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Take your photography, time-lapse and filmmaking projects to the next level with professional grade affordable 3-axis motion control. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 14, 2014.

Take your photography, time-lapse and filmmaking projects to the next level with professional grade affordable 3-axis motion control.

About this project

Thank you Kickstarters! All of us at Dynamic Perception are simply amazed-to-no-end by the incredible stories you tell through time-lapse and film. We know that when your creativity is unleashed minds get freakin' blown... and we don't want anything to hold you back.

Introducing our newest barrier-busting labor of love:

A Bluetooth controlled tough-as-nails lightweight multi-stage motion control system from Dynamic Perception. We can't wait to see what's created when your imagination is at the controls!

Why we need your help: We're almost to the finish line but we've gone as far as we can go alone. We've put a lot of time and thought into this design. We've invested in the tools and the technology to get it done. We've produced functional prototypes (both DC and stepper motor driven, MX3 and NMX software controlled) tested and re-tested. Now we need your help with the final bulk material and app development push.

Here's why we think this system is worth supporting: As shooters ourselves we know there are other devices out there - but none provide the rock-solid stability, shot freedom and control at a price we knew was possible. This is the inspiration behind the Stage R design - a solid, versatile, intuitively controlled affordable system you can trust in challenging shooting locations with your sensitive camera equipment. 

Incredibly Versatile: Each Stage R unit is capable of full 360 degree pan or tilt movement and its flexible modular design allows for hundreds of different motion combinations (100's, we're serious!). Connect two units together for full pan and tilt or connect one or two units to a dolly slider for ultra-dynamic 3-axis movement (slide + pan and/or tilt). Nail any shot from live action to time-lapse covering days with stunning camera motion!

Lightweight and Rock-Solid: A core lightweight rotary axis weighs only 3 lbs (with motor) and can be used independently or be paired with a second unit (7 lbs as a pair). The unit's full aluminum construction is tough-as-nails capable of supporting 20 lbs and unlike other devices allows for a low center of gravity and balance resulting in maximum camera stability. Each unit is weight to strength optimized so heavy camera equipment, challenging shooting locations and crummy weather conditions are no problem - it's a system you'll feel confident in.

We received some inquiries on how much weight the system could support... so we did a little test. :D
We received some inquiries on how much weight the system could support... so we did a little test. :D

Fast Set Up: Each Stage R unit can quickly mount to standard tripod release plates or a variety of commonly found support systems via multiple 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 points (8 different locations to be exact!).

Multiple motor options: Opposing Quick-Snap motor mounts allow simple motor attachment on both sides of the rotary unit. The universal swappable mount means DC motors or stepper motors can easily be used to drive the system! Fully compatible with arca-swiss style clamps, L-brackets and accessories (included in rewards over $400) for maximum flexibility. From run and gun to complex motion control Stage R can handle it all.

NMX Motion Controller with iOS and Android support: The NMX Bluetooth motion controller is an advanced networkable lightweight stepper motor driver that features integrated camera control. Don't let the small size or the single button fool you, it's fully software controlled and packs a sophisticated punch.

Smartphone Control: Meet the DP Motion App, an intuitive motion control application that turns your iOS or Android device into a mobile creativity factory. 

DP Motion App Screen Sketches
DP Motion App Screen Sketches
  • Easy Time-lapse Set Up: Control all aspects of your time-lapse in either continuous mode or move-shoot-move mode. Let the app take care of time-lapse interval or total-shooting-time calculations for you.
  • Buttery smooth motion ramping: Want to add speed ramping to 1, 2 or all 3 axes of motion? Set easy in and out keyframes and the watch your camera gradually increase to your set max speed, remain constant then gradually decrease to a complete stop. 
  • Real-time control at your fingertips (Movie Mode): Control up to 3 axes in real-time with the touch of your screen. 
  • Stop Motion capable: 3-axis stop-motion control with popular Dragonframe Stop-motion Software.
  • And more: Easy wireless updates means new features can be quickly added as they go live.

or Computer Control: If you haven't done so already meet Graffik, the advanced motion control application for the NMX Motion Controller or other MOCOBus-enabled devices. Many users have already been achieving amazing results with it. It's our multi-track editor approach to motion definition and allows you to quickly and easily create expressive films, whether they be video, time-lapse, or stop-motion. Simply configure your motion profile, download to the NMX or networked NMX modules and you're free to disconnect and run.  

