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The REVOLVE is a tool for creating fluid and dynamic video footage; compatible with all cameras and affordable to all videographers.
The REVOLVE is a tool for creating fluid and dynamic video footage; compatible with all cameras and affordable to all film-makers.
The REVOLVE is a tool for creating fluid and dynamic video footage; compatible with all cameras and affordable to all film-makers.
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476 backers pledged $71,664 to help bring this project to life.

to $30,000 and beyond!

You guys are awesome, and now I get to feel like Oprah because you get a bag! and you get a bag! and you get a bag! you're all getting bags!!!! Now that we have passed the $30,000 mark, each Revolve will ship with a nice carrying case that will fit your Revolve dolly and all the accessories (minus the monopod). 

I have gotten a ton of great feedback from you guys about what you would like the Revolve to do, and beyond it's already long list of capabilities, I would like to show you a few more!

A few people have mentioned that it would be nice to have a push handle, or a control arm so that you can operate the dolly more comfortably if it is on the ground, or further away from you. One solution for this is simply attaching the monopod and a fiction arm as shown below, and voilà! You have a nifty adjustable push handle!

A few others have approached the idea of using the system under water. Turns out the Revolve isn't scared to get wet! All of the components (except the bearings) are safe to use in water and will not rust or corrode. The bearings can be protected with grease or WD-40 before and after use, and for those who want to use the kit in the water often, bearings can be replaced for only a few bucks.

I have also had a number of people ask about a motorized control for the Revolve. This would be a great feature, and it is something we plan to look into down the road, but for the time being, you guys should check out the Genie, which is a motion control device currently on Kickstarter. This great product and it's linear drive accessory would pair incredibly well with the Revolve and could produce some amazing results.

The Genie also gave me inspiration to try out one more trick with the Revolve: a cable trolley style track. I tested this idea out with a few simple eye bolts, and it has some great potential for pulley (or Genie) driven shots limited only by the length of your cable.

Let me know what you think about this idea! If you guys think it would be a nice feature, I can build some cable holes into the guide rods (which come with the rail kit), and the Revolve becomes a trolley dolly as well!

A huge thanks to the Kickstarter community and all of my amazing backers! This is only possible with your support!

Jeremy

Comments

    1. Creator Dan Boey on May 4, 2012

      i'm in for both, I hope i can build a rig for long distance time lapses

    2. Creator richard lamug on May 4, 2012

      same here! genie and revolve!

    3. Creator Whiletrue on May 2, 2012

      Ryan : Me too !

    4. Creator Ryan Lucas on May 2, 2012

      My First two Kickstarter Backings - Revolve and Genie. Killer Combo

    5. Creator Frederick Alfaro on May 2, 2012

      I was planning on doing something similar to this when i got it, I also really hope we see some sort of auto/programmable panning which would mean a lot of great video and a lot of great timelapse videos

    6. Creator Felipe Gordillo Corvalán on May 1, 2012

      I also like the trolley idea, we even can use those guide rods to attach a rope and control the speed manually (not depending on inclination)

    7. Creator sgllama on May 1, 2012

      I like the trolley idea too, good thinking. Had a look at Genie - impressive but I think I will have to stick with training gerbils to pulling the Revolve.

    8. Creator Daniel Zaleski on May 1, 2012

      Is there any chance to see how the green anodized dolly will look like? I just changed my pledge to the Kickstarter edition.

    9. Creator Thomas Ryan on May 1, 2012

      Yeah, Genie is backed too... So looking forward to combining these two products for some amazing timelapse and video shots :D

      Now all I need is a better DSLR!!!

    10. Creator Daniel Zaleski on May 1, 2012

      Great! I checked the status of project funding just yesterday evening and thought when you will publish a new update.
      Coupling the Revolve unit with Genie seems to be great, just the thing I wished. The price seems reasonable, but still it is a lot of money.

    11. Creator Jeremy on May 1, 2012

      Gary-

      Thanks for the suggestions. A hole wouldn't necessarily be 'drilled' into the guide rod, since they have not been manufactured yet it will be redesigned to include a loop of some sort, probably nearing 1/4" which should be more than adequate for the cables and ropes to be used with the trolley. I want to keep it one piece to keep costs down and avoid extra parts to be lost.

      If there becomes a case where someone wants to use a rope larger than the included guide rod hole will allow, they can easily stop off at the hardware store for a few standard 1/4-20 eye bolts.

      I'll put my best into it to make sure it comes out right. Thanks

      Jeremy

    12. Creator Gary Hirst on May 1, 2012

      Jeremy, Rather than drilling a hole in the guides for cable you may want to consider a female threaded hole in the end of the guide (if that is possible). That way an "eye" could be screwed into the ends - essentially creating an eyebolt. That way the cable size would not be restricted to the size of the hole in your guide. Alternatively tap the guide with a male thread and provide a coupling that the eye could be screwed into.

    13. Creator Jeremy on April 30, 2012

      Awesome, I don't need too much convincing. As long as I know it will be appreciated I think the cable holes are an excellent modification to make!

    14. Creator Zachary Gilpin on April 30, 2012

      I would definitely make use of that!

    15. Creator Joanne Harrison on April 30, 2012

      The more versatile the better

    16. Creator Mark Keller on April 30, 2012

      Yes, including cable holes to make it a trolley too sounds great.

    17. Creator Corey on April 30, 2012

      I like the cable trolley idea. I am backing the Genie, so this would be a killer combination.