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Conceptually this one is 'get r done'. 12v motor (1:7189 gear ratio rated for like 50 lbs :shock:) with a simple speed dial. It's touchy for sure but works quite well. @ top speed travels 5' in 25 minutes & at the low end gets the 5' done in excess of 2 hours... Probably can go slower with tuning?? It uses a single belt with the ubiquitous 'omega drive'. To disengage you simply loosen the belt clip for slack and un-pulley it. BUT here was my problem. I made the pulley area so damn tight that negotiating the belt makes me curse like a sailor! :lol: Re design is complete. 2.2 proto parts are ordered and ASAP I'll fill you all in with details.

I'm going to have to beg for patience here. :D I do want to share what i've got going on here but I want chase the bugs out first so v2.2. Promise! Appreciate all the encouragement and enthusiasm. Very excited to spill all the dirty details.


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awesome!! love the shot going from high up to down on the ground. can you post some pics of the dolly?

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Killer. :shock:


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Hi Jay,

Do you have a picture of the dolly track that I missed somewhere? I'm curious as to how the dolly is built out, is it tapped for tripod(s) mount? How is the motor mounted? I'm definitely interested in purchasing one of your units when they are available - I know I could build my own for cheaper pretty easily but honestly, I'm tired of building my own of anything! I'm curious also if I will be able to use my mumford stuff with it, like mount my rotary table in place of the DC motor when I must do shoot->moves as well as put the rotary table on the dolly car for dolly+pan.

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Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:18 pm
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I'd really like to get v2.2 in my hands before detailing it out. This one had some 'oh I thought i was so clever' parts that turned out to be sort of fatal flaws. The mechanics appear to be sound but I'd really really like to show you all 2.2!! It's truly worth the wait. I'll be back after dinner to answer your questions Ben...


Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:57 pm
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Delrious wrote:
is it tapped for tripod(s) mount?

It's beautifully simple. you can screw your quick release plate on AND slide it to any position along the rail. What I'm finding to be a wonderful mount is: Image (albeit I'm using an older model). I've got two 1/4x20 connection points on the quick release plate.

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How is the motor mounted?

it screws into the tapped top plate. solid as a rock.

Delrious wrote:
I'm curious also if I will be able to use my mumford stuff with it, like mount my rotary table in place of the DC motor when I must do shoot->moves as well as put the rotary table on the dolly car for dolly+pan.


you could mount the rotary table on the top... but connecting it to the dolly would be a tough. I've really made the motor mount very compact so that it does not take up real estate on the top plate or cart table.


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You're a rockstar Jay. Like I said on vimeo, really interested in buying one.
Also would be very interested in seeing what it looks like !

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Hey Milapse
Any new news on the v2.2 ?

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Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:16 am
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jonmundur wrote:
Hey Milapse
Any new news on the v2.2 ?


I'm trying to cut the teasing and stick to official announcements from here on out. :-) We're getting very close and I can't wait to reveal all.


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How close is close? :P


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milapse wrote:
Delrious wrote:
... Image ....


That Manfrotto head is actually a very nice unit but people often skimp on a cheaper version, without the brass bushes, which is quite poor in comparison. That particular head, pictured above, is very smooth to adjust, but quite heavy.

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John Jovic wrote:
milapse wrote:
Delrious wrote:
... Image ....


That Manfrotto head is actually a very nice unit but people often skimp on a cheaper version, without the brass bushes, which is quite poor in comparison. That particular head, pictured above, is very smooth to adjust, but quite heavy.


True, they're heavy but really excellent for monorail support and makes one man setup very easy.

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How close is close? :P


Doh! Mr. B you've got the amazing toys... :P


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Is the motor mounting plate tapped for and have the space to accept a NEMA sized motor?
That would enable the user to swap motor types , eg. servo or stepper, (clock-work :lol: ) etc., with less difficulty.


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Just a bit curious on this Jay!!

I have a project coming up and I am weighing all my motion control options ;-)



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matt b wrote:
Is the motor mounting plate tapped for and have the space to accept a NEMA sized motor?
That would enable the user to swap motor types , eg. servo or stepper, (clock-work :lol: ) etc., with less difficulty.



There will be options along this line =)

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Do you guys have any idea when this will be available to buy ?
Looking to prep my summer of shooting and I would love to have this in my bag.

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Fanto wrote:
Do you guys have any idea when this will be available to buy ?
Looking to prep my summer of shooting and I would love to have this in my bag.


Believe me I would LOVE to put a date on it.... but fact remains we are at the mercy of the course of design and sourcing. On design, I'm to blame because I'm constantly learning and want to get things right (well Shutterdrone is too ;) ). On sourcing we have to make sure when we can deliver. The very last thing we want to see is anyone sans hard earned capitol AND sans hardware.


Thu May 13, 2010 6:20 pm
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Milapse really hit the nail on the head. It's a difficult balancing act - you want to move quickly, but if you go too fast, you burn up a lot of good will. We've learned a lot and have made an exceptional amount of progress this year.

We're not giving any hard dates right now, as we haven't been provided any by our vendors we're working with and there are still some glitches still being worked out. The train's rolling fast though, with everything from hardware sourcing and electronics design to software and firmware development moving at a constantly increasing pace.

What we absolutely don't want to do is give people a product with known issues. We want to provide a high-quality, low-cost product. While we're definitely going to change the economy on these things, we have no desire to do so at the cost of you guys in the field. We don't want to have to give firmware updates every week because someone was in the field and missed their shot due to a bug, we don't want people getting frustrated trying to put everything together in the field and finding they're missing a tool, or it took so long they missed that sweet moment. And we definitely don't want to sell stuff that we know we're going to replace in 60 days, and force constant upgrades and ever-growing costs.

I know it's been going on a long time, but it's been a lot of late nights for Milapse and myself. We're working hard (my partner complains that she never sees me any more =) and we're getting close to that goal.

As always, we're looking for suggestions, and any input that will help to make it a better product for your needs. Please keep them coming!

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Hey guys,

in the process of building my own little motion control system (mainly for stop motion, but also for time lapse hand animation) I came across this forum and have seen all the exciting work you've already done.
Honestly, it made me quite excited :)

Did I get it right that you are planning on making your dolly design v2.2 commercially available?

In any case, thumbs up for the good work, thanks a lot for all the sacrifices you are doing (and sometimes only the partner is feeling... it's the nice side of an exciting time swallowing project, it's still fun ;) ) and I'm looking forward to seeing more from you!

Best from Germany,
Max.


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Milapse,

Is this dolly the same one that is in your YouTube video? This video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-uVpb8wpNU (the Dynamic Perception dolly).

I'm a bit lost in trying to work out what is what, as I see things on this forum, then I can't find them again! Have you got a thread on here that gives more details about the Dynamic Perception Dolly, or where people can ask questions? There are a couple of things I wanted to ask about this.

:-)


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ask away! :D


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Ahh good. Thanks, I'll be over there in a moment!


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