Graffik: Advanced motion control application for the NMX
Graffik: Advanced motion control application for the NMX

Compatibility and expandability: We've always designed our equipment with an eye towards flexibility and compatibility. Why design something that needs to be replaced over time when it can be designed to be upgraded, expanded and enhanced. The same is true for the Stage R and all of our products. Simply put they are designed to work together, expand and evolve alongside us both.

Controllers that connect and work together
Controllers that connect and work together

Your support is what makes all this possible. We've designed a series of rewards in 2 levels.

$1 - Instant Karma, (you can never have enough good karma) Thanks for your support!

$25 - A Print or eBook copy of Time-lapse Photography: A Complete Introduction to Shooting, Processing and Rendering Time-lapse Movies with a DSLR Camera (Volume 1) by Ryan Chylinski (part of DP team) - Learn more here. Thanks!

$99 - The super strong D-Pod Micro Tripod: perfect for supporting any slider close to the ground or 1 or 2 Stage R: Rotary Modules. Learn more here. Thanks!

Early-Bird MoCo Level: Choose an early-bird reward level and get your rotary unit(s) sooner either as a fully complete 2-axis or 3-axis kit with our flagship MX3 Handheld Motion Controller, DC motors and/or our dolly sliders. Standalone add-on rotary units available as well (without controller, great if you already have an MX2, MX3: to add to pledge +$225, or AT2: to add to pledge +$185). Rewards with NMX Stepper controllers and smartphone app available below this tier. 

Single Axis Add On ($350): Pan or Tilt Stage R: Rotary Module with DC Motor. Looking to add an additional single axis to your existing DP gear? This is the level for you. (requires MX2, MX3 or AT2 motion controller and power source). Add $30 to pledge for optional camera bracket kit.

Multi Axis Add On ($750): Pan and Tilt Stage R: Rotary Modules with DC Motors, L-Bracket and connection hardware. Looking to add a 2-axis unit to your existing DP gear? This is the level for you. (requires MX2, MX3 or AT2 motion controller and power source)

Pan and Tilt (2-axis) complete with the MX3 Handheld motion controller! ($995): This complete 2 Axis kit uses the MX3 to control each Stage R with removable DC motor. (includes includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket and power source)connection hardware and power source) Shipping in May! Simply mount to any standard tripod or slider and you are Rockin'

Slide and Pan and Tilt (3-axis) with the Stage Zero Dolly + MX3 Handheld Motion Controller! ($1,495): This complete 3 Axis kit includes the Rugged Stage Zero 6-foot Dolly, 2 Stage R: Rotary Axes and MX3 Motion Controller. (includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket and power source, everything you need for a full 3 axis system controlled by the MX3) -Shipping in May! Simply mount the 6-foot track to a tripod pair, not included.

Portable Expandable Adventure Package: Slide and Pan or Tilt (2-axis) with the Stage One 40" Carbon Fiber Dolly + MX3 Handheld Motion Controller! ($1,875) This complete 2 Axis kit includes the ultra-lightweight Stage One Dolly consisting of two 20" extension sets, 1 Stage R: Rotary Axis and MX3 Motion Controller. (includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket and power source, includes everything you need for a 2-axis system controlled by the MX3) -Shipping in May! Simply mount the 40-inch track to a tripod pair, not included.

Expandability: Want to use the NMX and the DP Motion App later? Simply use stepper motors instead of DC motors and you've got an NMX Motion Controller ready system with iOS and Android support. Early-bird shipments with the MX3 begin in May.

Video: MX3 Motion Controller basic overview
Video: Using the MX3 to control up to three DC motor driven axes
Video: Basic integrated camera control with the MX3

NMX MoCo Level (Shipping September): Looking to jump straight to NMX bluetooth control and a stepper driven system? Choose an NMX reward level and have our newest iOS and Android enabled controller in a fully complete 2-axis or 3-axis kit.

