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Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod

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Product Highlights
  • 3 Wheels That Attach To A Mini Tripod
  • Variety Of Fluid Motion Shots
  • Arcing
  • Sliding
  • Rolling
  • Panning
  • Worm's Eye View
  • Time-Lapse With Marked Ruler System
  • Works Great With Rigs Under 5 Lbs
  • Made In The USA

In the words of Fast Company magazine, CineSkates "pull off sophisticated-looking camera moves with the nudge of a finger."

Developed at the M.I.T. Media Lab with cutting-edge skateboard technology, the Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod are a set of three wheels that attach to a Joby GorillaPod to achieve an amazingly abundant variety of very highly-effective fluid motion shots that give life to scenes.

CineSkates were from inception made in mind with expansion into a host of accessories, but in their current state are compatible specifically with the Joby GorillaPod Focus mini tripods. The combination of the two results in so many possibilities, that possibly both Cinetics and Joby were surprised at what morphed out, something no less than a thousand rabbits in a small hat.

CineSkates attach onto the GorillaPod and then move around fluidly in a variety of sophisticated ways. So what's a GorillaPod? Well, first off, it doesn't come included; and second -- it's a very small tripod that has legs which can bend at every point along them to thereby adapt to pretty much any environment and truly close in on a subject. It's what Tom was missing when looking for Jerry in his mouse hole. The GorillaPod would've bent in such a way, that the camera atop it would've been flipped upside-down and focused directly into the hole. That's why it's called a GorillaPod Focus. Now imagine it on wheels. The GorillaPod requires a ballhead, and if you have one, you're fine, but otherwise, Joby also makes the BallHead X. As regards CineSkates, small, lightweight ballheads with a large range of motion, like the BallHead X, work best.

So what kind of shots are we talking about? Well, first, very importantly -- CineSkates can move freely or can be aligned to make a desired camera movement. A light push will glide the CineSkates into motion along that alignment. And the alignment will not lose its setting until reset. And as for the shots, CineSkates achieve arcing shots that rotate around objects, sliding shots that push or pull a subject into focus, rolling shots that glide over the subject, time-lapse shots that move the camera slowly and smoothly -- more about this shortly, and panning shots that scan a wide area, and "worm's eye view" shots that slide just above the floor. And each of these can be done in so many different ways considering how many various combinations of positions the GorillaPod can bend into. The audience should love it. A little practice will be necessary, however, to develop a feel for achieving precision with the possibilities.

In terms of weight, CineSkates work best with rigs under 5 lbs. A DSLR, a lens, and a mic -- that'll work just fine.

Now, about the time-lapse shots -- the CineSkates wheels have a ruler system marked on them, and a tic mark on the bracket of the wheels. This is for shooting incrementally, at chosen tic distances, and moving the wheel one tic after every shot.

And about the expansion mentioned up above, expansion to other tripods is in the works. A frame for heavier cameras and a motorized wheel are just some future Cinetics products, and they will all be compatible with CineSkates. A mini ballhead and a Glif iPhone 4/4S tripod mount are already available to be used in combination with CineSkates and the GorillaPod.

How are CineSkates made, by the way? The brackets are made from an injection molded plastic that's lightweight and durable. The wheels are molded from soft urethane, and the bearings are made from hardened chromium steel. A steel adjustable handle, low profile black-oxide steel hardware, and a portable neoprene case complete the set. There are 44 parts in each set of CineSkates, and the parts are mostly made in the USA, and are assembled entirely in Austin, Texas.

CineSkates were launched as a Kickstarter project, and they are one of the highest funded projects in the history of Kickstarter.

Note! CineSkates work on very smooth surfaces only.

The What

A set of three wheels that attach to a Joby GorillaPod to achieve an amazingly abundant variety of very highly-effective fluid motion shots that give life to scenes. The GorillaPod is not included with the CineSkates.

The Shots

Arcing shots that rotate around objects.
Sliding shots that push or pull the subject into focus.
Rolling shots that glide over the subject.
Time-lapse shots that move the camera slowly and smoothly.
Panning shots that scan a wide area.
"Worm's eye view" shots that slide just above the floor.
Also, very importantly -- CineSkates can move freely or can be aligned to make a desired camera movement. A light push will glide the CineSkates into motion along that alignment. And the alignment will not lose its setting until reset.
And how many different combinations of positions can you bend the GorillaPod into before attaching the CineSkates to it? Focus precisely on the subject!

