One of the best parts of our job is customizing various pieces of equipment to work together seamlessly.  Since receiving our new Arri Alexa Mini camera we have been dying to fly it effectively on a Freefly Movi M10 with a Follow Focus, Teradek for wireless monitoring and a clip on Matte box.  Initially we had a lot of trouble balancing the Alexa Mini with a reasonably sized prime lens like the Cooke Mini while leaving enough clearance for the camera to move.  We thought it would be necessary to modify the M10 to extend the camera baseplate position away from the operator.  However our engineers were able to create a solution with the parts we had on hand to make everything work.

Equipment used

  • Arri Alexa Mini
  • Cooke Mini S4 25mm T2.8
  • Freefly Movi M10
  • Redrock Single channel Wireless Follow Focus
  • Teradek Bolt Pro
  • Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom Clip-on matte box
  • Arri MAP-2 for Alexa Mini
  • Anton Bauer Gold Mount Battery x2
  • Anton Bauer Sandwich Plate
  • Wooden Camera Sliding Battery Plate
  • D-tap power cables
  • Panasonic BT-LH1910 Monitor

The total weight was 20 pounds 12 ounces so ideally the Operator would have an EasyRig or similar to help take some of the weight off.

The “trick” Austin L. discovered was mounting the battery underneath the camera on a set of rods.  Austin did this by way of a Wooden Camera Sliding Battery plate and an Anton Bauer Sandwich Battery Plate.  The Sandwich plate helped lower the center of gravity which enables us to keep the camera moved forward enough to allow enough clearance to tilt the Alexa Mini camera without it hitting the Movi.

If you have another solution to the issue please drop us a line at support@hawaiicamera.com!  We’d love to hear from you!

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