MōVI – a revolutionary handheld stabilized system takes flight

UPDATE: This launch has been as much if not more fun that the Reverie / Canon 5D MKII for me and Freeflysystems!  

With nearly 1 million video views in under two days it’s deja vu all over again for me but just as sweet and special (and unexpected [this fast!]), and for Tabb who was featured in the video,  he’s getting used to being recognized on commercial flights and contacted by old high school friends…

To share in our excitement and the overwhelming reaction by the video/film community – we’re gonna go ahead and GIVE TWO OF THEM AWAY.  

Sooo… How do you qualify?   Well the truth is that we’re simply too busy to come up with a creative challenge / contest / film or shot ideas right now (not to mention going through them.)

So we’ll make it super simple - simply follow BOTH @Freeflycinema and me @vincentlaforet  and we’ve got a pretty darn neat way of picking the winner… it may have something to do with a remote, altitude and general craziness!  It’s just that simple and necessary legal jargon: no purchase necessary to win.

More details on how to order the MōVI and additional details on the kits will be posted here in 24-48 hours. 

My first memories from my childhood involve the dream of flight.

I imagine that I’m far from alone when it comes to having been terribly addicted to bolting down a hall as a child, my arms spread out like wings, and feeling the rush of gravity as I accelerated around a corner as fast as my legs could propel me, my eyes closed.  The thrill of reckless abandon and the sensation of taking the tightest of turns always trumped the risk of a collision with the unknown. 

Flying is about letting go.

Many of us have in the cinema industry have never truly grown up.  We have found a way to hold onto our youth in flying cameras through scenes borne of our imaginations defying the laws of time and physics as we move through our frame.

But any filmmaker – professional or amateur – will tell you that gravity is all too often a cruel reminder of how hard taking flight can be.   Moving a camera in a steady path is one of the biggest challenges for all of us.

That is until you hold the handheld "MōVI" device in your hands and run, or drive, or fly only to see your clumsiness and bumps turned into a near perfect trajectory – thanks to insanely fascinating technology of gyro stabilization and accelerometers.  The "MōVI" produced by Freefly Systems based in Seattle WA.,  is a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal.

The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second "gimbal" operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves.

That’s just the beginning of what this thing can do (more to that below the jump) but for now, here’s a peek of the first shoot ever done with the MōVI - every shot was made with it, a Canon EOS 1DC and a Canon EFCine Prime 24mm 1.3 (at 1.3!) and a Zeiss 18mm CP.2 for the aerial footage:

MōVI from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

Here’s the MōVI gizmo in action:

MoVI by Freefly Systems from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

 And the behind the scenes video with director and inventor’s commentary explaining exactly what it does:

 So why do I think this is a game changer:

Some of you may not exactly get what this device does at first, why you might need it, or how you would use it.   That is until you get your hands on it – and then your way of thinking about camera movement and general camera support will change.  Guaranteed – everyone who’s handled the device agrees.  It’s going to be difficult not to have one of these tools on your productions going forward.

This device isn’t the end of the sticks, Steadicam, slider, dolly or jib to be sure… but it sure will make you think twice about using those tools on many of your shots when you find out how quickly this device allows you to execute a similar shot but in a fraction of the time.   It can literally take longer to explain a shot,  than it would to execute a perfect shot with the MōVI.    Heck you’ll even think twice about every using a tripod for a quick pan or tilt shot – when you realize you can do that with a "push" or a circular forward movement left (a curved dolly track…)  Except you don’t need to lay track down …

The danger of this device is that you’re going to want to shoot Scorsese’s famous Copacabana shot from Goodfellas every time you pick this unit up.  You’ll do well to remember that short takes and editing are the key to a nice flow in almost any piece.  Yet that amazing shot you’ve dreamed of accomplishing is closer to becoming a reality than it has before.   Obviously in this short my effort was to string as many long shots together as possible to show off the device – and that can be a challenge as a director.

That being said the beauty of this device is how quickly you can also make more simple shots.   A push or slide is done in seconds and near perfectly.   You can add a tilt or pan to that too to make it even fancier if you’d like with little effort.  And the speed at which you can work is hard for many producers (including a friend and long time producer I worked with on a commercial this week… until he sees the results and how quickly you can get them.)  Then you run down stairs, walk across a busy intersection, or ride in a vehicle and your head will certainly spin…

It’s unbelievably liberating.

Another big factor:  It will be affordable – the initial mid-level (in terms of weight support) MōVI M10 will sell for approx $15K and is already under production.   The second, smaller version, the M5 that will be on sale at some point in the near future (once the production capacity is in full swing) will be sold for a price point under $7,500.    If you consider how much we spend on handheld rigs, sliders, jibs (let alone Glidecams/Steadicams etc.) – the price of this device quickly becomes a no-brainer…  Another huge factor:  it takes quite a bit of time to set up a JIB, let alone weights, crew and skill to operate.  The learning curve on this unit is very very fast.

The MoVI can travel in a thin suitcase as carry luggage and weights under 4 pounds…  A steadicam is an awesome tool but takes years to master.   I was able to operate this device within minutes…   I will admit to having experience in operating Cineflex systems in Helicopters and Russian Arms on fast moving vehicles.   And I can say that the way the joystick on the two person configuration operates is nearly identical.    And the point is that the MōVI M10 is cheaper to buy with extra bells and whistles than it is to RENT a Cineflex for one day…  keep that in mind and why that leads me to consider this technology to merit the dreaded and overused term:  Game Changer.  

The first unit that is being released – the M10 – supports a camera up 10 pounds with accessories.  That equates to a DSLR with a lot of accessories or a bare Epic and prime lens.  We’ve been using the Epic and the Canon primes and Zeiss CP.2 lenses all week on a commercial without a hitch.   A future version the M20 is slated to support an Alexa or Epic package w/ zoom, price and date TBD.   The guys behind this work with Epics and Alexas on a regular basis and are cinema guys.   Tabb Firchau & Hugh Bell have worked on several productions with me (JOB, Mobius) and Hugh is one of the best steadicam operators I’ve worked with in the industry.   The point is that these are passionate cinema people who are going to cater to what we need as filmmakers.    

