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Early Preview: FreeFly Movi is Mobile Gimbals Reimagined

Mobile gimbals aren’t a new thing, but the new Freefly Movi is mobile cinema reimagined. We were lucky to get a hands-on preview on a pre-release unit and it’s sexy. I’ve worked with Tabb, CEO of Freefly Systems, for over a decade – before drone was a trendy buzzword. Freefly builds first-in-class stabilizers used on multimillion-dollar film sets like Game of Thrones, Wolf on Wallstreet, Alien, Baby Driver and more. Now, they’ve basically took that knowledge and craft and shrunk it into a mobile size device. The result is stunning. Here are my first impressions — more to come as we get some time shooting with it.   Form Factor – I’ve always found the stick gimbals a bit awkward to use. They are top heavy and prone to tipping. When setting it down, the camera ends up flopping and laying on the ground. In contrast, the Movi feels like a DSLR in the hand. It has a nice weight that’s balanced and solid to handle. The rubberized bottom grips surfaces making it easy to use when operating from a table, rail or surface.  I’m confident to set it and forget it without needing a tripod just to keep it […]

  • by Chase
  • posted at 1:15 am
  • December 7, 2017

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