CineSkates Camera Sliders – a success before they’re off the ground

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We spotted this on the first day of this CineSkates Camera Sliders Kickstarter project and were planning on posting because it was an interesting idea – but it is already funded at 380%! I'm sure you can still get in on it if you're interested and we'll be following up with the project as it grows.

CineSkates Camera Sliders Kickstarter Success

CineSkates Camera Sliders Kickstarter Success

The CineSkates KickStarter

About this project

Update: Wow! We reached the funding goal in just over a day! We're going to have plenty of CineSkates available though. You can still get in on the discounted Kickstarter pricing by becoming a backer! Every pledge is beyond helpful; thank you!

Thanks for checking out my Kickstarter project! Watch the video, become a backer and spread the word! Message me on Twitter or Facebook if you have any feedback or questions. Thanks! Justin

What are CineSkates?

CineSkates™ are a set of three wheels that quickly attach to a tripod and enable fluid, rolling video in an ultra-portable package. Watch the video to see what they are capable of… CineSkates were used to film it!

CineSkates work specifically with the GorillaPod Focus tripod. A ballhead is also required… most small, strong ballheads will work great. Fortunately, JOBY, the maker of GorillaPod Focus and Ballhead X has agreed to include their products in the CineSkates System at a generous price!

Some questions and answers from Justin about CineSkates

A few questions about how I got the time lapse shots in the video. Here is the answer…

The wheels have a ruler system marked around the perimeter, and a tic mark on the lower part of the bracket…


These are for time lapse. You set your camera to shoot a photo at incremental times, and after every shot move the wheel one tic mark (or whatever distance you chose). I put my lens cap as a stop in front of the wheel to keep it from rolling during the shot. This is a manual method, and automated movement is a next step. A single, motorized wheel will be one of the next things we develop so that you can get time lapse shots automatically.

Question: Love your CineSkates… but I have to ask what is the maximum weight that it can hold? Do you think it will be able to hold a RED EPIC with the lens attached and stuff? That would weigh around 9lbs

Answer: I use it with a 5D Mark II (810g) and a 16-35mm (634g) quite often. This set up weighs 1.4kg (3.2 lbs). I've used it with set ups up to 5lbs with success, though.

When you use a heavier camera, you have to position the legs of the GorillaPod so that they can support the weight. It is easier to set up with lighter cameras. I love using a 60D or 5D and a prime lens with it.

I don't think a 9 lb RED Epic setup would work well. I haven't been able to get my hands on an Epic to test though. I'll try to find one soon. Sorry I can't give you a perfect answer here, but I don't want to tell you it will work when I'm not sure.

Question: How difficult is it to set up a straight roll/ tracking shot? It seems like it might be challenging with three fixed wheels – would two swivel (caster style) and a fixed work better?

Answer: A straight shot is one of the easiest to set up. The way you do it is line up the wheels by eye then roll it back and forth and calibrate. That sounds tricky, but it is really intuitive. We've thought about caster style designs, but three solid wheels as proven to work the best. They enable you to get a combination of great straight tracking shots as well as arcing shots. A single caster attachment may be something we develop in the future though.

When we have a motorized wheel version, we could add RC control to it. We've thought about doing that through WIFI and an iPhone or Android. There would be a bit of development time to make this happen, but it is certainly possible.

Would something like CineSkates help your project? What do you think?

(cover photo credit: snap from the kickstarter project page)


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  1. After receiving a less than stellar PadPivot, I’ve only passively monitored KickStart, until now.
    Cinetics look very intriguing as I have the 5D set-up and several Gorrilas.
    So, put me on the list, tell me how much and I’ll see what I can do to help move your good idea along.

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