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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.Read more
Cinevate has announced a new product for time-lapse shooters. Expanding on the wind-up motor for the Duzi 3, the Cinevate Modo Pan offers users a simple load & roll pan tool for motion time-lapses. What Exactly is the Cinevate Modo Pan? Put simply, Modo Pan is a wind-up motor—there’s no interface and no software, it is all mechanical. This simplistic design is sure to appeal a broad range of people. It can achieve 360-degrees of rotation, and does so in two speeds – 30 minutes and 60 minutes. The Cinevate Modo Pan sits between your tripod head and camera (attaching via 1/4″ thread), wind it backwards and let it pan. I’ve got the Modo module myself for the Duzi 3, which enables a no-fuss approach to achieve motorised slides. I’m very keen to try it out properly; initial tests have been positive. You can combine the Cinevate Modo Pan with the Cinevate Grip Reacher and Cinevate Modo to create some interesting, bi-axis time-lapses moves.Read more
Cinevate has introduced a very interesting accessory to partner their newly announced Duzi v3 slider. The Modo is a timelapse module that uses no batteries, no cables and no control interface, simple wind back and let it go. When the Duzi v3 surfaced at the start of the month, there was a lot of talk around this unnamed timelapse module that appeared in a couple of the promo shots, but very little info was disclosed. The above video now explains the Modo. It’s a module unique to the Duzi v3 carriage (original Duzi owners can upgrade their carriage with the updated lock to accommodate this) and uses a simple spring that when wound back gives the device enough brunt to move along the track. There are no cables, no batteries and no control interface. The Cinevate Modo simply has two speeds per Duzi length; 30 or 42 minutes on the 24″ slider, and 43 or 60 minutes on the longer 32″ version, I’ve been told by Cinevate the Modo can actually operate for 3 hours however, which will help with future circular dolly tracks. They also plan on releasing a second motor option that will provide half speed intervals to the above, for slower timelapses. Cinevate is quite clear with the type of filmmakers this is targeted at. This type of device won’t challenge their current Moco line or any of multi controlled system, it’s much simpler and quicker to use; just roll the carriage back and let it run. As a result of this, the price bracket is far far lower, currently at just under $200. The Cinevate Modo mounts to the Duzi v3 carriage with a thumbscrew; you can engage/disengage the wheel so that you can use it as a standard slider once attached. The payload drops to 15lbs with the Modo mounted, it has a bubble level for levelling out shots and a standard 3/8″ thread for attaching ballheads. Here’s the specification list of the Modo Complete mechanical drive does not require power or batteries No controllers, cables, or programming necessary Effortlessly change from timelapse to manual slider mode in seconds 2 speed capability (24 inches/hour & 34 inches/hour) Works under extreme weather conditions Max capacity of 15 lbs when level Integrated bubble level Solid CNC machined aluminum Speed upgrades available (12 inches/hour & 17 inches/hour) Compatible with Modo multi-axis pan & tilt (coming soon) The last point is very interesting; it would be great to see this simple technology work in a multi-axis mode also.Read more
Cinevate has announced a third update to it’s ever popular Duzi slider. Version 3 comes in two lengths, standard 24″ and a longer 32″ version. Solid carbon fibre rails increase it’s strength whilst maintaining a lightweight figure. But most importantly to current Duzi owners, a much improved lock! The old lock was fiddly and only worked when the carriage was in the centre position. The revised version looks much more sturdy and allows use anywhere on the rail, love the look of this. Solid carbon fibre rails means a 50% rise in payload, the Duzi now supports cameras up to 75lbs. As mentioned earlier, the Duzi v3 is available in 24″ and new longer 32″ length. Here’s a full list of new features: Upgraded lock secures the camera anywhere on the rails Now available in two lengths: 24 and 32 inches Compatible with timelapse add-on Load capacity of 120 lbs Integrated bubble level I’m a long term user of the Duzi, check out my review here. It’s weight and price makes it a very attractive tool and it still stands as my number 1 go to slider. Available for pre-order right away, $50 separating each length.Read more
Cinevate have announced a new entry-level slider, the Cinevate Duzi. The roller bearing slider is made from CNC machined aluminium and stainless steel, utilizing 19mm solid carbon rails. Weighing at just 4lbs (1.8kg) it offers an impressive load capacity of 50lbs (22.7kg). To put things into perspective, that’s a 3rd lighter than the Cinevate FLT (Cinevate’s previous compact slider), and can support just over twice the weight.Read more
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