If you’re going to NAB you’ll want to look up Freefly Systems as they will be exhibiting these models live at their booth (#C9848) next week.                                      

Paying it forward:

 I also wanted to try something a bit different here.  At first I thought we’d put additional content up for a small charge and throw a party for the crew or pay them a bonus – but I didn’t like the precedent the former option set.   Therefore we’re also throwing up a downloadable "Pay Per View" version with the help of Vimeo - All proceeds from the sale of the video will go to a charity on behalf of the cast and crew.  The Charity is called the "Lollipo Theater Network" (http://lollipoptheater.org) and brings the magic of movies currently in theathers, to children that are confined to hospitals nationwide due to chronic or life-threatening illnesses. 

The downloadable video includes another never before seen shoot with the MōVI outdoors shot on the Panasonic GH3, along with that will be 3 full ungraded extended takes from MōVI shot with the Canon EOS 1DC in Canon C-Log, as well as a director and inventor’s commentary for the short.   The Vimeo On Demand footage is available for download for $3.  It goes to a good cause so if you’re interested click on the following Lollipop Theater Piece Link  here.

I’ll be posting tomorrow a bit more about my experience with the MōVI as well as the gear we used.  I’ll discuss more in depth what the pros and cons are of the system and what to expect.   A skilled 1st AC will become your new best friend and wireless focus devices (which are getting much more affordable by the day) will become necessary tools for fancy moves.  Keep in mind that this entire pieces was shot at T 1.3 on a 24mm…  yeah Crazy!

 I’d like to thank the incredible cast and crew not to mention those in post who made this piece happen.

For now I want to get this up ASAP – so I’ll stop writing.   More to come tomorrow!   To see what this unit looks like on one of their RC Helicopters… check out the video below….

ROAM from Freefly on Vimeo.

Read below for a press release with more technical details:



( 4th April 2013, Seattle)  -  Movi M10 – Introducing a family of 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal, so advanced, it redefines the possibilities for camera movement. The heart of the gimbal is Freefly’s proprietary high performance IMU and brushless direct drive system. The gimbal is 100% custom designed in-house by our engineering team. No compromises were made to accommodate off the shelf brushless motors, motor drives or IMUs. Creating the gimbal from scratch allowed Freefly to precisely execute our vision for the next generation of stabilized camera gimbals. In creating this camera gimbal we aim to empower a new era of stabilized cinematography. Freefly MoVI – “The New Moving Picture.”Design & Performance – Lightweight, agile, rigid – these are the words you hear day in and day out at Freefly research and development lab. Freefly began its business building aerospace and UAV products where every gram counts. We have carried this design ethos into our cinema products. In an industry where weight was once considered an advantage, we instead built one of the lightest weight, highest performance, cinema ready 3-axis gimbals the industry has ever seen. This allows the operator to run faster, jump higher, and capture more compelling footage than ever before.About Freefly – Freefly represents the intersection of art and technology. Our team consists of industry leading specialists all focused on one task – inventing solutions to allow unrestricted camera movement. Freefly initially created the CineStar line of multi-rotor camera platforms, which allowed smooth, stable and dynamic low-altitude aerials. After years of research and development in camera stability, Freefly has created the Movi stabilized camera gimbal. Our goal with the MoVI is to empower a new era of stabilized cinematography on a variety of platforms, from handheld to helicopter and everything in between.

 

 

 

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  • Jason Zeis

    Wow Vincent! These shots are amazing! Seems like a great investment!

    Cheers Vincent

    Jason Zeis

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  • jos

    15k $ ???????

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  • Jason San Agustin

    Game changer for sure! I can’t wait to get one.

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  • Darryl Gregory

    You are the man Vincent, I Just wanted to congratulate on holding out for till last min, What an amazing piece of gear, A TRUE Game Changer Indeed!

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  • So pumped! I posted my initial reactions on my blog, http://www.m43weddings.com – I had the chance to watch the Movi in action this week!

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  • Julian

    Wait, if we want to see more demo footage with this, we have to pay for it?

    Also, how is this a game changer when it’s more expensive than a full on Steadicam Zephyr with arm, vest, monitor and everything else? I don’t get it…

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/856850-REG/Steadicam_Zephyr_Camera_Stabilizer_HD.html

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    There are a total of 3 free videos. For those who want to download the footage and see more you have the option of making a $3 to a charity for sick kids…

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  • Helicopter gimbal without the helicopter!

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  • Ed

    OK, that’s actually pretty cool. I’d rather hoped it wouldn’t be stabilzation, but this works for me. I can not only see lots of uses for low budget, but I see lots of potential with the technology for other purposes.

    Well done to your crews for keeping the lid shut :)

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  • Macielle

    Overpriced. Would be a game changer if it was below 2500$.
    At this price is just way off most budgets.

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  • Thrilling and inspiring videos and post, Vincent!

    What’s the weight capacity of the high-end heavier duty model?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Their goal is an Alexa or Epic + zoom lens. All details TBD.

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  • amazing…as a camera operator, it’s a must have! Holy smoke!

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  • DC Patterson

    Yeah, it’s actually going to change many aspects of how we shoot a film, and for the better. Less gear, more shots means more films can be made better on the smaller budgets often restricting indies…but beyond that it’s a universal device with application in every level of production from event, live broadcast, docos, features, TVCs, music videos. A remarkably universal tool. I can see teams of operators using these in concert – focus, remote gimball op and someone to carry the rig. A new opportunity for dancers with the strength, stamina and choreography skills to really fly a camera.

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  • Mattia

    IMHO is a game changer but only for indy filmmakers, not for amateurs (instead that the 5GMkII was), I think that an amateur filmmaker invest the most part of the money on camera, so, I assume, a 5DMkIII, for this (astonishing) piece of of equipment you start with 7.5k and you must add a second person plus trasmittal technology to pan/tilt it. I repeat is an INCREDIBLE tool, but only for semi pros…

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  • Evan King

    Not what I was expecting. This is better and more flexible! I just had to pick up my jaw from the floor.

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  • Just amazing. My mind is blown away with what this incredible stabilizer can do. Game changer indeed!

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  • kabuto1138

    Nice!!! Nobody else should’ve tested this before release but you.

    I’ll have to buy you a beer next time I run into you around town.

    Do you know how many pounds will the M5 will be able support?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Thanks. No specifics yet other than definitely an HDSLR.

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  • This is amazing! Revolutionary work really. Always tossing between Steadicam or Fig Rig, never being able to truly achieve what you have in your mind is disappointing.

    The ability to have one or two operators seems like a huge step forward. This is going to be a great investment!

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  • This really is an awesome (and much needed) tool for filmmakers. Radness!

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  • Robert E.

    Now this thing will jive well with the imaginary of one’s brain in creativity and style. Perfect!

