I’ve been shooting a commercial for 2 weeks this pre-holiday season and I’ve really had a chance to put the MōVI through it’s paces once again. We’ve been flying the MōVI handheld, on roller blades, running around, on a jib, on a suction cup mounted to a cab, and on an RC car from Freefly Systems called a Tero. What I can tell you is that I’ve finally got MY system down… it took me awhile but i’ve found my "perfect" formula if you will and I’m happy to share it with you below in the hopes that you fly your MōVIs with as much glee as I have been!
So here we go:
First, the Small things:
Freefly Lightweight HDMI Cable
Get a few of these…in fact you should have a few of this whether or not you own a MōVI and/or for your C100 or your RED Dragon… I have 3-4 of them at all times… this is THE way to work with your cameras and wireless transmitters.
FROM FREEFLY: The Freefly Lighweight HDMI Cable (Type A – Type A) is designed to send an HDMI signal from the camera to a monitor on the MōVI’s top handlebar without the stiffness and weight of a traditional HDMI cable.
Cable Length: 30 IN / 76.2 CM
The best cameras that I love for the MōVIs btw? Any Canon C100, C300, C500 or RED Scarlet, Epic, Dragon.
For RED Owners: Slackline Film Ultra Flexible Premum RED Touch LCD Cable
If you’re a RED owner, you’re likely going to want to make that camera as light as possible to shoot as long as possible and that’s going to mean removing the side handle. That’s where this cable comes through: you can not only use your LCD on your top hand with this cable and have the touch functionality to both record and playback ability to control your camera and see what you are shooting… but you now need to power one less monitor. Win..win…win. I have two of these and swear by them. The Slackline Film guys are shooters too and they’ve measure the perfect 36" lengths – these cables are perfectly made not to coil around the MōVI – I’ll never go back to shooting any other way.
Freefly Battery to D-tap Connector
Freefly MōVI M5 Holiday Bundle w/ case
MōVI M5 – Digital 3-Axis Gyro-Stabilized Handheld Camera Stabilizer
So I may have skipped a few steps for those of you that don’t YET have a MōVI … here is the best way to start. I’d get this over anything else out there. It will last. The accessories are best of breed. It works. It works. It works. Any questions? This is PERFECT for the DLSR crowd and for the Canon C series cameras and most lightweight cine cameras out there… Just be mindful of your total weight … as you go up in weight – the MAX is 4.75 lb or 2.15kg of what you can have this guy "fly" or carry … and as you start to use heavier lenses and accessories, jump straight to the M15 in my opinion (below.)
Freefly MōVI M15
The MōVI Controller is a professional grade remote system that allows the operator full control over Pan, Tilt, and Roll.
Listent to most of you, it will appear to be nothing more than a "fancy looking" remote w / carbon fiber right? I agree I thought so at first… but no: it’s a FANTASTIC solution for a pro user. It has power options for the monitor, wireless, follow focus, Iris control, zoom. You can adjust almost every single feature you would with a tablet or laptop WITH this controller. I love this so much that (it’s embarrassing to admit) I’ve used it WITHOUT A MOVI! yes… Because it the single most elegant way to walk around and see what someone else is shooting and either (optionally) pull focus and/or move the iris if you want to get fancy… I love this thing. And it runs off the same batteries that I use on my Dragon. So on Elantra set of batteries and I’m good to go w/ wireless, controller, focus, monitor etc. Do you see why I’ve gotten SPOILED ROTTEN with this unit?
FROM FREEFLY: Compatible with the MōVI M5 and M10, this controller provides telemetry from the MōVI and allows the user to access MōVI configuration menus to enable on the fly adjustment of key MōVI parameters. The MōVI Controller also simplifies the remote control station by providing power for an LCD monitor and wireless video system. One single battery on the MōVI Controller will power your controller, Monitor, wireless video system, and additional 5 or 12v accessories. Additionally the MōVI Controller will offer control of Focus, Iris, and Zoom motors in the future with the release of Freefly’s 3 channel FIZ system.
BATTERY SYSTEM: IDX E-7S V
This is by far THE SINGLE best battery system for the MōVI and now my go to system for the RED Dragon. Why? These are the most compact, lightweight and high performance batteries I’ve ever used on my Dragon. Bar none. I have 4. I’m going to buy 4 more soon. Any questions? This is the PERFECT solution for the MōVI where size and weight are of primary importance. 2 of these are lighter than most of the competition’s single batteries.
From IDX: The compact and lightweight ENDURA-7S has a capacity of 68Wh and features an integrated 3 step LED Power Indicator to display the battery capacity status. Economical and distinctive in design, the E-7S is built to the highest standards of quality, safety and reliability proven in all ENDURA batteries. The Power Indicator is for quick reference of the charge status on the E-7S. A simple 3 LED indicator shows if the battery is full or requires charging.
Wireless Follow Focus: Axis 1
LINK Approx $4,500 (depending on conversion rate)
Carbon V-lock Adapter Kit for RED EPIC
This is THE way to mount a battery on the DRAGON. End of story. There are two P/D tap ports on the battery plate to power your accessories including your follow focus motors and wireless transmitters.
FROM FREEFLY: This V-Lock adapter kit for for the RED EPIC allows MōVI customers to use small V-Lock batteries to extend the run time on their RED EPIC, as well as provide D-tap power for 12V and 14.8V accessories (follow focus, wireless, etc.) Made from ultra lightweight carbon fiber, the kit allows for the lightest and lowest profile method of attaching a V-Lock battery to an EPIC. The kit includes either a genuine IDX PV2 battery plate or IDX PV212 battery plate with one or two D-tap outputs, respectively. The plate comes with the appropriate lemo plug for the EPIC DC input and uses high strand count silicon wire for maximum durability and flexibility.
Paralinx Arrow Plus – 1:2 Package
From Paralinx: Uncompressed 4:2:2 1920×1080 10-bit video. Less than 2ms latency. Supports multiple framerates and resolutions. Operates on 5v power. Range of over 300ft (91m) line-of-sight. 256-bit encryption of transmitted signals. FCC, CE, and ROHS certified. HDMI video input/output. Transmitter weighs less than 40 grams. P
Supported framerates: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 50i, 50p, 59.94i, 60i, 60p
Teradek Bolt Pro 2000 Transmitter + Receiver
This is what the big boys play with… The Teradek Bolt Pro 2000 is a zero delay wireless video systems designed for cinema and broadcast use. With 3G-SDI connections, support for 1080p60 and a range of 2000 ft., Bolt Pro 2000 is the new standard in professional wireless video transmission. I haven’t had a chance to play with the Paralinx version of this to be honest and these units all tend to play with the same chipset. But I don’t think you can go wrong with either unit. I compared this to the Boxx unit on my Nike commercial last year and it performed as well if not better… so game on! If you pocket can afford it… this is THE wireless kit for ANY cinema / video need.
Just because you can…:
MōVI M5 Mobile Kit