near future.

As Vincent said, "If you consider how much we spend on handheld rigs, sliders, jibs (let alone Glidecams/Steadicams etc.) – the price of this device quickly becomes a no-brainer… Another huge factor: it takes quite a bit of time to set up a JIB, let alone weights, crew and skill to operate. The learning curve on this unit is very very fast."

If you are going to NAB, FreeFly Systems will be having live demonstrations of the MōVI at their booth (#C9848).

To learn more in-depth about the MōVI, be sure to read Vincent’s Laforet post on his experience with the MōVI. Also, be sure to read Jessie Brauning’s first-hand experience being on set with Vincent and the MōVI.

The Freefly System’s website also has the MōVI M10.

Finally, here is the finished version of the short film that Vincent shot using only the MōVI stabilizer.

Source: SLR Lounge

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