updated 11:50 pm EDT, Mon April 23, 2012
Production ramps up May 6
With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Revolve is soon to ship an inexpensive camera dolly system. Compatible with nearly any camera, the system can be used to generate a wide variety of shots and angles and can be used either tracked or on any surface. The initial Kickstarter price for the basic system is $70, other accessories compatible with the Revolve camera dolly are available at additional charge.
The Revolve camera dolly system is intended for photographers and videographers who need a professional-style shot without some of the costs associated with some of the higher end products. Each set of wheels is rotatable along a measurable axis printed on the dolly to allow for circular shots of varying radii. Quarter-inch mounting holes are present at each end of the wheel axles to allow for customizable configurations and accessory installation.
Some available accessories include a rail kit allowing for use over rough terrain, a monopod designed to screw into the base of the dolly to either raise the height of the shot or use the dolly as a counterweight to act as a de facto camera stabilizer, a friction arm to mount small or medium cameras to the dolly, a ball head with quick release plate to mount a larger DSLR or camcorder, and the Glif mount for the iPhone 4 from Studio Neat.
The Revolve kickstarter debuted on March 21st, and in two weeks reached the original $7,500 goal from 120 backers, allowing production of the device. The project then exceeded even its revised funding goals, collecting an additional $14,495 in pledges which allows the designer to use a revised, improved design.
The project is now shooting for a $30,000 goal, with $22,000 currently pledged. If the new goal is met, the company plans to produce a carrying cast for the dolly kit as well.
Kickstarter is a service designed to crowd-source otherwise possibly unfundable projects. Kickstarter takes 5% of the collected funds if the project is successfully funded, and doesn't collect any money if the target for funding isn't reached.