by Tim Fok | 12th February 2016
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
by Tim Fok | 18th May 2015
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
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