Alexmos 32 Bit Gimbals and Why I Bought a Movi

The moving camera has always been a topic of discussion, but more important is how the camera is being moved. Since Garrett Brown’s invention of the Stedicam the entire landscape of the moving image and how one can move a camera was completely and entirely changed forever. Fast forward to 2013 and Freefly Systems teams up with Laforet Visuals to produce an incredible silent short film titled “Movi.” Not only did this shock the entire online community when it was released, but the entire moving image industry took notice. The heart of all this new style of camera movement was the use of an electric stabilizer called a 3 Axis Gimbal.

Just for the record I have a longstanding background in custom built PC Desktops for 4K Video Editing, Rendering ect… So I am not shy to building things and solving problems for the record.

We previously had an Iflight Alexmos 32 bit 2 IMU gimbal with Ipower motors that probably cost me almost 30 physical man hours of testing and trying with almost no results what so ever (probly was user error). I personally do not recommend anyone use a custom gimbal unless they are very, very savvy with poorly designed open source programs, have a great understanding of Brushless Gimbal motors and are familiar with custom robotics. Don’t wish this frustration upon my worst of enemies.

Recently purchased a Freefly Movi M5 added the Aero landing gear, toad in the whole upgrade and had the gimbal up and running with our 7D test camera in 15 minutes I am not kidding. Best thing that has ever happened to me. Hopefully this can save people time in the future. It’s better to have a working reliable gimbal that can only handle a camera of 5lbs than a dysfunctional complicated problematic gimbal that can support 15+ labs tech specs aren’t always everything. There is normally a reason good things are expensive.

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About Ryan Forte:

Ryan Forte is an award winning Film & Video producer who formed Forte Nox Productions in 2012 while studying Film & Digital Media at Cleveland State University.

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