So Freefly Systems has done it again! They are coming out with the biggest update since they invented the MoVI. We are currently using the software “Akira” and beta testing it for Freefly systems. What has changed? A lot! They added new app that has new modes within the MoVI that can be used. These Modes are Timelapse mode, Hi Preformance “hiper” Stabilization, and Target Mode.
Time lapse mode! This is one I am proud of! It feels like I had a part it developing this mode because it wasn’t too long ago when I was figuring out ways to trick the MoVI into doing time-lapses and posting my results within the MoVI user forums. So as you could imagine I was pretty excited to see that they have designed a user friendly way to motion control the MoVI! Wait did I just say motion control? I DID! Essentially the Time-Lapse mode could be used either as a motion control device or time-lapse device. You basically enter your starting point and end point with up to 8 different points between and tell it how fast to move between the points. so you can play it back really fast or really really slow. I first tested this in Durango, CO when I was gaffing a commercial. I brought my MoVI to try some motion controlled time-lapses. I am super excited to have this feature at my finger tips now and can’t wait to see what opportunities it brings T-Ro Films in the future.
So Freefly Systems claims that their high performance with the new Akira update improves stabilization 30%-50%. Which is huge! I have a bit of a hard time telling if it is more stable. But I do notice the motors sound different. So it should be working. My new work defiantly looks smoother then the old work. However, it could be because I started using the Hoverboard with the MoVI recently as well. Freefly did say that by installing the update and just tuning it the high performance is utilized. So there is no setting to turn it on or off.
This is another part of the akira update that gets me excited. Targeting mode basically lets you lock a location via GPS and the MoVI will lock onto that location. This could be handy if you are spinning around a subject fairly fast and are having a hard time tracking to the subject using majestic mode. I know I usually have the smoothing turned up high and window about 10 degrees. So this makes the MoVI really smooth while in majestic but makes it hard to do quick pans. Therefore, I see target mode coming in handy if I am zipping around a subject with my hoverboard really quick but can’t pan fast enough. I can lock the gps to where the subject is located and the MoVI will lock onto that subject. The nice part is you can offset pan and tilt to get the frame you need. But what if your subject is moving away from the locked GPS coordinates? Freefly has that covered! Just through a mimic tracker on your subject and it will follow the subject where ever he goes. This could be very very handy for extreme sports. I do a lot of extreme sports like BMX dirt jumping, to rock climbing. If I do not have a person controlling the MoVI and am riding or running down a hill filming a BMXer jumping it gets hard to watch where I am riding and focus to use majestic to keep the subject in frame. I love the idea of just putting a tracker on the subject and just focus on not wrecking with a expensive MoVI. However I would like to see the feature accept the app on a smart phone. Because most smart phones these days have built in GPS and I am sure you can get it to lock onto a phone. My target mode does not work very well. It still has a lot of bugs to work out however I think freefly is on the right track!