Featured at NoFilmschool.com
What are SnapTrack Cinerails?
SnapTrack Cinerails are rails used to connect two readily available 3/4 inch PVC tubes to make a dolly track. By using the Cinerails draw string, you can pull the track into an arc of varying degrees allowing you to dolly around your subject. As a part of the complete SnapTrack Cinerails system we've created a tripod dolly that works perfectly to create smooth tracking shots. The system is one of the most portable, light weight and easy to assemble dolly systems anywhere.... and it's affordable. Only 7 Cinerails are neccessary to create 8 feet of track.
SnapTrack Cinerails have been used to film network TV
How much weight will it hold?
The standard track set up will hold 20 lbs, combined weight between your camera and tripod. For example, the set up I show in the video weighs only 13 lbs. combined weight (the DSLR and lens alone is only 3 lbs). But, If you purchase a second set of Cinerails ($59) and add them to the track to give it more support per linear foot, you can run a total weight of 70 lbs. That would allow you to mount a full size (25 lbs) tripod, and up to a 45 lbs camera.
Are they really that good?
Yes, the SnapTrack Cinerails system really is THAT GOOD! I've used mine to shoot TV shows for major networks, and every time I use them someone asks me where they can get a set. Don't take my word for it though, here are some links to projects I've used them on. Race: http://www.dannydodgelive.com/ec.html TV Commercial: http://www.dannydodgelive.com/thegym.html Promo: http://www.dannydodgelive.com/foothills.html
What's so special about them?
Most dolly track systems are heavy and time consuming to put together. Not the Cinerails system. I can put them together in less than 60 seconds. And on top of that I can convert them into an arc, which will allow me to dolly around my subject while keeping them perfectly centered in the frame, without having to pan the camera. Try that with any other system. Being able to vary the diameter of the arc makes it possible for me to vary the distance from my subject while still being able to keep them in frame during the dolly move.
Can you add to the track to lengthen them?
Hang onto your hats, that's soon to come! And when we make it available, it will allow you to make your dolly track as long as you want it.
So when can I get my own?
As soon as the project funds production will begin, and we plan to start shipping shortly thereafter. Depending on the response, we hope to have all orders filled by the end of March or early April.
Why did you invent the SnapTrack Cinerails?
I wanted a dolly system I could afford, first of all. Secondly, because I travel to film for almost every show I work on, I needed a dolly system I could take on a plane. And lastly, I wanted a dolly track that I could vary the arc on. There are so many times that I'm working in environments that require me to film at different distances from my subject, and to have the option of different arc diameters means I never had to compromise my shot options.
What's the money used for?
The money raised from this project will be used to acquire the parts, raw materials and machining needed in bulk. By doing this it will allow us to offer the SnapTrack Cinerails System at the great price listed.
How will they be made?
All production and assembly will take place in Loveland, Colorado so that I can have hands on control of quality. A portion of the work will be done by one of two local machine shops, with the remainder of the machining being done on site in my own shop. With regard to pre-made parts, we will be doing a bulk order on items like the dolly frame, wheels and fasteners,etc. in order to pass along the cost savings to you. I guarantee that quality control is of utmost concern, and with my experience in R&D, product manufacturing and assembly, you'll be delighted with the SnapTrack Cinerails system. Managing issues of customer safety is extremely important, so things like proper de-burring are just one of the things we will be on top of.
With a year of testing and modification in real world environments under my belt, I've worked out all the kinks, and am completely confident in the system. It Rocks! Want proof of my experience? Check out one of my other projects, "The Shaft". This product required exacting tolerances and a high level of design to operate correctly: The Shaft Camera Stabilizer
Risks and challenges
The SnapTrack Cinerail system is extremely simple, however it takes custom made cutting bits in order to create the precise fit needed to make the system work with store bought PVC. On top of that the wheel gap needed to make the dolly operate properly with the track must be exact. Too wide and the dolly will interfere with the Cinerails. So as you can see, assuring proper attention is given to exacting tolerances is a must when constructing the SnapTrack Cinerails system. That's why I've taken great care in connecting with just the right parts manufacturers to assure that production quality and production schedules are maintained, and that they meet the expectations of those who purchase the system. Having already gone through the process of taking a product from concept to market is definitely an advantage that I have over others, and my experience as a machinist gives me first hand experience at quality control.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (18 days)