About this project
"As a professional photographer, I know when I see top quality gear. This is a flawless execution of design, advanced options, and portability. I can't wait to own 4-5 of these!" - Cameron Michael, The Manhattan Project
Featured on Engadget, PopPhoto, Gizmag, TUAW, BiteMyApple and Timelapse.org!
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A time-lapse is a series of photos taken over a period of time that are stitched together to create a beautiful video clip of whatever scene you are capturing. Imagine taking video of a scene, and then speeding it up to capture the passage of time in ways our eyes never could. Our personal favorite is Yosemite HD, made by our close friends Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill.
Never done one before? No worries! We will also be providing clear-as-day tutorials to go along with your Radian, to show you how to use every one of our features.
What is Radian?
Radian is a remarkably powerful, yet wonderfully simple solution that lets you take incredible moving time-lapses with just a few swipes of your iOS or Android device. It's small, rugged, and can handle anything you throw at it. It can rotate side-to-side. It can tilt up and down. It can dynamically speed up and slow down. And if you have a Canon dSLR, you can change exposure to capture sunrise to sunset. You name it. With our app, the sky is the limit.
Who is it for?
You. Whether you've never done a time-lapse in your life, or you're a pro photographer coming back from your 20th trip to Yosemite. Whether you just want to capture your daughter's birthday party in a fun and unique way, or document your group working on a project, we designed this for you. We worked closely with professional time-lapsers to design a product that met exacting needs, and then radically innovated to make it ultra-affordable, extremely versatile, and unbelievably easy to use. If you know how to use your camera and your phone, then you know how to use Radian. In fact, you don't even have to own a camera - any iPhone or Android will do.
We'll be transparent.
This is about bringing time-lapse to you. This is about enabling you to share and showcase the amazing things you see and do. That means that in addition to being well designed, it must be affordable. Which is why Radian starts at just $150. This is unprecedented - remote timers alone cost $130. And the only way we can sell it at this price is if we get 1,250 pre-orders. We’re pushing the limits of Kickstarter because we strongly believe that by putting this product in your hands, beautiful things will happen. Your money goes directly into tooling & mold costs, pcb printing, as well as component parts to make Radian.
Ultra-affordable For the first 150 backers, Radian is only $125, and $150 for all kickstarter backers. It is the most affordable motion time-lapse device ever. Period.
Ultra-portable design Radian is a completely self-contained product that is easy to transport, solidly built, and can start timelapsing in seconds. It even works on tabletops!
Easy-to-use & fully-functional A major design goal involved making the entire process of time-lapsing frustration and hassle free, so you can actually enjoy what you're capturing. We designed (and are continuing to improve) a beautiful and easy-to-use app that lets you do everything you'd want with time-lapses, without overwhelming you with a confusing and ugly interface.
To make things even simpler, our app makes valuable real time calculations - giving you a good feel for what the resulting time-lapse would be based on your settings. This allows you to quickly and easily adjust your settings to get your desired output while simultaneously saving you multiple trips to the calculator app.
We have integrated bramping (bulb-ramping for smooth night-day-night transitions, currently only for Canon cameras), speed ramping, and a range of time-delay settings. Our app combined with Radian allows you to take on previously difficult feats, such as day-to-night and sunrise-to-sunset timelapses.
No phone tethering required We recognize that you and your phone are most likely attached at the hip, which is why unlike other iPhone-based camera triggers and devices, you don't need to keep your iPhone connected. Once you press "Start," you are free to disconnect your phone without any worry of interfering with your timelapse. The last thing you want is your game of Angry Birds to interrupt a time-lapse that you had started hours prior. And when you're far out in the wilds of Alaska, you can turn your phone off to save valuable battery life for when you really need it. And trust us, both of those situations may happen more than you think.
Infinitely expandable battery life - As photographers, we unfortunately know all too well the dreaded scenario in which we didn't bring enough batteries to the shoot. Which is why we designed Radian to be easily run off of any external USB power pack, easily providing enough power to let you to run Radian continuously for multiple days on end.
Eco-friendly We decided to support the movement of environmentally conscious consumer electronics by integrating an energy dense, rechargeable lithium ion power source. We believe the days of using alkaline batteries once and then throwing them away to damage our home is over.
Plays nice with others Radian is fully-compatible with digital SLRs and any camera with a trigger-release input. However, Radian can also easily be paired with any smartphone time-lapse app to create some on-the-go 'lapses with your iPhone or Android.
Radian also works remarkably well in combination with other timelapse equipment, like motorized dollies and other timelapse triggers. When paired with a motorized slider, some amazing timelapses happen.
- Dimensions: 4.57 x 1.77" (116mm x 45mm)
- Weight: 8oz. (225g)
- Panning Load: 15lbs (7kg)
- Tilt load: 4+ lbs., so far tested with the following setup: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 LII with heavy duty L-bracket
- Angular Resolution: 0.0124° (over 29,000 discrete positions per 360°). This allows for a shot every 6 seconds for a full revolution over 24hrs with actual movement between each shot
- Power Source: Li-ion rechargeable batteries (infinitely expandable battery life through outside charging port and environmentally friendly)
The idea came about one cold (California) winter night as Kris was packing his camera gear for Yosemite. In his dingy garage, he was lamenting to the others about the lack of any truly portable, affordable and easy-to-use photography equipment, especially when it came to timelapse gear. A full year earlier he had been captivated by the potential of rotating time lapses (see 1:20 of https://vimeo.com/16914640), but couldn't find any affordable or simple product to do just that. He just wanted a simple rotary device that he could use to (hopefully) create some beautiful time lapses.
We all thought about it for awhile, and realized that it shouldn't, and doesn't, have to be that way. We immediately recognized the amazing potential for putting time-lapse tools into the hands of not just professionals, but casual shooters and amateurs as well. In our heads, we saw the amazing timelapses that were just waiting to be captured all around us, but weren't for lack of an accessible and simple product.
So we got together, and set out to make a motion time-lapse product the way we thought it should be made.
If we raise this money, it proves to everyone in the industry that there is a large group of people out there who love the nuances of photography, but can't spend a fortune on the equipment they need to create those perfect moments.
Our timeline has been thoroughly planned and reviewed, and we are ready to hit the ground running. All we need is your funding!
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