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LYNX - Camera Motion Control

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Introducing Lynx, an ultra smooth camera slider and multi axis motor control system. It's a master of time-lapse and can make precision video moves. It can also be used for animation, visual effects, and panoramic photography.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

  • Battery: 3 hours continuous, 24 hours power save
  • Weight: 1.0 lbs
  • Includes: Controller, Adapter Set, Carrying Case, Power Adapter
  • Requires: Axis360 or CineMoco motor control system 

The Lynx Upgrade enables previous Cinetics motor control systems, Axis360 and CineMoco, to work with the new Lynx controller with an included adapter set. The Lynx controller is is a compact three axis motor controller. It features bluetooth technology and smartphone apps, save slots for custom programs, multiple keyframe capability, and cutting edge stepper motor drivers. But best of all is the simple and intuitive interface. The controller has a built in lithium ion battery that can run up to 3 hours continuously or up to 24 hours in power save mode. Here is some more information on the differences between the Axis360 and Lynx systems.

  • Length: 24 inches
  • Weight: 4.1 lbs
  • Max Capacity: 10 lbs
  • Includes: Slider, Carrying Case
  • Requires: Ball Head* or other camera mount
  • Optional: Slider Extension*

The Lynx Base Slider is a hand powered camera slider. It dollies, tracks and can do most any linear camera move. Just add a tripod head and camera and you are ready to shoot! The slider is made using rigid 24 inch carbon fiber rails combined with precision machined parts. The slider cart has a 3/8-16 thread to connect a tripod head, like a Ball Head or the Lynx Pan & Tilt Motors. And there are five 3/8-16 mounting points along the slider so it can be supported on tripods. *Learn more in the Accessories section below.

  • Length: 24 inches
  • Weight: 7.8 lbs
  • Max Capacity: 10 lbs
  • Max Speed: 2 inches per second
  • Battery: 3 hours continuous, 24 hours power save
  • Includes: Slider, Slider Motor, Controller, Carrying Case, Power Adapter
  • Requires: Ball Head* or other camera mount
  • Optional: Camera Cable, Slider Extension*

The Lynx Motorized Slider is the base slider kit plus the slider motor and controller. This is a complete linear motion control system. Just add a tripod head and camera and you are ready to shoot! Add a Camera Cable to enable the controller to trigger time-lapse photos on select cameras. *Learn more in the Accessories section below.

  • Length: 24 inches
  • Weight: 12.5 lbs
  • Max Capacity: 5 lbs
  • Max Linear Speed: 2 inches per second
  • Max Rotation Speed: 25 degrees per second
  • Battery: 3 hours continuous, 24 hours power save
  • Included: Slider, Slider Motor, Controller, Pan & Tilt Motors, Carrying Case, Power Adapter
  • Optional: Camera Cable, Slider Extension*

The Lynx 3 Axis Slider is the complete motorized slide, pan and tilt kit. It can make fluid, synchronized and repeatable camera moves. Just add a camera and you are ready to shoot! *Learn more in the Accessories section below.

Want to own one of the first Lynx kits?! Become a backer of this project and pick a reward. You will essentially be pre-ordering Lynx. You'll get a special backer discount, and you'll receive your gear before it is available in stores. 

We launch products here on Kickstarter, instead of funding our company with more traditional investments. The funds we raise here not only go towards manufacturing, they also help us design future products.

 

 

 

Lynx is built to the highest standards. Cutting edge motor control technology enables precise, quick and quiet slides, pans and tilts. A beautifully designed mobile app provides intuitive control. Joysticks let you move the motors effortlessly. And, accelerometer control takes live camera movement to the next level. It sets up quickly and can run preset programs. Or can be configured creatively to perform complex moves. And the Lynx slider comes with a carrying case that makes it perfect for run and gun shooting.

Lynx makes precise and powerful slides, pans and tilts. It can be used for video, time-lapse photography, animation, visual effects, and much more! We designed Lynx thoughtfully, with unrivaled attention to detail. Each material was carefully selected to be the best for the application.

The Lynx kit sets up in seconds and preset programs can be run from the controller or mobile app, which makes Lynx a perfect kit for run and gun filmmakers. And multiple keyframes can be defined to program complex movements. Users can even save their programs to reuse quickly. 

The Lynx app is available for both iOS and Android. The app's joysticks enable effortless motion control. And gyroscope and accelerometer technologies enable Lynx to mimic the motion of the phone.

Lynx is a versatile kit and can be set up in many different variations of slides, pans and tilts. It can tilt and lift a 5 lb camera vertically with ease, and it can pan or horizontal slide even larger cameras.

 

 

 

  

Lynx consists of five main components, the slider, slider motor, controller, pan and tilt motors, and a mobile app.

The base Lynx Slider is a versatile video movement machine. Twenty four inch carbon fiber rails provide a smooth fluid motion at the touch of a finger, and rail extensions can be added to double the slider length to forty eight inches for long moves. The Lynx Slider is built with professional quality and durability in mind. And the modular design is ready to add motor control and other components.

 

The Lynx Slider Motor moves precisely and can attach to the slider in seconds. It's a powerful motor that can lift up to 10 pounds vertically. Best of all, the Slider Motor's sound isolation design enables whisper quiet operation.

The Lynx Controller is the smartest three axis camera motion controller around! A cutting edge microcontroller and precision motor drivers are the heavy lifters, but the user interface makes quick setup and advanced control simple. The controller has a built in lithium ion battery that can run up to 3 hours continuously or up to 24 hours in power save mode, and it can be driven by the Lynx iOS and Android apps!!

The Lynx Pan & Tilt Motors provide a full 360 degree range of motion in both pan and tilt directions. Like the Slider Motor, sound isolation keeps the motor running quietly. The motors are strong enough to carry a 5 lb camera. 

