Tech Tuesday: Smooth Operator

If there’s anything we like more than creating great video, it’s playing with the innovative gadgets we get to use to make great video. Which is why every Tuesday, we’ll be showcasing a new gadget or nifty piece of gear that makes filming not only easier but that much more fun.


By now you, might have heard of the crazy stabilizing machine known as the MoVI. With the use of a digital 3-axis, gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal (say that three-times fast) and what we’re fairly certain is TARDIS technology, you can get shots as smooth as butter without spending the months you need to learn how to use a Steadicam.

Here’s a fun GIF showing it in action:

movi gif

You can also watch MoVI shot by Vincent Laforet, to show the kind of footage you can get with this shiny rig. You can also watch the behind-the-scenes movie here.

Fancy, right? Right. Here’s the thing — it costs $10,000 dollars. Great for higher-end production companies, but crippling for the indie filmmaker. So, what are we to do? Well, a company called Bowens Limelite has recently unveiled a less expensive (but also admittedly less impressive model), the Omnirig.


Now, it doesn’t have a gimbal (and God knows, we all love gimbals), nor could it even power a TARDIS , let alone a Sonic Screwdriver (we’re Doctor Who fans, have you caught it? It’s subtle) — but what it does have is a price tag of only $1,500. Now, when you’re paying a fraction of the cost for similar technology, you’re obviously getting something much lower quality. That said, check out Omnirig demo video before completely writing it off:

Single Shot Cinema: Camera flying through the window from 4Film on Vimeo.

Yes, we do think there’s definitely some post-stabilizing magic going on in that video, but overall, it’s pretty impressive. And frankly, we think worth the price tag for an indie filmmaker looking to up the quality of their product.

What do you think? Is the Bowmen a revolutionary new camera stabilizer, or just someone’s Erector Set gussied up in black paint? And can the Omnirig compete?

Let us know and thanks for reading!