Freefly 2014 NAB Newsletter

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  1. Michael McVay

    Michael McVay Active Member

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    Freefly NAB 2014 Newsletter

    Amazing that just a year ago at NAB we debuted the MōVI M10! Since its launch, the MōVI has been used to capture smooth, dramatic, and dynamic footage on thousands of productions from blockbusters like The Wolf of Wall Street and HBO’s Game of Thrones to independent productions worldwide. We at Freefly wanted to take this moment prior to NAB 2014 to say thanks to all our customers for an incredible year! It has been very rewarding to bring the MōVI to market and to have the filmmaking community push the boundaries of what we thought was possible to create with this tool.
    Obsolescence

    Freefly is committed to its customers and deeply appreciates the support that MōVI pre-order customers have provided. As such, we will be offering these customers a first look at new products and first-purchase priority for the new MōVI Controller and M15 upgrade package. A separate email will be sent next week to all customers who pre-ordered with instructions for taking advantage of this option.

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    MōVI M10 to M15 Upgrade


    The MōVI M15 was designed with professional cinematographers in mind to accommodate larger cameras like the Sony F55 and ARRI Alexa M. Additionally, the MōVI M15 is intended to be used in either normal or inverted mode, which allows for easy integration onto a variety of platforms such as Steadicam, Tero, car mount, motorcycle, etc. The MōVI M15 draws on the experience Freefly gained in creating the M10 and allows for an even wider range of camera / lens combinations.

    Upgrade Price: Approximately $3,000.00
    Availability: Upgrades starting June 1, 2014 (pre-order customers)

    Features
    • Fully enclosed camera cage for maximum rigidity and shot stability
    • Twin tube pan axis to allow for max payload while in inverted mode
    • Fully protected wiring
    • Simplified fully tool-less balancing
    • Inverted mode for more comfortable eye-level camera position
    • Quick release top handle to allow for rapid adjustment
    • Software, mechanical, and electrical improvements to optimize performance with larger camera systems

    Specifications
    • Weight: 2.3kg / 5lbs
    • Camera cage dimensions: 200mm (Length) x 200mm (Width) x 160mm (Height)
    • Maximum payload: 15lb / 6.8kg with compatible camera / lens combinations.

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    MōVI Controller

    The MōVI Controller is a professional-grade remote system that allows the operator full control over Pan, Tilt, and Roll. Additionally, the MōVI Controller will offer control of Focus, Iris, and Zoom (FIZ) motors in the future with the release of Freefly’s 3-channel FIZ system. This controller provides telemetry from the MōVI and allows the user to access MōVI menus to enable on-the-fly adjustment of key MōVI parameters. The MōVI controller also simplifies the remote control station by providing power for an LCD monitor and wireless system. A single battery on the MōVI controller will power your controller, monitor, wireless video system, and additional 5V or 12V accessories.

    Price: $3,500.00
    Availability: Begins shipping May 15, 2014 (pre-order customers)


    Features
    • Full carbon fiber construction
    • Precision joystick
    • High-resolution focus knob
    • Zoom control rocker
    • Shutter / record start-stop button
    • Long-range wireless link (1200 ft)
    • Real-time telemetry from the MōVI
    • Hardpoints for mounting monitor and accessories
    • Optional IDX mounting plate for powering via IDX batteries
    • Assignable switches and potentiometers to allow user customization
    • 5V USB power output
    • Tripod mount
    • Neckstrap for mobile operation

    This is great, how can I purchase?
    M10 to M15 Upgrade - The upgrade will be available to purchase in the store (pre-order customers will receive special instructions via email). Once you have made the purchase, you will receive an email from Customer Service within 2 business days. You will be assigned an RMA number and our shipping address will be provided. Support will let you know once the unit arrives and the estimated completion date. We estimate most upgrades to take between 3 and 5 business days. Please note the completion date is the date we ship the unit back to you, not the date you will receive it.

    MōVI Controller - Controllers will also be available in the store when they are ready to ship (pre-order customers will receive special instructions via email) . The controllers will ship 1 to 2 business days after payment.
     
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  2. Chris Daidone

    Chris Daidone Member

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    I wanna know what's up with the RC car!!!
     
  3. Sean Harris

    Sean Harris New Member

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    Looks awesome.
     
  4. Jeff Cook

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    Now that's what I'm talking about!

    Sign me up for the upgrade
     
  5. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    They showed it last year, too. I think they call it "Tero" and I'm not sure it's a product, per se. Maybe more of a proof of concept.
     
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  6. dan mohr

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    yes.

    sign me the *&^% up.
     
  7. Brett Harrison

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    Ugh. So excited to put that controller to use, and the M15. Looks so cool and well thought out. I'm so pleased to be an early adopter of this company.

    You know this tool is like a Steadicam; it's an instrument: you chose it for its aesthetic as much as for its utility. But it's a digital instrument, which means it's going to add many new colours to camera movement. We haven't seen the half of it yet.
     
  8. Chris Fenner

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    Will there be a M5>M10 upgrade path?
     
  9. James Adkins

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    I wonder if new motors are part of the M15 upgrade?
     
  10. Dan Walker

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    I think this is awesome. I'm just dismayed at the price point. How do you justify $3500.00 USD for a radio transmitter when the competition is $500 - $700? What do I get for the additional $3000??
     
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    In the film industry the average camera op and camera assistant have no experience with RC remotes. However, this remote will be in right in their wheel house!

    Well done FF!! However....Synapse is not in that newsletter....sigh
     
  12. Jeff Cook

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    Got to play with the M15 & remote today, very nice upgrade, takes everything up a notch well worth the cost.
    I did not come from a R/C background so I always felt the remote was lacking a professional feel to it. The new remote is fantastic!
     
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  13. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    Cool thing I saw today was Freefly's upcoming quick release for the MōVIs (all of them) and a new figrig style handle. The hits just keep on coming!!
     
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    Very cool...would love to see what that quick release looks like.
     
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    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    It's super simple and brilliant, just like the rest of the kit. ;-)
     
  16. Michael McVay

    Michael McVay Active Member

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    Great - did they give you any indication on availability at all?
     
  17. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    Tabb said they're in stock, and should be on the price list shortly (maybe after NAB?).
     
  18. Michael McVay

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    Great - I get my M5 and MR kit tomorrow. I am excited to see how thick the vibration mounting plate is. It looks substantially thicker than the standard ones I am doubling up now.
     
  19. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    I have some photos I'll post when I get home.
     
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    Thanks...have fun!
     

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