Now just a side note, the M5 and M15 were the only two MōVIs that supported inverted mode. M10 users could not go inverted due to the fact that the pan knuckle clamps could slip and allow the entire CG of the MōVI to become extremely off balanced. If this was to happen while in the air on an Alta…. Awww… I shutter to think. Thankfully Freefly just released an upgrade for you M10 users that is similar to the M5’s keyed aluminum tube. For only $300 bucks it’s all yours. Click here to purchase.
Now I wanted to mention a few tips that we picked up when flying inverted.
First – on the Alta 6, it can be difficult to get to the battery tray to swap batteries since the tray is now on the bottom of the Alta. Well, those of you who still fly your MR or Aero legs on your MōVI while flying inverted can actually flip the entire system onto the legs of the gimbal. Obviously make sure the MōVI’s motors are disengaged before doing this.
This allows the Alta to sit upside down perfectly, while you go swap batteries. If you have the Alta 8, you don’t need to do this since Freefly designed the new quick release sliding tray.
Second – How can you prevent upside down footage when shooting in inverted mode? When we shoot inverted we can easily flip the image digitally with the proper kind of field monitors. Most monitors like SmallHD can flip the image for you, however the HUD (heads up display) of the camera is still upside down. This isn’t helpful since now you’re needing to read all of your camera setting’s upside down.
This is great and all, but there’s a better way… Without too much additional setup, you can invert the MōVI. Then rotate the entire cage so that the IMU is on the bottom. Then simply install your camera back in. The camera is actually mounting in backwards, but once the MōVI is powered on and engaged, the gimbal works like nothing has changed. You don’t even have to reverse your tilt channel. Now your footage and HUDs won’t be upside down anymore and even your editor will thank you for you making their job easier!
Last tip are your MōVI limits. With the MōVI you can set tilt degree limits so that you don’t tilt too high or too low. When flying inverted, we can set the limits to prevent the gim op from tilting into the props and booms of the Alta. It’s always best to keep your props out of frame, so take advantage of setting up your tilt limits.
So I hope this video was helpful and you were able to learn a few more tips and tricks on the Alta and MōVI.