Freefly has announced a flash sale price for their MōVI M15 gimbal stablizer. We don’t know how long it’ll last, nor how many there are, but right now the heavy-duty gimbal has a $4k price slash and can be bought for under $5000. We’ve come a long way since the original MōVI M10 was announced. It came with a price tag of around $15k, many of which assuming it would be out of reach of the typical filmmaker. A few years later and our market is saturated with gimbal devices, all getting smaller, cheaper, lighter. The MōVI M15 is widely considered Freeflys flagship gimbal (excluding the special order MōVI XL), capable of handling a payload up to 15 lb/6.8kg whilst retaining a similar weight to that of the smaller M5 model at 5.4 lb/2.47kg. We saw a big price slash on the original M10 back in 2014, with all models naturally reducing gradually since. This current price flash sale is the most significant we’ve seen on the M15 however, if you were considering purchasing one, not looks like a good time. The deal price is also available at CVP on limited stock, but they don’t officially list the price, you’ll have to ask for it. Specs on the MōVI M15 if you haven’t sized it up: System Type: 3-axis gyro stabilized Bluetooth: Windows/Android GUI Wi-Fi: Apple OS via Adaptor Battery: 2.6 Ah Capacity, 14.8 VDC Payload Maximum: 15 lb / 6.8 kg Power Requirements: 9 to 18 VDC (3S or 4S LiPo) Dimensions (LxWxH) Camera Cage: 7.99 x 7.99 x 7.76″ / 20.3 x 20.3 x 19.7 cm Weight: MōVI M15: 5.4 lb / 2.47 kgRead more
Freefly Systems has announced a big update for their gimbal stabilizers. MōVi Firmware 5.0 brings new features such as time-lapse for hyper lapsing, Target Mode, and HiPer—a new algorithm that’s touted to improve stability by up to 50%—enabling the use of longer lenses. Freefly has branded the firmware update Akira. Here’s all they say at present: “Arguably our most substantial update ever, MōVI FW 5.0 opens up entirely new possibilities for cinematic storytelling. Features include HiPer, which improves stabilization up to 50%, opening up opportunities to use longer focal lengths without sacrificing stability. An all-new Timelapse Mode allows for completely programmable camera moves that align with an intervalometer. Target Mode, an overhauled set of mobile apps and a whole slew of improvements across the platform round out our latest firmware update. You’ll think you’ve downloaded a brand new MōVI.” The time lapse feature looks very interesting indeed, not just in hyper lapse form, but used as a 3 axis remote head also in conjunction with a slider. As mentioned above, this firmware will also bring with it an update to the interface of both the Android and iOS MōVi companion apps. MōVi Firmware 5.0 Akira will be available for public beta download from 8th Feb. Of course, do remember that it’s best to avoid using beta software in the middle of a production—you’ve been warned! I’ll update this article as and when more information is unveiled, so keep your eyes peeled!Read more
Freefly has released a lightweight Alexa Mini battery solution, the side mounted v-lock plate makes the perfect partner for the Movi M15. The Alexa Mini body is just the starting point when spec’ing the compact cinema camera. You’ll need glass, power, monitoring and control to get the thing shooting. Most existing battery solutions involve a rail-based plate riding off the back of the camera. You need the larger Arri MAP-2 baseplate with rod support for this, meaning things very quickly get big and heavy. Freefly’s solution keeps the camera profile slim and perhaps most important of all, light. Conventional rear-mounted battery with a heavy MAP-2 baseplate. The bracket is made from carbon fibre so it is very light but remains strong. It has a v-lock plate that mounts to the side of the camera, offering up a pass through 14.8V D-Tap and regulated 12v D-Tap port. The battery plate is placed towards the back of the camera body allowing for full use of the top cage on the M15, as well as providing mounting points on the top and bottom for both Movi slide plates. Included is a custom cable with a right-angle LEMO to D-Tap that connects from the back of the camera straight into the v-lock plate. I love the fact that it’s a right-angle LEMO, perfect for gimbal use when trying to keep the camera profile as short as possible. Being an ambidextrous camera, I can’t see any reason why you can use this on the reverse side of the camera. The Alexa Mini is designed in a way that you can shift accessories around the shell since the mounting points on the top and bottom are the same. I can certainly see a use for switching it to the dumb side