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A Revolutionary New Stabilizer

With NAB starting in Vegas tomorrow there should be a wave of new announcements of new gear to buy or put on your wish list. Among those is what appears to be a game changer in the image stabilization department for filmmaking. The product is MōVI gyro stabilizer by Freefly Systems. Be sure to google “MoVI” in the coming days to see all the specs. For now, see what Vincent LaForet has created with this smooth new product:


Amazing, right? It’s even been called “magical.” What used to take huge rigs and tracks and dollies and jibs can all be done with a tiny piece of equipment. See how this 24 second video shows the stability achieved with the fiercest of movements:


The saying is you get what you pay for. While this revolutionary innovation will surely appeal to all studios, even in time the big ones, the price point is probably too high for most indie outfits. However, when seeing what this can do, it should be a focal point for many people’s gear envy!
To appreciate fully the gains made by this system, you must see how it works in reality. Vincent LaForet does just that and shows us behind the scenes footage of his “MōVI” short:

$50 Stabilizer!

October 19, 2011 2 comments

I recently stumbled upon Guerricam’s Low-Cost Camera Stabilizer for Guerrilla Filmmakers. He has an IndieGoGo campaign in effect right now for the next 30 days or so. If you go right now to http://www.indiegogo.com/GUERRICAM-Camera-Stabilizer you may be able to pick up yours for $25 plus shipping. If you wait, you’ll pay a little more. I went ahead and contributed towards this first production run and claimed one as a perk.

I asked if it would work for a 7D with a small prime lens on it. He said he had tested successfully on a T2i with many lenses (some heavy).  The total weight would be about the same. Obviously it’ll take some tweaking and practice, but for that price, what’s to lose??? I’ve done some DIY (see my DIY category of posts), but this looks great and affordable.

Here’s Guerricam’s prototype test:

 

Again, you can go to http://www.indiegogo.com/GUERRICAM-Camera-Stabilizer to contribute like I did and secure your stabilizer with improvements over this prototype from the first production run. I did. After I get mine, I’ll post some footage and my thoughts. But by then, it’ll be too late for you to get yours shipped to your door this cheap! Act now. (Sounds like an infomercial, huh?)

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