While the original Movi series of stabilizers have established themselves in the professional video market, the Freefly Movi Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer for Smartphones (aka Movi Cinema Robot) brings all of Freefly’s experience and condenses it into a pint-sized, three-axis gimbal for just about anybody. The sleek form factor can be used with either one or two hands, and the smartphone clamp will hold phones up to 3.5mm wide. Once you’ve installed the app on your smartphone and secured the clamp, you’re free to capture smooth and stable footage using one of the customizable operating modes. Select between Majestic, Echo, Time-Lapse, Movilapse, Smartpod, and Orbit modes, depending on the shot you want to capture. Check out the features section below for a more in-depth rundown of the operating modes.
Note: Only the iOS app is currently available; the Android app will be made available in the future.
Majestic mode gives you direct control over the Movi stabilizer. The Movi will smooth out and stabilize your movements in two ways: 1) providing a movement threshold where Movi will ignore your movement completely, and 2) smoothing the movement outside this threshold to prevent jerky motion. These settings can be changed to be more responsive for tracking fast action, or smoother for slow, cinematic moves.
Echo mode allows a single operator to execute complex moves. Teach the Movi your favorite moves and then execute them mid-shot. Stretch out or compress the time it takes for Movi to get from point A to point B to get the perfect shot, whether the Movi is sitting still or moving with you.
Time-lapse mode allows you to capture professional-looking, super-smooth time-lapse footage nearly anywhere. Set Movi down in an interesting place, frame your initial shot, set your start and end frame, and wait for some magic. The Movi will execute movements precisely, so that when played back at 10x speed, the world will look as if it’s flying by.
Movilapse mode is what happens when you wish to execute live motion with your time-lapses. In this mode, Movi responds to your control input 10x slower than normal. When played back at 10x speed, you get a super smooth shot of the world moving around you.
In Smartpod mode, manually point your phone at a stationary subject and the Movi will do its best to keep your phone trained on the subject, regardless of your movement.
Orbit mode makes epic circling shots a breeze. Set the direction of your orbit, and the speed, and the Movi will stay locked on the center of the orbit.