USER A FREEFLY SYSTEMS INNOVATION G U I D E
Freefly represents the intersection of art and technology. Our team consists of industry leading specialists all focused on one task - inventing solutions to allow unrestricted camera movement. Freefly initially created the CineStar line of multi-rotor camera platforms, which allowed smooth, stable and dynamic low-altitude aerial imagery. After years of research and development in camera stability, Freefly has created the MōVI stabilized camera gimbal. Our goal with the MōVI is to empower a new era of stabilized cinematography on a variety of platforms, from handheld to helicopters and everything in between.
>< IN•ER•TIA The Freefly MōVI is a digital 3 axis stabilization system that relies on both active motor driven components and passive inertial stabilization. Passive stabilization relies on the principles of inertia (tendency of an object to resist change in its motion) and requires that the camera is well-balanced in the Pan, Tilt, and Roll Axes. Active stabilization refers to the techniques of using sensors to measure the camera’s Pan, Tilt, and Roll movements and counteract those movements using motors attached to the 3 axes. These 2 types of stabilization work in concert to achieve the smooth and stable shots for which the MōVI is well known. This manual will teach you how to setup, balance, and tune your MōVI M5. For new users, the process of balancing and tuning a MōVI might seem overwhelming at first, so allow some time to master the procedures described in this manual.
2 MōVI COMPONENTS: 1. Pan Motor 2. Pan Axis 3. Roll Motor 4. Roll Axis 5. Tilt Motor 6. Tilt Axis 7. Tilt Front to Back Adjustment 1 8. Roll Adjustment Point 9. Tilt Vertical Adjustment 3 5 7 6 9 8 4
CONTENTS 01 GETTING STARTED Batteries and Battery Charger: Charging the Battery Installing the Battery Mounting the Camera 02 BALANCING the MōVI Step 1: Tilt Front to Back Balance Step 2: Tilt Vertical Balance Step 3: Roll Balance Step 4: Pan Balance 03 CONVERTING M10 to MR Attaching Landing Gear Legs & Octo Suspension Plate Bluetooth Pairing/Freefly Configurator Connection 04 GUI / TUNING Initial Tuning Majestic Tuning Pan Majestic Tuning Tilt Majestic Tuning GUI Parameter Definitions 05 REMOTE CONTROL Remote Control Features Mode Switch (Dual Operator, Majestic, Kill) 06 TROUBLESHOOTING Symptoms, Possible Causes and Solutions
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01 GETTING STARTED
GETTING STARTED BATTERIES AND BATTERY CHARGER • Never charge or store batteries in extremely hot or cold places (recommended between 50º-80ºF/10º-26ºC), leave in a hot WARNING: You must read these safety instructions and warnings environment (inside an automobile in hot weather), or leave in direct carefully before charging or using your batteries. Failure to exercise sunlight. caution while using Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries and comply with the following warnings could result in battery malfunction, • Never place or carry batteries in your pockets or clothing. electrical issues, excessive heat, fire, or injury and property damage. • Always use Freefly-approved LiPo batteries. • Always inspect the battery before charging. GENERAL GUIDELINES AND WARNINGS • Always connect the positive red lead (+) and negative black lead (-) terminals of the battery to the charger terminals correctly. You must read these safety instructions and warnings carefully before charging or using your battery. • Always disconnect the battery after charging, and let the charger cool between charges. • Stop using or charging the battery immediately if the battery • If a battery will not be used for more than one week, it is recommended becomes or appears damaged, starts to balloon or swell, leaks, that the battery is stored with a voltage of approximately 3.8V per becomes deformed or gives off an odor, exceeds a temperature of cell. Do not store the battery fully charged. Store the battery at room 160ºF (71ºC), or if anything else abnormal occurs. Disconnect the temperature in a cool or shaded area (ideally between 50º-80ºF battery and observe in a safe area outside of any building or vehicle /10º-26ºC). for at least 45 minutes, as a damaged battery can experience a • Batteries should be stored in a vented, fire-resistant container. No delayed chemical reaction that could possibly result in fire. more than two batteries should be placed in a container to avoid • Never disassemble, modify, puncture, shock, drop, crash and/or chain reactions. Storage temperatures should not fall below short circuit the battery. Leakage, smoke emission, ignition, 32ºF/0ºC or above 130ºF/54ºC. Damaged batteries are extremely explosion or fire can occur, which may result in personal injury or sensitive to temperature fluctuation and care should be taken in property damage. their immediate disposal. High temperatures may cause fire, even • DO NOT leave the battery and charger unattended during use. with undamaged batteries. • Never drop charger or batteries. NOTICE: All instructions and warnings must be followed exactly. Mishandling of LiPo batteries can result in fire. By handling, charging • Never attempt to charge “dead” or damaged batteries. or using the included LiPo batteries, you assume all risks associated • Never charge a battery if the cable has been pinched or shortened. with LiPo batteries. If you are not prepared to accept complete • Never allow minors to charge or use battery packs without liability for the purchase and/or use of the batteries, you are advised adult supervision. to return them in new and unused condition to the place of purchase immediately. • Never allow batteries to come in contact with moisture at any time. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are using the battery to power or charge an accessory used with the MōVI, it is your responsibility to constantly monitor the battery’s voltage through the use of a voltage checker. If the accessory drains the battery below 3.0V per cell, it will damage the battery and render the battery unusable. Never attempt to charge a battery that has individual cell voltages below 3.0V. 01—P1
