SPEEDCinema is a portable 3 in 1 Slider/Rail/Dolly system for filmmakers & time lapse with an EXPANDABLE rail system and modular parts. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on October 12, 2013.
About this project
| Portable Rails | Modular Parts | In the Bush | On Your Set | In a Backpack |
What Is SPEEDCinema: SPEEDCinema is a camera motion system that takes a unique approach - It's a modular rig that's versatile and portable. It uses connecting SPEEDTube that offer endless length choices, combined with easily reconfigurable wheels and mounts. Instead of lugging around big rigs, or calling a tiny rail "GOOD ENOUGH", SPEEDCinema packs SHORT and reaches LONG. It configures the way YOU want and it goes ANYWHERE.
- A portable multi configuration system for Time Lapse and Cinema motion.
Big or Small - GoPro to SLR to Cinema - Backpack to set.
Includes SPEEDTubes - A portable, heavy duty, expandable rail system.
Use ANY length in ANY of the 3 modular rail configurations.
SpeedWheels also ride on existing tubes that are 1.25 - 1.5 inch.
Elegant industrial design and easy out of the box usability.
Includes CineMOTION - A film about getting better motion with any system.
Anodized and powder coated Aluminum parts work in any conditions.
2 Year Guarantee - Fully user serviceable components.
- Backers SAVE up to 20% off the retail cost plus FREE US shipping.
Config #1 - SUPERSlider - Set it on counter tops, the ground or a nearby rock - This portable sturdy rail system uses our connecting SPEEDTube may soon become your favorite. No tradeoffs in this setup that works on small or large cameras. Connect two SpeedWheels using the ConnectPlate with any tripod head. ConnectBars join the rails and offer strong lateral support. Use it on any firm surface, flat or at angles. Or attach to support tripods. Use quick release plates for easy setup - The SuperSlider can use a 2-6 ft length rail with no center supports, or use any length rail with additional support or a flat surface.
Config #2 - TripodDolly - A professional quality dolly you can carry in a bag - This approach offers a standing dolly in a package that can be packed virtually anywhere. Connect portable SPEEDTubes for a track of any length - Snap on Cross Ties (top for end stops and bottom for off ground support) for a 25in wide track. Then use 3 SPEED Wheels connected with the CenterStar, set your tripod legs into the universal cups and roll camera.
Config #3 - CinemaDolly - A platform rig that's easier than any system you've ever used - No more giant systems that take a whole crew to setup. Just use 4 SpeedWheels mounted to the composite platform. Mount gear to it's various holes (we're adding a full spread of mounting points) and set things up your way for a platform that can carry large camera setups and an operator. Combined with endless SPEEDTubes and the ability to carry 400 lbs. The platform is portable and stable thanks to sturdy SPEEDtubes and CrossTies that add under support and leveling control where you need it. This dolly leaves cumbersome hard to setup systems in the dust.
SPEEDCinema for Time Lapse:
Many of of us are using time lapse in our footage to capture visuals. Because it configures to any size, SPEEDCinema has the potential to open amazing new doors in Time Lapse and Hyperlapse capture - No motor drive system is included in the SPEEDCinema kits. That said SPEEDWheels and other modules are being designed with add-ons in mind as well as extra connection holes and simple, modular design so you can rig it your way.
Also we're planning for off the shelf integration with drive systems like Dynamic Perception. We'll be taking input from time lapse producers for the final designs - The Super Slider configuration will be especially effective for motor drive thanks to it's compact size and sturdy, expandable size. We hope to release our own motorized SpeedWheel accessory sometime in 2014 - In the meantime the SPEEDCinema's versatile design leaves possibilities open for mods and add-ons .
The Current DESIGN:
Our near final design comes from numerous revisions and many months of research and development both in the design room and in the field. What you see here is close to what the shipping product will look like. Made primarily from coated aluminum it's lightweight, durable and designed for function.
During the design process we thought about current systems. Short small rails, a bigger dolly, maybe a ride on dolly, larger rails. It's a mess. There had to be a more elegant solution that could bridge the gap. We wanted a system where a person could hike into the hills with rail on their back as easily as they could walk into a studio and setup a cinema dolly - All using the same family of components.
We realized we didn't just want tubes and wheels. We wanted a system that would be re-configurable. We designed an amazing modular rail system that's the first of it's kind. Easy to pack rails that can connect to each other, for a system that can be any size we need - With the SPEEDCinema your system can be any length, yet still be packed and carried easily.
