This project's funding goal was not reached on May 8, 2012.
About this project
DISCLAIMER: This project is in no way affiliated with Tiffen or Steadicam
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.
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
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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