Manfrotto Befree Live Video Head

Manfrotto Befree Live Video Head

Manfrotto Befree Live Video Head

B&H # MAMVH400AHUS MFR # MVH400AHUS
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Product Highlights

  • Minimalist Traveler Fluid Video Head
  • 8.8 lb Payload
  • 40mm Flat Base with 3/8"-16 Thread
  • Fits Many Photo Tripods and Monopods
  • Fits Befree and Element Tripods/Monopods
  • Separate Pan and Tilt Drag Knobs
  • 360° Pan Movement
  • 501PL Quick Release Plate
  • Removable Pan Bar
  • Bubble Level
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Manfrotto MVH400AHUS overview

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The Befree Live Video Head is Manfrotto's first traveler-style fluid video head. Supporting up to 8.8 lb loads, it's suitable across a large variety of applications. At the same time, its minimalist, compact design makes it ideal for mobile video applications, such as vlogging. This head features a 40mm flat base with a 3/8"-16 mounting thread. Although compatible with any 3/8"-16 flat base tripod, it's best used with equally compact photo tripods and monopods that offer a matching 40mm base. Among these is a variety of Manfrotto Befree and Element tripods and monopods. Many of them come with a ball head, but the ball head can be removed to reveal a 40mm flat base.

The Befree Live Video Head offers pan and tilt functionality and two independent knobs for controlling pan and tilt drag separately. A Manfrotto 501PL sliding quick release plate is included and can be released by another knob on top. A pan bar is also supplied and is removable to allow even more portability.

Key Features
  • Minimalist, traveler-style fluid video head weighing under 1 lb
  • 8.8 lb payload
  • 40mm flat base compatible with many photo tripods and monopods, including Manfrotto Befree and Element models
  • Separate pan and tilt drag knobs
  • 360° pan movement
  • Includes 501PL quick release plate and pan bar
  • Bubble level
UPC: 719821412588
In the Box
Manfrotto Befree Live Video Head
  • 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw uacvtsbqxytcqca
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Registration
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    Manfrotto MVH400AHUS specs

    Camera Plate
    Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate, Quick Release
    Camera Plate Type 501PL
    Camera Mounting Screw 1 x 1/4"-20
    Tripod Platform
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Pan & Tilt
    Drag Control Fixed
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Material Aluminum
    Load Capacity 8.8 lb / 4 kg
    Counter Balance Fixed
    Bubble Level 1
    Base Diameter 1.57" / 40 mm
    Dimensions 3.8" / 9.7 cm
    Weight 0.8 lb / 0.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.7 x 5.3 x 4.7"

    Manfrotto MVH400AHUS reviews

    Befree Live Video Head is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good but... Light head, but not as fluid. A lot of jerking motion when titling. Panning seemed fine. When adjusting the tension for the pan and tilt, it mat be hard since the nobs are tiny. I'm a wedding videographer and using this head will give you headaches and regrets. Returned for the 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head.
    Date published: 2016-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for smaller setups Its not as smooth as the 502HD. It doesnt have the same level of pan & tilt drag adjustment capabilities as the 502HD but at half the price -- I wouldn't expect it to. The Befree is definitely a significant upgrade over a fixed drag pan & tilt head. The construction is robust enough and I will have no qualms if I ever need it to support my heavier gear. While it has the same load capacity (8.8 lbs.) as the 128RC, the Befree has a more efficient design that allows it to be over a pound lighter. This head is exactly what I needed. : ) Its lightweight and uses the shorter 501PL quick release instead of the 509 (502HD), yet it offers greater stability than the 128RC head which uses the much smaller 200PL. This was very important to me given my specific setup. I am using this head to house my b-roll camera (G7) which typically has a Rokinon 85mm 1.4 attached to it. Since that lens weighs more than the camera itself (20g vs 14g), I use a short 15mm rod rig + lens support to protect the mounts and increase stability. The problem was that in order to mount that specific rig to the 502HD, I would first have to disassemble the lens support + hood, mount it and then reassemble the lens support & hood. This was due to 502HD's length and it was a complete pain to deal with but now I don't have to anymore. : )
    Date published: 2016-09-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not up to standards set by Manfrotto long ago. I really wanted to like this head. So much so that I boxed it up to send it back, unboxed it again, and then finally sent it back. I have six other video heads which are mostly much larger, and the idea was to get a small, light head for atop a video monopod. The biggest problem was lack of drag. Most of us humans don't have perfect muscle control and need resistance to move things smoothly. The Befree Live has some drag but it was insufficient to keep out jerkiness. I also didn't like the little knobs for locking the camera into the quick release housing, and locking the tilt. Much better are the lever locks on the 700RC2 as long as you take the time to set them up right and learn how to use them. Manfrotto should pull the Befree Live and replace it with something else which incorporates the fluid cartridges which work so well on their other small heads. I ended up buying another 700RC2. It lacks camera balancing, but at least you can get good movement.
    Date published: 2016-12-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Little Fluid Head I bought this to go with my Manfrotto Befree Tripod - I had the old model with the ball head. For what it is (an ultra-portable fluid head) it works beautifully. With something like this, you want to ensure the tripod is properly anchored, as the light weight leads to vibrations. I've actually found leaving IS on helps in these situations. The one con I've found for this fluid head is that the tripod doesn't fold quite as small as it does with the old ball head, necessitating a new case. It's not a huge deal, especially as it's so portable still.
    Date published: 2016-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Head, Perfect Size I bought this to use on two different sliders that I have, and I don't think I could have found a better head. This is small and lightweight, which makes it perfect for any DSLR or the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (which is what I use). If you need a compact and light head for your slider, this is the one to get.
    Date published: 2017-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fits the job I purchased this tripod head to go with the�Manfrotto�Element Big Aluminum Traveler Tripod, It is a perfect fit.� The tripod folds up exceptionally well. The tripod comes with a ballhead but I needed a head that can pan and tilt. This head ticks all boxes. As expected it is not the smoothest action but for a very portable system it works well enough. For more sophisticated moves and when portability is not an issue I have a heavier tripod and head.
    Date published: 2018-04-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from For light cameras only Its small, light and smooth but not of a full frame DSLR with a Zoom lens. It should work good on lighter cameras. I also bought a 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 Reducer Bushing but it's no necessary because the tripod comes with one
    Date published: 2017-01-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great small head It breaks all the rules its good fast and cheap and lightweight! Works perfectly with my GH4 on video shoots as a back camera. Can pan well, tilt/pan needs some expertise to be smooth.
    Date published: 2016-12-06
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