Pan and Tilt (2-axis) with NMX stepper drivers + Smartphone Control! ($1,145) - This complete 2 Axis package uses the DP Motion App and NMX drivers to control each Stage R with removable stepper motor (includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket and power source) Shipping in September! Simply mount to any standard tripod or slider!

Slide and Pan and Tilt (3-axis) with the Stage Zero Dolly + NMX stepper drivers + Smartphone Control! - $1,995 - This complete 3 Axis kit includes the Rugged Stage Zero 6-foot Dolly and 2 Stage R: Rotary Axes all controlled by the DP Motion App and NMX stepper drivers. (includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket and power source, everything you need for a full 3 axis stepper motor driven system controlled by your smartphone) Shipping in September! 

Portable Expandable Adventure Package: Slide and Pan or Tilt (2-axis) with the Stage One 40" Carbon Fiber Dolly + NMX stepper drivers + Smartphone Control! ($2,295) - This complete 2 Axis kit includes the ultra-lightweight Stage One Dolly consisting of two 20" extension sets, 1 Stage R: Rotary Axis all controlled by the DP Motion App and NMX stepper drivers. (includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket and power source, everything you need for a 2-axis stepper motor driven system controlled by your smartphone) Shipping in September! 

Timeline:

2013 

  • February: Rotary stage development began 
  • April: First series of prototypes began, VX1 concept was born
  • August-September: Design development & testing
  • November: Final design approach solidified
  • December: Stage R 3d print prototypes & component testing

2014

  • February: Handmade alpha test unit complete
  • March 7th: Stage R machined beta-prototypes complete
  • March 7th: through April 15 design verification and testing
  • March 10th: App development begins  
  • April 14th: Kickstarter Launch 
  • April 20th: Machine production preparation complete and first parts orders complete
  • May 14th: Kickstarter Complete 
  • May 15th: Production begins on Stage R
  • by end of May: Early-bird Stage R add-ons and MX3 Kits ship
  • June 1st: Early Bird backers shipping complete!
  • June 15th: Mobile App requirements complete, development begins
  • July 20th: App testing and improvement period
  • end of August: Final application tests 
  • by end of Sept: NMX stepper drivers w/app shipping begins!

A little about us: Dynamic Perception has been producing Motion Control equipment for photographers and filmmakers since 2009.

Founded by Jay Burlage (aka milapse) a pioneer in the time-lapse still to video crossover revolution, our first handheld controller the MX2 opened time-lapse motion control to a whole new world of hobbyists and professionals alike. Our most recent innovation, the MX3 controller furthers that momentum with 3-axis control and advanced motion capabilities. Now we're excited to partner with you on the next phase of evolution, NMX stepper driven 3-axis control for mobile devices.

Thank you!

Our friends really take the cake! We are massively grateful for your feedback throughout the development process. Check out a small (really small) sample of how amazing creative minds from all over the world have put Dynamic Perception gear to work and to the test:

Timelapse & Film

Stop motion animation:

The Teaser That Started it All:

Testing and Design Notes:

Scott, John, Chris and Ryan. Oh and our new Haas CNC machine
Scott, John, Chris and Ryan. Oh and our new Haas CNC machine
First Machined Aluminum Stage R Core
First Machined Aluminum Stage R Core
Original VX1 Design: Evolved into the Stage R
Original VX1 Design: Evolved into the Stage R

Risks and challenges

With any type of manufactured product there always runs a risk of production or shipping delays. The long and short of it is: We're gonna work our arses off to meet any challenges and delays head on. We'll get through them together, were sure of it. We've done everything we can to minimize the likelihood of any hiccups:

In-house manufacturing ability: New automated manufacturing equipment has been purchased, installed and is fully on-line. As a matter of fact it has been used in the pre-production run. We've minimized the risks of relying on third-party manufacturers for the main Stage R components.

Engineering samples and test units: We've built it! A test run of Stage R: Rotary Units and NMX Motion Controllers (with software control) have been manufactured at our Ann Arbor location and have undergone extensive testing. Pre-production test samples have also been distributed to selected photographers and filmmakers who have successfully used them the field. Thanks guys!

