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Arrived. Charged. All lights green. Does not work. I hold the power button for one second as the instructions (which did not come with the device) tell me to do. Nothing happens.
are you erasing my comments? i want an update right now! it been 2 weeks without a fedback from you!
Nothing yet but I just paid an extra $125 for my ZBoard when it got here, so this is just great what if I don't have the cash when my SoloShot gets here what happens.
Glad to hear that SOLOSHOT's are being received to their new homes! We are also bummed by the fact that some international peeps have to pay import duties/taxes (based on a country's import policies). We would have loved it if the Postal Service would allow us to ship SOLOSHOTs- alas, the lithium ion battery that makes your SOLOSHOT work for hours doesn't allow us to do so. :(
'Received my Soloshot today via UPS.
Sturdy, well built and well worth the cost.
Associated costs for a London, UK delivery
Import Duty = £46.67
Brokerage Fees = £11.00
Total Amount Due = £57.67 = $91.47
Soloshot = $299
Shipping = $ 79
Final cost = $475 (including (approx) Bank/credit card charges
Special thanks to Soloshot crew for delivering as promised. XXX!!!!!
received my soloshot today.
on top of the $79.00 dollars for shipping I had to pay an extra $104.00 for brokerage fees.
not really sure why i had to pay more for shipping just because I'm in Canada.
too bad we couldn't convince anyone to ship via USPS.
So much for free trade!
Any updates on shipping?
Andy- If you go out of range, SOLOSHOT will automatically begin tracking you again, so no worries there.
If I go out of range of the Soloshot will I have to pair the unit again or will it automatically start tracking again on its own?
Any updates on shipping? Been a couple of weeks since the last update...
Shipping updates: "I want it now" pledges will be going out the door either Friday or Monday, and "Instant Gratification" specials will be shipping either next week or the one following- all we are waiting on are tripods and the iPhone 5 seems to be causing issues with our shipping company! Go figure.
And yes, SOLOSHOT is for outdoor use only, Justin.
So this won't work indoors at all???
"Billy Gove 5 days ago
So when can we expect them?"
So when can we expect them?
I'm gonna use mine for Paintball set it up in the middle of the field, hopefully people won't catch on that it follows just me.
I'm not 100% sure on the RF and technology they are using but in the videos it is shown with an antenna coming out of the side.
My suspisions, corect me if I'm wrong, is that the soloshot uses RF to communicate positioning.
Indoors would present a wide array of RF and the soloshot would not know where to look in a clean room I expect it would function.
it is unfortunate if this proves to be true, soloshot could have resolved an issue with wandering presenters and video shoots.
This will go great with the soloshot.... http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Sports-Vue-360HD-Action-sports-1080p-Digital-Video-Camera-Remote-/370627769954…
You talk about using the soloshot only indoors. Can you guys explain why the design doesn't allow for indoor use?
Can i keep the tripod inside a car filming through a open window?
and please let me know which date exactly you guys can send..I probably don't have to change my address if it is not that late.
Hey guys. i just found out "I want it now" backers will get SOLOSHOT only after mid Sep. Never knew when I pledged..Anyhow, I'd like to know if it is possible to change the address to U.A.E from the States. I have to do this because I am going to move to Abudhabi in U.A.E soon and don't know when I am coming back.
FULLY Funded GOAL REACHED 10 min ago and can't wait to get mines now!
Hey everyone- we designed SOLOSHOT with outdoor use in mind- the technology involved doesn't allow for indoor use.
SOLOSHOT is a high-end dynamic device to catch all your outdoor filming needs, including but not limited to: soccer, lacrosse, football, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, filming your dog run around, water skiing, surfing, making movies, filming documentaries, making home movies, horse racing, horse showing, horse jumping, snowboarding, kiteboarding, wake boarding, skate boarding, long boarding, model airplane flying... literally your options are endless.
Enjoy! We look forward to seeing all the creative ideas we haven't even thought of with the use of your SOLOSHOT!
4 Hours to go and also would like to know why only Outdoor use?
Why is it only outdoor use only???
Thanks for the rely. What makes it "outdoor use only"?
We always suggest for best results to keep the armband/transmitter out in the open. However, should you place it under a shirt or put it in your pocket, it should still work- we suggest testing and verifying your results before filming for long periods of time.
One thing though: remember that SOLOSHOT is for outdoor use only- most ice hockey rinks are indoors.
Will the armband work without line of sight to the main unit? I'm assuming yes but want to make sure. I'm planning on using it for hockey and it will have to be under the elbow/shoulder pads.
Thanks! Great product.
SOLOSHOT is a first of its kind product that is revolutionizing the way amateurs and professionals make videos. We are looking forward to evolving this platform technology in the years ahead. Thanks for the support and hope you decided to pick one up for your filming needs.
Caitlin with Team SOLOSHOT
I wondered if you're still tweaking the tracking software, as I noticed on different example videos it can end up with subject being in the front half of frame in direction of movement. Old skool video framing says to keep the subject back half of leading direction to allow view of upcoming landscape? I'm sure it's a fine line between scanning back and forth for the shot, and keeping some sort of fluidity in the movement. I could see in the surfing example the solo had a long sequence where it was panning to the left, but it didn't seem to catch up so well? That said, it looks very capable as a solution for solo shooting.
