“The Year of the Cloned Products” – Vincent Laforet – ON THE GO – episode 46

Stay away from counterfeit products: Straight talk with Vincent Laforet in this episode of ON THE GO. 

Vincent Laforet and Nino Leitner “On the Go” for cinema5D.

“Innovation is being destroyed”

In this year’s first episode of our car talk show ON THE GO, I talked to commercial director / photographer and DSLR pioneer Vincent Laforet about the state of the industry.

Vincent identified a dire state in gear manufacturing, with more and more innovative products being ripped off by (mainly) Asian counterfeit products. To make matters worse, some of those clone companies aren’t small operations, they are becoming huge international players. What’s left for the innovators is to go to court, which isn’t easy – not even having expensive patents necessarily protects you from counterfeiters, if you don’t have the financial resources to fight against them in international courts. And even if you do, particularly Chinese companies are still often hard to grasp legally from Western countries.

We talked in particular about a high-profile clone of the MoVi Pro which has been announced just before NAB, which upset Vincent in particular as he was the person who launched the MoVi M10 together with his friends from Freefly a couple of years ago.

Check back next week for another episode with Vincent Laforet, in which he will talk about how it is to shoot commercials for Apple, where his career is moving and where he expects things will go in the coming years for him and the industry.

Do you care if you have “the original” of a product if it works better or is price all that matters to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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Lassie Brian
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I’ve trusted youngnuos they have never let me down

Michael Sandiford
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Are sure that’s the real Vincent Laforet?

Nino Leitner
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Is there a counterfeit version of him? ;)

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paolo baroni

he’s upset with dji because freefly are his friends but we know movi price point just for rentals……and we also know dji quality is good!….except for assistance of any kind…..except when cash involved, orders mails those are superfast :)

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T F

This is what a lot of people don’t realize unless they have had extensive experience with the Movi – not all stabilizers are created equal. There is a wide range in terms of performance, and there aren’t many gimbals out there that will give – even an experienced operator – smooth footage at focal lengths beyond 40 or 50mm. There is a reason you see most “demo” footage from the smaller knockoff companies is shot in slow motion, because it’s not very smooth in regular speed!

In regards to Ronin VS Movi, having owned both – the Movi simply produces smoother footage, especially in the 1st and 2nd generation models. My M5 outperformed the Ronin M and Ronin MX that I owned. I can say that the Ronins get better and more precise with every model, but it’s amazing that the M5, which is literally the ORIGINAL gimbal that started the entire market, is still my gold standard of comparison. Footage is amazingly smooth, even if you’re a single operator running 1-handed through a field – nothing else I have used can do that. For now, the innovators still have the edge in terms of performance. The shame is that it’s NOT a level playing field.

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Sorry Nino but the only reason the price point has come down on the Movi is thanks to DJI. Otherwise the Movi Pro would still be at $15K. Further, I find this whole argument a bit disingenuous. Look at who Cinema5D has just offered their best of NAB award. Aputure was busy making knock off’s 3 years ago. Technically Litepanels has the patent for LED panels in the US. Coollights was forced to stop making them because of it. Today, their are so many knock off’s that we can pick one up for 1/10th the cost of a Litepanel, including panels from Aputure. Here is the reality, most companies, like artists begin by copying. However, as time goes on they begin to innovate and their products begin to have originality and take different paths. This is also the case with DJI who have become a leader in drones. I personally find Laforet’s comments a bit ridiculous. Knock-off’s don’t lead to less choices because companies go under. They force companies to become more innovative, search for higher quality materials and profit from economies of scale. If Movi couldn’t afford to drop their prices by more than half, then they wouldn’t have. But they did didn’t they ? Which means that all the rest of the previous pricing was extra margin. Think about that for a moment.

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