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  • Daniel Mendoza

    incredible shots and even more impressive is the design of this equipment. I know there is going to be a lot of slack cast in your direction for announcing this as a “game changer” (but then again I see infinite negative and idiotic comments online all day long) I can see how this would be a game changer for over all productions, especially taking into account the cost of equipment rentals to get shots similar to these. If and when I can afford to invest in this, I am certain I will not hesitate to dive in. Thanks for sharing this incredible and intuitive creation, all of which is wonderfully highlighted through your stunning video. Great job by you and all of the cast/crew

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  • Indyaner

    Is it true, that if I ask for the price, Then I cant afford it?

    I have a glidecam4000 but this looks so much nicer.

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  • riccardocovino

    This is a toy everyone would dream of, you are absolutely right.

    On a side note, this is not exactly for every film maker, indie shooters who use a normal DSLR (1DC excluded!) will never spend 15k for a rig, and probably neither 7,5k.

    They’ll just keep dreaming about it :)

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  • Eventhough I was very skeptical about this post you had me convinced. The setup you’re using is that the one you’re mentioning as a 15k pricing?
    When will this come into retail?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Yes and next week I believe but don’t quote me on that… not sure when they plan on actually shipping.

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  • Thomas

    Will this work woth a RED?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Epic yes w prime and FF + slap on filter

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  • I

    Ok… where do I buy?

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  • Matt Bass

    I need this ASAP! This will change documentary filmmaking forever!

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  • mike

    I guess we don’t have the same meaning of “affordable”… but still interresting.

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  • Todd Winlove

    Wow, I agree game changing and more democratisation in the moving image business. Pretty nice examples, sets off the imagination…

    Thanks

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  • Nando Martins

    Uau!

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  • First a big up to my self for nailing it…well done Nicklas!

    Now. Is this a gamechanger? well, in a way it is because it sets the direction of further development, just like the 5D MkII did.

    The idea is simple and perfect. One product to do it all. Until today I would need the tyler minigyro in car or a heli, I would need a steadi for walking down the street, i would need a jib for some shots where I start low and then head upwards. The MoVI is not a 100% replacement yet….but wait a few years and we will see how things have developed. This gadget has potential to be even better and develop.

    This product just seem really versatile and it is today probably a jack of all trades.

    Now this is a first version of gimbal gyro in this form. Even if it is a fantastic job, and a great product already there will still be room for improvements. I can´t see any major roadblocks to not develop a controller so only one man can hold, operate and frame and focus the camera, It would not be needed for hollywood or indie, but the one man band would need it.

    I also see some sort of turtle-back solution or other ways of making the need for chiropractors after projects dissapear as possible improvements.

    and fast reposition for placing it on a tripod.

    and even faster out of the box start to use, folded or something.

    and lots of other thingys.

    Will I be a early adaptor and get one right away?
    Yes…I will.

    Will future versions be even better.
    Yes…they will.

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  • Ken

    Freaking amazing! I need one yesterday!

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  • paul

    I have a question about your aerial footage. Was the camera inside or outside the cockpit ? I’d like to know if you had to deal with the relative wind, or if the camera (and MoVi system) was behind a windshield.

    Thanks,

    paul

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Outside the chopper!

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  • hansd

    I can see it being cool for small and light cameras, but handheld operation of real cinema cameras over a whole day ? Also 17k is not affordable for most of us, even it it’s a great price for what it is.

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  • As a student I switched from aerospace engineering to filmmaking: I really appreciate the Freefly approach!
    The MoVi indeed looks like a gamechanger.
    I guess we will see this kind of shots more often in the next year in indiefilms, commercials and corporate videos. I know I’d like to use it in (some*) of my videoproductions :-)

    I hope it’s also suited for non-DSLR-shaped camera’s like EX1R?

    *Some: to start with. I looks like it can be addictive ;-)

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Yes suited for all cameras under 10+ pounds even iPhones….

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  • Holy shit!

    I guessed from your initial announcement that it had to be some form of stabilization. However this thing exceeds even my wildest imaginations. Incredible!

    Jan

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  • Anthony

    Nice Reverie tie-in reference there!

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Glad you noticed. Jimmy Reed came out of retirement (as an actor/model) just for this one!

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  • Some people are not calling this a revolution but I really do think it is one. There’s a lot of creative moves you can pull off with this which would be much more complicated if not impossible with the usual steadicam or tracks. Even replaces a crane for some things. Great to see RC drone technology come down to Earth and be of multi-purpose use in the hand. Favourite shots in the video – the ‘through the hoop’ shot (did that require two operators passing it from one guy to another?) and anything involving the taxi. 1D C looks very handy in low light.

    The M5 at $7500 is quite an accessible one for the masses – what are the differences to the M10, is it able to support the GH3, Blackmagic too?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Details to come ;) Sorry I don’t have the specs to release yet. Once they’re ready Freefly will announce and so will I on this blog.

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  • Amazing. With wireless FF, it looks like you can do almost anything using this new rig. The challenge might be knowing when NOT to use it. (Flying looks awesome, but too much of it can take attention away from the narrative). This could open up a whole new world of possibilities in documentary, where crews are tiny and your gear needs to maintain a super-low profile. I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for the preview, Vincent.

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  • Andreas Kopriva

    This is quite an awesome implementation of pre-existing stabilization systems and I can definitely see the benefits. My question is, does the price ($15k) for the M10 include the digital controlling component shown in the BTS video? As in the joystick, screen etc or is that price just for the framework?

    Thank you for sharing this and the beautifully shot demonstration video.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Details to come from Freeflysystems.com by NAB.

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  • Amazing stability! Looking forward to working with this very soon!

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  • Vincent – Thanks for asking for the connect on LinkedIn last week.

    This is quite impressive. Have you tested it against the KS 4×4 from Ken Lab – I am curious for handheld aerial motion how this device feels in flight.

    The Movi is impressive and looks like an incredible tool for aerial shooters.

    I’ve look at at put on my wish list, the CineStar. (Once the FAA clears the hurdles)

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  • Vincent – Thanks for asking for the connect on LinkedIn last week.

    This is quite impressive. Have you tested it against the KS 4×4 from Ken Lab – I am curious for handheld aerial motion how this device feels in flight.

    The Movi is impressive and looks like an incredible tool for aerial shooters.

