So at NAB this year two things really stole the show. Blackmagic's announcement of two new cameras and the incredible new stabilizer "MoVi" from Freeflysystems a revolutionary new type of handheld stabilizer that makes the Steadicam seem some how now archaic. Vincent Laforet has a few great videos on Vimeo demonstrating just what this amazing rig can do:
MōVI BTS from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.
MōVI from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.
MōVI in Action (Quick Video) from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.
Here is a detailed blog post from Vincent about what this system can do and why he thinks it is a total game changer:
MoVi: A revolutionary handheld stabilized system takes flight.
As good as the MoVi system is, the $15,000 price tag will be hard for many people to justify. Luckily there is another product out there from Limelite that is much cheaper and can deliver somewhat similar results.
The LimeLite OmniRig is a unique alternative to the MoVi. So here's the deal, there is no gyro with this system which makes it much, much cheaper. Coming it at under $2000 in July this stabilizer looks really interesting. Check out the video below to see it action.
The first video has some stabilization in post:
Single Shot Cinema: Camera flying through the window from 4Film on Vimeo.
Here is the second video without stabilization:
OmniRig - Flying Through Windows from Chris Turiello on Vimeo.
The post stabilization obliviously really helps to smooth out the scene but you can still see the potential of this device considering it is the first version and there is some time before it is released. With it's great price point I am sure many filmmakers will be taking a second look the OmniRig from Limelite.
For more info on this device click here: Limelite