CHARGING PROCESS WARNINGS AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS BATTERY DISPOSAL: • Never charge or use a LiPo battery that shows any damage or NOTICE: LiPo batteries require special handling for safe disposal. The disfigurement of any kind, as this may be a sign of internal damage. following steps must be taken to avoid damage or injury to yourself, Any damage to the protective cover, wiring or plugs is also reason to your property or anyone who comes in contact with the battery. discontinue use. • Never leave the lead wires dangling from a battery. If the battery is undamaged but no longer useful: • Never charge a battery unattended. 1.Discharge the battery to a maximum of 1.0V per cell using a safe discharge method. • Never connect more than one battery pack to the charger at a time. 2.Leave the battery uncharged and retest the battery after 24 hours. If • Never charge near moisture, extreme temperatures, flammable or the battery is over 1.0V per cell, repeat the procedure until the combustible materials. battery is 1.0V per cell or less. • Never charge the battery while installed on the MōVI or other 3.Place electrical tape over each wire lead and tape the wire leads to equipment or while inside a vehicle. opposite sides of the battery. • Never attempt to charge a battery that is damaged or has individual 4.Place battery in a sealed plastic bag and place plastic bag in a vented, cell voltages below 3.0V. fire-safe container. • Always inspect batteries before charging. 5.Use a fire-safe container to deliver battery to a recycling center • Always use a specific LiPo charger only. Do not use a Nickel-cadmium authorized for LiPo batteries. Please note that not all battery- (NiCd) or Nickel-metal hydride (NiMh) charger, even though these recycling services include LiPo batteries. If no LiPo recycling facility chargers may appear similar to a LiPo charger. Failure to do so may is available in your area, contact your state or local HAZMAT agency cause a fire, which may result in personal injury and/or property for instructions. damage. • Always let the battery cool down to ambient temperature before If the battery is damaged: charging. 1.If the battery or wiring is damaged, please contact your state or local • Always monitor the temperature of the battery while charging. If the HAZMAT facility for instructions. Batteries must be rendered safe battery becomes hot to the touch or begins to swell, discontinue before being transported or recycled. charging immediately. Disconnect the battery from the charger and 2.DO NOT transport or ship batteries which have more than 1.0V per observe it is a safe place for at least 45 minutes. cell charged OR that show signs of damage without following the • Always ensure that the proper cell count or voltage is selected on instructions given by the HAZMAT agency. your charger for this battery. Failure to properly set the cell count or voltage could result in fire or explosion of the battery. • For optimal performance and extended life, do not allow your battery voltage to drop below 3.4V. It is recommended that you use a voltage checker to actively monitor battery voltage. 01—P2
GETTING STARTED CHARGING the BATTERY 1. Insert the AC power cord into the charger. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 2. Insert the AC power cord into the wall socket. All LEDs will light for 1 second and the charge status LED will flash green, which indicates the charger is ready to charge. 3. Select “LiPo” on the battery type switch. 4. Select the “1A” charging current on the charge current switch when charging the included batteries. 5. Connect battery main charge lead to the charge lead input in the front of the charger. Make sure the red plug is plugged into the red charge socket and the black plug is plugged into the black charge socket. 6. Connect the Freefly 4s 1.3Ah battery to the charge lead. Always ‘LiPo’ ‘1A’ - + connect the positive red lead (+) and negative black lead (-) terminals to the corresponding colored terminals on the charger. 7. Connect the battery balance lead to the “4S” balance socket on the side of the charger. The charger will automatically start charging. 8. The charge status LED and the cell status LED will light constant red. The cell 1-4 LED’s will glow continuously indicating a 4 cell battery 6. 7-9. pack. BATT. BATT. 9. When the battery is fully charged, the “charge status” LED will glow constant green. 10. Unplug the battery from the balance port and charge lead. The battery is ready for use in your MōVI M5. ‘4S’ - + 01—P3
INSTALLING BATTERY in the MōVI The MōVI battery is custom designed to fit snugly in the MōVI battery compartment. The battery is retained using a lightweight plastic latch mechanism. Be careful when installing/removing the battery to avoid damaging the battery lead and balance lead. 1. Insert battery into battery compartment observing proper orientation (Freeﬂy sticker visible). Battery Specification Battery Type: Lithium Polymer Capacity: 1.3Ah Voltage: 14.8v Max Continuous Discharge: 3C (3.9A) Max Burst Discharge: 5C (6.5A) Max Charge Voltage: 4.2V per cell 2. Minimum Discharge Voltage: 3.0V per cell Dimensions: [69mm (L) x 34mm Engage battery latching mechanism. (W) x 28mm (H)] Weight: 125g Charger Specification AC Input Voltage: 100-240V, 50-60HZ Output Power: 20W Charging Current (Selected by Switch): 1A, 2A, 3A Current Drain for Balancing: 200mA 4 LEDs for Balancing Indicator 1 LED for Charging Status 3. Ensure the MōVI power switch is set to “oﬀ” and plug the battery into the power input connector on the MōVI. Note: The battery and input connector are keyed. Do not force the 01—P4 battery and input connector together.