    I’ve looked at at put on my wish list, the CineStar. (Once the FAA clears the hurdles)

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    I own two Kenyon KS8.. should have sold them last week… too noisy and nowhere near this. Not even close…

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  • Jim Bachalo

    That ‘roller cam’ shot with the cab was jaw dropping! Thanks for sharing

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  • Antoine

    Thanks Vincent for sharing all this info.

    Is it possible that you post a picture of the Epic Movi setup, so we can see exactly what accessories and Epic setup was used?

    I wonder how long your arm can carry the Movi with an Epic (sure I can go to the gym to muscle my arms).

    ciao,

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Tomorrow or Sunday sure.

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  • mps

    a gamechanger? maybe i expected too much…. dont get me wrong, a gyro stabilized system is great – but just nothing new. its basically a gyro stailized octocopter – with the octocopter replaced by a human. i remember seeing a picture of a seqway combined with a steadyarm, a jib and on top of all this – a gyrohead. this was 5 years ago. running around with a gyrohead, now thats really is nothing new. its a really nice product, a little expensive (you get a gyrohead to 10 pounds INCLUDING an octo for 5k less) – but calling it a “gamechanger” is just some marketing. hey, i also have a gamechanger! lets make a phone contolled by a touchscreen, with only a single button on it, lets give it a 3/4g modem so we can go online with it all the time…

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  • This is amazing… Seriously a game changer. Any idea when it will be available?

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  • I am losing my mind!

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  • Love the shots it’s amazing how DSLR filmmaking sector has evolved since 2008 and all the accessories and companies working to support it .

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  • I’m ready… No mention of the C300 or C300. Will the M10 / M5 work with either?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Will work w/ C300 / C500 no problem. External recorders with c500 will limit tilt…

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  • Fantastic stuff, thanks for posting!
    And now I need to learn how to rollerskate…

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  • Michael

    Wow Amazing stuff!

    Can’t wait till this comes out. Above my budget right now, but those that do have the budget could make their money back pretty quickly renting this out.

    Love the innovation that this rig brings.

    Mike

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  • Ali

    Looks awesome. I guess the small one will only hold 5 pounds, so just enough for a 5D with SLR lens and remote focus

    Obviously you need the remote focus system, and wireless video sender, and at least two monitors to properly use it. So thats a bit of an issue and brings the cost up a lot.

    Out of the budget for most people, and I doubt they’ll be readily available to rent for some time. erggggh.

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  • Nikola Vlahovich

    Un******believable!!!

    Gratitude and Appreciation for the efforts of ALL involved…

    Nikola

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  • neuron

    this japanese guy should changed the game over years ago:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4zZ5ICNXLA

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  • In AWE!

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  • Absolutely awesome, Vincent! Looking forward to seeing how this will change the industry across the world!

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  • Brilliant to get this for heavier cameras. But it is not new and has been around from other companies as well.

    I think that the Zenmuse Z15 looks slightly more stable then this rig. Might be an option for peeps with a limited budget who do not mind shooting with the GH2:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=v6TWct7VqCY

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  • neale anderson

    If the larger model can carry a Alexa then it could also carry a MX,correct.?.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    The top model will yes.

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  • Colin

    Selling my girlfriend….. :-)

    So getting one of these as soon as available, my mind is already at work replacing workups with new ways of shooting everything I do.

    WOW. This is not hysteria, it’s freedom with excitement…. :-)

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Hillarious.

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  • Hey Vincent,
    So I am assuming that you can lock the pitch correct? I saw some shots where it looked to be shot at a -45?
    Also, is there room for wireless focus when mounted?

    I will be at NAB and I am sure they will also so I look forward to seeing this in person and possibly buying a couple of them.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Yes to all.

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  • neale anderson

    Also,any moves the person with the camera makes would have to be scripted or rehearsed to co-ordinate with the joy stick operator,as they are controlling the pan tilt.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Yes.

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  • so is this the guy the idea came from? :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6TWct7VqCY

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    I think they started this 10 years ago…;) 2 years of heavy R&D

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  • Very cool Vincent. The MōVI M10 supports 10lbs, are there any plans to release some sort of 12-15lb version for slightly heavier rigs? I shoot primarily on Epic or Scarlet.

    Impressive moves for sure.

    Thanks,

    Phil

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Yes future plans for Alexa etc.

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  • I saw this last night, and thought…..hmmm.

    1. It’s FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. Earth calling Vincent…..come in, Vincent….
    2. I’m sixty years old, a “one man band” (more or less), and don’t know how to roller skate…..much less down a street in NYC, after a moving taxicab!
    3. I don’t have a helicopter in the garage, either.
    4. It’s not exactly vaporware, but it’s not exactly shipping yet, either. (sort of like the BMCC…..)
    5. I have a Glidecam, which is great, once you get it set up. It is heavy, and once you add camera, and lens…..it’s hard to hold after, say 20 minutes……much less after chasing down cabs on the street. ;-)

    All in all……great tool, amazing footage, thanks for posting. Now….if there was only a gizmo that wrote great scripts, or created more time to see all these fabulous movies that we’ll all be shooting next year!

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  • AK

    Less game changer, more new sponsor…

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    No sponsorship agreement whatsoever.

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  • claude etienne

    Hi Vincent,

    This is an amazing device, but, in terms of price, it will certainly not be accessible to many filmmakers. A kickstarter campaign for a similar device is currently taking place, the funding goal has been exceeded and the device will cost less than $1,000. I might be missing something in terms of what the MOVI can accomplish as opposed to this device called The Supraflux, but, in terms of price, it will certainly be accessible to independent filmmakers with a small budget. Here’s the link to the kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/86612749/the-supraflux-video-camera-stabilizer

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    They’ve got 10 years or R&D to catch up with. I respect DYI and the spirit of kickstarter… but sometimes I want to hit my head against the wall…

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  • What an incredibly sophisticated piece of gear and at that price point.
    A Game Changer indeed!
    Beautifully shot – congratulations!

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  • Eric D

    I’m a little skeptical about how revolutionary the MOVI system really is. It looks like a take-off of the Zenmuse 15 but able to take more weight and cameras types. But nothing looks new. Maybe I’m wrong but couldn’t you just put handles on a Zenmuse and get similar results for $3,500 instead of $7,500. Obviously, you couldn’t use a RED but for the people like myself who can’t afford $15k or even 7.5k or a RED it seems like a reasonable option. So I guess my take is it’s a great idea to put handles on the MOVI but doesn’t seem like a revolutionary product.