A reminder to Bryan and the rest of the Kickstarter supporters: As soon as your SOLOSHOTs come in and you're getting footage, we would LOVE to see what you're filming. Send us your videos or tag us in your YouTube and Vimeo videos. We want to see what kind of cool stuff you're doing with your SOLOSHOT- we'll feature you on our site and even give prizes to those with great videos. Let the fun begin!
Looking forward to a package in the mail, just backed the project.
I will be using it with surfing, autocross and club auto racing, as well as snowboarding.
MJP: I feel that it is a motor/weight problem, since it looks like that 95% of the weight is being rotated. Having SOLOSHOT horizontal is probably jamming the axle due to the torque of SOLOSHOT plus the camera.
I think if you build some sort of support that picks up the weight and allows it to rotate horizontal, that would allow it to work. I'm thinking something like a cylinder riser (I have a ballhead clamp that could do this) between the SOLOSHOT and the camera and some sort of wheels on a second tripod to let it rotate.
If the SOLOSHOT was redesigned with a round top thought...
Re: Shipping news:
"....it was announced that USPS will no longer be delivering products containing lithium batteries to international locations due to concerns over fire or explosion.
Despite the fact that most items are shipped with a minimal electric charge, the risk of a battery-fire emergency is still high when products containing these batteries are improperly packaged. USPS is looking for temporary alternatives to put in place before January 1, 2013, when customers will once again be able to ship specific quantities of lithium batteries to international locations.
Fortunately, the ban only affects USPS.
FedEx, UPS and other carriers will continue to deliver products with lithium batteries to international recipients.
For time lapse photography, try setting your camera on an egg timer - it produces amazing results. Or if you're interested in something a little fancier check out this cool kickstarter project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1530895202/astro-time-lapse-motion-control
Is the sideways capability an issue with the motor or with the tracking method? How many degrees have you tried going before it wouldn't work properly? Noticed that Paul Shay (commented) for time lapse feature. Have you thought about adding something like that (programming capability so we can set a rotation and direction sequence if we don't want to or can't use the armband)? There are some cases where adding an armband wouldn't work out well, but we would still like to have the camera track a path.
TeamMCW, MJP, Jonathan Yao: Very creative ideas. We like that outside-the-box thinking (it's what landed us here in the first place!). During the design process, we focused in to optimize SOLOSHOT for land and water sports which generally only require pan in the horizontal plane. Orienting the Base sideways will not work (sorry rock climbers). However some angle is OK, for example if you are snowboarding, you are able to orient the tripod perpendicular to the mountain so the base rotates in the plane of the mountain (unless of course it's a very steep mountain). For the hill angle of most snowboard terrain parks, it works great! Also, if you're doing a sport like kiteboarding, where jumps can bet 30+ feet off the water, just set the zoom and manual tilt appropriately to capture the height of the jumps.
Have you guys used the SOLOSHOT with an L-bracket or right-angle tripod head as mentioned in the other comments? Have you tested the SOLOSHOT in a horizontal position (so the head moves the camera up and down, versus left and right) - if so, how much weight can it handle? If not, can you and post up a video, please :)
Yeah, I've been looking for a right-angle bracket so I'd be able to get one Soloshot on the vertical axis.
Fair call on the freight... I just checked with Australia Post web site and they have similar restrictions/conditions on lithium batteries. Never heard of it before? I will check up on duty / taxes and report back for other Aussies. The only other way is for sea shipment (very slow) but I guess it would cost less?
Is there a weight limit on the camera head?
Regarding questions about International shipping:
Actually, $79 for International shipping a SOLOSHOT is a great price!
Maybe some are already aware but days before we began shipping, the US Postal Service put a ban on shipping products containing lithium batteries. This left us with the only option to use a company such as UPS. As a business, we happily receive shipping discounts due to the volume we ship, and thus we are able to offer a lower shipping cost than if an individual wanted to ship Internationally. For example, "individual pricing" for a SOLOSHOT to somewhere like Australia or England, where we have many customers is between $160-$180 USD.
Additionally, some countries are more than $79 for us to ship to, so by us giving a blanket cost for international shipping, we are in fact losing money on shipping at the $79 rate. We simply wanted to make sure shipping was less of a burden for our customers.
And, as is customary with most international purchases, the customer is expected to pay duties and taxes upon entry into their country.
Please explain the $79 international shipping.
What is the weight of the package,
the shipping company and customs classification?
Import duties inclusive?
Customs clearance inclusive so we absolutely do not pay a cent anymore upon receipt?
Who quoted $79 for shipping and what exactly are they doing for that much money?
What kind of battery is used in Soloshot and armband? Thx
$79 for International post? I hope that means FedEx or UPS? Still... seems a bit steep?
MJP: If you buy two SOLOSHOT's and have some sort of bracket to connect the bottom of one to the side of another...
This is also a great use for photography as well. With a remote camera trigger, you can have the camera track you so you do not always have keep the camera at a wide angle.
time-lapse controller +1
Seems particularly suitable to incorporate a time-lapse controller within the base as a natural extension of product development.