Now that stabilized gimbals have come out of the sky and into our hands with devices like the Freefly MōVI, they're being put on all sorts of things. Freefly is continually pushing things forward, and they've now come up with their own custom remote controlled car that you can actually mount a MōVI to, which opens up all sorts of new possibilities for camera positions and angles, and gives you super smooth footage in the process.
Check out this video DPed by Tim Sessler that used the Tero along with a Phantom Miro (they used MōVI M10 and M15, which can support cameras up to 10 and 15 pounds, respectively):
And here is a BTS video from Brooklyn Aerials:
Some features of the Tero:
- Vibration Isolation - Advanced wire rope isolators tuned for this unique application ensure amazing shot stability, even in the most demanding environments.
- Aluminum mounting Cheeseplate - The Tero features a robust and adaptable cheeseplate to quickly mount your MōVI and all accessories.
- Incredible perspective - The Tero can move the camera into situations that simply would not be safe for a human. Put the camera in the middle of a stunt scene while maintaining complete control and stability.
- Brushless Motor - The Tero features a high performance brushless motor which translates to long run times and incredible peak power.
- Length: 31 IN / 78.7 CM
- Width: 18 IN / 45.7 CM
- Height: 10 IN / 25.4 CM
- Weight: 20 LBS (Not including MōVI, Camera or Battery)
- Input Voltage: 14.8 - 25.2V (4S to 6S LiPo)
- Construction: Aluminum / Carbon Fiber / Stainless Steel
- Wheelbase: 22.6 IN / 57.5 CM
- Power: Brushless Electric Motor
While it's not the first time a camera has been attached to an RC kind of car like this, Freefly's custom vehicle is designed specifically to handle the weight of a MōVI M10 and a decently heavy camera rig, and also helps to remove the vibrations caused by bumps in the ground. There are many potential uses for a rig that is both stabilized and low, and it would work well for when other rigs would be too tall or large to fit within the space necessary. As they say in the description, it's also going to be really useful in situations that are too dangerous to put people in.
Here's another video showing off the Tero:
The Tero is available right now from Freefly's site for $5,000, which does not include the camera gimbal -- so unless you're constantly using it, it will probably be a rental. Judging by the way it is designed, you could also likely use a different (and maybe less expensive) stabilized camera gimbal as long as you got the right mounting materials.