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An all in one steadicam and dolly that lets you creates cinematic, captivating footage, designed by Seattle teenagers.

This versatile camera  platform is first and foremost an exquisite dolly for simply elegant arcing shots with DSLR's, Go-Pros, iPhones, and all the smaller HD video cameras (like the Panasonic HPX170). We developed it for table-top product shots and low angle dolly shots (both arcing, full-circle,  and straight), but because of the design principles used, it makes a well-balanced package for steady handheld shooting.  And transitions between the 2 modes are seamless: Roll : : pick : : go!

We've been working on this for months, and we're extremely excited to show it to you. While preparing techniques to stabilize interviews for the DEMO 2011 conference in September, we noticed how limited the affordable options were. We ended up using a small DIY steadicam made from bicycle parts. Still, it wasn't perfect. A few months later, we thought back to DEMO, and created an ingenius solution. It aims to improve anything from video reviews and product demos, to short films. Due to the trucks and aluminum being heavy, it actually gets quite stable shots. The skateboard trucks and longboard wheels (inline on the Lite model) provide amazingly smooth pans and "orbits" for crisp, cinematic footage. It also lets you mount microphones and other gear with its foot long body and 8" handles. We measured it to fit essentially any camera, from an iPhone up to a 5D. We would really like to see this succeed and become popular. Please check out the various rewards, and consider pledging to our project. We plan to offer tracks for it in the future, which will provide the same smooth footage on a bigger scale, and outside. They will come in kits of different sizes, and will include tripod light stands.

Update 4/10/12:

We posted new demo footage and info on the tracks, check out our new video:

The added weight from the SteadyOrbit and the handles both make for a stable video. The bubble leveler on the tripod head allow you to easily get your camera angle level. 

We offer "This is how I roll" T-Shirts & bumper stickers as 2 of the rewards. 

Note: Terry Simpson is the father of Tyler Simpson. He has over 25 years of video experience and is a technical consultant on this project. His company is Tvisions.tv

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  • Yes! Due to the rubberized handles and added weight from the baseplate, trucks, and wheels, this works really well for quick steady shots. The weight balances it. What's really cool is going from a table top, floor, or track shot, and gliding up to steady shot usage. Perfect for the indie short film. Once we release the Fig Rig-like "U" handle, it'll be even easier and smoother.

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    Stock, copyright-free footage of basic stuff done with the SteadyOrbit. Please let us know what kind of footage you want. You will receive a download link.

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    "This Is How I Roll" bumper sticker for your car, or laptop. Free shipping for all destinations.

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    Custom chicgarage T-Shirt with "This Is How I Roll" and a picture of the dolly on it. The available sizes are: S, M, L, XL and XXL. Please specify the size. +$10 for Canada and Mexico shipping. +$15 for international shipping.

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    Steady Starter - includes everything from the SteadyOrbit Lite, but the wheels and trucks, all on the same great brushed aluminum base. Add +$20 for shipping to Canada, +$50 for international shipping. This lean kit for DIY fans will not be available after the Kickstarter project ends.

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    SteadyOrbit Lite - includes high quality tripod ball head, handles, trucks, and inline wheels, all on a 1/4 inch thick brushed aluminum base. An angle measurement scale is placed under both trucks so you can adjust them to get precise arcs, and duplicate your settings. Extra 3/8 inch holes to position the head offcenter to accomnodate flip out LCD's, and extra 1/4 threaded holes for mounting the entire product on a tripod, or for mounting additional accessories. Add +$20 for shipping to Canada, +$50 for international shipping. After the Kickstarter project finishes, it will cost $180 retail.

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    SteadyOrbit Plus - same as above with soft (and extremely quiet) longboard wheels, mobile phone tripod mount, cold shoe mount, and cleaning kit. Add +$20 for shipping to Canada, +$50 for international shipping. After the Kickstarter project finishes, it will cost $230.

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    SteadyOrbit Pro - acrylic baseplate instead of aluminum (unless otherwise noted). You'll be able to see the truck angles from the top, mark it and duplicate for consistent arcs, like the pros (dry erase marker included). Additional 3/8 inch and threaded 1/4 holes for customization. Tools are included for reconfiguration of the SteadyOrbit on the go. Bones® Reds™ bearings are used for smoother, quieter dolly moves. Includes the standard package of handles, trucks, longboard wheels, a cold shoe mount, and a cleaning kit. Includes high quality Manfrotto™ 391RC2 quick release video tripod head. Add +$20 for shipping to Canada, +$50 for international shipping. After the Kickstarter project finishes, it will cost $320.

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    Kickstarter special fan package - 2 SteadyOrbit Pro's, 1 Steady Cam, 2 bumper stickers, and 2 T-Shirts. We'll custom engrave your name into the acrylic plate on one of the SteadyOrbit Pro's, with the production number. +$25 for Canada shipping. +$60 for international shipping. This will only available for the Kickstarter project.

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