When Vincent Laforet made a post about a game changing device that was about to by launched in the film-making industry, I really didn’t expect much of it. Vincent said it was a “mobile” device, so I thought it was some sort of lighting device that you could carry with you while filming on set.
I was far from being correct. Very far.
Watch this video and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
If you notice, the shots are very smooth. In fact, they’re smooth that it makes you feel like the entire video was shot using a quadcopter. In reality, the video was shot using a stabilizing system. Not just any system, but the MōVI multirotor 3-axis digital stabilized camera stabilizing system by FreeFly.
The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second “gimbal” operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves. As Vincent wrote on his blog:
Some of you may not exactly get what this device does at first, why you might need it, or how you would use it. That is until you get your hands on it – and then your way of thinking about camera movement and general camera support will change. Guaranteed – everyone who’s handled the device agrees. It’s going to be difficult not to have one of these tools on your productions going forward.
This device isn’t the end of the sticks, Steadicam, slider, dolly or jib to be sure… but it sure will make you think twice about using those tools on many of your shots when you find out how quickly this device allows you to execute a similar shot but in a fraction of the time. It can literally take longer to explain a shot, than it would to execute a perfect shot with the MōVI. Heck you’ll even think twice about every using a tripod for a quick pan or tilt shot – when you realize you can do that with a “push” or a circular forward movement left (a curved dolly track…) Except you don’t need to lay track down …
Another big factor: It will be affordable – the initial mid-level (in terms of weight support) MōVI M10 will sell for approx $15K and is already under production. The second, smaller version, the M5 that will be on sale at some point in the near future (once the production capacity is in full swing) will be sold for a price point under $7,500. If you’re going to NAB 2013 you’ll want to look up Freefly Systems as they will be exhibiting these models live at their booth (#C9848) next week.
Watch this video below be the behind-the-scene footage.
Here’s the MōVI system in action.
If you’re interested in knowing what the device will look like on a RC helicopter, check out the video below.