The Ultimate Guide to Flying a Canon C100 on a Mōvi M5

The Mōvi M5 from Freefly Sys­tems might very well be the best film­mak­ing tool in our entire arse­nal. Used prop­er­ly, it func­tions as a steady­cam, a dol­ly, a shoulder-mounted rig, and/or crane in one portable, motor-driven pack­age. Pair that with a Canon EOS C100 with Dual Pix­el Auto-Focus and your cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties are lim­it­ed only by your imag­i­na­tion.

Time and time again, we have come to the con­clu­sion that there is no bet­ter gear com­bi­na­tion for wed­ding, doc­u­men­tary, or com­mer­cial projects.

3 years ago, we made a tuto­r­i­al as soon as the Mōvi M5 had dropped. Back then, gym­bals were a fair­ly new con­cept and, in that video, we talked about mount­ing a C100 on an M5. Fast-forward to today, this is still our go-to rig and we’ve learned a lot of dif­fer­ent ways to use it, putting togeth­er a rig con­fig­u­ra­tion that allows us to shoot quick­ly and effi­cient­ly. Our inbox­es are con­stant­ly flood­ed with ques­tions about our set­up, process­es, thoughts, and how our sto­ry­telling has evolved with this tool. So today, we’re hap­py to share: The Ulti­mate guide to Fly­ing a C100 on a Mōvi M5.

Gear used in this video:

The Rig

Freefly Mōvi M5

Camera + Lenses

Canon C100
Canon C100 Mark II
Zacu­to ENG Grip Relo­ca­tor for Canon C100
Zacu­to Zud 1/4″

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II

Monitor

Small­HD Bright 7″ Field Mon­i­tor
Canon Bat­tery Pack LP-E6 [x4]
Freefly Light­weight HDMI Cable

Audio

Rode Stereo Videom­ic X
Pear­stone Stereo 3.5mm Exten­sion Cable 1.5′

Extras

Freefly Sys­tems Acces­so­ry Mount [x3] (Can’t mount any­thing with­out these)
Man­frot­to 577 Quick Release Mount­ing Plate (Mount the C100 eas­i­ly and quick­ly)
Pear­stone 0.5 x 6″ Fas­ten­er Straps (10-Pack) (Got­ta wran­gle those cables)

For the fol­low­ing week, we’ll be tak­ing any ques­tions you have on our Insta­gram. Send us a mes­sage over Insta­gram and we’ll answer as many ques­tions as we can in our Insta­gram sto­ries next Mon­day (May 22nd).