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Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod

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Cinetics CineSkates Camera Dolly Wheels for GorillaPod Focus Tripod
Key Features
  • 3 Wheels That Attach To A Mini Tripod
  • Variety Of Fluid Motion Shots
  • Arcing
  • Sliding
In the words of Fast Company magazine, CineSkates "pull off sophisticated-looking camera moves with the nudge of a finger."
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Cinetics CS8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2The What
  • 3The Shots
  • 4The Specs

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.
UPC: 661799189804

Cinetics CS8 Specs

Load CapacityWorks best with rigs under 5 lbs (2.27 kg)
BuildInjection molded plastic brackets
Soft urethane molded wheels
Hardened chromium steel bearings
Steel adjustable handle
Low profile black-oxide steel hardware
Neoprene case
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.6 x 5.4 x 4.3"

Cinetics CS8 Reviews

Highly recommended

By Elias
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-15

Perfect with my Joby gorilla pod and with the triangle plate. Makes for a great table top skate track! Very durable!

Good at specific tasks

By Rico
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2013-02-01

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)

Sweet

By Miss Robot
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-11-26

Worth it!

Keep it Lite!

By Foster Grant
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-11-05

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.

Great Addition For Filmmaking!

By A. Jax
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-06

These cine-skates have given me added options when I'm looking to do a simple slide move on a project.

OK product, but highly overpriced for what it does

By PhotoShoot
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2016-11-09

Quality of the plastic is very soft you can scratch it with your nail easily. Looks like something you would 3D print. Usability wise (with tripod). It's not easy to get wheels in a correct position to make a roll around an object shot. You will need a LOT of practice and tweaking to get wheel in perfect position for even a half circle on Guerilla Tripod. Don't expect to get any shots on a surface that's not perfectly smooth. They should cost half the price minimum. I cant say that I am thrilled with the purchase. Think in advance.

With this wheels, who needs a dolly?

By Galocasta
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-08-25

It's amazing how smooth are the movements of a gorillapod with the CineStakes. For someone who it's just starting and with a low budget, this wheels can save you a lot of money in equipment.

Gear That Compliments Each Other....

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-04-01

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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