Remember the popular CineSkates HD-DSLR
dolly system we featured in “Objects of Desire”
in 2011? We recently caught up with the inventor
of that product, Justin Jensen of Cinetics, and
checked out his “next big thing.” It’s called
CineMoco, and it’s a motorized dolly and slider
for shooting video and time-lapse photography.
Think of it as CineSkates with a brain.
Like CineSkates, CineMoco started as a
Kickstarter project and easily blew past its
pledge goal. While the appeal of CineSkates
was its simplicity (three roller-skate-like wheels
that attach to a tripod to turn it into a dolly),
the modular CineMoco system is a much more
It includes the SkatePlate to mount your HD-DSLR onto; the Skate Track rail system for tracking shots; the new V
Wheels (though it also works with the old CineSkates wheels); and the CineMoco itself, which is the computerized
brain that automates smooth, repeatable movements of the dolly for videos and shooting images between moves
for time-lapse photography.
The software that comes with the CineMoco is open-source and Jensen hopes photographers and
cinematographers will write their own scripts for the motorized dolly and share them to create a library of pre-programmed movement shots.
Official pricing hadn’t been set yet when we spoke with Jensen, but the basic CineMoco Dolly setup (which
includes the CineMoco, SkatePlate and V Wheels) was
being offered for a $495 pledge on Kickstarter, while
the CineMoco Slider (which adds the Skate Track and
travel bags) was going for $795.
PRICES: $495, CineMoco Dolly; $795, CineMoco Slider
Toddy Gear Smart Cloth
The Toddy Gear Smart Cloth isn’t a particularly sophisticated product nor is it expensive.
But we think it’s pretty cool. It’s a well-designed microfiber cloth that helps you clean
all that disgusting schmutz off your lenses, camera LCD displays and laptop screens
without scratching the surface.
The 5 x 7-inch Smart Cloth offers “dual-sided cleaning” with a plush material on
one side for serious scrubbing and a silk microfiber on the other to buff and polish.
Best of all for germaphobes, the cloth has an antimicrobial coating to ward off bugs
that produce mold, mildew and other nastiness. Yech!
Yes, there are thousands of similar lens and gear cleaning cloths out there but
the reason we give the nod to the Toddy Gear Smart Cloth is that it’s being offered
in three slick “photography print” designs.
Of the three, we like the yellow one the best, but you can also choose from a
green cloth with a Polaroid camera design on it and a black one with a lens. Or
collect all three!
PRICES: $9.99 each; $19.99 for three
For more “Objects of Desire” and product news, visit www.pdnonline.com/gear
where Technology Specialist Dan Havlik’s take on new gadgets are posted each week.
• Super-miniature size and extremely lightweight. • Fires from the hot shoe of most DSLRs. • Receiver has interchangeable plugs to fit directly into most strobes (no sync cord required). • Advanced radio frequency technology does not require “line of sight”. • Instant, automatic on/off power management. •
16 channels with auto synchronization. • 200 foot maximum range. • Transmitter battery life up to 3 years.
or call: 1-800-662-0717
*Firing a DSLR camera requires an accessory cable (not included).