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  • Keith Andrews

    Camera motion research has been working on a prototype Gyro stabilized handheld stabilizer for a while but I guess they beat them to it. I would absolutely love to use a device such as this but it would be on the same level as upgrading from a 5D Mark II to a 1DC. Affordable in my mind is sub $5000, As I’m sure it is for a lot of independent filmmakers and production companies out there. As with any first, the price point will always be high. I’d give it about another year or so before we start seeing other companies manufacture a similar product for a lower price. Then it will truly be affordable and a game changer for all. In the meantime I’ll continue to use my blackbird stabilizer and Mercalli software for my stabilization needs.

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  • Hi Vincent,
    May I ask what you use for your wireless follow focus?
    Thanks
    Ardy

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Bartech + Preston motor.

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  • Rich Pulham

    I noticed you used Jimmy Reed in the helicopter scenes. I thought that was cool because he was the actor in Reverie. –Rich

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Just a little nod to the past ;)

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  • David

    Stunning and this will surely go everywhere now.
    Just one question, I might have missed it, but I suspect the servos to be quite noisy, right?
    RC Heli gimbals are and it’s not an issue because the audio is not needed. So, maybe that makes it not that usable in certain docu environments or is it not that bad?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Dead silent. Not a single peep. Perfect for dialogue.

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  • THis is the day Vincent became a multi-millionaire

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  • Jonathan

    Cool toy…game changer? Meh

    Guessing I no longer fit the demographic for this site. $15k/$7k?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Add up: handheld rig, mattebox, slider, jib … and guess what… you’ve spent more than the M5 model with the first of those two. When you see that you work 3-5 times faster as well it pays for itself in a day or two on the smallest of productions.

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  • Does it work on a Canon C300?

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  • Student

    @Macielle, You’re absolutely right!

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  • Almost makes me want to start shooting video. :)

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  • Matthew

    @Macielle, agreed

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  • You’re right Vince this is good. And I have to congratulate you on getting a gratuitous chopper shot in your finished piece -;)

    Some of the aerial you shot is surprising – looks like floating and has a different feel from a lot of aerial that I’ve seen.

    Price – on the “lite” version 7500 is not that bad considering all the stuff we buy that has just limited use. It will never replace it all, but if a shoot is well planned, this device can handle a lot of tasks. I see high value here especially for a documentary guy on the go. Two gear cases instead of 6 or 8? Yeah!

    Thanks so much!

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  • fuck that price, people must forget where they came from.

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  • barry

    Was warp stabilizer used on any of these shots? Thank you

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    No the shots are 100% untouched.

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  • Kabuto1138

    @Vincent Laforet, cool

    “Get out of tha’ chooppa!!”

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  • epyonxero

    This is a nice tool but its really just a detatched multirotor gimbal and $15k is way overpriced for what it is. $1500 might be reasonable for a finished kit, if you dont mind making your own a you could probaby do it for $600 or so. Ways to make your own brushless gimbals are all over multirotor forums these days.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Then please make it on your own! They have dozens of engineers that have been working on their software for more than 2 years… they’ve been at it for 10 years… with due respect: good luck.

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  • @Macielle, Agree with you.

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  • I dont see the side handle on the red epic, how was it powered? Can the M10 can converted to an octocopter? on the other model? Do you know if the F55 can be rig on the m10?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    With their power unit that powers both gimbal and Epic.

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  • dsnt mttr

    @Macielle, agree

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  • That’s just amazing. I’ve been using a glidecam HD200 for about 3 years and that gizmo makes it look like a DIY project! In the hands of Vincent it becomes that much more EPIC.

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  • Tim Newman

    Holy shit is right! Beautiful little film. Dynamic, lyrical, lovely to look at. Yes, hats off to the whole crew! Taking nothing away from the rig (game changer is no exaggeration), the staging was lovely. The cab sequence a mind blower. This piece of gear is absolutely going to make a difference on a new level. It’s easy to imagine/predict visionary directors and cinematographers will be designing amazing new kinds of sequences they simply couldn’t have done before–using hand offs to multiple operators witha variety of athletic skills.

    The demo was done to showcase the rig and it does so technically to perfection. It’s also well worth noting that the entire project exists on an extremely plane of fim craft. Beautiful light, staging and on camera performances, editing, lovely music (would like to know where to get that track.), all together with an narrative flow. that works like crazy without trying. Props to all. Especially Vincent.

    A question or tow about the rig . . . what is the learning curve for operating at the level shown in the this demo? And how much of a role does athleticism play for the operator(s). I would imagine quite a bit to take full advantage.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    I’d say steadicam is days, to months to years… this is minutes, to days to weeks learning curve depending on the level of proficiency. I picked it up immediately after less than 10 minutes. Athleticism depends on the weight of the camera and how fast you want to run…

    Thanks very much for the very kind compliments as well.

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  • Ali

    @Vincent Laforet, Gonna need some sort of vest system. Hopefully it’ll be compatible with the other models, as even with them holding that all day is gonna be tough.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Yes – easy rig or steadicam arm. But Tabb operated two nights in a row all by himself – 10-12 hour nights…

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  • dslr-solutions

    what is the noise level of this system.
    are the soundpeople going to look unhappy ?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Dead silent.

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  • Laurent

    $15,000 for this ???!
    This is the absolute theft and there is nothing revolutionary !
    A 3-axis gyro-stabilized drone platform costs €1500, we add a frame (3 tubes and 2 sleeves) and we have the same thing !
    And this also remotely controlled by another operator as seen in your making of.
    Absolutely no bluffing !

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    You have absolutely no knowlege of their IP and technology for operating with remote control or in “majestic mode” which can pan and til in solo operation mode – which no one else has.

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  • Hello,
    Impressive, but one question is it limited to wide angle ? Is the operator able to control a shoot in CU 50 mm of somebody walking and going up a couple of step for example?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    You can RUN with a 100mm.

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  • Colin

    Nice work! I look forward to seeing what can (& will) be done with the movi.

    Any way I can get my hands on the audio track? (Perhaps included with the $3 deal?)

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  • Brandon

    I’ll assume that if the M10 holds 10lbs, then the M5 will hold 5lbs. I don’t think it’s “game changing” but definitely game modifying in a good direction.
    As an op, Steadicam will always have its place and I don’t think that this will replace it, if anything, this would be a great complement to other means, dolly/steadi/jib … motorized thumb-wheel focus is an option for both to make it “one man band”, Bartech makes a great one.

    Work out as much as you want, 10lbs extended from your body gets old REAL QUICK!