The Specs

CineSkates work best with rigs under 5 lbs.
The wheels are molded from soft urethane, and the bearings are made from hardened chromium steel.
The brackets are made from an injection molded plastic.
A steel adjustable handle, low profile black-oxide steel hardware, and a portable neoprene case complete the set.
There are 44 parts in each set of CineSkates, and the parts are mostly made in the USA, and are assembled entirely in Austin, Texas.
Expansion to other tripods is in the works. A frame for heavier cameras and a motorized wheel are just some future Cinetics products, and they will all be compatible with CineSkates. A mini ballhead and a Glif iPhone 4/4S tripod mount are already available to be used in combination with CineSkates and the GorillaPod.
Load Capacity Works best with rigs under 5 lbs (2.27 kg)
Build Injection molded plastic brackets
Soft urethane molded wheels
Hardened chromium steel bearings
Steel adjustable handle
Low profile black-oxide steel hardware
Neoprene case
Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod
  • Portable Neoprene Case
  • 1-Year Warranty Against Defects In Materials And Workmanship
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    CineticsCineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (8)
    • Stable (8)
    • Unfolds quickly (5)
    • Folds away (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (9)
      • Home (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Sports/action (3)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Why didn't I bought this ages ago?!!

      I was reluctant to buy this CineSkates due to the price tag...
      I was consider the pico dolly before. But since I have Gorilla pod so I have decided to buy this...Read complete review

      I was reluctant to buy this CineSkates due to the price tag...
      I was consider the pico dolly before. But since I have Gorilla pod so I have decided to buy this instead.

      I am now never leave it at home when I go out to do professional shooting.
      Setting up is easy! The wheels are smooth and seem to be very well made.
      It even has bar/lines to help you to do time lapse.

      Best of all the wheel can be set up way faster than my expensive slider and it can go on the table, on the stairs' rail, or even on the windows and wall!

      NOTE: you must have the GorillaPod FOCUS to use this wheels, if you have a smaller GorillaPod then go for the Cinetics miniSkates Tripod Dolly Wheels

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good at specific tasks

      Pros:
      - Packs small and you can take it anywhere
      - Very smooth motion for video in straight lines on smooth surface
      - You can use it on a wall or...Read complete review

      Pros:
      - Packs small and you can take it anywhere
      - Very smooth motion for video in straight lines on smooth surface
      - You can use it on a wall or on the floor or upsidedown

      Cons
      - Overpriced as it is literally only skate wheels and some plastic
      - Adjusting them to 'skate' in a perfect circle is possible but also a nightmare. You have to fidget with the wheels a long time to get it smooth and circular.
      - Anything less smooth than glass will produce vibration in your video (most of it can be fixed in post)

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      5.0

      Gear That Compliments Each Other....

      By Apple Jax

      from New Mexico

      Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

      I'm lovin my Cineskates! When I'm not using my cine squids and needing to do some dolly shots without actually setting up a dolly I just pop these right on to my gorilla pod focus and the get the job done... They give you more angles in which to move your camera like in circles or at any degree angle you desire. Sometimes it's just boring going from left to right or right to left only... And like I said earlier its nice to have gear that compliments another piece of gear... Because you have to understand that the creators of Cineskates and Cinsquid are Graduates of MIT and thus serious planning and engineering has gone into the creation of their products. I'm very happy with the purchase of my Cineskates.

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      3.0

      Good at specific tasks

      By Rico

      from Florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Packs Small And You Can T

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Video

        Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

        Pros:
        - Packs small and you can take it anywhere
        - Very smooth motion for video in straight lines on smooth surface
        - You can use it on a wall or on the floor or upsidedown

        Cons
        - Overpriced as it is literally only skate wheels and some plastic
        - Adjusting them to 'skate' in a perfect circle is possible but also a nightmare. You have to fidget with the wheels a long time to get it smooth and circular.
        - Anything less smooth than glass will produce vibration in your video (most of it can be fixed in post)

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Sweet

        By Miss Robot

        from Long Beach, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Video

            Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

            Worth it!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Keep it Lite!

            By Foster Grant

            from Vancouver BC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                Great for DSLR 'dolly' shots but only if you keep the weight down below 5 lbs. My Canon L Series 24-70mm on a 7D is too heavy for this and I had to go to my Canon 50 1.4. May consider that new Canon pancake 40 mm lens with auto focus to make things easier. Takes some practice but am excited to keep using it. Make sure your surface is smooth and take time to practice the movements. Expensive looking shots are completely possible with this super portable rig.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                CineSkates

                By BarrFly

                from Easton, PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                  They snap on tight !
                  This rig supports my 7D & battery grip and a 17-40 L lens with ease .

