MoVI Handheld Stabilization System- Is Steadicam Dead?

Movi Camera Stabilizer

Vincent Laforet said there was some “game changing” technology coming to NAB 2013. He hinted at what it might be, saying “I really don’t want to oversell this new piece of technology – but I really can’t help but imagine a hundred ways it will affect the way filmmakers approach their shooting, regardless of their budget, in such a “game changing” way.” So what is this revolutionary piece of gear? It turns out to be a smooth little camera stabilization system dubbed MōVI, by FREEFLY Systems. The stabilizer is a gimbal based system that looks capable of pulling off some crazy camera movements.

The first unit being released, the MoVI M10, can support up to 10 lbs- equal to a fully loaded DSLR kit, or bare bones RED EPIC with prime lens. With a price tag of approx $15,000.00, the system might not be a practical solution for everyone, but shooters will be pleased to know a more affordable M5 model will be available for approx $7,500.00. To boot, the MoVI weighs in at under 4 lbs and can easily fit inside a suitcase.

Is the MoVI a true “game changer?” At first glance, it may not seem like it, but once you see the videos below, you might just change your mind. Imagine the shots that would be possible without the need for a slider, dolly, or jib. Does the introduction of the MoVI mean the Steadicam’s days are numbered? Judge for yourself…

Was this ground breaking technology based on technology from Adam Sidman announced in March 2010? If you’d like an interesting read, please check out the article that explores the similarities in the two products: Was a low-cost version of the MoVi camera stabilizer developed years ago by another inventor?


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