April 24, 2017
NAB 2017

Freefly Drops First Drone-Mountable 5-Axis Camera Stabilizer

MoVi Carbon
Freefly has introduced MōVI Carbon, MōVI XL, and a new remote system. 

MōVI Carbon is the Freefly System's first handheld and drone-mountable 5-axis camera stabilizer. It features two inner axes to keep the camera stable in the most demanding of production environments at a staggering full 240mm zoom.

The stabilizer is integrated with Sony's a7S II and a 24-240mm lens. To take advantage of the focal length, the company has cut as much weight as possible from the Carbon. It's expected to be around 10-12lbs. 

MōVI Carbon will most likely be the first in a line of 5-axis and 6-axis gimbals from Freefly, and while they haven't announced a release date, you can reserve one here. Pricing is expected to be under $30,000.

Tech Specs

  • Integrated Sony a7S II and 24-240mm lens
  • Carbon body
  • 5-axis gimbal 

MōVI has been teasing its XL series stabilizer since NAB 2015; now, it's finally available. The MōVI XL design is based on the popular ALTA, improved to carry the heaviest camera packages in cinema and go faster. Even more exciting, it can be mounted in underslung or overslung mode without changing anything; simply by flipping over the roll axis. An optional quick release allows operators to move the MōVI XL from jib to car, tripod, dolly, or camel, without using any tools.

It's also completely wireless, so there's no worry about power conditioners or wires. Both command and power functions can be controlled by the Freefly ecosystem. The MōVI XL interfaces with both the MIMIC or MōVI Controller for gimbal pointing/camera control and Pilot offers FIZ control. You can control all three channels with either of the three systems or use a combination, depending on what makes sense for your shot. 

There are also options to customize the motors and drives so it can top speeds of 100mph (160km/h) without sacrificing control or stability. The gimbal can deliver 1500W of power and weighs 25lbs with dual 10Ah 22.2v batteries providing 3+ hours of power.

Additionally, Freefly has integrated the MōVI XL with RED cameras to allow users access to RED camera controls from 600 feet away using MōVI Controller, Pilot, or MIMIC.

Tech Specs

  • Designed for heavy cinema packages
  • Speeds up to 100mph
  • Weighs 25lbs 
Freefly Pilot
Freefly Pilot

Pilot is Freefly's complete pointing control with industry standard inputs for focus, iris, and zoom. A modular design allows you to hand off control of gimbal pointing and FIZ controls to anyone. It features focus knob damping and a 2-axis force joystick that can be used for gimbal pointing, zoom, or any axis. 

It also features a 75mm soft-touch focus knob with adjustable damping and a high-resolution 16-bit encoder to give users precise real-time control of focus, iris, zoom or any axis of MōVI Control. It's designed to easily integrate with RED, ARRI, Sony, Phantom, and LANC cameras.

Each unit has its own internal battery and communicates wirelessly to the MōVI from 600+ feet via a 2.4Ghz signal. Additionally, with RED RCP support, you can have complete control of your RED camera. The Pilot can mount to a tripod, 25mm tube, 1/4 20 mount or MōVI handles. There's also a customizable joystick and rosette mount options, and users can assign functions across multiple Pilot controllers. 

Tech Specs

  • 2-axis force joystick
  • Control 600+ ft away 
  • Compatible with RED, ARRI, Sony, others

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