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Novel Competitor to Steadycam and MoVI at a Fraction of the Price?

by Hugh Brownstone20 Comments

We used to talk non-stop about Steadicams and sliders.

These days, it’s all about 3-axis gimbals.

I want one.

But in the final analysis, it’s not about the tool so much as the result: smooth, hand-held shots.

The folks over at DVCity have an alternative – and novel — approach to on-the-go camera support called FLYCAM Flowline.

You literally strap the Flowline on like a backpack, allowing the weight of your rig to be transferred from your arms to your hips via an overhead arm that rises out of the pack. A cable from the arm attaches to your rig from above.

At less than 20% the price of high-end 3-axis gimbals, it’s an intriguing proposition.

Have any of you worked with it? What has your experience been? We’d like to hear from you in the comments section below.

FLYCAM Flowline Steady Camera Support (FLCM-FLN)

From FLYCAM Press:

FLYCAM announced its latest product FLYCAM Flowline Steady Camera Support, it offers a lot of flexibility to your camera movements. Now forget about balancing frustration! FLYCAM Flowline is the most valuable companion whichsupports your camera and always offers you steady and smooth shots. Its versatility opens route to unlimited angles which enhance your dramatic shots.

Adds smooth operation to your art

Adds smooth operation to your art

FLYCAM Flowline Steady Camera Support

Flowline is the best tool for capturing any action shot – walk, run, climb stairs or move over rough terrain without camera shake or instability. • Support DSLR’s Video Camcorders up to 5kg/11lbs. • Hand free function offers freedom of movement. • Adjustable Marlow RopeResistance enablesjib like moves from low angle to high angle. • Height Adjustable Support Baroffers ease of operation. • New Completely redesigned Vest offers enhanced comfort. • Relievesthe strain of weight from your arm and helps in getting steady shots. • Protective Packing for Carrying, Transporting and storing your Valuable Equipment is absolutely Free with Flycam Flowline. Start taking perfect shots, using advance techniques, and get greater results. Get instant control over your balance!

Smart construction with state-of-art performance

Smart construction with state-of-art performance

Make WOW Shots NOW! 5 more inspiring products from Flycam – Flycam C6 Hand-held stabilizer, Flycam Blaze Hand-held, Flycam BENZ steadycamarm and Vest. You can also purchase FLYCAM BENZ Steadycam Arm and FLYCAM BENZ Steadycam Vest separately. For more information about Flycam products, check out our website @dvcity.com

(cover photo credit: snap from DVCity)


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.

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20 comments
HughBrownstone
HughBrownstone

Thanks to everyone  for weighing in.  We are all the richer for your willingness to share your experiences and expertise!

Sonu2c
Sonu2c

I'm Thinking of buying this to Support my DJi Ronin when it arrives . Should i get this ? its half the price of Easy Rig

kikojiu
kikojiu

@Sonu2c I use the easy rig with the Movi. This devices usually have a lot of wear on the rope and spring...if it is not well made it will jam easily. So I can´t help you with this brand.

Sebastien Maflin Jones
Sebastien Maflin Jones

Seriously? It's been ages this system is on the market! Just google Easy Rig...

That's just a cheesy copy.

Check your sources before posting...

HireTheStache
HireTheStache

Honestly I wouldn't call this a competitor to the Defy or MoVi. I would rather consider it a tool you use with your gimbal/stabilizers. 

If you want to see a true competitor to either of the aforementioned products, check out the Came-TV CAME7500 3-axis gimbal. I am NOT affiliated with the product or company at all, and have only used the product a handful of times myself, but I will definitely be getting my own as soon as I can. 


While it cannot support heavier rigs, it works amazingly well with DSLR rigs. I've run my 5D3rails with 85L + EFF + mattebox, and it didn't bat an eyelash. And it's less than 2K, coming pre-assembled. 


They're working on a large format system now (the CAME8000) that will be able to support much heavier rigs, which is what I'm going to be saving up for. 


http://www.came-tv.com/camera-gimbal-came7500-ready-to-use-c-59_66.html



kikojiu
kikojiu

@HireTheStache To be really honest Came can´t even be compared with Movi. It is like comparing a VW beetle with an F1 car. Doesn´t feel the same doesn´t work the same not even does the same things. Not comparable by any means. Of course it is good to believe that you actually might do the same with a Came 7500 and a Movi. Try the Movi first and then you´ll see what I mean. Even the frame being identical the IMU, processors etc...are totally different. While with the Movi you balance the camera mechanically and then hit the auto calibrate button...on the Came you´ll have to guess what values you will have to use. If you say Defy might be a competitor to the Came I still don´t agree but it would be acceptable to think that as both share the same Alexmos boards and processors. I would love not having spent $15000 on a Movi but guess what? They are paid already. It is an extremely popular Gimbal and the results are there to be seen everywhere from amateur videos to Hollywood productions. I build gimbals myself and could´t find  controller boards and motors as good and efficient as Movi´s. If you ask me how can I be so sure about the comparisons ? Well I own many of the competitors...and I rent them according to their efficiency. I put the Movi on a Gimbal novice`s hands but never one of the others. I know the boards and firmware are being improved but still the Movi is way ahead of everybody else. I should get my Ronin soon so I´ll get back and compare it with the Movi. That will be very complicated as Ronin seems to be unbeatable not only in price but also performance. Ronin is being sold at $2200 including remote and case. Is this crazy or what? 


P.S.- I am NOT affiliated with anyone just my personal experience and work.


http://www.dji.com/info/news/dji-ronin-coming-soon

kikojiu
kikojiu

This is a device being used for many years now by many ENG camera operators. It is the Easy Rig. This is a clone from India that is  almost for sure infringing patents. I have an Easy Rig and use it with The Squirrel Gimbal and the Movi. Very nice complement.

stantod
stantod

This is NOT competition for stabilizers but a complement to it.  You can attach a MoVI or other similar device to this to take the weight off your shoulders and arms when using the stabilizer.  Someone mentioned that if you walk with this, it translates the movement to the camera.  True, but you might be able to walk with a gimbal stabilizer hooked to this.  I've seen several stabilizer operators using their MoVis, etc with the Easy Rig.  This is the same but at a much better price.

Aaronjones42
Aaronjones42

I've used the easy rig for years....it only helps support the weight of the camera. It will not steady your shot.

dcoplan
dcoplan

Um...no. This has nothing to do with stabilization and in no way should be remotely compared to Steadicam and/or MoVI. All this does is redistribute weight from the shoulder to the back and hips which makes lifting heavy cameras, or even lighter cameras for an extended time, much easier. It's a great product, just not for stabilizing the picture.

crowdson
crowdson

Just noticed the B&H listing on the Easyrig that I posted earlier says it's no longer available.  Maybe this company bought them out.

MarkCurran2
MarkCurran2

Is this a viable alternative to a Steadicam? It says it's ideal for hand held shots, would it replace a Steadicam? Are there any reviews on this gear? Also, what is the learning curve?  

ChristopherHerr1
ChristopherHerr1

@MarkCurran2 No, when they say ideal for handheld, they mean that you can pull of your normal hand held looking shots easier. The rig takes the weight off of your arms and transfers it to your torso. If you start to walk with this rig on, your torso motion is translated into the camera which isn't good for a steadycam style shot.