    HandHeld has been needing this product, but I think for this, expandability will be key. ie. jib mounting, steadicam vest mounting, heli mounting.

    Price is very understandable… $7500 and $15,000 is not overly expensive for what the product accomplishes. it could be priced at $5k and people would still complain that “well, I can get a Steadicam Smoothee for a couple hundred dollars”… this is a career that may take some investing, write it off, charge equipment rentals, it’ll pay itself off. Arri light kit for $5k, 5D3 for $3.5k, Lenses, Steadicam, etc… if it’s not in your budget, then save, or design one in your budget.
    If i could dynamically balance an Alexa on a broom stick, I’d be selling broomsticks on Cheesycam for $150 :)

    Overall, looks exciting to use and seems to be a new creative element to add to the arsenal of ways to dynamically move cameras. Kudos to Freefly to the design.

    ps. the Taxi shot was cool and all, completely achievable with Steadicam and some Grip Magic :) … No one seemed to mention the Through the Hoop shot camera handoff… now that shot is inspiring.

    - B

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  • The last shot with the rollerskater alongside the taxi is really impressive, the earlier shots much less so.

    It would have given a better indication of the capability of this rig and aided in comparing it to a Steadicam had you shown shots using increased focal length. Correct me if I’m I’m wrong here, but the longest lens you used was a 24mm?

    Thanks for showing us this.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    This thing is ROCK steady with a 100mm lens – better than steadicam by far that I never exceed 50mm with on a fast move.

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  • If I want one?

    Already selling my car! Anyone?

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  • [...] The “MōVI” is a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal. The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second “gimbal” operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves. Share this: Pin ItMoreEmailLike this:Like Loading… [...]

     
     
     
  • Amazing piece of equipment, was hoping when I first saw it would be about 5K, but I’m sure there will be a rental market. We have some upcoming shoots I would love to use it on.
    Just a suggestion but adding an EasyRig kit option would make it the complete all day and multipurpose rig.

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  • Vincent ! How appropriate that you should introduce this. Much applause for you and your dedication to this camera “for the rest of us.”

    The director of photography has now joined the aviator and “slipped the surly bonds of earth.”

    Please let us know what follow focus system you used. (I didn’t see it in the above comments).

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Bartech w Preston motor.

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  • Ade Adetayo

    Thanks Vince,
    I think this is the tool we have all been waiting for. As an Engineer and an amateur photographer/ filmmaker always thought the industry was lagging behind in terms of the appliance of science.
    This feels more like it. A little expensive though, hope the build a cheaper version.

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  • Paul

    What other equipment is required to be up and running say with Panasonic AF-100 follow focus, etc. Going to by this for sure. What comes with the $15K package. Could you give me a ball park figure on additional equipment to be ready to shoot. Thanks Paul

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    They will announce this all shortly on their site.

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  • Ernie

    Is it as fiddly and frustrating to set up as a Steadicam, or can you just whack a camera onto it, turn it on and go?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Not fiddly. But one must balance the camera/lens – same principle. As fast if not faster than balancing a steadicam.

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  • Rob

    @Julian, Yeah, but lets see you come down a spiral staircase wearing the Zephyr without killing yourself :-)

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    uhuh… good point.

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  • The only real game changer of this period are drones/UAV’s in fact the movie is on one for a considerable time in one of the movies. They have really changed low budget filming. As a indie filmaker I can pull off most of the shots in your examples excempt the ones with the multicopter. I am so confident of this we should have a shoot out!

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  • Doug Laurent

    It seems to be a great device and i might buy it. But as an owner of a Kenyon KS8x8 gyro it seems to me that it is simply lighter and quieter plus external control for twice the price. I also doubt that history will see this device as anywhere near the same “Game Changer” status as the 5D2, because it is not the necessary core tool as a camera. As well the fun about the 5D2 is that anybody can collect cinematic footage completely on its own now, while this new tool does require the help of a second person. The MoVI might become a huge success, but it’s highly unlikely it will have the broad distribution or attention as the 5D2. The 4K cinema mode of the 1DC is much more of a game changer to me in many ways – excellent frame grabs from video, much better resolution that allows zooming etc etc are really some features that already do change the way I work today. The 300fps and the HDRx mode of the Red Epic have also been a bit more spectacular I guess, and can especially be seen in the footage and not be replaced by other cheap solutions. Nevertheless I’m looking forward to seeing more details!

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    It’s not quieter – it’s silent. I own two KS8 and they are unusable for sound, and one has a very hard time panning and tilting – different technologies all together.

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  • Henrik

    gamechanger? most people wont even be able to buy one because of the price. you really made me happy there for a second… this would truly revolutionize making videos and films.

    Good thing i can buy one then… in 20 years or so. -.-

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    It will drop in price quickly. Mark my words…

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  • Yes this affordable, – as a starter filmmaker I’d rather drive a $500 car and have a MoVI than a $15,000 car and not. I already own a Steadicam Pilot that’s worth more than my car. Get real if you want to make films that move people!!

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  • Raymond Parker

    @Vincent Laforet, GET IN DA’ CHOPPA

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  • tom

    @Julian,

    so true

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  • John Stanier BSC.. Damm great..!!piease E mail me @ kjstanier@aol.co to make initial contact…..JS

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  • Do they have a web site?

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  • Matthew Cotter

    Id be curious how this will fare as a handheld without any sort of arm/back support as the Stedicam does…. A 10 hour day on camera with just your arms hold this might be hell….

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    You will definitely need support such as and easy-rig or a steadicam arm… or a That being said Tabb operated SOLO for 2 nights in a row – approx 10 hour nights without a break with a Canon 1DC and Canon 24mm 1.3

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  • Matthew Greene

    So, how loud is it? Is it usable for sync sound?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    DEAD SILENT – yes excellent for dialogue in a quiet room.

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  • @Vincent Laforet, Just donated $3 for the kids, everyone else should too. #winwin

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    Thank you!

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  • john

    This looks like a derivative of the DJI Zenmuse camera gyro, which is $3500. Guys are making their own versions of this for smaller cameras and a sort of version of this for GoPros can be had ready to go for $500. Not a game changer or nothing new at all.

    Nex 5/7
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DJI-Zenmuse-Z-15-Professinal-Camera-Mount-Gimbal-Sony-Nex-5-Nex-7-Version-/330769108709

    GoPro
    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1832271

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    I’m actually getting frustrated – if those are so good why aren’t people using them and talking about them? You have to understand the value of the MoVI is the software they have and how it operates… you are paying for their software and supporting future development when you buy a unit. This generation of “Oh that’s a great idea! Let me find a cheaper alternative that probably wont’ work nearly as well” puzzles me.

