Frequently Asked Questions
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And if your dollar value jumps automatically higher than the backer tier you chose, don't be alarmed. Kickstarter is automatically adding in the shipping costs based on the country you select from the dropdown menu.Last updated:
Yes, we will be shipping worldwide. Just select your country from the dropdown menu.
The fastest and only way to pre-order SwitchPod right now is by backing our Kickstarter campaign here.
We'll be shipping out the first units to people who pre-order here on Kickstarter.Last updated:
We are working our hardest to ship this as fast as possible and are moving up production based on the successful campaign so far. No promises on July delivery quite yet, but know we are hustling to meet and exceed our shared delivery timing of August.Last updated:
There are a lot of great ball head options out there, all of which can be attached on top of the SwitchPod. What we've made is meant to integrate with existing solutions, like we showed in the video.
We’ve tried to focus on just making the tripod part great. We’ve built this so you can use any existing ball head or quick release system attached on top too. We've just been using a 1/4-20" to 3/8" adapter for some ball heads and it's worked great.
We have been working on a custom ball head in private, but want to perfect it before launching it so we aren’t sharing anything at the moment. Since the campaign is going so well, we are increasing our efforts to bring our own adjustable mount to life though.
We've shown SwitchPod to a lot of creators. And who we made it for either A) doesn't need a ball head because they hold the camera out at arms length the whole time or B) already have a ball head or quick release system they can put on top.
I hope that helps share a little bit about why we aren't launching this with a ball head of our own (yet).Last updated:
We made SwitchPod for two modes, holding it in your hand and setting it down.
From our experience and feedback we received from other creators during development, flexibility is a nice feature and sometimes you do use it, but the times when you're wrapping it around something are such a small percentage of your filmmaking process.
The bendy tripods out there are great products, but we don't see ourselves copying or trying to compete with the flexibility or bend part of their design.Last updated:
No, we're trying to keep it simple. Different sizes and colors increase our costs and complexities, which in turn increase the price we'd have to charge and delay delivery.
We also worked on the size we've developed prototypes for many months to make the "perfect" size for any camera or creator.Last updated:
When we first started working on it, the grip and angle of your wrist was our first focus. That's why the handle/grip points almost straight down, so you can hold it like you would a baseball bat or hammer, not a tennis racquet or kitchen knife.
So ergonomically it is in a natural position. Yes, the heavier the camera the more leverage there is, but you center the gravity of your whole rig pretty easily in my testing.Last updated:
SwitchPod is made of Aluminum, so it is metal and sturdy.
We actually used to have rubber pads on the inside of the legs to help dampen the sound on the previous Sliver prototype you may have seen. That adds a gap to the legs though, making the grip bigger, limiting the effectiveness of the magnets that hold the legs together, etc.
When using it to film you normally won't be recording audio when you "switch" modes from handheld to vlogging. And even if you are, it is strong enough to hold it by just one leg of the tripod. Also, you can close and open the legs silently too. Just have to do so more slowly and consciously.Last updated:
There is no electronic stabilization, but it is really sturdy since it is made of Aluminum & won't rattle. We'd also recommend one of the three following things.
1. Use a camera with in body stabilization. (A lot of Sony and Panasonic cameras have this.)
2. Use a stabilized lens.
3. Use a camera phone that stabilizes video well (like the newer Apple & Samsung phones).
Hope that helps!Last updated:
Yes! You just need to add a phone tripod adapter on top. It will screw into the 1/4"-20 and then you can attach your phone to that. (We like the Glif from Studio Neat.)Last updated:
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