Movi M5 + Canon 5D Mk iii – Boston Test

by Hugh BrownstoneLeave a Comment

I think I'm suffering from MoVI envy.

Yep.  No question about it.

Our production team had to do a low angle, three shot sequence a few weeks ago which we chose to do with nothing more than image stabilized lenses, a well-balanced cage with handle, and FCP X's built-in stabilization and shutter roll corrections. Let me rephrase that: given our budget (pro bono), we had no choice.

What we WANTED to use wasn't a Glidecam or Steadicam — although those are great tools.  We WANTED to try out the MoVI M5.  What made it worse is that a few nights later, a couple of our buds showed footage at a meetup where they HAD used a MoVI M5.  The movements were incredible.

Now Alex Pickering has shared with us some of his test footage using the MoVI M5 and a Canon 5D Mk III, and my hat is off to him.  I realized my jaw was hanging open on his very first shot.

Check it out for yourself.


Movi M5 Boston Test


First test run of the Movi M5 carrying a 5D MK iii. this is the first time I've ever used this tool. I ran the system without a monitor around Boston. No follow focus was used.

Even just in Majestic mode this is a very awesome rig. Look for many more videos to come!

Follow me on twitter @AlexSPickering on Instagram #APVideo.
For any questions or business related inquiries feel free to email me at

If you have any interest in my Linkedin –

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)
Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone

Leave a Comment