Timeline

Freefly is only 6 years old. We’ve packed a lot into that timeframe! Check out some of the highlights and lowlights from this adventure.

Freefly Timeline

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  • first First
  • cool Cool
  • failure Failure

2017

Worlds first 5 axis handheld / drone mountable gimbal

Freefly announces the worlds first handheld / drone mountable 5-axis gimbal allowing for shots up to 240mm

Put A MōVI on it contest

Freefly customers create the most amazing contest we have ever seen

Worlds First handheld stabilizer to interface with video game controller

FW 1.1 allows users to control the MōVI Pro with a Playstation Controller

Worlds First Gestural Control of F / I / Z

Move your hand to control Focus / Iris / or Zoom

2016

MōVI Pro - first full filter and gain auto tune under 15 seconds

Tuning a gimbal becomes a thing of the past

Dronesurfing

Henning leads the crew to tow him with the ALTA 8

Freefly Anywhere contest

Our very first mash up contest

ALTA 8

8 rotor version of the ALTA 6 for increased payload

2015

Worlds first drone with compassless position hold

For situations where compass is unreliable we developed an algorithm which derives aircraft heading with only one GPS. Still unique today in the market!

Worlds first Multi Rotor with Sinusoidal Motor Drives

No more screeching motor drives; all you hear on ALTA is prop noise.

ALTA 6

Worlds first top / bottom mounted camera drone

MIMIC

Worlds most intuitive remote camera control

Wedge

Worlds smallest / lightest 3 axis lens controller

2014

First handheld stabilizer with full cage for increased performance

More then doubled the performance by holding the camera more rigidly

MōVI M15

Shipments of the larger MōVI M15 begin

Tero

Our first ground vehicle to carry MōVI

MōVI Certified 'Camel Compatible'

We never imagined all the ways people would use a MōVI

Worlds first 50+ ft jump by chase camera man with perfectly stable footage

Kirk Bereska risks life and limb to create one of our all time favorite shots with Nick Schrunk and Corey K

First Flight of the RED Dragon Camera

We can now fly a fully professional camera package and create stable imagery.

2013

MōVI Controller

Our first integrated controller for MōVI Product line. Gives users complete control over MōVI / Camera / and FIZ from 600+ feet away

MōVI M5

Freefly announces the smaller / lighter MōVI M5

Worlds first stable long lens footage from drone

Shots up to 85mm in this piece ignited the quest which eventually led to MōVI Carbon

Majestic Mode

Intuitive single operator control of a 3 axis handheld stabilizer

First Flight of a handheld 3 axis stabilizer in manned aircraft

Vince strapped Tabb to the front of a helicopter and flew around NYC

MōVI M10

World first 3 axis digital Handheld Stabilizer

2012

Radian

Freefly’s first electronic product – camera stabilization module

Cinestar 3 axis gimbal

We added a pan axis to the 2 axis gimbal to allow more complex dual operator aerial cinematography

2011

CineStar 8 MultiRotor

Our first octocopter built to carry heavy (for the era) camera packages

Worlds first EPIC to fly on MultiRotor

Tabb strapped on his Epic and kept it low, the flight was terrifying but showed that multi rotors had potential to carry cinema packages.

CineStar 2 axis gimbal

Our first 2 axis camera gimbal designed to fly on CineStar 6 and 8

Freefly Systems Incorporated

Shit’s getting real!

First flight of 1st CineStar 6 Prototype

This was really one of the key moments for us taking the leap to start Freefly. I took the CS6 to NAB and showed it to GoPro and Quadrocopter and they were so pumped

First Panasonic AF100 Flight on Drone

One of the first times I actually thought our footage looked good!

2010

CineQuad to carry Cineflex Built

Exploded on first flight!

2009

Hugh and Tabb Meet on set of clean Break

We didn’t get along at first, then fell in love

2008

David and Tabb meet on RCgroups

Tabb originally bought XERA motors from David B and started talking his ear off about heavy lift industrial electric helicopter