Cinevate Duzi 4 Slider Gets Compact Flywheel

October 2nd, 2016
Cinevate Duzi 4 Slider Gets Compact Flywheel

The Cinevate Duzi 4 slider arrives with a clever integrated carriage and flywheel for smoother shots without weight compromise, and is a re-vamped design to Cinevate’s popular portable slider system.

https://vimeo.com/184411720

I’ve been using Cinevate sliders for years, including all versions of the Duzi since its original release. Having tried out most popular brands of sliders, the Duzi has always impressed me the most in relation to weight, operation, longevity and cost.

Only my Cinevate Hedron has ever given me smoother results, and this comes down to one single feature – the flywheel.

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As the flywheel gains momentum, it irons out any knocks and fidgety motion resulting from user operation. But it comes at a cost: the Hedron is a far heavier system than the Duzi, and with the flywheel bolted on it’s much longer as well.

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It looks like Cinevate has taken time to evaluate its line up and pick out the good bits from the more robust Hedron system, but still keeping the DNA of the lightweight and portable Duzi slider.

The new Duzi 4 has an integrated flywheel, but rather than bolted on to the end of the device like the Hedron and other competing sliders, it’s cleverly mounted on the bottom of the carriage.

Cinevate Duzi 4

This keeps the weight and length down, whilst enabling smoother shots; we like.

Like the previous version, the Duzi 4 comes in two lengths, 24″ and 32″. I have the Duzi 3 in both sizes and find the 24″ is the perfect size for single tripod use.

Like the previous version, the Duzi 4 utilizes two carbon fibre rods and optional all-terrain legs. However this time the latter are designed to switch around for quick storage without having to remove them quickly. This is a big feature for previous Duzi owners, I frankly never use my all-terrain legs on my Duzi 3 because of the time it takes to switch them out.

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The brake was a huge flaw with the original Duzi, but by mark 3 Cinevate had improved it vastly (still not perfect), and it looks as if the Duzi 4 will use the same tension latch on the carriage.

https://vimeo.com/185087751

Cinevate Duzi 4 Slider – Specs at a Glance:

Weight: 24″ – 6.4lbs (7.24lbs with legs). 32″- 6.5lbs (7.25lbs with legs)
Travel: 24″- 16″. 32″ – 24″
Payload: 120lbs (both lengths)
Mounting: Centre and End Block Mountable
Motion Control: Modo Compatible

I’ve asked the question as to whether you can buy an upgraded Duzi 4 carriage for your older Duzi slider, and will update this article when I get a response.  Due to the width increase of the Duzi 4, an upgraded carriage will not be possible from previous Duzi sliders.

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 Michael Hutchins
Michael Hutchins
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October 7th, 2016

Tim Fok did you notice any micro vibrations in your footage from the flywheel? Also will you be posting footage or will cinevate be posting it?

 Michael Hutchins
Michael Hutchins
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October 8th, 2016
Reply to  Tim Fok

My apologies. I was under the impression that you and the gentleman in the video were in fact the same person. Striking resemblance.

Arnold Finkelstein
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October 5th, 2016

If only their Modo actually worked. I’m out $200 after months of trying. They won’t even answer emails now.

 Michael Hutchins
Michael Hutchins
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October 4th, 2016

I’ve used a fully rigged out Blackmagic URSA(about 40 pounds) on the Duzi Version 2 and it does beautifully. It wasn’t near what a pro setup weighs but it is pretty amazing. I went ahead and ordered the Duzi 4 this morning. I’m really looking forward to using it but now I guess I’ll have to sell my Duzi version 2.

 Evan Hart
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October 3rd, 2016

Crossing my fingers that I can pick up an upgraded carriage! Only thing missing from an otherwise great slider.

 Evan Hart
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October 15th, 2016
Reply to  Tim Fok

You want to buy a Duzi 2?

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October 3rd, 2016

The shot of the guy getting in the water to get 2 feet closer is hilarious. Who would do this when you could switch a lens in 5 seconds? All to look cool in the promo I guess. HA!

 Michael Hutchins
Michael Hutchins
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October 7th, 2016
Reply to  Frank McKeown

You do know the guy in the video is the same guy that wrote this article right? I would imagine it was more to show versatility of the product rather than look cool.

 Michael Hutchins
Michael Hutchins
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October 8th, 2016

I have put my foot my mouth and I am wrong, it was not in fact the same person. My apologies.

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October 3rd, 2016

I have a Shark S1. While there’s a belt system for their flywheel, it works great and is easy to switch out for the longer setup. Tension of the rollers on the rods, of the belt etc. is quick and easy, which makes trouble-shooting and eliminating any backlash or slop very easy. The Cinevate looks like another great flywheel design. Except for in extreme weight saving scenarios, I’m not sure why you’d buy a slider without a flywheel. Even hiking I bring my Shark. It’s carbon fiber and aluminum except for the flywheel so it’s light. I’m not sure where the weight ratings on these come from. 5KG for the Shark seems quite low, and 50KG for the Duzi seems ridiculous. If I had to guess on looks/design alone, they’re fairly comparable.

Einar Davíðsson
Einar Davíðsson
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October 3rd, 2016

Looks pretty solid, but a bit strange that there is not one slider shot in that promo? (not even 2 seconds from all the set-ups they show…).

Jonathan Pais
Jonathan Pais
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October 3rd, 2016

They say in their ad this is the first with on board flywheel, which isn’t true at all. The iFootage Shark S1 came out with this a couple years ago, and comes with extra rods and a nice carrying case at an affordable price. And it looks like it is built better than the Duzi as well.

Einar Davíðsson
Einar Davíðsson
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October 3rd, 2016
Reply to  Jonathan Pais

Well, their flywheel is integrated into the carriage, and not on the side. The kessler Pocket Jib also has a wheel on the side, as to many others. But the Shark S1 looks good, similarly priced (once you add accessories to duzi), but the main difference I can see is the load capability – around 5 kilos for S1, around 50 kilos (!) for the Duzi 4.

Also, there is no belt on the duzi, which theoretically makes it less prone to damage/malfunction (but then you have to move the carriage by hand).

Jonathan Pais
Jonathan Pais
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October 3rd, 2016

I don’t know how they measure the load capacity, but I’m very skeptical that the Duzi can handle 120 lbs. Even Kessler’s better sliders costing over $1,000 don’t begin to approach that. And why don’t they show any professional cinema cameras mounted on the device, if that’s true…

Jonathan Pais
Jonathan Pais
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October 3rd, 2016

exactly – with a device like the iFootage Shark, the operator can simply twirl the flywheel by hand, resulting in a much smoother shot.

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