Vibration Isolator Recommendations

Discussion in 'MōVI Pro' started by Craig Bauer, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. Craig Bauer

    Craig Bauer New Member

    Oct 12, 2017
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    Hi all-

    I'm looking for some suggestions and recommendations on a solid (and ideally adjustable) vibration isolator for use with my MoVI Pro on dolly mounts.
    I know about the Black Arm for car mounts and the like, but that's a bit overkill for this purpose. We often mount the MoVI to a dolly (usually a Chapman PeeWee) for shots at practical locations where we don't want to lay track or dance floor and the floor is just a bit too bumpy for another head. The MoVI can handle a lot, but there are often conditions with just a little too much displacement for the rig. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with something along the lines of the Libra Isodamp for such shots.

    Thanks for the input.
  2. Graham Futerfas

    Graham Futerfas Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2015
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    If you have the Black Arm, then it comes with an isolator usually -- there's a wire-rope isolator and the newer Tranquilizer. You could just use that part on the Dolly.

    Kessler Makes a Kill Shock, and I have a Stratus CVI-XL and CVI-U, but I'm not sure if they're still making their wire-rope isolators. Depending on the weight, there's also a Cloud Mount and I think a few others out there.

    I used the Movi (actually, I think it was my R2) recently on a Fisher dolly on a concrete floor that had some small bumps, and we added my Stratus CVI-XL, and it helped quite a bit. Maybe not as smooth as rails, but it was certainly more acceptable. The DP on the project didn't want me to take the few minutes to add the Isolator at first, so I got to see a good before and after of how well it worked, and it was an improvement.

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