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NAB2015 News – Freefly Brings Us MIMIC, A Game Changing Addition To Remote Camera Operation & The ALTA Drone

 

In 2013, Freefly Systems changed the game with the MoVI, the worlds most advanced handheld camera stabilization system.

Now they’re looking to do the same thing again with MIMIC, a completely new motion tracker for the MoVI Remote Operator. For those who may not be familiar, the Remote Op is the person who remotely controls the camera movement independently of where the MoVI Operator is pointing it.

As you can see from the video below, they’ve gone all out to make MIMIC completely intuitive for the operator, regardless of experience – “child’s play” indeed!

Doing away with a control joystick on the MoVI controller, Freefly have opted for a remote system with sensors that track your positioning and movement, translating these into silky smooth camera movement. This essentially allows for a totally organic, intuitive and completely immersive independent camera operation experience. I can see myself as a director wanting to pick the control unit up and ‘feel’ what the shot and framing is going to ultimately look like.

Below is a great example of MIMIC in action, as Chase Jarvis tracks a fast moving subject, independent of where the MoVI operator position. You can see just how easy it is to pick up and use, when he actually hands MIMIC off to the runner they were shooting and she does a great job of actually keeping the subject in frame! Not bad for a Remote Operator with zero experience!

 

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Other Freefly news is they are officially back in the drone game with ALTA, their new drone capable of carrying cinema camera / lens payloads of up to 14lbs for 15minutes flight time, and allowing for top mounting.

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Pricing and availability  – TBC

 

NAB2015 Schedule

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NAB2015 is gearing up to be a very interesting event! Here’s my schedule, come and say hi and let me know what you think of Project AIR:

 

All times are PST

Monday April 13th

9.30am Blackmagic Booth

10.30pm Kessler Booth

12pm G Tech Booth

1pm Canon Main Stage

2.15pm G Tech Booth

 

Tuesday April 14th

1pm Atomos Booth

2pm Canon Talk EDU

 

Wednesday April 15th

10am Canon Main Stage

2pm Canon Talk EDU

 

 

AIR SFO is Live & the AIR Book is now available for pre-sale

Project Air – San Francisco BTS February 2015 from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

I’m proud to announce the publication of the third city of the “AIR” Series:  San Francisco on Storehouse.

This has been one of the purest and most exciting projects of my career – this definitely feels like a once in a lifetime experience to me.

We are currently in the middle of scheduling a series of shoots in Europe in May thanks to support from G-Technology, and you can expect as series of meetups and events in cities such as Paris, London, Barcelona and a few more – to be announced very soon.

We’ve also launched a new site laforetAIR.com where you can pre-order a book,  postcards and a few more cool things yet to be announced.     A fine art print site will also be going up very shortly.

Thanks to your pre-oder of the books, we’ve already been able to add new cities to our lists of destinations.    A significant portion of every sale of each book will go towards shooting more cities!

 

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Below you’ll find the series on Storehouse from San Francisco which was incidentally featured in The New York Times.   Given that I was a staff photographer at The New York Times for 7 years, it was quite odd to be featured “in” the paper – we used to joke that our goal was to never make it into the paper, because a staffer would only make into the paper when either:  a. They’d likely done something very very bad.   or b.  They passed away and the paper was running their obituary ;)

It was extremely flattering to be included to say the least.

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Once again thank you for all of the support to date, and I appreciate you forwarding the laforetAIR site with your friends and family as it will allow me to go to more (and more isolated) cities around the world!