Freefly Announces Lower Cost MōVI M5

Pre-orders being taken for May delivery

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

When Vince LaForet announced he had found a game changer in the Freefly MōVI M10, he wasn’t kidding. The ultra mobile, gimbal powered stabilizer would allow for using multiple camera operators handing off the camera without anyone being the wiser, and users can even walk down stairs and it was as smooth as flying above them. But many runners and gunners bristled at thje five figure price tag, prompting many knock offs to be created to take advantage of the need for a lower price option. But Freefly always promised a lower cost MōVI M5 was on the way, and now it’s here.

“The introduction of the MōVI M5 to the cinematography industry brings with it the technological innovations of the MōVI M10, but at a price point appealing to productions of all scales,” – Tabb Firchau, President of Freefly Systems.

The cool thing, is that while the smaller, MōVI M5 brings with it a lower price tag of $4,995, the M5 brings with it the same three axis digital stabilizer that enables the higher priced M10 to deliver such incredible stable footage. The chief difference, however, is that the M5 is designed to cater to the runner and gunner style of filmmaking with smaller, DSLR based cameras like the Canon 5D Mk. III, Nikon D800, and the Panasonic GH4, as well as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

movi-a-game-changing-stabilizer-rig-for-silky-smooth-video2-500x281The heart of the system is the Freefly’s bushless direct drive system and their custom built software that allows the M5 to adjust for the movement of the camera to keep it stable while the MōVI moves all around. “The MōVI M5’s Majestic Mode allows for a single operator to intuitively control the pointing of the stabilizer by moving the handles without compromising the stabilization of the image,” says Freefly. “The M5 takes the operator’s movements and intelligently converts them into stabilized pan and tilt movements.”

Like its bigger brother the M10, which can be used with larger format cameras like the RED Epic and Canon C500, the M5 can be controlled by one or two operators simultaneously, with one controlling the movement of the rig, while the second frames the shot with an optional radio controller. And with the handheld nature of the design, the camera rig can be handed from one operator to another while the shot is being made, with no need to cut away or reset for a second shot.

The M5 weighs in at about 4.75 lb / 2.15 kg and supports a maximum payload of 5 lb / 2.27 kg with compatible camera / lens combinations. That makes it deal for the DSLR based camera rigs that are very popular with independent film and video productions. The M5 can also be mounted in an inverted mode to provide for an eye level camera angle as well.

As mentioned before, the MōVI M5 comes with stand, 2 batteries and a changer for $4,995, with the radio controller for dual operator mode available as an optional accessory. Pre-orders are now being taken, with an estimated delivery time at 4-6 weeks from the purchase date.

For more information, including a list of authorized MōVI dealers worldwide, visit Freefly’s website here.

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NEWS RELEASE

Freefly Systems Releases MōVI™ M5 Camera Stabilizer

Woodinville, Washington: March 19, 2014 – Freefly Systems announces that it is now fulfilling pre-orders on the new MōVI M5 handheld camera stabilizer. The MōVI M5 is a three axis digital stabilizer designed to capture incredibly stable footage on a variety of shooting platforms. The M5 was designed for cameras including the Canon 5D, Nikon D800, Panasonic GH4 and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

“The introduction of the MōVI M5 to the cinematography industry brings with it the technological innovations of the MōVI M10, but at a price point appealing to productions of all scales,” says Tabb Firchau, President of Freefly Systems.The MōVI M5 has a list price of $4,995.

Freefly Systems’ proprietary software and brushless direct drive system are what allow the MōVI M5 to stabilize footage in demanding shooting environments. The stabilizer was 100% custom designed and built in-house by the Freefly engineering and production teams at the company’s new headquarters.

The MōVI M5’s Majestic Mode allows for a single operator to intuitively control the pointing of the stabilizer by moving the handles without compromising the stabilization of the image. The M5 takes the operator’s movements and intelligently converts them into stabilized pan and tilt movements. This allows for very low profile single operator setup and accurate framing in tight situations. The system can also be controlled with a second operator, who controls the framing of a shot remotely using an optional radio controller.

The M5 draws on the advanced stabilization technology originally developed for the MōVI M10, which was released last year and has since been used on productions including The Wolf of Wall Street and Game of Thrones. With the release of the MōVI M5, Freefly aims to bring big budget camera moves to a wider range of productions through the system’s compact form factor and approachable design.

Weighing just 4.75 lb / 2.15 kg and with a camera cage measuring 130mm (length) x 180mm (width) x 120mm (height), the M5 supports a maximum payload of 5 lb / 2.27 kg with compatible camera / lens combinations. This solution features a fully enclosed camera cage for maximum rigidity and shot stability, as well as fully protected wiring and an improved adjustable camera plate. Other advancements include simplified tool-less balancing and a quick release top handle for rapid adjustment. The unit may also be configured in “Inverted Mode” for a more comfortable eye level camera angle.

The complete system including the MōVI M5, stand and 2 batteries with charger is available for $4,995. A radio controller for Dual Operator Mode is available as an optional accessory. The MōVI M5 is available from www.freeflysystems.com and from authorized MōVI dealers worldwide. Estimated delivery time is 4-6 weeks from purchase date.

About Freefly Systems

Freefly Systems is an industry leader in developing next generation systems in camera stabilization and movement. Freefly Systems’ products include the MōVI line of handheld camera stabilizers and the CineStar line of multi-rotor aerial camera platforms. With over a decade of experience in the professional cinematography industry, Freefly Systems has a unique ability to develop and bring innovative products to market that serve both cinema and aerial professionals.

 

 

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.