GETTING STARTED MOUNTING the CAMERA The MōVI uses a custom lightweight adjustable camera rail to allow you to easily balance, install, and remove your camera package. It is important that you fully build your camera package prior to installing it on the M5. Adding accessories after balancing the M5 would necessitate re-balancing, so it is best to install all accessories (follow focus motors, receivers, batteries, etc.) prior to mounting the camera to the MōVI. 1. Attach the bottom camera rail to your camera using the provided ¼ - 20 screw. Please note that there are multiple attachment holes in the camera rail to choose from to cater to diﬀerent camera layouts. 2. Install the hot shoe adapter into the hot shoe of your camera. 3. Attach the top camera rail to the hot shoe adapter using the provided M3x6 ﬂat head screws. 01—P5
02 One of the most critical factors in achieving optimal performance from the MōVI is proper balancing. The better the camera is balanced, the less work the motors have to do to achieve a stable shot. Accurate balance is highly critical in shots where the MōVI will be subjected to extreme movements or accelerations (running, horseback, biking, car 1 mount, helicopter, etc.). There are 3 Axes we need to accurately balance prior to turning the MōVI on and setting up the software. To reiterate, the camera needs to 2 3 be fully setup with all accessories prior to installing and balancing the camera on the gimbal. The addition of accessories (follow focus motors, receivers, etc.) will cause the balance to shift, so they need to be installed prior to beginning the balancing process. BALANCING the MōVI
BALANCING the MōVI STEP 1 TILT FRONT-TO-BACK BALANCE: The goal with Step 1 is to balance the camera front-to-back on the Tilt slide adjustable camera Axis. When the proper front/back tilt balance is achieved, the camera plates to balance tilt axis will stay level if you remove your hands. Please note that to conﬁrm proper tilt front/back balance, the camera and Tilt Axis need to be level. At this stage, we have not balanced the camera vertically for the Tilt Axis, so it is only possible to conﬁrm tilt front/back balance when the camera and tilt axis are level. If the camera is sitting too low or too high with respect to the Tilt Axis, it will mask the issue of front to back balance. To adjust the balance, loosen the single middle toggle clamp under the camera and the single middle toggle clamp on top of the camera. This will allow the camera and mount plates to slide forwards and backwards. Be careful to ensure that the clamps are fully engaged and the camera is securely mounted to the adjustable camera plates as you complete step 1. 02—P7
1. Loosen the top and bottom camera rail toggle clamps. 2. Loosen the side clamps on the top horizontal cross bar so that it can move freely up and down to allow you to set the correct height when installing the camera and adjustable camera plates. 3. Slide the camera and mount plates onto the top and bottom camera mounts. 4. Tighten side clamps on the top horizontal cross bar once both the top and bottom camera rail are engaged on the camera plates. 5. Slide the camera forward or backwards until the Tilt Axis remains level. 6. Tighten the top and bottom middle toggle clamp to lock the camera plate in position. Note - Please be sure the toggle clamp is adequately tight. The toggle clamp holds the camera and camera rail onto the MōVI, so it is important it is securely clamped. 02—P8
BALANCING the MōVI STEP 2 TILT VERTICAL BALANCE: Now that we have successfully balanced the Tilt Axis front-to-back, we need to adjust the Tilt Axis vertical balance. To adjust the vertical balance, there are 4 toggle clamps on the middle of the four small side tubes. Adjust the camera position vertically until it is balanced such that you can rotate the camera to any tilt angle and it will naturally stay wherever you leave it. If you point the lens down and it wants to adjust height of crossbar to continue tilting forward on its own, then it is top heavy and the camera achieve tilt vertical balance needs to shift down vertically. If you point the camera lens down and it wants to return to level, then you know it is bottom heavy and the camera needs to shift upwards vertically. 02—P9
1. Identify which way the camera needs to be adjusted by tipping the camera lens down 20 degrees. If the camera returns to horizontal, then the Tilt Axis is bottom heavy. If the camera continues to rotate down when released, then Tilt Vertical Axis is top heavy. 2. Rotate the Tilt Axis so that the camera lens is pointing straight up. 3. Loosen the 4 vertical adjustment toggles. 4. Slide the camera cage and camera forward or backward until the camera remains pointing straight up when released. 5. Tighten the toggles. 6. Conﬁrm good balance by moving the camera to several tilt angles and conﬁrming that it holds the given angle without user input. 02—P10
BALANCING the MōVI STEP 3 ROLL BALANCE: With the Tilt Axis completely balanced, we can move onto balancing the Roll Axis. To adjust rol balance we need to loosen the 2 bottom outer toggle clamps and the top toggle clamp. This will allow the camera and cage to slide side-to-side to achieve roll balance. roll balance adjustment point 02—P11
1. Loosen the 2 lower outer toggle clamps and 1 upper outer toggle clamp on the camera platform and slide camera and platform side-to-side to achieve proper balance. 2. Tighten the 2 lower outer toggle clamps and 1 upper outer toggle clamp and upper clamp to lock roll in place. 3. Conﬁrm roll balance by moving Roll Axis to several locations and ensuring the axis will hold the given angle without user input. 02—P12