No other system allows you to carry a 10ft rail into the mountains or pack a 200ft rail in the trunk of a car. Setup in just minutes. There's no end to the possibilities of the SPEEDCinema system.
We're a small design studio and it's been a long road with a lot of learning and trials. Many months later we've refined the design of the ultimate motion system. The SPEEDCinema can be made into 3 different configurations. ALL of them can be used at virtually any length using the amazing SPEEDTubes.
SPEEDCinema is like nothing else on the market. An engineered system for capturing motion with any camera from a compact GoPro to a heavy Cinema rig and even a rider.
Every configuration of the SPEEDCinema is compatible with SPEEDTubes and other SPEEDCinema parts. This gives you a fully reconfigurable system that uses lightweight components making your gear bag a better place. You're going to love how versatile this makes your motion work.
An Expandable System:
We've designed a system that can be expanded in any direction. We're looking into possibilities like motor drives, powered time lapse wheels, curved tubes and more. But we're also looking for other designers to make tools that work with the SPEEDCinema system. We're trying to build a solid standard in lightweight portable rails.
Every configuration of the SPEEDCinema is compatible with SPEEDTubes and other SPEEDCinema parts. This gives you a fully reconfigurable system that uses the like components for simple economical configuration.
After Kickstarter orders are complete, users will be able to order extra SPEEDTubes, connectors and parts to make their SPEEDCinema a perfect fit for any situation. SPEEDCinema is a complete system for motion and can really be your all in one rail system. After that we plan to start developing additional add ons and modules that make the system even more powerful.
CineMOTION - The Training Film:
Using motion is not rocket science, but there are little things can make make your production go better - SpeedCinema owners get a copy of CineMOTION. A powerful short film we're producing along with with the system. It's around 30 minutes of not just how to use the SPEEDCinema, but a workshop about getting smoother motion with any dolly or slider system.
Rails and dolly's do what nothing else can for your work. Educational films are our specialty and CineMOTION is a film about leveraging the potential of motion.
Weighing in at less than one pound per 2ft section, the SPEEDTube is the most durable, versatile camera rail track ever made. It's more than just a hunk of aluminum.
The Anodized SPEEDTube is a marvel of camera rail design. Releasing in two foot lengths to start with and with plans for longer, shorter and even curved rails in the future, the SPEEDTube is about to break new ground in functional versatility.
Retail cost on SPEEDTubes should be around around $15, offering affordable expandability - 12 to 18in sections for further portability, as well as 3 to 4ft sections for longer runs are also being planned for after initial launch.
As one of the huge innovations behind SpeedCinema, SPEEDTube is a durable, lightweight tube system that connects flush. As simple as it sounds, it was no easy task make reality. We spent months working on ideas to efficiently make a connecting tube that could become a simple versatile, affordable standard.
The SPEEDTube's open design will allow others to easily interface and design parts that work with the SPEEDTube. It's also a common 1.5 inch spec which means lots of other systems can ride on it. We designed it, we refined it and we plan to make the final specs and drawings of it public after release.
SPEEDCinema is not just a slider. It's part of a SYSTEM for camera motion that's going to change how we make images - Join us and let's see how far we can run a rail.
About Our Little Team:
We're brothers Gavin and Nathan Seim - And we're starting a small town design company called AtomicFeather - We have a family run studio in Soap Lake/Ephrata Washington that produces still images, promo and educational films. Like our recent EXposed Workshop. A winner of the 2013 HOTONE Award from PPA, as well as the soon to be released PHOTOGRAPHICS, a Film about photography and history. Produced by our own Opera Chicken Films. Now we're taking it further.
Gavin Seim: The design lead on the project, he's is fanatical about clean polished products that are both functional and elegant - Owner of Seim Studios, he's a 28 year old image maker, educator and filmmaker who started when he was 12 years old. He's become known in the photographic world for quality education and tools. Projects like Seim Effects and Pro Photo Show. His award winning still images and passion for making wall decor have earned him a reputation for quality.
Nathan Seim: The engineer behind the system, Nathan is Gavin's sharp minded brother of 23 who has done most of the behind the scenes drafting and building to make the system work - Nathan manages the studio, designs parts and is co producer on the Studio's film projects. He's a newer member of the team but has quickly become a competent project engineer and a valuable member of our small but effective crew.