Successful design experience: Dynamic Perception has a 3+ year history of design and manufacturing success with thousands of happy motion and camera control customers all of the world. Our equipment is used in some of the most remote and challenging shooting situations imaginable.

Experienced partners: Where necessary we've partnered with niche leaders to deliver. Quantum Signal, LLC has been our software partner for the last 12 months and has a proven track record of exceptional application development and deployment.

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    Instant Karma, (you can never have enough good karma) Thanks for your support!

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    A Print or eBook copy of Time-lapse Photography: A Complete Introduction to Shooting, Processing and Rendering Time-lapse Movies with a DSLR Camera (Volume 1) by Ryan Chylinski (part of DP team) - Thanks!

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    The super strong D-Pod Micro Tripod: perfect for supporting any slider close to the ground or 1 or 2 Stage R: Rotary Modules.

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    Single Axis Add On - Pan or Tilt Stage R: Rotary Module with DC Motor. Looking to add an additional single axis to your existing DP gear? This is the level for you. (requires MX2, MX3 or AT2 motion controller and power source)

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    New Reward! Pan or Tilt with The MX3 Handheld Motion Controller! - This complete 1 Axis starter kit uses the MX3 to control a single Stage R with removable DC motor. (includes camera plate & bracket and power source) Simply mount to a standard tripod for full 360 pans or tilts! Shipping in May!

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    Multi Axis Add On - Pan and Tilt Stage R: Rotary Modules with DC Motors, L-Bracket, camera plate & bracket and connection hardware. Looking to add a 2-axis unit to your existing DP gear? This is the level for you. (requires MX2, MX3 or AT2 motion controller and power source)

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    Pan and Tilt with The MX3 Handheld Motion Controller! - This complete 2 Axis kit uses the MX3 to control each Stage R with removable DC motor. (includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket and power source) Shipping in May! Simply mount to any standard tripod or slider and you are Rockin'

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    16 backers

    Pan and Tilt w/Smartphone Control! - This complete 2 Axis package uses the DP Motion App and NMX drivers to control each Stage R with removable stepper motor (includes L bracket, camera plate & bracket, connection hardware and power source) Shipping in September! Simply mount to any standard tripod or slider!

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    23 backers

    Slide and Pan and Tilt with the Stage Zero Dolly + MX3 Handheld Motion Controller! This complete 3 Axis kit includes the Rugged Stage Zero 6-foot Dolly, 2 Stage R: Rotary Axes and MX3 Motion Controller. (includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket, power source & everything you need for a full 3 axis system controlled by the MX3) - Shipping in May!.

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    12 backers

    Portable Expandable Adventure Package: Slide and Pan or Tilt with the Stage One 40" Carbon Fiber Dolly + MX3 Handheld Motion Controller! This complete 2 Axis kit includes the ultra-lightweight Stage One Dolly consisting of two 20" extension sets, 1 Stage R: Rotary Axis and MX3 Motion Controller. (includes includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket, power source & everything you need for a full 2 axis system controlled by the MX3) - Shipping in May!

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    10 backers

    Slide and Pan and Tilt with the Stage Zero Dolly + Smartphone Control! This complete 3 Axis kit includes the Rugged Stage Zero 6-foot Dolly and 2 Stage R: Rotary Axes all controlled by the DP Motion App and NMX stepper drivers. (includes includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket, power source & everything you need for a full 3 axis system controlled by the NMX) Shipping in September!

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    4 backers

    Portable Expandable Adventure Package: Slide and Pan or Tilt with the Stage One 40" Carbon Fiber Dolly + Smartphone Control! This complete 2 Axis kit includes the ultra-lightweight Stage One Dolly consisting of two 20" extension sets, 1 Stage R: Rotary Axis all controlled by the DP Motion App and NMX stepper drivers. (includes L-bracket, camera plate & bracket, power source and everything you need for a 2-axis stepper motor driven system controlled by your smartphone) - Shipping in September!

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