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Anson KungBy Anson Kung
First created
Anson KungBy Anson Kung
First created
CA$ 28,833
pledged of CA$ 50,000pledged of CA$ 50,000 goal
94
backers
Funding Suspended
Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter almost 5 years ago

About

The Camvertible is a professional quality video camera stabilizer that not only provides silky smooth walking, running, and sweeping shots, but cleverly combines with existing equipment such as monopods to give you the full benefits of both accessories in one package. 

It works in a similar way to current stabilizers on the market, based on the principles of inertia and center of gravity, but instead of using weights that serve no other purpose, Camvertible uses accessories like monopods for counterbalance. A fully adjustable gimbal accepts a wide range of accessories with differing sizes and weights.

Designed to work with the Camvertible, these monopods allow you to balance a wide range of cameras from DSLRs to mirrorless, not to mention they you let switch between static and moving shots in an instant.

 BigFoot

  • Retractable feet for superior traction and stability on all surfaces
  • Fluid ball joint provides just the right resistance and damping for smooth panning and movements
  • Ideal for balancing mid-heavy camera setups with the Camvertible such as a Canon 60D or 5D, will also balance lighter cameras when weight disks are used
  • Lightweight and rigid aluminum construction
  • Sturdy twist knobs for quick extension or retraction
  • Weighs 680g, collapses to 500mm, extends to 1500mm, supports 5kg load

Totem

  • Ideal for balancing light-mid weight setups with the Camvertible, such as a mirrorless or Canon 60D, will also balance heavier cameras when weight disks are used
  • Lightweight and rigid aluminum construction
  • Sturdy twist knobs for quick extension or retraction
  • Weighs 470g, collapses to 500mm, extends to 1570mm, supports 5kg load

Pro Edition Camvertible: What's Different?
Instead of a black aluminum central column, the Pro Edition Camvertible uses a reinforced 8 layer carbon fiber cross weave for the center column, which helps reduce weight, is warm to the touch, and looks very cool.

Order A-La-Carte
If you want to create a custom bundle or want multiples of a certain item, just add the appropriate amount to your pledge to get exactly what you want. Please add $25 to help cover shipping costs if just ordering a single item (Except Canada). 

  • Camvertible Standard: $269 
  • Camvertible Pro: $289 
  • Totem Monopod: $80 
  • BigFoot Monopod: $110

Included with Each Camvertible

  • 2 Weight Disks
  • Black Padded Carry Case

1. Select a Reward Tier
You are allowed to select only ONE option from the list. If you want more items, don't worry, you can add it in the next step.

2. Choose Additional Items
If you want something in addition to your reward tier, just add the appropriate dollar amount to your pledge, refer to the Order-a-la-Carte list in the rewards section above. I'll send you a survey in the future to make sure you get what you wanted. You can add as many items as you want. 

3. Add Shipping Cost
Please add $25 to help cover shipping costs. If you're shipping to Canada, don't worry. It's free. 

4. Share
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Please note that your credit card is NOT charged until August 18 when the campaign is finished, and ONLY if the funding goal of $50,000 is met or exceeded. If it is not met, your card is not charged. 

Additional footage for your viewing and informative pleasure. 

As a poor university student film maker, I was faced with several problems: 

  • Solo Operation: Although I sometimes shoot on a team for bigger projects like weddings or commercials, we're not always in the same area. This means missed opportunities and missed shots since the right gear to take the shot is not with you at that instant. So too bad. It's an even bigger problem when shooting solo. I once shot a travel documentary and had brought my flycam along for some nice cinematic shots. Reality Check: it never got used. That's because it took too long to set up, was cumbersome to bring around, and using it always meant missing out on important shots that could be done on a monopod. Long story short, I stuck to my monopod the entire trip. I got the core footage I needed, but not the cinematic stuff I wanted. 
  • Money: Stabilizers are expensive, the glidecam that many people seemed to be using was $500+, this was hard for me to justify. I did lots of research, read tons of reviews, and ended buying a flycam nano. I realized too late that all cheap stabilizers skimp out on some very important features.
  • "Affordable" Stabilizers No Good: I learned the hard way that cheap stabilizers, that is those under $300, don't have one very important feature: fine adjustment knobs. As a first time buyer, I thought it wasn't such a big deal, but after a couple uses, I can tell you that it is. Set up time was often 30 minutes or more if I wanted a good balance. They also don't hold their balance, setting it down in my car and driving to my destination will throw it off. This was extremely annoying. 