 

The Lynx Mobile App is available for recent iOS and Android mobile devices. The intuitive design lets you control motors with joysticks or by mimicking the motion of the phone using gyroscope and accelerometer technology. Presets enable you to run programmed moves quickly and you can use the app to program custom moves. 

 

 

The Slider Extension doubles the length of the Lynx Slider from 24 inches to 48 inches. The rails connect precisely to the existing slider rails and are built to screw together seamlessly, but the connection does cause a small bump that can be seen in some video applications. The slider extension is awesome for time-lapsing and for shooting video with a wide angle lens. The extension includes a pair of carbon fiber rails and a longer belt for the slider.  

The Camera Cable enables the controller to trigger photos on select cameras. Here's a list

The Lynx Pan & Tilt Motors include a smaller 60mm arca-type plate, but if you plan to use longer lenses or heavier cameras, the 120mm Long Plate is a good addition. It enables you to balance larger cameras and maximize the weight capacity of Lynx.

This Ball Head is a great option to mount a camera to the Lynx Slider if you are not using the Pan & Tilt Motors. And many other tripod heads can be connected to the slider's standard 3/8-16 thread. 

We spent years developing Lynx and created countless prototypes. Here are a few of the Lynx prototypes being tested out in the wild:

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

This year we are proud to commit 1% of our revenue to select nonprofit organizations, including:

Please note that per Kickstarter guidelines, we cannot use this crowdfunding project to raise funds for charity. We will support our beneficiary orgs outside of Kickstarter, and celebrate this commitment with our backer community.

We built Lynx for you, so please help us spread the word. And consider supporting the Lynx project by ordering a kit.

We look forward to hearing your ideas to expand the Lynx system. And we hope Lynx can help you put your cinematic ideas in motion. Thank you!

 

 

           

Risks and challenges

Lynx is nearly complete. We've completed design and testing, and we have complete final product designs. We’re currently ramping up at our factory and are prepared to meet the estimated delivery times.

Forecasting Risk

We’ve done our very best to forecast demand and create a solid production plan. This is our fourth Kickstarter project, and we've delivered successfully on each project. We’ve learned a lot from the past five years, but sometimes forecasts don’t always hit the mark. Should we miss projections, we’ll let you know why and make it right as quickly as possible.

Supply Chain Risk

We’ve built a very capable team who have worked for years on all of our products. However, component delays and unexpected shortages can occur. If this happens, we’ll be sure to keep you informed and work to quickly solve the problem.

FAQ

Shipping

We can ship to 220 countries and territories. We will send you a tracking number and invoice through email, and we will include an invoice with the package. You will receive an email from us when we are ready to ship your reward. You have one year to claim your reward after the project end date. If we do not hear from you in one year, your reward is forfeited and your pledge will be used toward future product development.

International Customs

We are required to indicate the value on the outside of each package that we mail out. International customers will be required to pay any customs charges that are required by their country. All International orders require signature upon delivery.

Warranty

Cinetics products are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. Cinetics will, at its option, either repair or replace any part of its products that prove defective by reason of improper workmanship or materials. This warranty does not cover cosmetic damage to the product. This warranty extends only to the original end user of the product. Customer is responsible for all shipping costs including any international duties/taxes/fees.

Returns

While our products are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship, it is not our policy to offer refunds or returns on items received as Kickstarter rewards. The support we get from our Kickstarter backers is what enables us to run and grow our business, gather customer feedback, design new products and improve existing ones. In the Kickstarter community, the items that you receive after making a pledge are referred to as “rewards” because they are not purchases in the traditional sense. They are gifts – in our case, camera products – that are sent to our supporters as a token of appreciation for their support of our business.

Liability

Cinetics’ liability is limited solely to the retail value of the product. Cinetics does not accept any liability for damage to any other third party product that may or may not have been used in conjunction with a Cinetics product. Cinetics is not liable for damages or losses due to improper use of its products.

Intellectual Property

Cinetics products are protected by United States patents 8,807,848 B2 and 8,678,677 B2. Cinetics® reserves the rights to the LYNX™ names and logos.

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    LYNX Upgrade

    The Lynx Upgrade enables previous Cinetics motor control systems, Axis360 and CineMoco, to work with the new Lynx controller with an included adapter set. Retail price will be $499.

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    LYNX Base Slider

    The Lynx Base Slider is a hand powered camera slider. It makes ultra smooth linear camera moves. Just add a tripod head and camera and you are ready to shoot! A carrying case is included. Accessories like the Ball Head can be added. Retail price will be $599.

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    LYNX Motorized Slider

    The Lynx Motorized Slider is the base slider kit plus the slider motor and controller. This is a complete linear motion control system. Just add a tripod head and camera and you are ready to shoot! Accessories like the Camera Cable can be added. Retail price will be $1299.

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    EARLY BIRD - LYNX 3 Axis Slider

    These are the first Lynx kits that we will send out!

    The Lynx 3 Axis Slider is the complete motorized slide, pan and tilt kit. It can make fluid, synchronized and repeatable camera moves. Just add a camera and you are ready to shoot! Accessories like the Slider Extension can be added. Retail price will be $1999.

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    • Lynx Slider
    • Lynx Slider Motor
    • Lynx Controller
    • Lynx Pan and Tilt Motors
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    LYNX 3 Axis Slider

    The Lynx 3 Axis Slider is the complete motorized slide, pan and tilt kit. It can make fluid, synchronized and repeatable camera moves. Just add a camera and you are ready to shoot! Accessories like the Slider Extension can be added. Retail price will be $1999.

    Includes:
    • Lynx Slider
    • Lynx Slider Motor
    • Lynx Controller
    • Lynx Pan and Tilt Motors
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