In our cinema work we realized we needed better motion control. But we didn't like the choices - They were too small, too big, too clunky or too EXPENSIVE and often all of the above.
We wanted something better - Something powerful and portable. So we started a company called AtomicFeather Design with the goal of making awesome products that make our lives easier.
We set to work building a better rail SYSTEM - Something that was compact, heavy duty and versatile. We started designing and realized we wanted more than the rest - We wanted ONE system that would do it all. A Modular design that could be re-configured to practically any need. Behold, the SPEEDCinema.
The Early Prototypes:
We started in late 2012. Gavin travels a lot in his RV for his pictorials and film projects and we wanted a truly a portable rail system - Wheels on tubes are a fairly common DIY approach, but they require large clunky pipes to be packed around and little room for expansion. Most portable rail systems recommend buying pipe on location every time you travel - We thought that was stupid.
Gavin had lots of ideas and Nathan did the design and modeling. We started with PVC pipe, working manually on our brother's lathe, adding threads and attempting to find a connecting tube solution. The problem was no such tube seemed to exist. We were on our own.
Next we went to local CNC shops with our drawings attempting to make a wheel system that was much more refined than common DIY implementations. Gavin was about to leave for a trip and we had a very rough draft of the tripod dolly ready to go. So Gavin loaded his wife and three kids in the RV and tool a trip to the Southwest for the initial filming of our new film, PHOTOGRAPHICS.
At the first stage we had a slip together tube system and the connection was weak and clunky. We also realized we needed a custom connector and a center star to hold wheels stable otherwise they would drift. Things were going to be harder than they looked. But we were determined to keep it portable.
At this point Gavin was on the road and Nathan was back in the studio drawing parts, sending things to the shop and manually making pieces on a lathe thanks to some help from our brother Blake. About 3 months into the process we had our second prototype. A bit clunky, but with threaded tubes, connecting parts and a sturdy ride.
Version 2 worked far better. Gavin tried it in the field and showed it to colleagues, getting great feedback. But there were still issues. We wanted more refinement. Easier setup, smaller parts and as became apparent, a still better tube.
At this stage we were using a large PVC that was clunky and we could not find a manufacturing facility that could add our custom thread in large quantities for a reasonable price. After much deliberation we decided to look at an aluminum tube. It was a big change. But it would also be smaller, lighter and if we could connect it well, easier to use.
We worked with local machine shops and researched parts, ordering in hardware and making lots of notes. We refined the other components along the way, developing smaller SpeedWheels, the multi-purpose CrossTie and eventually the idea for arranging parts into the three configurations.
We finally nailed down the tubes after yet another revision. Finding an approach using a custom connecting collar and button locks placed where the wheels will pass over them and not hit a bump. It was instantly clear that this was much better than our earlier threaded designs, so we went to work refining the system.
The end of the process brought us where we are today. To a design ready for final refinements and manufacturing. A design that's configurable, modular and portable like no other system in the industry. We finally have a 3 in 1 system that is truly portable. The SPEEDCinema is born.
Made in AMERICA
We're building the SPEEDCinema in the USA and we've also managed to keep the system a great price, using heavy duty coated aluminum and smooth, large wheels that give an amazing ride in nearly any condition. We wanted one system that would do it all. A Modular design that was like nothing else. So we designed it and we're building it in America from quality parts and with quality service.
What we're showing is our refined prototype design. There will be further refinements and adjustments to the final parts, but here are "approx specs" to give you an idea of the versatility of the SPEEDCinema. Note that you may have some or all these parts depending on what kit you choose. In final production we will be focusing in simplicity, durability and lightweight refinements.
SPEEDTube (connects to make track): Weight 13oz - Length 24in usable (26in with connector) - Tube diameter 1.5 aluminum - Anodized coated - Quick connect spring buttons - Extra mount holes for CrossTies and accessories.
SpeedWheel (main rolling bases): Weight 32oz - Length 7in - Top connect holes - Removable rubber leg cup - 77mm wheels -Powder coated aluminum - Modifiable design
CenterStar (Connects 3 wheels for TripodDolly): Weight 16oz - Folded size 17.25in L x 3in W - Powder coated aluminum - Extra threaded mount hole - Pre-tensioned arms.
ConnectPlate (Part of the ConnectSystem): Connects 2 wheels for SuperSlider: Weight 6oz - 4w x 7.5l - Powder coated aluminum - tripod head stud.