BALANCING the MōVI 1- tip the gimbal to check pan axis balance 2- slide pan knuckle to adjust pan balance STEP 4 PAN BALANCE: Pan is perhaps the most diﬃcult axis to visualize balancing. The end goal is that the entire mass below the pan motor would be balanced on the central axis line of the pan motor. The easiest way to check for Pan Axis balance is to slightly tilt the MōVI in the stand and see which way the Pan Axis swings. The clamp that holds the vertical tube to the top horizontal tube is the only adjustment for Pan Axis balance. By sliding this joint fore/aft we can achieve proper Pan balance. 02—P13
FORE/AFT PAN BALANCE: 1. Mount the MōVI in the stand with the power oﬀ. 2. Loosen the 2 handle toggle clamps and rotate 3. Align the MōVI such that the camera lens is the handlebar upwards. lined up with the long top handle bar. 4. Using the handles, rotate the MōVI 5-10 5. If the lens points to the low side, it indicates 6. If the back of the gimbal points to the low side, it degrees and observe which way pan rotates that the MōVI is nose heavy and the Pan knuckle indicates that the MōVI is tail heavy and the Pan needs to slide backwards. knuckle needs to slide forwards. M3 SCREWS 7. Loosen the 2 toggle clamps on the Pan knuckle 8. Slide the gimbal in the direction needed as 9. Conﬁrm that the camera will not swing to the left to allow the knuckle to slide. indicated in Steps 5 and 6. Tigthen the 2 Pan or right when you rotate the MōVI handles 5-10 toggle clamps. degrees. This indicates proper fore/aft balance. 02—P14
M3 SCREWS 02—P15
03 CONVERTING M5 to MR
CONVERTING M10 to MR M5 to MR CONVERSION: The MōVI M5 is designed to quickly transform to the Multi-Rotor (MR) version. The following steps will allow you to convert your M5 to MR and mount the gimbal to a CineStar multi-rotor. 03—P17
1. Replace the aluminum stepped tube with the 180mm carbon tube. You will need to loosen the 4 screws holding the aluminum tube to the Pan motor housing and slide it out. In its place, install the carbon tube with the rear landing gear attached. M3x8 SCREWS 2. Attach the left and right landing gear legs and tubes to the M5 using the provided M3x8 Socket Head Cap Screws. M3x8 SCREWS 3. Attach the Octo Suspension Plate using the provided M3x8 Socket Head Cap Screws. 03—P18
BLUETOOTH PAIRING GUIDE AND CONNECTION TO FREEFLY CONFIGURATOR for Android, PC and MAC: For connectivity to an iOS device, please refer to the Wi-Fi Adapter Installation Manual found at http://freeflysystems.com/software-manuals/. 1. Power the MōVI stabilizer and wait for it to boot correctly. Under control panel •••> Hardware and Sound •••> Bluetooth Devices Click on “Add Wireless Device”. This window may also be accessed by clicking on Bluetooth Icon at bottom right of the screen. 2. Select the MōVI stabilizer device (the name may have been customized or changed). 3. Click on “Enter the device’s pairing code”. 4. Enter the password “1234” and click “Next”. 5. Bluetooth pairing process should start, and then complete –click “Close”. 6. The MōVI should now be successfully paired and available for use by the GUI. Right-click on the icon and select “Properties”, then click on “Services” to find out the COM Port number – in this case it is COM67. 7. Start the Freefly Configurator application (first close application and re-run if already open), it should discover the new COM port we have just added. Select the correct COM port from the list and then click “Connect”. After a short while the GUI will connect and display an info message. You may now click “Configuration”, “Chart”, “Heads up display”, etc....”Configuration” and “Chart” are generally 2 items required for tuning. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. ‘Control Panel’ ‘Enter the device’s ‘1234’ pairing code’ ‘Hardware & Sound’ ‘Next’ ‘Properties’ ‘Close’ ‘Bluetooth Devices’ ‘Services’ ‘On’ ‘Add Wireless Device’ ‘COM67’ 03—P19
04 The Freefly Configuration GUI (Graphical User Interface) is the tool that allows you to adjust the software parameters of the MōVI. Changing these parameters will allow you to custom-tailor the MōVI’s behavior for particular shots, as well as complete the initial setup required for the MōVI. An important point to note is that you can change parameters in the GUI live with a tablet, but the changes will not be saved unless you write the configuration changes. This tells the MōVI to store the new settings and recall them upon power-up. GUI / TUNING
INITIAL TUNING: When the ‘Stiffness’ is set too high, there will be high frequency ‘buzzing,’ or oscillations. Once these oscillations are felt, the ‘Stiffness’ setting should be reduced until they stop. It is helpful to reduce the ‘Stiffness’ setting for each axis to a low value like 10 for initial setup. STEP 1. TILT STIFFNESS Under the “Tilt” tab of the GUI, you will find a menu item called “Tilt Stiffness”. This parameter will determine how ‘stiff’ the Tilt Axis will be in holding the camera still. Slowly increase this setting until you feel an oscillation in the Tilt Axis, then reduce the setting until the oscillation subsides. It is important to check that the ‘Stiffness’ setting you have set will not oscillate in any orientation. To confirm this, point the camera up and down and make sure that the Tilt Axis is stable. STEP 2. ROLL STIFFNESS Under the “Roll” tab of the GUI, you will find a menu item called “Roll Stiffness”. Slowly increase this setting until you feel an oscillation in the Roll Axis, then reduce the setting until the oscillation subsides. Pick the MōVI up and make sure that you can move the handles around in a normal fashion and that no oscillations are present as you move. STEP 3. PAN STIFFNESS Under the “Pan” tab of the GUI, you will find a menu item called “Pan Stiffness”. Slowly increase this setting until you feel an oscillation in the Pan Axis, then reduce the setting until the oscillation subsides. Pick up the MōVI and hold it by the center single handle and ensure Above: Freefly MōVI Configuration Graphical User Interface that no oscillations are present. Holding by the single middle handle is the worst case scenario for “Pan Stiffness” setting. Now that the camera package is installed and balanced, we can move onto tuning the gimbal. Each time the camera setup changes This concludes the initial gain settings of the gimbal. Now we can substantially, the MōVI may need some GUI parameters adjusted. The move on to setting Majestic Tuning parameters. reason for this is that as you change the weight and balance of the camera and lens substantially, the maximum ‘Stiffness’ setting that each axis can achieve will change. The primary parameter in the GUI that will need to be adjusted is the ‘Stiffness’ value for each axis. The ‘Stiffness’ setting adjusts the degree to which the MōVI tries to correct for unwanted camera movement. The ‘Stiffness’ setting needs to be set as high as possible without creating unwanted oscillations. 04—P21
