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Last updated April 16, 2014

MANtini Rover for DSLR, GoPro and other Cameras Relaunch

The MANtini Rover is a professional camera shoulder stabilizer and tabletop dolly combined into one compact device.

MANtini Rover for DSLR, GoPro and other Cameras Relaunch

The MANtini Rover is a professional camera shoulder stabilizer and tabletop dolly combined into one compact device.

CA$ 126
pledged of CA$ 35,000pledged of CA$ 35,000 goal
3
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, April 16 2014 12:02 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 16, 2014

About

My Story

I have been making short films for the past 5 years with no budget and barely any equipment. Over these years I have realized just how important camera movement is in a film. Whether it is a steady horizontal shot of someone walking or a slightly less steady, in the action shot of a fight scene, how the camera moves changes the feeling your audience will experience when watching your films. Unfortunately quality camera equipment is expensive, bulky and only ever serves one purpose. So I asked myself this question. What if there was an affordable shoulder rig that also had wheels so I can get both steady dolly shots and action packed moving shots?

That's when I started my quest to engineer the "perfect" 2-in-1 camera rig. After two years of designing, prototyping, and re-designing I came up with the MANtini Rover. You can go from a counterweighted shoulder stabilizer to a smooth sailing tabletop dolly in seconds. YES IN SECONDS. 

What is the Rover?

If you are unfamiliar with camera shoulder stabilizers and tabletop dollies, the Rover is a way to get a variety of really smooth camera motions without having to use multiple rigs. It is a versatile device that eliminates bulky equipment and allows the user to have more options with less gear.

What's so cool and different about it?

Most camera shoulder stabilizers are bulky and require accessories to make them work, such as: longer rods, camera off set brackets and much more. The Rover has all of this built into its unique design.

With its telescopic system you can easily extend the rods to any length allowing room for accessories you may want to attach or already have. The front rods are standard 15mm and will work with accessories already on the market. Also, the telescopic system compacts and allows for easy storage when you are finished shooting.

Another feature of the Rover is the dovetail system built into the top of each rod bracket. This allows the camera to be shifted left or right when using the Rover in shoulder mode. The dovetail system will also come in handy when adding counter weights, a cheese plate or other future MANtini products.

Another great feature of the Rover is the ability to remove the wheels in seconds. If you do not need the wheels while using the Rover in shoulder mode, you can simply remove them with the turn of a lever.

The Rover is complete with a rosette style locking mechanism that ensures the position of the handle grips and axles while shooting. This is particularly useful when using the Rover in dolly mode and angling the axels to achieve a circular shot, as seen in the video.

The Rover uses a common quick release system to secure the camera to the rig. It can be used with many other products on the market that you may already have. You can easily add a fluid head to the Rover for even more motion when using it in dolly mode.

The Rover is extremely compact enabling you to get low to the ground shots or fit into tight places while filming. It packs away easily for travel and you can quickly disassemble it if needed.

Why is this product on Kickstarter?

This is where you guys come in. You see, over the past two years I've spent countless dollars on product design and redesigns as you can see what the original concept looked like below. I need your generous support to get this product into your hands and other creative film-makers. I need your help to get the ball rolling. So in return for your support, I'm offing the MANtini Rover at a reduced price exclusive to my backers.

The MANtini Rover in the early stages of development. 

MANtini ROVER OVERVEIW VIDEOS

The following videos go over every aspect of the MANtini Rover in full detail. 

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Thanks for checking out my project! Please watch, share and enjoy the videos and click the green button to the right if you're interested in funding the MANtini Rover. You'll be guided through the simple process.

Thanks again,

Sam

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter Every project has potential obstacles. There is always a risk that a supply chain can break down or parts don't turn out right. Because of that reality, I will do my very best to plan ahead and manage the risks, all the while realizing there is still a chance that things go wrong. In the event that something does get delayed, I will use my manufacturing experience to create back up plans and get parts in stock.

If issues with production come up, I will make sure to communicate with you honestly and immediately. I will be forthcoming with my backers about how I will fix the problem. I've learned a lot over the last 2 years in dealing with manufacturers and have put the necessary procedures in place to deal with problems quickly.

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    For those people who do not need a Rover but still want to support MANtini, Thank you as every dollar helps me get closer to my goal.

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    You get a black MANtini t-shirt that you can wear on any occasion. Whether you are on set or getting married on a private Hawaiian island, a MANtini t-shirt will look great on everyone.

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    Pledge CA$ 39 or more About $30

    Retail $49.99 - You will receive the Tripod Adapter. With this you can easily switch between the MANtini Rover and a tripod without having to remove your accessories.

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    Pledge CA$ 49 or more About $38

    Retail $59.99 - You will receive the Dolly Adapter. With this you can easily turn your camera sideways to achieve horizontal shots while using the Rover in dolly mode.

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    Pledge CA$ 69 or more About $53

    Retail $79.99 - You will receive a Counterweight. You can easily slide the Counterweight onto the back bracket of the Rover. This will help stabilize the camera when using it in shoulder mode.

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    Pledge CA$ 725 or more About $549

    EARLY BIRD. Retail $1,099.99 - On top of receiving your very own MANtini Rover, you will also receive all three accessories. The Tripod Mounting Bracket, Dolly Mounting Bracket and a Counterweight.

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    Pledge CA$ 750 or more About $568

    Retail $1,099.99 - You will receive the MANtini Rover and all three accessories. The Tripod Mounting Bracket, Dolly Mounting Bracket and a Counterweight.

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