I designed the Camvertible to address those key issues. The end result is a unique stabilizer that adapts rapidly to the situation based on your exact needs, costs much less than existing professional stabilizers, and doesn't skimp on the important stuff.

As it stands right now, the Camvertible and monopod bundles are fully functional and can be used right away. However, there are some slight performance tweaks I will be working on from now until the end of the campaign to make it even better from a user's standpoint, such as making knobs smoother, aesthetics, bearing viscosity, etc. The production factory I've outsourced to in Ningbo China is very experienced and I'll be personally on the ground during production to make sure things go smoothly. 

  • July: Minor design changes to optimize performance, aesthetics, and ergonomics
  • Early-Mid August: Begin production run
  • Late August: Start shipping rewards to backers

I cannot properly verbalize how important your pledge is to me. It is much more than a dollar sign with numbers behind it. By pledging to this project, you are supporting me in designing and creating products that serve the needs of videographers, provided at a fair price to all. 

You are also an early adopter, with the proud fact that you are among the first in the world to try a new piece of gear. Your voice is very important to me. By sharing what you think, you will shape the way this startup grows and the new products it will bring to the world. 

No man is an island and I am no exception. If not from the support of friends, family, and you; the backer, I would not be here. As a project creator, I want to thank you for allowing me to do this. 

Sit back and relax. Serious. I'll be sending out regular updates on the project and the exciting turns it'll be taking so make sure to check your email once in a while. When the KickStarter campaign is nearing an end, there will be an important survey sent out to confirm which rewards you want and also shipping and contact information. 

Risks and challenges

Supply Chain Risks
I've put in endless hours ironing out how the logistics will work, from factory to consumer, and boy is it more complicated than I ever thought before. I don't foresee any major problems that could happen, however, I'm human and so are all the people I work with on the supply chain so occasionally we do make mistakes. But if we do, I promise to do everything in my power to make it right, and get those rewards out into the hands of backers with as little delay as possible.

Manufacturing Risks
I've worked very closely with the manufacturer in NingBo China from the very beginning and we are confident that we can meet demand in a timely manner. I'll also ensure that either myself or someone I trust will be on the ground, ensuring that every Camvertible that rolls out the factory door is a quality product. There are risks, however small, that something might go wrong such as a CNC machine breaking down or a prolonged power outage caused by an unexpected solar flare. This might delay production a bit and result in rewards being shipped out slower.

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    Thank You!
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    STUDENT SPECIAL! - Short on cash after spending it on textbooks and wings Wednesdays? Don't worry, I'm a student too, and I feel you.
    First 10 thrifty students get everything in the Standard Package at this absolutely amazing price! ADD $20 for Pro Package, ADD $80 for the Totem Monopod, ADD $110 for the BigFoot Monopod

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    STANDARD PACKAGE
    Get the revolutionary Camvertible at a special Kickstarter price (MSRP $349). You'll receive the Camvertible Standard Edition with all it's included goodies. The standard edition is made of aircraft grade aluminum with a brushed finish. You'll also get your name on the Map of Backers on vanvero.com

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    PRO PACKAGE
    Get the revolutionary Camvertible at a special Kickstarter price (MSRP $379). You'll receive the Camvertible Pro Edition which uses an 8 layer carbon fiber cross weave for the center column. This reduces weight and gives it that iconic spiral helix pattern and warm touch. You'll also get your name on the Map of Backers on vanvero.com

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    STANDARD PACKAGE + TOTEM MONOPOD BUNDLE
    Get everything in the Standard Package plus the Totem, an awesome aluminum 4 section custom designed monopod.

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    PRO PACKAGE + TOTEM MONOPOD BUNDLE
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    PROFESSIONAL'S SPECIAL BUNDLE = PRO PACKAGE + BIGFOOT MONOPOD I guarantee this is the best deal on the planet. An awesome video stabilizer AND a professional grade video monopod for under $400? No you're not dreaming. This is my treat for KickStarter Backers.

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    ALL INCLUSIVE - SAVE EXTRA $20
    Get it all. The Camvertible, Totem, and BigFoot Monopods. You get the most flexibility when preparing for your shoot.

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    PHILANTHROPIST!
    I'll be honest, give this amount or more and I will never be able to reward you enough with material goods. But what I can do, is give you my most sincere thanks, and a very big recognition on vanvero.com. I can also give you a quick tour of Vancouver Canada if you ever visit this beautiful city of mine.
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