We thought we'd head over to our favorite indoor climbing gym, Vertical Hold, to test out our newest addition to the FortyOneTwenty family, the Freefly MoVI M10. We were first introduced to this wonderful tool at NAB 2013, but had our reservations about the systems ability to stabilize as advertised. We have extensive experience with stabilized gimbals through our ventures with aerial work, where Freefly got its start. But the MoVI hit the market, and the footage and feedback gave us the confidence to pull the trigger.
We were blown away. If you've worked with stabilized gimbals before, you know the pain they can present. From the time we opened the box, the MoVI's setup and configuration was a breeze compared to past systems we've used. Another shocker was the weight it could handle, something we think will take the MoVI competitors a long while to engineer for. We had the RED Epic, a Canon 35mm 1.4L, Redrock Follow Focus Torque Motor, heavier than expected Redrock Micro CF Rail system all rigged up and once it was CG'd (which becomes more difficult with increased weight), the MoVI handled all this with ease.
Once we worked through a few kinks in process, settings, CG, etc. we were getting shots we've only dreamed of. Running a three man operation, we had our operator, an AC pulling focus wirelessly and our DP on the sticks. Everything worked so well, it felt like we were cheating. The Freefly MoVI has our full support, hats off to Tabb and the team at Freefly for releasing a product that absolutely lives up to the hype!