of the camera as this would make a very compact setup for the Alexa Mini that would be just as useful outside of gimbal use. It would need clarifying from Freefly that the V-lock Adapter Kit for ALEXA Mini doesn’t clash with the vents on that side, however. Alexa Mini with FREEFLY V-Lock Handlebar Adapter Kit If you’re a Movi M10 operator, you may want to consider the FREEFLY V-Lock Handlebar Adapter Kit. This is what I’ve used up to now when shooting on the Alexa Mini/M15. Very simply, this moves the battery plate off the gimbal carriage and onto the handlebars. On the handlebar/ring there is no influence on the payload of the camera, meaning compatibility with the Alexa Mini in regards to weight is still possible of the lighter loaded Movi M10. The FREEFLY V-Lock Adapter Kit for ALEXA Mini is ready to ship, however as it is a special order item, you’ll be unable to get it directly off the shelf—it also carries a typical Arri Alexa taxed price at $850.Read more
Just a very quick post about a cool little product that can make the life of any Freefly MøVi operator much easier. The Freefly MøVi comes with a proprietary camera plate that is unique to their gimbals. Not only that, the smallest M5 MøVi has a different plate from the larger M10 and M15 rigs. None of these plates are compatible with existing tripod heads, and so far, you were really only able to mount a camera equipped with a MøVi plate on a MøVi. As a MøVi M10 and M5 owner and frequent shooter, I can confirm that this can be painful – you end up putting your camera on the inactive gimbal and THEN rigging it up with the additional extras, which is painful due to the fact that you can really only balance it once you are done putting everything on. Now there’s a small South Californian company called 1A Tools who have recognized that problem. They have started shipping a custom MøVi tripod adapter for all the available Freefly gimbals, which attaches to a tripod and allows you to put the camera on there to get it ready before you mount it on your MøVi. Smart and easy. The adapter can be ordered from their website from $250. Switching between Movi setups is easy with the new Movi Tripod Adapter by 1A Tools. Pre-order yours. Link in bio. #filmmaking #movi #m15 #m10 #m5 #gimbal #movi #filmlife #setlife #mōvi #cinematography #freeflyers #freeflysystems A video posted by 1A Tools (@1alphatools) on Oct 25, 2015 at 10:02pm PDTRead more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Apologies for the delay in posting more episodes of ON THE COUCH until now, we had some technical problems with some of the recordings, but they are now sorted out. We pushed the less time critical episodes to the end, and there a few exciting ones coming over the next week or so. On this 10th episode of ON THE COUCH, I talked to Tabb Firchau from Freefly Systems about new things in the world of their famous brushless gimbals. It’s been one year since the fuminant debut of the MōVI M10 with Vincent Laforet’s spectacular launch film, which propelled handheld gimbals into the filmmaking world stratosphere – ever since then, they have infiltrated an incountable number of productions around the world. The big success of the MōVI introduction spurred a seemingly endless flurry of copycat systems from countless small and big manufacturers, with mixed results. I asked Tabb about this and what he thinks about the long-term success prospects of some of these companies. Tabb talked about Freefly’s new products – the now-shipping little brother of the M10, the M5, which is made for DSLR-sized cameras, the upcoming M15, the larger version for bigger cameras (such as the Alexa M), as well as innovation around their gimbals which makes them more versatile – for example a ring around the MōVI which makes hand-overs easier, or their plans to release a wheeled dolly-type version of the MōVI. MōVI M5 for smaller cameras like DSLRs started shipping at NAB We also had a chat about Freefly’s history and how they actually got to make make these gimbals in the first place. Freefly Systems’ sister film production company Freefly Cinema used to be their core business as they are all shooters who were looking to ways to move the camera – that’s when they founded Freefly Systems and they realized within 6 months that it had become a much bigger business than the production business. Watch the episode above to learn more about where Freefly came from, where they are now and where they might be headed! Next episode coming early next week … stay tuned to cinema5D.com. For all ON THE COUCH episodes so far, click here:Read more
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