MAJESTIC TUNING: Now that we have the 3 main ‘Stiffness’ settings dialed-in, we can feel too abrupt. A higher setting like 180 degrees is useful for very discuss the various ways that we can tune Majestic Mode. Majestic subtle framing or long lens shots. Mode refers to the single operator mode on the MōVI, where the MōVI operator can control the pan and tilt of the MōVI without the need for a 2nd operator. The MōVI has a difficult task in Majestic Mode; essentially, we are asking the system to provide stable footage, but TILT MAJESTIC TUNING: follow the user’s input from the handles. These 2 things are somewhat There are a few different Tilt Axis control modes which can be useful contradictory. The Majestic Mode tuning parameters in the GUI allow for different situations. the user to configure the Majestic Mode to suit the particular shot, from very slow and smooth, to very fast and active. Smooth-Lock - In this mode, the tilt angle can be manipulated by the operator. The MōVI operator can manually point the camera at any tilt angle and the MōVI will maintain that tilt angle setting. This can be PAN MAJESTIC TUNING: very useful for scenes where the tilt angle needs to remain constant even as the operator moves around. Pan Majestic Smoothing- This parameter adjusts how much smoothing is applied to the Pan Axis in Majestic Mode. A lower value means the Note - If the remote control is turned on and set to “Majestic Mode”, it camera will follow the handles more actively, but will make it more is possible for the remote operator to control tilt while the MōVI difficult to achieve very smooth pans. A higher value will cause the operator controls pan. camera to lag behind the handles more, but will allow for very smooth and precise framing when panning. This can be useful when using Majestic Angle - This mode works much the same as the standard Pan longer lenses or when subtle moves are needed. A setting of around 5 Majestic Mode works. It allows the operator to tilt the handles of the usually provides a good starting point. MōVI to adjust the camera tilt angle. One important point is that this can be difficult to do with large camera payloads. For these situations, Pan Majestic Window - Pan Majestic Window defines a range in degrees if the operator becomes fatigued, we recommend using the “normal” of handle movement which will be ignored. In practice, this means that setting, or a remote operator to control tilt. you can move the handles less than the Pan Majestic Window and the camera will not pan. Once you exceed the Pan Majestic Window threshold, the camera will begin to pan. A normal default setting of 10 is a good place to start. In some circumstances where you will be moving the handles drastically, you can increase the Pan Majestic Window to a much higher value. An example would be when riding a horse or motorcycle with the MōVI. The operator might be unable to keep the handles still, but does not want the camera to pan each time that he/she moves. Setting the Pan Majestic Window to 30 or 40 degrees would mean the operator could move the handles quite drastically without disturbing the shot. The operator could still re-frame the shot by exceeding the threshold. Pan Majestic Span - Pan Majestic Span alters the amount of rotation from the handles to achieve maximum panning speed. A good default setting is 135 degrees. Too low a setting will make the Majestic Pan 04—P22
GUI PARAMETER DEFINITIONS: Tuning Menu: This menu contains settings that control the stiffness of each axis, or how much the Remote Operator Config Menu: This menu contains preferences for operation in Dual Operator mode. motors are used for active stabilization. The ideal amount depends on the camera weight and rigidity. Use these settings to adjust the feel of the Pan and Tilt joysticks. For guidelines, refer to the Knowledge Base at www.freeflysystems.com. Pan Joystick Smoothing - Sets how much smoothing is applied to the Pan Joystick in Dual Operator Pan Stiffness/Roll Stiffness/Tilt Stiffness - Controls how ‘stiffly’ the corresponding Axis will try mode. to hold the camera stable. The higher you can run the setting without vibrati on or oscillation, the better. Pan Joystick Expo - Sets how much exponential is applied to the Pan Joystick in Dual Operator mode. Higher exponential makes the joystick less sensitive in the center and more sensitive at the edges. Majestic Config Menu: This menu controls the behavior of the gimbal when in Majestic Mode. Pan Joystick Window - This defines a range of Pan Joystick movement that will be ignored at the Pan Smoothing - This parameter adjusts how much smoothing is applied to the Pan Axis in Majestic center of the joystick travel. Mode. A lower value means the camera will follow the handles more actively, but will make it more difficult to achieve very smooth pans. A higher value will cause the camera to lag behind the Tilt Joystick Smoothing - Sets how much smoothing is applied to the Tilt Joystick in Dual Operator handles more, but will allow for very smooth motion when panning. mode. Pan Window - This defines a range (in degrees) of handle pan movement that will be ignored. See Tilt Joystick Expo - Sets how much exponential