NAB 2012 – CineZip: A slider upside down! – $349

April 26th, 2012

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The so called “cable camera” dollying technique (invented by an Austrian by the way) is one that has been very expensive so far and hasn’t entered the realm of low cost HDSLR gear yet.
Here’s a company that tries to bring us the benefits of a wired camera setup at an affordable price. Does it work? That’s a question we hope to find an answer to in the near future.

The setup Jeff Medford used has a very loose cable and thus the camera slide is very sensitive to the operators movements. Jeff told me that they’d soon offer a crank to tighten the cable. This sounds like a good idea, but will the suction cups hold the additional force from a tightened cable? It’s a unit worth testing and at $349 it can be done.

There’s another crank, a pulley system included to control the camera movement and the total length can be 50 feet (15 meters) to make some impossible shots possible.

For handheld shooting support I’d suggest going with an EasyRig, they provide a lot more flexibility and don’t require setup time, but for everything else the CineZip looks a like a very interesting new approach to dolly movement.

You can get the CineZip at a pre-sale price of $324 on Delkin Devices’ website. At this time they offer it without the cranks. LINK

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