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Cinetics CineMoco Dolly with V-Wheels

Motorized dolly for video and time-lapse photography

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Smooth camera moves for great shots, time-lapse, and stop-motion

The Cinetics Cinemoco motorized dolly with V-Wheels  is a revolutionary way to add production value to the videos and time-lapses you shoot. A robust, battery-powered drive motor is paired with an intelligent controller, and can be programmed for continuous repeatable moves, shoot-move-shoot time-lapse modes, or precise command-driven stop-motion photography. The resulting smooth moving shots that manipulate time and space are extraordinary, creating new ways to document the world that compel a viewer's attention.

The Cinetics Cinemoco Dolly and V-Wheels shown in action (camera/tripod head not included)

The Cinetics Cinemoco Dolly and V-Wheels shown in action (camera/tripod head not included)

The dolly

The Cinemoco Dolly marries different individual components to create a versatile moving point of view for your chosen camera. Traditional video cameras, action video cameras, or DSLRs and compact system cameras are all at home atop a compatible tripod head (not included) that's paired to this setup.

The wheels

CineSkates V Wheels allow an even, smooth roll on flat surfaces. Underneath the main dolly frame (the SkatePlate), they form the primary structure support for your camera. The SkatePlate is fully compatible with all CineSkates, the CineSquid, and many other products in the Cinetics Connect family. The V-Wheels are also designed to glide smoothly on SkateTrack (available separately), modular four-foot assemblies on outrigger legs that feature twin rails for the wheels.

The drive system

The Cinemoco controller and motor are capable of continuous moves from .3 to 14.5 centimeters per second (.12 - 5.71 inches per second), and moves as tiny as .01 centimeters over 6500 seconds in time-lapse mode. Now that's fine motor control. Cables are included for tethering selected popular cameras to a computer for time-lapse control and processing (and many other control cables are available separately).

Why Cinetics?

Smooth moving shots are one of the primary building blocks of fine motion picture production. They put us into the scene on the screen, because they mirror how we experience the world. Our bodies act as a big shock-absorber for our eyes, plus our brain does internal image-stabilization along the way. So it's no wonder we like stable, even moving shots in our on-screen entertainment and no surprise that we can feel distracted by shaky handheld footage. A tripod often isn't enough for convincing movement, because it can only help for shots where your camera stays in one place. And moving the camera does more than make the experience seem real; it makes your camera a character, a participant, a narrator.

So consider what Cinetics gear can bring to the table for your next video project. Whether it's a simple home movie, a film school exercise, or a full-blown professional production, good camera mounting can make a world of difference in how your audience will experience what you've captured.

Product Highlights:

  • motorized dolly with controller, motor, dolly frame, and wheels
  • improve your video productions and time-lapse movies with smooth, controlled moving camera shots
  • controller is capable of various programmed movement:
    • continuous movement from .3 cm/sec. to 14.5cm/sec.
    • S-M-S mode (shoot-move-shoot) for moving camera time lapse shots
    • manual command mode for stop-motion photography moves
    • runs on open-source software
  • weight capacity: 11 lbs. (tripod head and camera together)
  • tripod head and camera not included with system
Included components:
  • Cinemoco controller unit with five-hour rechargeable battery
  • SkatePlate retractable quick set-up dolly frame
  • CineSkates V Wheels for easy smooth rolling on flat surfaces and SkateTrack
  • accessory pouch with charger and cable
  • rail bag
  • connector bag
  • three camera cables (N3, D3, and DC0)
  • 3-11/16"W x 3-15/16"H x 2-3/8"D (controller)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Cinetics CineMoco Dolly with V-Wheels Reviews

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What's in the box?

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  • CineMoco controller
  • SkatePlate with 3 V-wheels attached
  • M60 Stepper Motor (mounted to SkatePlate) with attached coiled connection cable (RJ-14 plugs on end)
  • Attachment arm
  • V-wheel (loose)
  • Shutter Release Cable (part # N3)
  • Shutter Release Cable (part # DC0)
  • Shutter Release Cable (part # E3)
  • HM12-10 Battery charger with attached 59" DC output cord (DC output: 12.6V 1000mA)
  • 3 Drawstring storage pouches
  • CineMoco Quick-Start Guide
  • SkatePlate Instruction Guide

Product Research


Overview: The Cinetics CineMoco Dolly with V-wheels (CMV) is a motor-controlled moving dolly for your camera or camcorder. It includes the SkatePlate dolly with three attached V-wheels, the M60 Stepper Motor, the CineMoco motion controller, and camera cables for select Nikon and Canon cameras. CineMoco makes smooth, repeatable moves for video and time-lapse photography. It operates on flat surfaces or on inclines of up to 10°. You can also use it on the optional SkateTrack. The CineMoco Dolly is capable of handling cameras and mounting hardware up to 11 pounds.

Tripod Head Needed: CineMoco does not include a tripod head for attaching your camera. A separate tripod head is needed in order to provide a standard 1/4" thread for mounting your camera, and to tilt or pan your camera for the desired shot composition.

SkatePlate: The SkatePlate is a dolly frame with three retractable legs. Once the legs are extended, the SkatePlate locks into a sturdy rolling base. Illustrations on the top of the SkatePlate instruct you how to align the wheels for straight or curved tracks. The SkatePlate includes two V-wheels and the M60 Stepper Motor. A third V-wheel is included if you choose to use the SkatePlate without the motor.

V-Wheels: The included V-wheels are made specifically to give you a smooth roll on flat surfaces. They have a V-shaped groove that works with the optional Cinetics SkateTrack. The smooth rubber wheels provide a secure grip while smoothly rolling along. One of the V-wheels is connected to the M60 Stepper Motor to drive the movements. The Cinetics Connect design lets you quickly snap the V-wheels on or off.

CineMoco Controller: The brains to the CineMoco Dolly is the controller, which is designed to drive and power the M60 Stepper Motor and a connected camera. It runs on a rechargeable battery with a 5-hour run time. The controller has a 128 x 64 graphic LCD screen to let you set up the movement and photo-shooting cycle. The on-screen menu lets you set up the following cycle parameters: interval, distance, exposure, direction. The controller connects to the camera by a shutter release cable, and will fire the camera at the set intervals. You can change the way the motor moves the dolly during a cycle: shoot-move-shoot (SMS), stop motion, or continuous. Speed range in video mode is from 0.3 to 14.5 cm/s. SMS intervals can be set between 0.2" to 6600 seconds, and travel distances as small as 0.01 cm.

Compatible Cameras: CineMoco video functions do not require a camera cable, and many cameras support time-lapse photography with their built-in intervalometer. Those cameras that do require a cable for time-lapse operation can be controlled with one of the included cables. The three included shutter release cables are compatible with the following cameras:

  • N3: Canon 1D series, 5D series, 6D series, 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, and 50D
  • E3: Canon 60D, 60Da, Rebel (300D), Rebel XT (350D), Rebel XTi (400D), Rebel XSi (450D), Rebel T1i (500D), Rebel T2i (550D), Rebel T3i (600D), Rebel T4i (650D), Rebel XS (1000D), Rebel T3 (1100D), and Pentax K series DSLR
  • DC0: Nikon D800, D700, D300s, D300, D200, D4, D3 series, and D2 series
Note: Other cables are available from Cinetics to control select Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony DSLRs.

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