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The TurnsPro project is a UK based concept which started two years ago. We wanted to be able to capture more panning time lapse footage and enhance those memories we might otherwise have missed. Out of this idea - TurnsPro was born.
We wanted to create a product which was fully customisable to allow you to take short movies, or very long panning time lapse shots. Through a lot of hard work and dedication we have produced our first fully working prototype.
Looking at what was available on the market, we could only find panning timelapse ‘egg timers’ or prohibitively expensive US based products. We also found most of these products had complicated user interfaces; often needing external devices for setup.
Here is our solution!
It can also carry a camera of up to 1Kg (including lens)
"I am a wedding photographer, and I used TurnsPro to film a wedding. The bride and groom loved it – it was a really unique way to capture their special day." – Julia Louise Photography
"I go away every year for a ski holiday, and my videos were starting to look a bit samey... this brought a new dimension to my holiday movie." – Mike Davies
Who is our product for?
TurnsPro can be used by anyone and everyone who wants to capture more of their lives. It is an affordable product which can be used by hobbyists, amateur photographers or as a useful addition to professional videographers. It can be used to create panning real time videos, time lapse movies, or perfect panoramas.
It makes a great gift for friends and family to use every day and is an essential item to add to your camera accessories!!!
What is timelapse?
Timelapse is either a number of photos taken over a period of time and then combined together to produce a timelapse movie, or a standard video which is sped up later in post production. Using these techniques you can make a video like this:
180 degree pan in 30 mins
How it works:
To enable you to take awesome panning timelapse videos, TurnsPro has two modes:
Turns mode – You can set the number of full rotations from 1 to infinite (clockwise or anticlockwise) as well as the time to complete a single rotation. The time can range from 20 seconds to 10 hours. This way you can film in real time, or take time lapse photos which edit together in post processing.
Degrees mode – You can set the angle to rotate the camera through from 15 degrees to 360 degrees, again over a time set by you. You can either do a single pan, or you can continually pan backwards and forwards.
We have made a simple and intuitive user interface.
There is a power button in the middle, which also toggles the screen backlight on and off if you are setting up for night shots.
The left hand button is the increment button and can be used to change modes, direction and duration.
The right hand button is the enter button and is used to confirm your settings. Once you have set up, the enter button starts TurnsPro panning!
TurnsPro takes 4 x AA batteries, giving you approximately 10 hours battery life. There is a battery indicator on the screen so you can always see your battery life… Yes! 5 hours of epic panning footage left!
There is a tripod mount on the base of TurnPro, so it can be easily secured to your tripod.
DSLRs with a small lens should only be used whilst firmly secured (using a tripod) in the horizontal axis. TurnsPro will not work with DSLRs at an angle or with larger lenses.
TurnsPro can be used with any action camera or small camera, such as GoPro (using a thread adapter usually sold separately)
TurnsPro can be used with mobile phones using our TurnsPro designed mobile phone holder. You can either film in real time using video mode, or use a timelapse app – such as Lapseit!
We will not be able to produce the product without your help. Here are the ways we would like to say thank you.
£5 - A HUGE THANK YOU FROM US! You will get exclusive updates and your name will be posted on our website as a contributor!
£45 - EXCLUSIVE FIRST BATCH SHIPMENT. As soon as the first TurnsPros comes off the production line, we will send it straight to you. This will include a mobile phone mount and a signed thank you from us!
£50 - GOPRO EDITION. This includes mobile phone mount and GoPro tripod mount. You will instantly be able to start capturing more time lapse footage!
£55 - WEDDING EDITION. A single white TurnsPro and white mobile phone mountto use at that special day!
£220 - VIDEOGRAPHER EDITION. If you want to take several time lapse videos at the same time, this is the perfect package for you. This package includes 5 TurnsPros and mobile phone mounts!
£265 - WEDDING EDITION for wedding videographers. Exclusive WHITE TurnsPro, which will blend perfectly into that special day. We recommend using it in a centrepiece for a novel way of capturing every moment. This package includes 5 white TurnsPros and white mobile phone mounts!
There are a few similar products available on the market, some even on Kickstarter. But we believe our product has several unique features
1)It is affordable for everyone – many other products retail for over £100 ($150) and are not available in the UK. Our retail price is £45 for the base model.
2)You can set the time for one rotation from 20 seconds to 10 hours – no one else has this range of customisation.
3)TurnsPro is standalone, you don’t need a phone or intervalometer to set it.
We have been testing our initial prototype for 2 months and are so confident with our product that we already have 1000 motors and screens ready for assembly, with 1000 PCBs paid for.
The final plastic casing components are also arriving at the end of February for testing. We are so close to our goal, and have already put in a huge amount of our own time and money. But we need your help to fund the manufacture of the initial 1000 cases!!
We have lots of exciting ideas for the future including Bluetooth connection to a dedicated TurnsPro App, and connectors to allow TurnsPro to power a dolly. But we will only be able to achieve these with your funding! Please help us achieve our stretch target as well!!
We hope you like our exciting product. Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
We are awaiting our final samples for the plastic casing. As with all samples, there may be some imperfections and we are keen to make our product perfect. If any further changes are required, this could add 4 weeks onto our schedule. Our manufacturer is based locally so any problems can be quickly and efficiently resolved.
We have recently gone through rigorous product testing and quality control, and have identified that if a user over tightens the camera, there is a risk of damage to the motor. To mitigate this, we are re-designing the top screw thread to slip before damage occurs. This means there is a maximum torque rating. The effect of this is that DSLRs should only be used on a horizontal axis, but smaller products can still be operated at any angle!
We are finalizing our CE marking technical pack, and are currently concluding our internal CE marking assurance process, including EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) testing of the final product. We will not be able to distribute the product until we are happy that it complies with all the applicable CE marking directives. We have considered the relevant directives and standards as part of the design process as well as undergoing continual conformity assessment; we don't anticipate any significant issues for sign off.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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