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Lots of Potential... But.

                  By Travis

                  from Omaha, NE

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                      I was excited when I saw the video promoting this CinceSkates. I am an impulsive buyer and didn't hesitate as I thought the price was reasonable.

                      CineSkates have lots of potential but they take a while (I still haven't figured it out) out to operate properly.

                      The GorillaPod very hard to adjust and I'm not sure it even supports the 5lbs of weight the camera has.

                      Make sure to have smooth and I mean smooth surface when operating.

                      May I suggest a "how to DVD" that would guide new users to make their experience better before they give up on it.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great manuverability

                      By iggy77sk

                      from Fountain Hills, AZ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Video

                        Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                        Really easy to use. Great for time lapse effects.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Why didn't I bought this ages ago?!!

                        By JLVideo

                        from Melbourne, australia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                          I was reluctant to buy this CineSkates due to the price tag...
                          I was consider the pico dolly before. But since I have Gorilla pod so I have decided to buy this instead.

                          I am now never leave it at home when I go out to do professional shooting.
                          Setting up is easy! The wheels are smooth and seem to be very well made.
                          It even has bar/lines to help you to do time lapse.

                          Best of all the wheel can be set up way faster than my expensive slider and it can go on the table, on the stairs' rail, or even on the windows and wall!

                          NOTE: you must have the GorillaPod FOCUS to use this wheels, if you have a smaller GorillaPod then go for the Cinetics miniSkates Tripod Dolly Wheels

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great tool for lapse photography

                          By skookella

                          from Australia

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Create many angles
                          • Folds Small
                          • Good size for travel
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                              My D3s with the Really Right Stuff ball head is a little heavy for this.Moves well on a flat smooth surface.Use for lapse photography and for video

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Extremely smooth arcs

                              By Steve Cam

                              from Anderson, Indiana

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Travel
                                • Video

                                Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                                The Cineskates connect to the Focus quickly and you are off an running. I found this great blog post that really helps with setting them up with heavy cameras - The cineskates are built brilliantly. Strongly recommended

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                                4.0

                                Smooth as long as your surface is

                                By Nick the fisherman

                                from Denver, CO

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Smooth

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                                  The CineSkate's bearings are super smooth. The only negative thing I could say so far is that they do seem to slip off very easily if not properly mounted flush to the gorillapod.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Well worth the small learning curve

                                  By Garrett

                                  from Royal Oak, MI

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                  • Cumbersome

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Any Arching or Sliding
                                  • Home
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                                  The Cineskates are a very interesting endeavor into cheap motion videography. While they are priced about the same as a cheap slider, they are much more versatile. There aren't major problems with these guys. I would love if in the future they make a clamp system for the skates that allows you to attach them to a larger tripod (which is a suggestion the manufacturer is well aware of) but other than that the only other slightly negative thing I have to say is don't expect to just hook these up and go your first time out. This system does have a small learning curve. However, I have only had them about three weeks and I am already able to assemble the system and start shooting within a minute or two.

                                  The major pro of this system versus a cheap slider is that you are able to use this anywhere you have a fairly smooth surface for as long as that surface goes. So if you need you are able to make this slide for a very long area give it is smooth enough. Obviously, a slider will only allow you to go for the length of the slider.

                                  I gave this item four stars since everything that is advertised is accurate and it is fun and useful. The subtraction of one star is just due to the fact that you can't attach larger tripods (in fact no tripods other than the joby gorillapod focus, not even the gorillapod zoom) to the system, which again is something I would like but not something they claim.

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                                  5.0

                                  Awsome

                                  By mayerbri

                                  from Rio de Janeiro

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                                      Awsome product! Very happy to extend my photos!

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                                      • No

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                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Smoooth & versatile! Gotta love it.

                                      By Mike Vargo

                                      from Denver, CO

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Pros

                                      • Portable
                                      • Versatile
                                      • Well built quality

                                      Cons

                                      • Weight limit

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Product shots
                                      • Timelapse
                                      • Tracking Shots
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod:

                                      Cineskates create some stunning dolly shots. They work great for tracking and arcing shots and can even do cool shots going over small subjects. The tripod is flexible, so you can't load a ton of weight on it. A 5Dmkii and a prime lens can work some magic though!

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