About this project
Solo Slider Dolly & Jib project
At VariZoom we enjoy a rewarding job of creating unique and useful products for film, video and photo. Hobbyists and pros have been using our products for nearly 20 years.
I would like your help to get this project off to a great start. Your early participation will help me gauge the commitment I will make in production of parts. The earlier the participation, the easier this becomes for me. This is a great project with incredible rewards for all backers, but especially the "early bird backers"
I don't know of any other small jib, tripod and slider dolly system that has all of these functions and options, or one that is so robustly built. You can feel the quality in handling the jib - despite its light weight and small size, it is very solid and rigid with a smooth action. The solo slider dolly is unlike any other, as well, with our easy track system and quiet wheels.
Slider Dolly Promo video below (for after funding ;) I hope!)
Our last Kickstarter project was from an award winning success but we did not allow enough time, (only 3 weeks), for all you Kickstarters to get involved. This time it is different and we will allow about 45 days
With larger quantities come discounts, and the more Kickstarter participation, the easier it is to come to market with a fully loaded product at an affordable price. I have several Solo jib and Solo dolly prototypes in the field, and those using the system love it. I will get some videos from those users for this project, too.
All the hard work in design, prototyping and testing is done, with many hundreds of hours in the machine shop perfecting the various parts, like the ultra quiet track wheels, the easy track system, specially designed brake system on the Solo Jib's pan and tilt axes, etc.
Design & Detail:
We have a beautiful molded case for the slider dolly that holds each component in a form-fit discrete compartment. This packaging is ideal for protection but also for inventory - at a glance you can see that your kit is complete before setup and after breakdown.
Safety and functionality:
The tilt brake is not something you normally find on small jibs, but we are putting in a small caliper-style brake similar to what we put on our camera cranes reaching 12-27'. The SoloJib is more robust and feature-rich than any other small telescoping jib.
Your participation will allow me to manufacture in a larger and more economical production run, bringing costs down. Everyone wins when a quality product can be produced at an affordable price. We have some incredible reward offers - actually all are great, but the early birds are truly "REWARDS."
Solo Slider Dolly & Jib systems below.
Solo Slider Dolly
Solo Slider Dolly and TK75A Tripod
Solo Jib Aluminum or Carbon Fiber
Risks and challenges
Not much risk for a backer if the campaign is successful product will ship promptly. This project will be done no matter what but you can be a part of helping it get off the ground quickly and enjoy some of the rewards that come with being first.
My company is here in Austin, TX with a state of the art machining facility. When I get in to large quantities with tubular materials etc. for the legs and jib boom there is economy in larger quantities and in some cases if I have more demand then the capacity of my facility I will contract out parts to other trusted associates.
There is always some risk in relying on other companies but all parts are made to my exact specifications and standards of quality to match the final prototypes. Other factories such as aluminum extrusion plants and some mold specialists can save money on certain processes.
I have used these skilled sub contractors for more than 15 years on many successful products that my company has and continues to produce.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
If I become a backer on KickStarter and make a pledge will I be first in line to get the product that is a reward?
Yes. If you are a backer on KickStarter and make a pledge that is associated with a reward you will get that reward after funding and we will fill KICKSTARTER rewards prior to any orders that may come afterward.
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