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Header image for article NAB 2017: Freefly Updates

NAB 2017: Freefly Updates

I met with Alan and Brian of Freefly Systems to discuss their new MoVI Pro as well as other recent product announcements. The new MoVI Pro features a number of improvements over the original MoVI family, including hot swappable batteries and an integrated stand to allow for all day shooting with minimal downtime.

Additional updates include new, stronger motors, integrated RED camera control and a built-in LCD screen allowing for auto-tuning and further adjustments, without the need to connect to a computer or smartphone.

One of the new products Freefly has announced this year is the Pilot system, which is essentially a modular take on the MoVI Controller. The system is based around the MIMIC at its core, and allows users to configure in a variety of setups based on their specific needs. Modules are available for a single axis lens controller, as well as a handle module for complete control of focus, iris, zoom and MoVI settings. Dennis from Freefly demonstrates how customizable the system is by showing it used on a shoulder mounted rig.

Lastly, we check out the new MoVI XL, Freefly’s largest gimbal to date. Designed utilizing a lot of the same upgrades found on the MoVI Pro, this is the heavy duty version, allowing up to 50 lbs of total payload for working with heavier camera packages and longer lenses. The MoVI XL is extremely flexible with mounting options as well. Here, Alan shows it to us mounted on a Technocrane. Check out the video above for more information.

Nic Somera
Camera Technology Specialist, AbelCine LA

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