My Gear: MOVI & Accessories

  M10 Handheld Camera Stabilizer   Mfr. Site

Comment: I’m not sure that I can say much more than what I said in the MōVI BTS Below.   This is definitely one of the most exciting pieces of cinema equipment I’ve had the chance to work with.   Keep in mind that you’ll need a few days to a few months (vs weeks to years w/ a Steadicam) to become proficient w/ the MōVI in terms of balancing it initially, and figuring out how to best move your body.    Obviously keep in mind that the heavier the camera, the less time you will be able to comfortably operate.  But there are easy solutions to that, such as th Easy Rig below or a Steadicam arm…

Description (from Freefly Cinema): Introducing a handheld 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 MōVI – “The New Moving Picture.”

  M5 Handheld Camera Stabilizer   Mfr. Site

Comment: This "smaller sibling" is scheduled to be released in early 2014.

Description (from Freefly Cinema): Bring big-budget camera moves to your productions. The MōVI M5 draws on the advanced stabilization technology developed for the MōVI M10 allowing for amazingly smooth footage in even the most demanding situations. The compact form factor and lightweight nature of the MōVI M5 allows camera movement that would be impossible in the past. With the release of the MōVI M5, Freefly aims to bring big budget caliber camera moves to a wider range of productions. Introducing a handheld 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 MōVI – “The New Moving Picture.”

  Axis 1 Single Channel Remote Focus System
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Comments: I’ve worked with every wireless follow focus system out there.   The Preston FIZ is the king of the hill but comes with a whopper of a price tag.   The Bartech will introduce a delay the further the receiver is from the transmitter.   This is clearly the single best wireless focus I have used in terms of performance and price.  The build quality is flawless, the unit is plug and play and calibrates in under 5 seconds.   Veteran Hollywood ACs have given this the nod and one called it the "Rolls Royce" of single channel wireless focus systems.   You can’t ask for much more than that.   This is a hefty investment for most, but it’s one you’ll use for quite a long time to come.   The ability to start/stop with many cameras is also a huge plus as the operator (on the MōVI) can seldom easily reach to stop/start most cameras as their hands are usually busy holding the unit.   I’ve also used this system w/ 30~300mm zoom lenses, stiff cine lenses, and Canon EF lenses – they all work wonderfully with what is a fantastic motor.  I power this unit w/ D-Tap power most of the time from a camera output, an Anton Bauer battery + plate w/ D-Tap outlet, or directly from a Lipo battery.

Description (from Hocus Products): The Axis1 is a simple but full featured single channel professional remote focus system, designed for the high end professional. Built to be simple, easy and robust, it can handle any lens, including the stiffest freezing cold cine zooms, and can even be manually set to work on cheaper stopless DSLR lenses.

microRemote Wireless Lens Control System B&H Mfr. Site

Comments:  While I can’t quite praise this unit the same way I would the Axis 1 above, this is an incredible value in terms of what you get vs what you pay for.    The motor is not as powerful as the Axis, it’s noisier, and there may be a delay between how fast you turn the follow focus and how fast the lens rotates (due to weight/torque etc.)  But for most people:  that’s totally acceptable – and that’s especially true when you consider how (relatively!) affordable this kit is.   The thumb wheel is another secret weapon here – this allows a solo operator to walk the MōVI AND pull focus.  This becomes quite a bit to do – but we don’t all have the luxury of a 1st AC so it’s a wonderful tool to have at your disposition.   I power this unit w/ D-Tap power most of the time from a camera output, an Anton Bauer battery + plate w/ D-Tap outlet, or directly from a Lipo battery.

Description (from B&H): The microRemote from Redrock Micro is a wireless lens control system. The system is comprised of three main components, the microRemote handheld wireless controller, the microRemote Basestation and a Redrock Torque motor. This bundle also includes the microRemote Wireless Cable Pack and a 120v AC Adapter. The microRemote works on virtually any lens with standard 0.8 film pitch gears.

DP4 4.3" LCD Field Monitor
Mfr. Site

Comments:  This is the PERFECT little monitor to put on your MōVI handles.   The color is excellent, and the size and weight simply can’t be beat.  Peaking etc certainly help as well.   The real secret?  This monitor has a mini-USB port that can be used to charge your wireless transmitters which is a HUGE deal.  I use two Canon LPE6 batteries and power this monitor and my Paralynx for quite awhile…

Description (from small HD): The DP4 has been designed to function from the ground-up as a standalone 4.3” field monitor.  It accepts HDMI signals up to 1080p and displays them on a 800×480 resolution screen.  It also has an HDMI output, and can act as a loop-through for the HDMI signal.

