cineskates portable tripod dolly cineskates portable tripod dolly
aug 24, 2011

cineskates portable tripod dolly

‘cineskates’ portable tripod/dolly for cameras

developed by justin jensen in a class at MIT medialabs and now the first product of his texas-based company cinetics, ‘cineskates’ is a portable design for an adjustable wheeled tripod that lets everyday users accomplish the smooth tracking shots and pans that are achieved in the professional sphere through the use of dollies and other expensive or cumbersome equipment.

three wheels fit onto joby’s gorillapod focus tripod, requiring only a ballhead to attach one’s camera to the device. the wheels utilize a ‘cinetics connect’ snap-on mechanism that is designed for extensibility as cinetics expands the offerings of wheels and tripods capable of being used in the ‘cineskates’ system. jensen envisions, for example, robotic or remote controlled wheels that can clip on in place of the standard model, and a larger trpod and wheel system.

the project is currently seeking kickstarter funding, predicting that the ‘cineskate’ wheels alone will retail for approximately 200 USD and the complete system for 350 USD.

jensen demos and discusses the project in the ‘cineskates’ kickstarter video

view of ‘cinetics connect’ snap-on pieces, that will permit a range of wheels and tripods to be interchanged into the system

3D model of the ‘cinetics connect’ design

via techcrunch

  • 200/350 USD for that?

    do you need money to sue everyone on earth? O.o

    Max says:
  • as well as on uneven surfaces?

    Djedyk says:
  • This is the coolest! For less than the cost of a good lens you can create incredible motion videos. Compared to a steady cam, which costs tens of thousands of dollars, this is phenomenal!

    elf says:
  • @elf – Really un-educated comment.

    This is a great little product, but in no way can you compare it a Steadicam – which enables you to run while operating a (heavy) 35mm film camera while maintaing dead still footage.

    Further proof that so many DSLR users have next to no understanding of film & tv production.

    Nonetheless this guy will make a small fortune!

    real talk says:
  • Thanks for the comments! You can actually get CineSkates for 0 or the System (with GorillaPod Focus and BallHead X) for 5 by becoming a [url=http://cinetics.com/kickstarter]Kickstarter backer[/url].

    We priced CineSkates as low as we could without sacrificing the quality of the components. We think backers will be impressed with how smooth they roll when they receive their CineSkates. That said, I know they aren’t for everyone and the functionality has to be worth it for people to back the project.

    Thanks for watching the video and sharing your thoughts!

    Justin says:
  • That is supposed to say 150 for CineSkates and 275 for the CineSkates System. Not sure what happened there.

    Justin says:

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