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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Pratik Naik's picture

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?

C S's picture

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.

Stefan Parol's picture

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".

Paul Ferradas's picture

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....

C S's picture

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.

Roy Iswanto'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.

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Greg Thompson's picture

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

Tobias Solem's picture

15 grand ... :S

Daniel Mora's picture

$15k is 14k too expensive. :-

mafibasheth's picture

It's not made for you.

Daniel Mora's picture

So my statement stands.

Thewirehead's picture

Maybe they should just give them away.

Daniel Mora's picture

I'd be down for that.

shankeith's picture

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.

Bidul's picture

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

Nicholas Gonzalez's picture

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.

Osvaldo Rivera Vazquez's picture

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

Jeremy Dillon's picture

Just got goose bumps.

Mokhi's picture

this is revolutionary !!! Whoaa


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

Daniel Hurst's picture

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

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