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  • Vincent,

    I have been following you since Reverie

    Your welcome to head over to fpvlab.com (the biggest cinema type flying machine forum at the moment), where all waiting for ya :-D . We truly need the good press your pushing put there for us cinema flyers in the public eye. There are wealths of breathtaking videos qued up in my youtube channel, such as flying down the matterhorn in switzerland or flying up close and personal with christ the redeemer in rio. Let me know and I can send you a wealth of links you might be interested in.

    Your fellow FPV, Cinema Flyer,

    afinegan

    P.S.

    even if you dont push this to you site, PLEASE check us out – there is truly a revolution going on here!

    This gem was posted last week from a friend from the community
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwW9cCw7UOk)

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  • Jake Bertz

    I’m honestly not as impressed with it as you guys, and I definitely wouldn’t consider it as influential or game changing as the 5dmk2. The 5dmk2 brought cinematic visuals to the masses. This is just another expensive toy for the high end professional. The price point just isn’t there. Even the cheaper one is well beyond the budget of what is probably most of the people that shoot DSLR.

    I’d even be willing to say that it’s not as important as the original steadicam, which made steady handheld footage possible. This just makes it a bit steadier, and some shots easier. I didn’t see anything that really blew me away, and if I didn’t know better I would have just assumed it was shot on a steadicam. I can’t even imagine having to hold this thing by hand for more than a half hour or so, let alone for several hours in a shoot. If you attached it to a steadicam arm sure, but definitely not on its own.

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  • First of all… I would like to have one!!! I wish I could… that footage simply looks amazing!!!!

    Affordable? …not for most of us

    Revolutionary?? Well, I think it could be for a lower price…
    Of course, production costs are high, and patents, labors, etc… but thats the same for the rest of companies and they build a BMCC for 3000 or Zacuto rigs and kessler tools for a few hundred bucks.

    I think this is a mid-high level tool… not for small companies that need to invest in cameras, lenses, monitors, computers, fast hard-drives, software,… while still fighting with the client to keep a low budget…

    It is amazing, but at this price is just way off most budgets working with DSLR… …highly overpriced …for the moment we’ll still use our not so perfect but really affordable glidecam…

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  • The price pool equipment?

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  • Congrats on this beautiful product! Its uses for filming movement genres in new exciting ways is endless and very exciting. Looks like the opening scenes were filmed at Hybrid Movement Company’s Creative Lab in Brooklyn, which is a great space for filming. The cast from Hybrid Movement Company, known for their performance diversity are superb as always, great team players to to work with, it’s fun to see Jillian and Françoise in these roles this week in contrast to their aerial performances on “SMASH” also this week. This is a brilliant product which enables huge savings in production costs.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Didn’t know they were on Splash!!! That’s awesome!!!

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  • Chris Noir

    Amazing, amazing.

    But I’m curious, you say the M10 is for Dslr’s with tons of accessories, but wasnt that just the 1DC with the 24mm cine lens?

    Does this mean M5 in theory is better suited to smaller Dslrs like the 6d, and the M10 best for 1DC and C300?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Your last line is more correct – but it’s simply all about weight… each has a rated capacity. Details TK.

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  • Vince,

    Amazing stuff.

    Few questions:

    1. Where is FreeFly Systems located? I think I pulled up Monroe, WA.

    2. Do they fabricate or assemble in the USA?

    Thanks!

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Yes and yes

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  • Just amazing! Cant wait to get my hands on this!

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  • I have toyed with the idea of pulling my Freefly gimbal of my quadcopter and doing this for a while looks like Tabb has perfected it. Freefly make dope gear Radians are great so thi is a natural progression for them

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  • @Julian,

    As a union operator and DP, this is truly a game changer compared to arm/vest style stabilizers. Combined with a small, high end codec camera (Epic, Canon 1DC), the ability to grab and go and not have to “suit up” or wait on the specialty guy as he balances and rigs, not so subject to wind, automated leveling, and best of all keeping it small is going to free up the camera in ways steadicams don’t. Look at the video with the dancers. Several of those shots couldn’t be done with a steadicam.

    I’m ready to put my money down in a heartbeat.

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  • @Macielle,

    I’d buy one at 2x the price. If you’ve a good eye, in shape and know how to shoot, this rig will pay for itself in no time.

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  • MJ Mintz

    Hi the “behind the scenes” video was really spectacular and I really do think this is the future. One question, though. What was your focus pulling situation? Were you using auto focus or just really wide lenses? I never saw the guys using the MOVI even touch the camera. Thanks!

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Great 1st AC! Shot all at T 1.3 – Glenn Chin – we used Bartech + Preston motor.

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  • This is definitely a pro piece of gear that I believe will be a standard rental/kit item on most TV shows and movies in a year or two. Because of the price, your HDSLR amateur or even indy film may not use them. But I can’t imagine half the shows on TV (cop, zombie, action, you name it) not ordering out of hand. The price is less than most remote focus systems and those are standard on most movies, commercials and TV. Also, if production rents one for the run of the show, they’ll probably save a ton in not having to day play a steadicam op.

    From the looks of it, it definitely looks like it requires some skill to use, but probably not the amount of time and training to be pro level as a steadicam. I bet most decent pro ops would get a handle on it quite quickly. For that reason alone, good for me, not so sure how my steadicam friends will take the news. Because if I had to choose……..

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  • Also, this is great news for RED and maybe Sony. The weight of an Alexa will be too much. But a stripped down Epic with just Red Volts or F55 with lightweight batts should make this rig light enough for a reasonably in shape op to handle.

    As a NYC DP, I got rid of my Epic Package a month ago because this town has become at least 90 % Alexa on TV and movies. Now with this rig, I may come to regret this decision.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    They will have a kit capable of supporting the Alexa.

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  • Mujtaba Hussain ..

    Awesomeness! Please send a complimentary MōVI M10, I can never afford it.

    Regads,

    Wannabe Freefly

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  • Jay

    I look forward to playing with this at NAB!

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  • Looks very nice, but cost too much. Option is http://www.ebay.ca/itm/DJI-Zenmuse-Z-15-Professinal-Camera-Mount-Gimbal-Sony-Nex-5-Nex-7-Version-/330769108709

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    You’r paying for the IP in their software – extremely complex and impressive stuff. Gyro concept has been around for 30+ years… their software is what makes this thing sing!