CrossBar (Part of the ConnectSystem): Connects parallel tubes in SuperSlider: Weight 8oz - Anodized aluminum bar - Threaded holes for tube connections - Threaded hole for tripod head/QR plate. Hold SPEEDTubes parallel about 8 inches apart.
CrossTies (Act as ends stops or surface support): Weight 8oz - 27in long - 3/4in square - Quick connect pins. Hold SPEEDTubes parallel 25 inches apart.
SpeedPlatform: Weight 8lbs (approx) - Composite Plastic - Recessed wheel mounting holes for thumb screws or permanent mount - Additional holes for mounting accessories - Slot for pull/push rod.
Hardware: Mostly 1/4-20 connections. Easy out thumb screws for modules - Spring pins for snap in connections.
Full Kit Weight Example: SuperSlider: System with 4ft Track (4 tubes) + 2 SpeedWheels + ConnectPlate + 2 Connect Bars + Hardware = 144oz
Full Kit Weight Example: Tripod Dolly: System with 8ft Track (8 tubes) - 3 SpeedWheels - CenterStar - 2 Cross Ties - Hardware = 14lbs
The PRODUCTION Plan:
1: Once the project closes we'll take this design and start preparing the final run. The first thing we'll do is take the current system and put it to some hard use, looking for weakness and refining the design. Next we'll take our detailed spreadsheets of hardware and parts and start nailing down each and every item for ordering. We have every nut, bolt and custom part laid out and built into our production costs.
We'll review 3D models of all our part designs, add final touches and start sending them to Waterjet and CNC shops as needed. Those type of parts will be made at shops we have right here in The Pacific Northwest where we can interact and stay close to home with the process.
2: Next we're planning on having tube components and wheel base bodies extruded for more efficient production. We'll go to extrusion mills we've been talking to and have custom dies made for tubes and the wheel bodies. Extrusion is a bit like play dough, but with metal. Aluminum is pushed through dies using massive force giving us perfectly shaped parts. This will save us lots of milling time.
Just in case something goes wrong, we can still go into production manually and make all the parts in local shops. But adding extrusion for volume pieces will make things much easier and that's out plan.
3: Some design changes may take place as we refine the final builds for maximum functionality. All the finished aluminum will be coated by either anodizing or powder coating depending on the part. We have shops and quotes for this for this right here in Central Washington and production should be smooth.
4: We're a small start up, but we're ready for the challenge. Getting products out the door is not new to us. At Seim Effects Tools we've produced digital and physical media products for some time and understand how much work it is to launch a product. A design project like this is new for us, but it's a chapter we're ready for.
We've planned for various eventualities. Parts can be made using standard tooling and we have various local machine shops and water jets we've been working with that can produce them. Hardware components like wheels and bearings and pins will be shipped in and have been sourced down to part numbers from suppliers.
5: Once all the individual parts are in house it's an assembly game. We're going to test, pack, assemble and ship the SPEEDCinema from our own shop here in Central Washington, taking on more hands if needed. We're going to collect everything on pallets and start loading and packing up for shipping in early 2014.
It's a big task, but we have a production plan for smaller or larger quantities. Everything works and we're ready to move forward. We hope you'll join us in making SPEEDCinema the best camera rail system every devised.
USA shipping is included for all backers - International shipping is also available for an extra fee. See each reward for applicable international charges. We're trying to keep international shipping as low as possible, but it's not cheap and complete kits have some weight and size. We can't help that, but we can make you a great rail.
Risks and challenges
The SPEED Cinema is in the final design stage and we have working prototypes of the design that we used in filming the video.
Our biggest challenge in a product design has been getting parts sourced and delivered. The system uses custom made and pre-manufactured parts and we had to account for that in the build.
We have planned the costs accordingly so production will stay be viable at smaller or larger quantities. We have lists of every nut, bolt and spacer. It's mostly the custom parts we have to deal with production on.
We've nailed down prices and the design has been tested. We have also maintained a cost safety window for unforeseen production costs. We need to refine and start ordering materials. The biggest risk to backers is unforeseen delays. We don't anticipate any problems with this, but if any arise we'll work through them.
It's going to be a lot of work to prepare the initial order. The possibility of delays in getting every order packed and shipped does exist. But we'll put in some overtime if we have to and we aim to ship on schedule in early 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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