  AC7 7" LCD Field Monitor (SDI)
Mfr. Site

Comments:  Easily one of the best monitors on the market period.   The quality of color – stunning.  Close to what you get from very high end monitors.   The LUT support (which allows you to shoot in Canon Log or on an Alexa in C-log as well and still get punchy colors for client to see is fantastic!)  This is the perfect monitor to put on your MōVI remote control.   I recommend you use the physical "lock" button to avoid unwanted touch screen bumps during your shoot, and I used this monitor both with Canon LPE6 batteries and Anton Bauer Batteries.

Description (from small HD): Even with OLED as its bigger brother, the LCD in our AC7 series has nothing to be ashamed of. Sporting an 8-bit, IPS, LED-backlit display it is a marked improvement over our DP6 in nearly every respect. Each AC7 ships with native 1280×800 resolution so you don’t have to worry about your built-in on-camera LCD telling you your shot is in focus when it is in fact, not. The SDI version comes with an SDI input and output and loop-through functionality.

  DP7-PRO 7.7" OLED Field Monitor (SDI)
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Description (from small HD): OLED or “Organic LED” is a unique display technology that does not require a backlight to produce a viewable image (unlike LCD.) Instead, it uses tiny LEDs to make up its red, blue, and green pixels—all which generate the light on their own. As demonstrated, this means that the “black” areas of the screen are truly black (because the pixels are literally producing no light), rather than the dim glow we’re used to seeing on the “black” area of an LCD display as it tries to stop the backlight from leaking through. The benefit of this is higher contrast, higher color reproduction (gamut), and lower power consumption—overall, a much more attractive and accurate image.

Teradek Bolt 1080p Wireless SDI Monitoring Transmitter and Reciever B&H Mfr. Site

Comments: I use BOTH Teradek and Paralinx.  Why?  Inside they are basically identical in terms of range, transmission etc.   The most important factors is that there is close to ZERO latency (delay) with both of these units.  When you have several milliseconds of delay, that can create havoc when you’re working with an operator on joysticks as things lag….   This is the most versatile system in that you can pair either an HDMI or HDSDI transmitter to both HDMI and HDSDI transmitters easily – so you can work w/ all systems and inputs whether you’re using an HDSLR or a camera w/ the more standard HDSDI.   The Bolt Transmitters also have built in power that lasts around 45 minutes, but I used D-Tap power whenever I can to shoot continually powered by camera output, an Anton Bauer battery + plate w/ D-Tap outlet, or directly from a Lipo battery.   Keep in mind that the receiver units need to be powered similarly (and don’t have any internal batteries.)

Description (from small B&H): The Teradek Bolt Pro Wireless 1080p60 SDI Monitoring Transmitter & Receiver wirelessly transmits an uncompressed HD video signal in up to 1080p60 4:2:2 as far as 300 ft with zero delay. The receiver features two 3G-SDI outputs for dual monitoring. One of these can be used to pass the video signal to an optional Teradek Cube Encoder, which will stream the signal even further on by WiFi or Ethernet, although only in up to 1080p30. The Bolt Pro transmitter has a looping SDI output for local monitoring, a 70 minute internal battery, and can connect to more than one receiver in order to multiply the outputs.

Paralinx Arrow Wireless HD Video Transmission System B&H Mfr. Site

Comments:  The Paralinx is just as strong as the Teradek above.  The only limitation is that the kits is only HDMI right now (although there are HDSDI versions in the works as well as an adaptor for the HDMI but that makes it a bit too big for me on the MōVI kit) and therefore you can’t mix and match w/ HDSDI right now which can be a pain in production.  This will be fixed soon enough I’m sure.  The transmitter is incredibly small as well, and can be powered with a mini-USB cable out of the Small HD DP-4 which is fantastic.  Keep in mind that you need to power the receiver with  a camera power output, an Anton Bauer battery + plate w/ D-Tap outlet, or directly from a Lipo battery.

Description (from Paralinx): The motion picture industry’s first affordable yet professional wireless HD system. Uncompressed 4:2:2 1920×1080 10-bit video.  Less than 2ms latency. Supports multiple framerates and resolutions. Operates on 5v power (Transmitter requires 1A, Receiver 2.1A). 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. Plug & Play–no set-up required.

  Cinema Oxide Movi M10 Case   Mfr. Site

Comments: I will never use another case again other than this one w/ my MōVI.  Why?  The MōVI does not fit in most Pelican cases when built (unless you go w/ the really large ones) and therefore you end up taking it apart to pack.   This case allows you to keep it completely built and be ready to shoot within less than 5 minutes of arriving on location.   I can’t stress how much easier it makes your life to have slots for all of your tools and accessories as well – I’m basically completely enamored w/ this case and consider it to be a "no brainer" purchase.   The case w/ a basic MōVI M10 comes in a 40 lbs, and mine comes in at exactly 50 lbs fully loaded, PERFECT for airline travel and shipping.  

Description (from Paralinx): Reduce setup time with this case! Safely and securely stores your Movi while in transport. Made with Genuine Pelican case and laser-cut high-grade foam.