FREEFLY MOVI M5 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Spektrum Transmitter

FREEFLY MOVI M5 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Spektrum Transmitter

FREEFLY MOVI M5 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Spektrum Transmitter

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Product Highlights

  • Designed for Hand-Held Use
  • Convertible for UAV Mounting
  • For Camera Systems up to 5 lb
  • Keeps Horizon Level & Counteracts Drift
  • Single and Dual Operator Control Modes
  • Bluetooth Interface for Configuration
  • Software for Android and Windows
  • Shot Recorder Remembers Camera Position
  • Two Batteries and a Charger Included
  • Transmitter for Remote Operation
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FREEFLY 950-00012 overview

  • 1Description

The MOVI M5 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Spektrum Transmitter is a bundle from Freefly that features the MOVI M5 hand-held stabilizer for DSLRs and video cameras weighing up to 5 pounds and a Spektrum transmitter (hand-held radio controller), an RC remote control that allows a second operator to control the gimbal's pan, tilt, and roll functions.

To provide camera stabilization, the M5 uses three motors and an IMU (inertial measurement unit) to detect and counteract unwanted movement along three axes: pan, tilt, and roll. In particular, compensating for handshake or vehicle-induced vibration and reducing translation. There is a quick-release adapter available separately so that it can be mounted on cranes, jibs, vehicle mounts, and other camera support equipment. There is also an MR (multi-rotor) conversion kit, available separately, so that it can mounted on a UAV such as the CineStar.

The system supports single- or dual-operator control. In single user (Majestic) mode the system's software intelligently differentiates unwanted shake or vibration from intentional movement, such as panning, while keeping the horizon level. Alternatively, you can have a dedicated operator using the DX9 transmitter who is in charge of camera pan, tilt--and if you want--roll. In this configuration the camera will always point where the operator of the transmitter tells it to, independent of how the rig operator moves.

As with sled-style stabilizers, the camera should be balanced on the MOVI to ensure best performance. Once balanced, the MOVI will need to be linked via Bluetooth to an Android mobile device or a computer or tablet running Windows to finalize the configuration process.

Two lithium-polymer (LiPo) batteries and a charger are included, as well as a top handle for low-angle shooting or transporting the assembled rig on set.

Supported Cameras
For DSLRs such as the Canon EOS-5D Mark III, Nikon D800, and Panasonic GH4 as well as select compact cinema cameras weighting up to 5 pounds total, including the lens. Large DSLRs such as the Canon EOS-1DC will not fit and typically exceed the specified weight limit
Spektrum Transmitter Included
Pan, tilt, and - if so desired - roll can be operated remotely using the included Spektrum RC transmitter (hand-held radio controller). In dual-operator mode the camera points where the transmitter operator tells it to, regardless of which way the grip holding the gimbal moves
Majestic Mode
For single-operator use. In this mode the gimbal provides stabilization without counteracting operator-directed camera movements--the camera goes where you point the handles. This mode is ideal for accurate framing in tight situations
Drift Free Horizon
The gimbal uses a GPS-assisted IMU that when used outdoors with available satellite signals is able to minimize drift even when under acceleration--such as where the camera is mounted on a UAV or vehicle
Live Wireless Tuning and Graphing
A real-time Bluetooth wireless link is provided by the gimbal which transmits performance data for live adjustment of any of the gimbal parameters using software for Windows or Android
Silent Drive
The motors driving the gimbal have been designed to operate as quietly as possible to ensure you will be able to record sound without picking up any unwanted noise
Translation Compensation
Making hundreds of adjustments per second, the software works to counteract translation--the bobbing up and down effect while running--when tracking a moving subject moving at high speed. In this situation translation may be unavoidable, but at least the subject will remain in-frame
Shot Recorder
Keeps a record of the camera position (where GPS is available), height, camera pan, tilt, and roll so that the shot can be recreated later or to help Visual Effects align the live action shot with other elements in a CG composite
Third-Party Mounting
Using separately available mounting hardware it is possible to mount the MOVI on cranes, jibs, Steadicams and similar vest-supported stabilizers (where it corrects for angular error), and other camera support hardware. It has also been verified to work on an Easyrig
Remote Firmware Updatable
You can upgrade the gimbal to new software features as they are released by Freefly yourself, without having to send the device in for a factory update
Custom Direct Drive Motors
The MOVI system uses motors that were custom made for the gimbal rather than re-purposing off-the-shelf parts
In the Box
FREEFLY MOVI M5 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Spektrum Transmitter
  • MōVI M5 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Spektrum Transmitter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    FREEFLY 950-00012 specs

    Electrical and Mechanical
    System Type 3-axis gyro stabilized
    Pan Range 360°
    Tilt Range ±180°
    Roll Range ±180°
    Slew Rates 0 to 150°/sec
    Interface Bluetooth connection to Windows/Android GUI
    Control Modes
    Majestic Mode Stabilized with operator control via gimbal base
    Off Kills drive to gimbal axes
    Chemistry Lithium-polymer
    Capacity 1.3 Ah
    Voltage 14.8 VDC
    Maximum Continuous Discharge 3 C (3.9 A)
    Maximum Burst Discharge 5 C (6.5 A)
    Maximum Charge Voltage 4.2 V per cell
    Minimum Discharge Voltage 3.0 V
    Dimension L x W x H 2.7 x 1.4 x 1.1" / 69 x 34 x 28
    Weight 4.4 oz / 125 g
    Weight Capacity Maximum: 5 lb / 2.3 kg
    Power Requirements 9 to 18 VDC (3S or 4S LiPo)
    Dimensions Camera Cage (L x W x H): 5.1 x 7.1 x 4.7" / 130 x 180 x 120 mm
    Storage: Varies, depending on how system is broken down
    Weight 4.8 lb / 2.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 19.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.0 x 20.5 x 9.0"

    FREEFLY 950-00012 reviews

    MOVI M5 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Spektrum Transmitter is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The future I've been using the M10 MoVI for the majority of the year, but recently purchased my own M5. Besides the camera size limitations (which is why this one is the cheapest MoVI and made specifically for DSLR-sized cameras) this is an unbelievable tool for filmmaking. I take the top bar off and use my Canon C100 with ease. It's no plug-and-play device, but with the right practice and patience, this is the future of filmmaking, no matter the budget or scale.
    Date published: 2014-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Invest This thing will really help up your game and elevate footage. Relatively easy to set up and get balanced, same goes for operation. I got this for my Sony A7s. Reason I went with Freely over competition is reliability.
    Date published: 2015-04-21
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