Newest Camera Stabilizer Could Revolutionize Cinema

Camera stabilization is always a tricky game, with no easy solution. Cheap stabilizers are often difficult to balance, and expensive ones are often bulky, and make mobilization a problem. Introducing MōVI by Freefly, a stabilization system that is expected to change the DSLR movie scene forever, and its already got award winning videographer Vincent Laforet’s stamp of approval.

Using a 3 axis gyroscope to stabilize the camera, the MōVI system looks light, incredibly portable, and quite frankly, amazing. This gif perhaps illustrates it the best.

And if that doesn't convince you, check out the video above, shot by Vincent Laforet himself, showing us how beautiful and smooth handheld could possibly be.


The downfall of this new tool for videographers everywhere, comes in the price. Currently priced at $15,000 (with a $7500 option rumored to be coming soon), it makes it a difficult purchase for your amateur videographer and targeted more towards production companies. But with new ideas like this, certainly more consumer friendly options will be coming along as time goes on, making shaky cameras a thing of the past. Watch the videos below for more examples of this amazing technology at work.

MōVI in Action (Quick Video) from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

MōVI BTS from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

ROAM from Freefly on Vimeo.

[via Vincent Laforet's Blog & Gizmodo]

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Wow! Just, wow!

Jens Marklund's picture

Can people stop using Ö in their names, to make it look cool - while still pronouncing it as a O.

Kevin Garrison's picture

Except they're pronouncing it as Movie. Which is the correct usage, and part of their branding. Please tell me that isn't all you took away from this article?

Except that they are actually pronouncing it a mo-vie as in long o, hence the macron (long bar) above the o, not an umlaut as Jens has suggested.

That´s what he said- "Ö" is pronounced kind of like "O" in "worth". But it´s right- thats a macron O, not an Ö, therefore it´s "mo-vie".

That's nuts! The pull way from the cab scene had me stumped, thanks for showing how you pulled that off! This is a revolutionary device!

Zach Sutton's picture

Ugh, this thing is so sexy. I want one....

Didn't the faa say that no commercial use of drones/uav is allowed?

Jayson Carey's picture

rule 1: dont get caught!

Trevor Dayley's picture

Jizzed in my pants.

Zach Sutton's picture


I'm still jizzing

Lorenzo P's picture


Jayson Carey's picture

I saw this earlier today and the first thing i thought of after "oh, wow, that will change a lot of things" is that somebody needs to rig up the latest generation VR gear so the camera operator/focus puller can aim the camera with the direction he/she looks.


The Reverie guy found himself a new chick to go helicopterin'

15 grand ... :S

$15k is 14k too expensive. :-

It's not made for you.

So my statement stands.

Maybe they should just give them away.

I'd be down for that.

Lets kick it up a notch and build this technology directly into the camera on a small scale, maybe around just the lens. Turn it on and off when you want to and be able to change the angle.

Optical image stabilizer? that's what you're talking about?

I'm just spitballing here, perhaps someone will try it: Most stabilizers, like a Merlin to a Flycam, requires holding the rig with one hand. Excluding the gyroscope which would be awesome, if there was an attachment to a stabilizer's handle that can allow one to hold the rig with two hands rather than one, might alleviate the strain of holding it with one hand? I know I know, this has nothing to do with the event that it may not prevent shaking while on a helicopter; I'm speaking about solutions for people who may not be doing shots like that right now.

After I watched these videos yesterday I ended up actually dreaming with using the Movi xD

Just got goose bumps.

Mokhi's picture

this is revolutionary !!! Whoaa


$15k !!! ... no thanx !

I have used the Tyler mini gyro and the Aerial Exposures systems (both of which are based on the Kenyon Labs gyros) for vehicle and helicopter work, but this looks like it offers even more stabilization than those systems. It would be nice if they had a way to mount this on a vehicle or strap it into a helicopter seat. Similar to the Cineron