is applied to the Tilt Joystick in Dual Operator mode. further explanation in ‘Majestic Tuning’ section. Higher exponential makes the joystick less sensitive in the center and more sensitive at the edges. Tilt Joystick Window - This defines a range of Tilt Joystick movement that will be ignored at the center Tilt Mode - Allows you to choose between Smooth Lock and Majestic Angle control. See detailed of the joystick travel. description in the ‘Majestic Tuning’ section. Pan/Tilt Remote Speed Adjustment - Defines whether the Pan and Tilt Rates are controlled together Tilt Smoothing - This parameter adjusts how much smoothing is applied to the Tilt Axis in Majestic (Combined) or separately (Independent). In Combined mode, the Pan Rate control applies to both Pan Mode. A lower value means the camera will follow the handles more actively, but will make it more and Tilt. difficult to achieve very smooth tilts. A higher value will cause the camera to lag behind the handles more, but will allow for very smooth motion when tilting. Remote Rate Scale - Default value is 100 deg/sec. Adjustable from 1-200 deg/sec. This value will allow you to increase or decrease the maximum rate available for Pan and Tilt when the remote is in Tilt Window - This defines a range (in degrees) of handle tilt movement that will be ignored. See use. further explanation in ‘Majestic Tuning’ section. Tilt Control Mode - Tilt can be set to either Rate or Angle mode. Rate is default. Angle mode is General Menu: This menu contains general settings for gimbal behavior. recommended for single operator multi-rotor operations where control over Tilt is desired on a dial type knob. Gimbal Application - Configures the gimbal for either Handheld or Airborne use. In Handheld use, the center position of the Dual Operator Mode Switch enables Pan Majestic operation. In Airborne Remote Controller Config Menu: This menu defines how the joysticks and buttons of the Dual Operator use, the center position of the Dual Operator Mode Switch parks the gimbal for takeoff and Remote Controller are mapped to gimbal movement. Warning– Misconfiguring the remote controller landing. mapping can result in undesired gimbal movement! Roll Trim - Allows you to input a roll trim to level the camera via the GUI. This roll trim is applied Mapping for Spektrum Transmitter Mapping for Futaba Transmitter whenever the gimbal is in Majestic Mode. In Dual Operator mode, roll trim is controlled by the Dual Operator Radio Controller. Be sure to write the configuration to the MōVI if you want the roll trim Radio Type S. DSMX 2048 Radio Type S. Bus to remain after re-powering the system. Map Remote Mode 6 Map Pan Rate Clamp -7 Pan Trim - Allows user to adjust the neutral setting for the Pan Axis. This can be helpful for single Map Remote Pan -2 Map RC Mode -5 operator MR gimbals where you want the camera lens to align with the front of the aircraft Map Remote Pan Rate 1 Map RC Pan 1 Map Remote Tilt -3 Map RC Roll Trim 4 Max Tilt Angle - Sets the maximum angle of the Tilt Axis when looking up. Use to set soft-stops to Map Remote Tilt Rate -7 Map RC Tilt 2 prevent the camera or lens from hitting the gimbal, or to prevent wires from being pulled out. Map Remote Roll Trim -4 Map RC Tilt rate Clamp 6 Min Tilt Angle - Sets the minimum angle of the Tilt Axis when looking down. Use to set soft-stops to prevent the camera or lens from hitting the gimbal, or to prevent wires from being pulled out. If you are using the Freefly MōVI Controller, please refer to it’s User Manual. 04—P23
Radio Type – Select the type of radio receiver you are using. using larger scaling factors and moving the gimbal around more sharply. It is possible to dial in a relatively consistent behavior suitable for a particular action shot - typically this would be with the camera operator Map Remote Mode – Radio channel corresponding to the three-position Mode Switch. running whilst shooting a scene. The stabilization is otherwise unaffected except for this cyclic operator induced noise. Map Remote Pan – Radio channel corresponding to the Pan joystick. Setdown Sleep -When set to ON, Setdown Sleep will enable the MōVI to be set down while powered Map Remote Pan Rate – Radio channel corresponding to the Pan Speed joystick or knob. without the use of a stand. This can be useful in situations where the stand is not readily available in a fast moving shooting environment. After sensing the motors are stalled for more than 4 seconds, the MōVI will Map Remote Tilt – Radio channel corresponding to the Tilt joystick. To reverse the behavior of the Tilt enter Setdown Sleep mode. While in this mode, the three LEDs on the MōVI will be flashing indicating the joystick, use a negative number. sleep state. To exit, simply pick up the MōVI. Although the motors are drawing very little power while in this mode. Map Remote Tilt Rate – Radio channel corresponding to the Tilt Speed joystick or knob. Motion Booting – Motion booting bypasses the gyro self test procedure and allows the gimbal to boot up Map Remote Roll Trim – Radio channel corresponding to the Roll Trim switch. even on a moving platform. It is recommended for situations such as filming from boats. For normal use it is recommended to leave this feature disabled to allow for improved gyro calibration. Map Remote Shutter – Radio channel corresponding to the Remote Shutter switch. Aux Port Function -Selects the function of the Aux Port on the MōVI GCU. Available selections are UART Shutter Type – Options are Pulsed, Latched or Camera I/F. Set this for the shutter type of the camera to and Shutter where UART is default. Select UART when using the Freefly MōVI Controller to enable be used. communication between the MōVI and the receiver. Select Shutter to enable shutter release or start/stop functionality via other 3rd party controllers. Output signal of the Aux Port when set to shutter: Expert Menu: This menu contains expert settings that