The REVOLVE is a tool for creating fluid and dynamic video footage; compatible with all cameras and affordable to all videographers.
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Digital Trends- "...Get those smooth video shots with the Revolve dolly ... a low-cost, modular alternative to more conventional camera equipment"
Designboom "...a functional alternative to the very
expensive costs of conventional camera equipment.”
Mobile Magazine- "...moving, dynamic shots can be so much more interesting. The trouble is trying to get those motions to be as smooth as possible without breaking the bank and that’s where Revolve comes in.”
Gizmag- "...the Revolve camera dolly could be an invaluable device for filmmakers to capture smooth, dynamic video from any location.”
Techmash- "...an interesting design that means making a video and taking great images is made easy, no matter what camera is used.”
Popflys- "...I’m shocked with how cheap this system is being sold for. If you’re an indie filmmaker or hell even a student with a camera you’ll benefit from this system."
AllCoolShit- "...a really cool and affordable solution for pro and amateur photographers."
The Elevated Standard- "...Buttery smooth camera pans aren’t restricted to million dollar budget productions anymore."
The Revolve camera dolly is a platform for capturing smooth and dynamic video footage. This system can create a wide variety of tracking shots and rotational dolly shots as well as dynamic time lapse and stop motion photography. It is compatible with virtually any camera, and is suitable for use on all surfaces and at any location.
The revolve dolly was born out of the desire for useful camera accessories at an affordable price. Lots of thought went into the design of the dolly, and after a year of development it is ready for production.
The adjustable axles of the dolly allow it to travel in a straight line, or in a curved line or rotational arc of any angle. Each axle is threaded with two 1/4" -20 holes, which provide mounting points for additional camera accessories, and also allow the dolly to travel on rails (with the optional rail kit).
To add one or more accessories to your order: select your pledge level, and select which accessories you want. Then add the price of your pledge level, and the price of the accessories, and enter it in the 'pledge amount' box on the next page. For detailed instructions on how to add accessories CLICK HERE
The Rail Kit-
The rail kit increases the versatility of the REVOLVE camera dolly tenfold. It allows you to use the dolly at any location, even where the rough or uneven surface would otherwise prevent you from capturing smooth video.
The kit consists of a set of pipe clamping blocks (see update #3 for improved rail clamp design) , as well as 4 guide rods (which screw into the axles of the dolly). The pipe clamping blocks have a threaded screw hole on the bottom so that you can attach them to tripods to deliver height at one or both ends. Add a set of pipes in a length of your choosing (which are very inexpensive and readily available; PVC pipes, metal conduit, or wood curtain dowels), and you are ready to roll!
We also offer a customized monopod, which screws directly into the base of the dolly and allows you to add height to the shot when you need it. It is adjustable from 20-65" and can also be used as a standard monopod when it isn't attached to the dolly. We also found that this combination functions well as a camera stabilizer. The monopod acts as a jib with the dolly as a counterweight which helps to stabilize handheld shots.
More information about the accessories can be found HERE
The dolly is precision machined from aerospace grade aluminum, which provides a strong platform that can handle rigs of any weight without a problem. It is anodized in black to protect the parts against wear and corrosion.
The Revolve logo is laser engraved onto the chassis, along with a set of ruler markings which make proper alignment of the adjustable axles quick and easy. The soft wheels give the dolly a smooth ride, and the quality ball bearings give it an effortless glide.
Thank you for checking out this project! We greatly appreciate your support! Kickstarter is an all or nothing crowd funding website, so if we don't reach our goal, all of the pledge money will be returned to backers, and we won't be able to produce the dollies. So please help spread the word and share this project on your facebook, twitter, blog, by email, etc. and help us turn the Revolve dolly into a reality!
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Yes, the Revolve will ship worldwide, but if you are outside of the US, please add $20 to your pledge to cover the shipping cost. Thank you!
The rail kit does not include the pipes or wooden dowels that are required to make a track for the Revolve. It includes the clamping blocks, and the guide rods, but you will purchase your own pipes.
This keeps the cost down for everyone- you don't have to pay for the expensive shipping that would be included to ship long pipes, and you can choose the length of your track.
PVC pipe and wood dowels with an outer diameter between 1" to 1 3/8" are readily available, and inexpensive.
When the rail kit guide rods are screwed into the axles, will I still be able to attach extra accessories?
Yes! The threaded portion of the guide rods extend out of the mounting hole, so that you can screw friction arms (via adapter included with each friction arm) directly to the guide rod to mount your accessories.
The newest revision of the rail kit (see Update #3) is designed to work with any pipe that has an outer diameter between 1" to 1 3/8"
PVC pipe works fine for shorter length rails, but will begin to flex with longer lengths, or heavy rigs. Wood curtain rod, or wooden dowels are the best solution that I have found- they don't flex and they are still very affordable.
If you wish to add another Revolve dolly to any order, simply add $70 to your pledge amount. When we send out the survey at the end of the pledging period, you will list the second Revolve as an additional accessory.
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Mar 22, 2012 - May 6, 2012 (45 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Every Dollar Counts- Along with a big thanks for your support, you will also have access to backer only updates, and be guaranteed the $70 Kickstarter price if you choose to purchase a REVOLVE later. (note: the $70 price may not include free shipping after Kickstarter)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $59 or more
25 backers All gone!
EARLY BACKER SPECIAL- The first 25 backers are rewarded with an extra low price! Backers will receive one REVOLVE camera dolly. Add additional accessories as desired (see instructions on left). Free shipping included (add $20 for shipping outside of the US)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $70 or more
The Basic- Backers will receive one REVOLVE camera dolly. Add additional accessories as desired (see instructions on left). Free shipping included (add $20 for shipping outside of the US)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $89 or more
30 backers Limited (5 of 35 left)
*NEW REWARD* Kickstarter Edition- Backers will receive one limited edition REVOLVE camera dolly signed and numbered 1-50, and anodized in Kickstarter green. Add additional accessories as desired (see instructions on left). Free shipping included (add $20 for shipping outside of the US)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Universal Kit- Backers will receive one REVOLVE camera dolly, and one friction arm. This is a great kit for mounting any small to medium camera. Add additional accessories as desired (see instructions on left). Free shipping included (add $20 for shipping outside of the US)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $120 or more
iPhone Kit- Backers will receive one REVOLVE camera dolly, one Glif iPhone 4 mount, and one friction arm. Add additional accessories as desired (see instructions on left).Free shipping included (add $20 for shipping outside of the US)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $190 or more
Pro Kit- Backers will receive one REVOLVE camera dolly, one professional ball head, one rail kit, and two friction arms. Add additional accessories as desired (see instructions on left). Free shipping included (add $20 for shipping outside of the US)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $200 or more
9 backers Limited (1 of 10 left)
Kickstarter Edition- Backers will receive TWO revolve camera dollies- one standard black dolly, plus one limited edition REVOLVE camera dolly signed and numbered 1-50, and anodized in Kickstarter green. Add additional accessories as desired (see instructions on left). Free shipping included anywhere in the world.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012