August 6, 2014

Get Unique Stabilized Low Angle Camera Shots with the Freefly Tero Remote Controlled Car

Freefly Tero

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.

Specs:

  • 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.

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24 Comments

Funny that you posted this Joe. We've been working on a similar setup like theirs with our gimbal systems (though credit where credit is due, their gimbals are top notch can't deny that!) for big DSLR's and smaller cameras as well like the BMPCC. I'll send you some pics in the next few weeks though you can check out a sample render on our website for details.

We are actually aiming at extending the range of these RC vehicles via the use of amplifiers/UHF systems for up to 3 mile range, together with a 3 axis stabilization, FPV, monitor, all under $4k.

On a differente note, I see that they are using a highly modified HPI Baja 5 flux, that's a favorite platform for these modifications, it's super fast and durable.

August 7, 2014 at 12:23AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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How much does your system cost?

August 7, 2014 at 2:36AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hi Sabyasachi, for our standard "GroundRig" pricing will be $3680.00 and includes the following features and accessories:

*GroundRig all weather RC robot
*40-45mph max speed
*4x 4500mAh batteries
*5.8GHz FPV system up to one mile range with cloverleaf antennas
*6ch transmitter (you can control pan and tilt and the car simultaneously)
*UHF TX to boost transmission signal around obstacles such as trees, walls etc.
3 axis gimbal for mini SLR's: BMPCC, Sony Nex.
Dual gimbal operation. Gimbal can be used on RC car as well as hand-held.
7" LCD screen

With the use of amplifiers and UHF radio systems you can reliably control the car for several miles.

I'm also thinking about the idea of adding an APM to do waypoints and other similar features, but not sure this is something filmmakers may use, though it may be useful for inspections where autonomy is needed.

I will have cheaper options as well for folks who only need a gimbal, and the ability to use it handheld as well, two systems in one basically speaking.

August 7, 2014 at 3:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Wow that thing was really booking it too! Amazing shots on the first video. Especially the crosswalk one with all the people crossing the street.

August 7, 2014 at 12:25AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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It amazes me every day all the new and cool equipment that shows up, available to the low budget filmmaker these days. It is harder to limit your imagination to get the shots you want to get. I love this little thing.

August 7, 2014 at 12:35AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I find it quite stupid to shoot high speed video on this thing.

August 7, 2014 at 2:41AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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mariano

I find it quite stupid not too.

August 7, 2014 at 11:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ant

It's also quite stupid to not proof read your own comments!

August 7, 2014 at 11:23AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ant

Self-defecating humor always wins farts and hinds. ; )

August 7, 2014 at 7:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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It's a baja RC car, $1000, so that anti vibration plate must be worth $4k??

August 7, 2014 at 2:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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bob

Good call... looks exactly like their build.

I thought their Movi was overpriced... looks like this one will be too. Sit back and wait for the Chinese or Indians to make a version.

August 7, 2014 at 5:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Torben

It's an HPI Baja 5B Flux. We looked into doing the same thing with that model, but HPI does not make them anymore. Btw, the cheapeast one I've seen on ebay sold for $1500 new from an individual. There are several more economical 1/5 scale RC buggies which you can adapt with big gimbal setups, but that 5B Flux was one of the best for the money.

August 8, 2014 at 5:06AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Overpriced, shameless

August 7, 2014 at 8:57AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Twc

August 7, 2014 at 11:57AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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awesome!!

August 7, 2014 at 1:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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ha ha ha ha

August 7, 2014 at 1:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hi guys, I don't wanna be Evil but I REALLY don't understand why does anything with the word MOVI is a super news!
I know this Freefly Tero Remot ... must be very professional, but for a lot less money you can build a very similar system in any country in the world.
Since early 2014 I'm using two DIY systems.
One for indoor and other (with very noise nitro motor) for outdoor and speed(without close curves).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/w1sbc1og5javiax/2014-07-16%2017.20.25.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/34s2s7e07vc64cc/2014-08-07%2011.58.54%20copy.jpg

August 7, 2014 at 12:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Theuer

And the cheap knock offs have already started! ;-)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Internet-Controlled-RC-Car/?utm_content=...

August 7, 2014 at 1:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Darren

Hummm...
A steadycam on a quad (or anything who can move like dolly, car, etc.) can do this kind of shots since more than 20 years...
Maybe it will be cheaper to rent but so much pain in the ass to configure and drive !
But it coul be a cool tool to go under something like a truck or small spaces, like the Movi is cool to pass by a window...

August 7, 2014 at 3:38PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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That's right. With the exception of some "under the desk" shots, all moving footage can be done by an operator standing on top of a Segway type e-scooter. On eBay, Segway knockoffs can be had for under $2,500. A single electric wheel unicycle can be had for ~ $500 but it does require some practice to ride on. An e-skateboard is about a $1K. (but you still need to add a 2/3-axis stabilizer, a Steadicam or a Kenyon for a professionally stable footage)
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BTW, Anton Bauer has a modded Segway for about $5K but, off some web search, I found a 2-seat e-bike for under $1,500 that allows for both a driver and a camera operator on a backseat.

August 7, 2014 at 5:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

Quentin, that's true to a degree, but this thinking is indicative of the conservative nature of the business. In truth you can do many shots with this device you can't do with a Steadicam and a bike. You can't run the pan 360, you can't drive it underneath a semi trailer, you can't point right up, you can't treat the two man team recklessly or ask them to smoothly pan and tilt in all angles, slowly. And and and. It's not about doing what's been done the way it's been done. It's about doing new things, or old things cheaper or less dangerously.

August 7, 2014 at 9:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Brett Harrison

You nailed it Brett! It's about getting closer to the action without putting an operator in harms way.

August 8, 2014 at 6:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Kurt

5k for the car only? Damn. It's not that hard to make one yourself. But seriously how often is this kind of thing needed on a set...

August 9, 2014 at 4:29AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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johnny

Right. They make these gadgets well overpriced. Looks like I have a new DIY project to do lol

September 13, 2014 at 9:16AM

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