normally do not need to be adjusted. Leave these Pin 1 Aux port = GND, Pin 3 Aux port = Shutter input. Map Remote Shutter and Shutter Type settings must settings at the factory default unless they are required for troubleshooting. also be set. Pan/Tilt/Roll Hold Strength Settings – These values control how strongly each axis follows and holds Heading Assist -Selections available are OFF, Fixed Mount, GPS, and Compass. OFF is default and is no the commanded position. A higher Hold Strength allows faster panning and tilting in Dual Operator and change from how the MōVI performed previous to this update. Fixed Mount is available for use on in Majestic Mode, but may cause overshoot with heavier cameras. A lower Hold Strength provides stationary type setup such as on a tripod. Using this setting, the MōVI references only motor position additional smoothing. (See Pan/Tilt Joystick Smoothing and Majestic Pan/Tilt Smoothing for other during pan moves, thus eliminating drift. When set to GPS this will allow for increased performance during ways to adjust smoothing on each axis.) The default value (8) works well for a large range of cameras. higher accelerations common when used with a multi-rotor platform. Set to Compass for increased handheld performance. A Declination value should be set when in Compass. Gyro Filter – This setting adjusts the strength of the filter applied to the Gimbal’s gyro sensors. If the Gimbal is experiencing oscillations that cannot be corrected by adjusting Stiffness settings, you can Declination -Set local declination value for shooting location. This information is used when Heading use the Gyro Filter to further tune the Gimbal and remove oscillations. As a general rule, if the Assist is set to Compass. Local magnetic declination values can be found online. oscillations are fast and rough in nature (buzzing), try increasing the Gyro Filter. If the oscillations are slow and smooth in nature (rocking), try decreasing the Gyro Filter. Logging Rate -Available options are 5Hz, 10Hz, and 25Hz logging rates. To be used when Data Logging is set to ON. Output Filter – This setting adjusts the strength of the filter applied to the Gimbal’s motor outputs. If the Gimbal is experiencing oscillations that cannot be corrected by adjusting stiffness settings, you Data Logging -Enables logging data from the MōVI via Micro SD card slot on the MōVI GCU. Frequency of can use the Output Filter to further tune the Gimbal and remove oscillations. As a general rule, if the data stream can be set via Logging Rate. When Data Logging is set to ON, the LEDs on the MōVI will flash at oscillations are fast and rough in nature (buzzing), try increasing the Output Filter. If the oscillations a frequency corresponding to the Logging Rate setting. Some data may be unavailable without GPS signal are slow and smooth in nature (rocking), try decreasing the Output Filter. or when Heading Assist is set to OFF. To avoid potential corruption of data, Data Logging should be set to OFF before de-powering the MōVI. Data Logging exports a wide range of parameters and is currently Shaky-cam Pan / Tilt – A feature has been exposed to allow operators enhance their filming. Shaky Cam available for use in a raw format. senses movement of the gimbal (acceleration in both the vertical and horizontal axis’), and can add some of that signal into the tilt and pan motors as a form of deliberate pointing corruption. The scaling Autotune – MōVI Controller Support 3.08 introduces the ability to automatically calibrate stiffness factors are adjustable where zero disables the corruption, and larger positive or negative values give a settings on a balanced MōVI. To initiate the Autotune function, go to SYSTEM-> Autotune. With the MōVI in progressively stronger lead or lag effect. Lead is where the camera accelerates to tilt more upward the stand and stable, Autotune will go through the steps required to tune the MōVI based on the Autotune when the gimbal is accelerated up, lag is the opposite with the camera briefly pointing more Percentage setting under Tuning. It is recommended to use the stock setting of 50% for M10s and 70% for downwards for an up move. Similarly applied for lateral movements affecting the Pan Axis. Both dual cage MōVIs such as the M5 and M15. effects may be enabled and tuned independently. The effects maybe be observed for test purposes by 04—P24
05 Separating the tasks of moving the camera and framing the shot allow for unique and dynamic camera moves during high-action scenes. In order to effectively execute such shots, it is imperative that the person holding the MōVI and the person operating the remote control are in sync and understand the other’s intentions. Often times, it is helpful to have wireless communication between the MōVI operator and camera operator, so that they can better coordinate moving and framing the camera. REMOTE CONTROL
REMOTE CONTROL dual majestic off 4 1 tilt speed REMOTE CONTROL FEATURES: Tilt Speed: This dial will adjust the speed of the Tilt Axis. High action scenes may require faster speeds, while some scenes require very subtle and delicate framing. The operator can vary the max tilt speed live and on-the-ﬂy by adjusting this dial. Setting the speed as low as possible will give the operator a ﬁner control feel. Pan Speed: This dial will adjust the speed of the Pan Axis. High action scenes may require faster speeds, while some scenes require very pan speed 2 3 pan/tilt subtle and delicate framing. The operator can vary the max pan speed live and on-the-ﬂy by adjusting this dial. Setting the speed as low as possible will give the operator a ﬁner control feel. Pan/Tilt Joystick: This is the joystick that allows the operator to control roll trim 5 the pan and tilt of the camera. The stick is proportional meaning that the further the operator pushes it in a certain direction, the faster the camera will pan/tilt. It is also important to note that the tilt control can be reversed in the radio software to accommodate the taste of the individual operator. 05—P27