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  • Chris Noir

    what remote FF system did you use?

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  • Donald

    Dynamic stabilization is just the beginning here. Wait until you see what software developers can do with this new platform. The camera still needs to be pointed where you want it and the focus has to follow the action. So I predict the next Gen will be smart stabilization.

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  • So I can’t seem to figure out what the difference will be in the M5 other than it’s “smaller”. Will the M5 be something that will support a DSLR with a lens at least?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Details to be announced next week. My understanding so far is just weight capacity.

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  • Do all aerial shots were filmed from a helicopter and any unmanned aeromodelling systems were used?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    All shot handheld from helo.

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  • RDP

    nice bit of kit. cant wait to get one

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  • Robb G

    Will it be able to hold a Red Scarlet?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    YEs – we shot w/ the Epic last week.

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  • drawer77

    i need one for 3000 dollars

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  • @Vincent Laforet,

    Have you seen this hand-held stabilized head?

    http://www.EvoHeads.com

    It is very high performance, we designed it to be stable with longer focal lengths pan, tilt, roll capability can be coupled/decoupled from the platform it’s attached to so that it’s style adjusts from coarse to extremely stabilized.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Yes I have – pretty sweet!

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  • Lee Mullen

    $15grand if “affordable”?? Who to? The elite and wealthy??? GET REAL!!!

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Lee – think long term. The more they sell the cheaper it becomes.. for those of us in the cinema industry and in video/docu world it’s actually incredibly reasonable.

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  • Lee Mullen

    @Macielle, CORRECT

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  • Go Vincent Revelle Redux! Nice Game Changer…How about a 20 lb version Freefly!

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    It’s coming…

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  • Vincent Laforet! Hello from Russia! Your invention we loved! Rassskazhite how could I book it? We are engaged in a documentary film. Our website – veretennikov.info

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Details to come shortly!

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  • Hey Vincent

    I think this Movi rig and control software is what I need for my Gates Deep Epic. LOL. Seriously I would buy one tomorrow if it could somehow fit one inside an UW housing. I just need to work out how it swings around a large dome port.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    That’s a fascinating option actually… could you imaging how incredibly perfect footage would be UW? Good to hear from you David! Assume you saw your work in the MD spot?

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  • Im really impressed . I watched your videos four times and am already imagining what our team could do with it in terms of motivated blocking.

    Ill be in touch

    and thanks- truly inspiring

    From New Zealand

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  • The Movi is nice, but I think I am most impressed with the fact that you have taken the time to read all of these responses, and actually replied to about half of them! Great blog, Vincent.

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  • Very nice. Can’t wait to get my hands on one here in the UK.

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  • @Lee Mullen, rental will probably be around $150/day. Affordable? That’s down to the value you put on your shots and your film. If *you* think its worth it to your production. If not, shoot normal then use warp-stabiliser to do it the cheap/cheerful way in After Effects.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Amen!

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  • Looks like a great product! And this coming from you, makes everybody in the indie-stry look up and take notice..love to get my hands on one here in Holland :) tnx for sharing and taking the time to respond to all the remarks and questions.
    Jörgen Endert

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  • Chris Noir

    @Vincent Laforet, k thanks

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  • @Vincent Laforet, I have a KS-8 plus a KS-4×4. Pretty wild. I’ll need to test one in the near future. Looks quite exciting for low and slow aerials.

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  • @Vincent Laforet, great! :)

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  • Pablo

    Am I elegible if I am from the European Union?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Yes. BUT LET ME CHECK FOR SURE. I know they have dealers in Europe…

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  • Mike S.

    What’s the stabilization technology: any electronics or just two springs with shock absorbers?

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    All electronics… no springs or shock absorbers.

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  • @Vincent Laforet,
    MD spot:- Yes, absolutely beautiful scenes. Water looks ten times better. I could feel the sunshine. I had a blast. Learnt a great deal from the experience and working with you.
    I will definitely look into this new MoVi gadget. I already have a custom made scuba BCD dive bladder for the housing so I could control the buoyancy and now looking into stability. The gimbal is perfect for choppy water.
    Hey thanks for a great shoot again..” action, action, action “…LOL

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  • F Mueller

    I’m very excited about this gimbal!

    How does the stabilization of MoVI compare to Kenlab gyroscopes KS-6 and KS-8?

    Thanks.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    It’s not comparable at all – those are fantastic gyros and I own to KS8 but their design simply doesn’t put them in the same league. This is a whole different level of stabilization that doesn’t rely on physical forces, but instead on lightning fast motors.

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  • Hampus

    This is awesome Vincent! But the BMCC doesn’t seem to fit width wise? From photos I’ve seen with an Epic (or Scarlet?) without the side handle it looks to just fit. And the BMCC is much wider than that.

    This got a lot of heat the past 24 h, don’t listen to trolls or greedy people. If I had the money I would fly to NAB now from Sweden and throw my money at the guys at Freefly xD

    A lot of people complain about cut off heads and out of focus shots, but it was a 2 night shoot and loads of “setups” and I don’t know how much time you guys had to actually learn and get muscle memory for this thing.

    I’ll start saving now, and hopefully it will be cheaper when I got the money. But one def wonders what’s the difference between this and their older 3 axis gimbal for 1500 + handles? I’m not questioning it at all, but I’d like to know facts.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    I had never shot w/ the MoVI prior to the shoot and I’m quite proud of what we produced with no rehearsal and FREEZING weather plus snow.. if you look at the aerials you will see show on all of the tops of the buildings.. BMCC does fit – you’ll see they have them mounted tomorrow in their rigs (or so I’ve seen a sneak peek…)

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  • @Vincent Laforet,

    But who will have the arms? Is they’re some type of body support for that? Nothing beats an Alexa on the shoulder but holding it cage style, ouch.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Easy rig? Steadicam arm? All of these options are out there currently for heavy camera packages… this is nothing new.

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  • @Vincent Laforet,

    Glen’s Kung Fu is strong.

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    Indeed…

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  • Cool technology and great for DSLRs. 2 issues though:

    Limited payload
    Are two operators required

    Will they be boosting weight/load capacity so an F5/F55 can enjoy the ride!

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    Vincent Laforet Reply:

    No two operators not necessary- pls read newest blog post for detailedcexplanation

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  • @Harry Rabin, Whoops meant REVERIE

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