A videographer needs precise motion control to create cinematic video. There are numerous camera moves out there for videographers to perform with corresponding tools to assist them. Camera sliders are popular amongst DLSR videographers. A slider allows the videographer to have fluid motion control over camera trucks and dollies. With a vertically positioned slider, a videographer can move the camera up and down in a smooth pedestal motion. Even tripod heads help videographers with motion control, allowing them to pan and tilt the camera. However, these devices only assist with the motion control of the camera by locking it’s movement into a single motion, it still takes the steady hand of a skilled videographer to get smooth results. Some techniques, such as hyperlapse video, require precise movements that are nearly impossible for even the steadiest videographer. Cinetics, from Austin, Texas has a solution for smooth camera moves with their Axis360 motion control system that is now a project on Kickstarter.
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Axis360 Motion Control System
Axis360 is a motion control system that works with most DSLR, mirrorless, and cinema cameras. It’s a lightweight motorized system that rotates and slides the camera at various speeds. The Axis360 motorized unit weighs only 1.4 pounds. The system is small and built to be compatible with other Axis360 units, that when combined can create complex motion with 3-axis movement. The Axis360 Basic package pans the camera on a tripod head. The stepper motor is highly accurate, up to one-tenth of a degree of rotation. The Axis360 Plus package allows the videographer to pan or tilt the camera on a tripod head. The Axis360 Pro includes an extendable camera slider and controls the camera on the slider, including vertical movements. The expected retail price of the Axis360 Basic is $450, with the Axis360 Plus at $550, and the Axis360 Pro at $850. All packages include the motor, controller, and components needed to execute the designated camera moves.