dual majestic off 4 1 tilt speed MODE SWITCH: (DUAL OPERATOR, MAJESTIC, KILL) Dual Operator Mode: This 3 position switch allows the remote operator to change control modes remotely. The top position is “Remote Operator Mode”, which allows the remote operator to have complete control over the gimbal. In this mode, the person holding the MōVI has no control over the camera’s pan/tilt. One important point is that when completing a shot, it is helpful if the remote operator switches to Majestic Mode, so that the MōVI operator can move freely with the pan speed 2 3 pan/tilt MōVI without tangling wires, etc. Without switching to Majestic Mode, the MōVI will hold its heading regardless of what the MōVI operator does, which can make it diﬃcult to reset the shot. Majestic Mode: This refers to the mode which allows the MōVI operator roll trim 5 to control both Pan and Tilt Axes or just one of them. For some shots, it is helpful for the MōVI operator to be able to control framing as a single operator. Some shots are best executed with the MōVI operator controlling pan, but with the camera operator controlling tilt. Kill (Oﬀ): This switch position kills power to the MōVI. This is helpful in some cases for setup/initialization or if a wire becomes tangled. In case of any problem or malfunction, the remote operator should immediately activate the kill switch. 05—P28
SYMPTOM POSSIBLE CAUSE SOLUTION Gimbal will not power up. Battery unplugged or switch oﬀ. Plug in battery and ensure switch is on. No battery indicator. Battery damaged or over-discharged. Replace battery. Dispose of used battery properly. No stabilization, battery indicator shows Battery discharged. Replace battery. Charge the used battery using only the one rapid ﬂashing LED. provided charger. No stabilization, battery indicator shows Gimbal initializing. Allow 5 seconds without camera movement for Gimbal to charge remaining. initialize. Dual Operator Radio Controller in Kill Mode. Use the Mode Switch on the Radio Controller to activate Dual Operator Mode. Or turn oﬀ Radio Controller to return or or to Majestic mode. No stabilization, battery indicator shows Gimbal initialization failed. Restart Gimbal by switching oﬀ then on. Allow 5 seconds three ﬂashing LEDs. without camera movement for Gimbal to initialize. A wire has come unplugged. Carefully check all wiring and connectors, especially the IMU Puck wire. Re-seat any loose connections. If a wire has come completely unplugged, refer to the Wiring Diagram for the appropriate connection point. Axis Stiﬀness is set to 0. Open the GUI. On the Tuning page, ensure that the axis No stabilization on one axis. Stiﬀness is not set to zero. A Motor Drive has been reset due to voltage, Restart the Gimbal by switching oﬀ then on. temperature, or current protection. A Motor Wire has come unplugged. Power oﬀ the Gimbal. Reconnect the Motor Wire. Refer to the Wiring Diagram for proper connections. Gimbal attempts to stabilize camera to Gimbal initialized in improper orientation. Restart Gimbal by switching oﬀ then on. Ensure that the an improper orientation. The camera must be correctly oriented during camera and Gimbal are in the desired orientation during initialization. initialization. Gimbal joints have been modiﬁed. The Gimbal joints should never be disassembled except by qualiﬁed technicians. 06—P31
SYMPTOM POSSIBLE CAUSE SOLUTION Pan Axis is oﬀset by 90º or 180º in Handle has been attached in an incorrect If you have disassembled the handle (for example to switch Majestic Mode. orientation. from handheld to multirotor use), be sure to reassemble in the original orientation. Oscillation on one more Gimbal axis. Stiﬀness setting is too high. Reduce the Stiﬀness setting of the axis that is oscillating using the GUI Tuning page. (You can use the GUI Motors Chart to see which axis is oscillating if it isn't visible.) An Adjustment Clamp is not tightened. Check all Adjustment Clamps for adequate tightness. They must all be locked down during operation. If necessary, adjust the clamp tension with a hex wrench. Camera mounting is not stiﬀ enough. The camera must be mounted rigidly to the Tilt Axis. Use a wedge or spacer under the lens and/or on the sides of the camera to stiﬀen the mounting if necessary. Filter settings are incorrect. Note: The Gyro and If the oscillations are fast (buzzing), try increasing the Output ﬁlters are advanced settings and should Filter settings under GUI Expert Settings. If they are slow only be modiﬁed if other methods of reducing (rocking), try decreasing the Filter settings. oscillation have failed. Poor stabilization. (Bumps or jolts The gimbal is not adequately balanced. Check the camera balance in various positions. Repeat present in footage.) balancing steps as described in the user manual. The Stiﬀness setting is too low. Increase the Stiﬀness settings of each axis in the GUI Tuning page. If you can identify which axis is poorly stabilized, start with that axis’ Stiﬀness. Higher Stiﬀness will achieve better stabilization. The tuning process is described in the user manual. Horizon (Roll Axis) is not level. Roll Trim not set. Adjust the Roll Trim setting to achieve a level horizon. In Majestic Mode, this is adjustable in the GUI. In Dual Operator mode, this is adjustable using the Roll Trim switch on the Dual Operator Radio Controller. No Control in Dual Operator Mode. Dual Operator Radio Controller is oﬀ, or set to Turn on Radio Controller and set Mode Switch to Dual Kill or Majestic Mode. Operator (DUAL) Mode. Radio Controller Mapping is misconﬁgured. If you are using the stock Radio Controller (Spektrum DX7), ensure that the Radio Mapping settings in the GUI are as shown on P24. If you are using another Radio Controller, refer to the User Manual for guidance on Radio Mapping.
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