September 5, 2014 at 4:05AM


Using the MōVI M10

Recently, I had the budget to hire a MōVI M10 for a project. I do all of my work by myself, so I was glad for a chance to up my production value and get to use what is really an amazing piece of kit.

Was it worth it? Not sure. I found a few things very difficult. Focusing was impossible, since I couldn't afford a follow focus and had to do it manually. My arm still hurts from all the times I had to hold the rig aloft with one hand and hurriedly press record or focus before my wrist gave out.

Also, I'm still not sure if I was doing it right, but there was no forgiveness for the up-and-down bobbing motion of walking. Sometimes it looks like it was on a boat.

But, the MOVI did allow my natural shooting style (monopod, fixed lens), to shine. So long as I wasn't trying to get tracking shots on the fly (unplanned they just fell apart), I was able to readjust frames as I saw them without losing the stability of the shot. I captured a lot more candid moments this way. Also, there were a few times where I could get a shot that just wouldn't have been possible with a monopod, over cliffs, between trees, etc.

So, I had a great experience, and I'll try it again if another project allows for it, but the price of the rental was too high to use it all the time.

Has anyone else used the Movi as a solo filmmaker? How do you like it?


I have gotten a chance to see it being setup and used on set. I even got to use it myself. The rig gets very heavy, very fast. When it is set up properly it runs great, but when you run into errors in the software, its very finicky and a lot of time wastes time. From my initial experience with it I wouldnt buy/rent it just yet.

September 9, 2014 at 7:42AM

Vinh Le
Designer / Director of Photography

Similar experiences, Vinh. The technology is promising, but some of the kinks have yet to be totally perfected (which is expected). I had issues when adjusting camera settings. Accidentally bumping the Movi would effectively ruin the alignment. If you're doing this solo or without a wireless follow follow, it's tough to get focus easily and consistently (at least for novices). Moving from rooms with different lighting setups (especially natural lighting) proves to be tough, as well. If you're on your own, adjusting exposure or white balance (if such is the case) is tricky.

All this said, the Movi is an amazing tool, but not quite the game changer we desire--not at its current form at least.

September 9, 2014 at 8:52AM

Ramon Galvan
Video Producer

I find the MoVI is relatively easy to use (I own a M5), but I won't recommend using it on a paid shoot without prior experience. When operating it alone, you need to either fix your focus, autofocus or use a remote folow focus you can operate at the same time.
Actually, using it all day is pretty heavy when you're alone and need to move around a lot.

I do use it alone sometimes, when staying in 1 location I can easily move back to the stand to hang it. (It gets heavy indeed.) In such cases the MoVI shots are just and extra to the rest, which is ore static.

Of course it won't compensate for vertical movements: that's where the developing of steady walking skills come in.

Hoping it will be possible in the future to adjust the camerasettings by touching the camera while shooting and keeping a stable shot is wishfull thinking: the gimbal can only work when no new external forces are applied, so it needs to be done before the shot or remotely. Don't touch the camera during the take.

December 14, 2014 at 11:49PM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

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