About the Revolve
Using the Revolve Dolly
The Revolve Dolly can be used to create a wide variety of tracking and rotational dolly shots. By rotating the axles, you can achieve movement in a straight line, or in a curved line or circle of any angle. To adjust the axles, simply loosen the axle knobs, turn the axles to the desired position, and tighten the knobs back down.
Using the Rail System
The rail system consists of a set of "rail clamps", and a set of "guide rods". The rail clamps are used to secure pipes into place to create a track that allows the Revolve to be used as a track dolly / slider. The guide rods keep the Revolve lined up on the rails, and ensure that the rig is safe, and cannot come loose from the rails (protecting your valuable camera gear). To put the Revolve onto the rail system: angle the axles, place the revolve onto the rails, and then tighten the axles down into the straight position (which locks the rig onto the rails).
The rail system accepts any pipe, rod, rail, or wooden doewl with an outer diameter up to 1-3/8" (35mm). This allows for a huge variety of possible rail types, and allows the user to choose the length of their track. Simply tighten the "rail clamps" onto the pipes at both ends, and you have a track for the Revolve. The rail clamps have 1/4" threaded insert on each side, so that you can attach the track to tripods to elevate it, create an inclined track, or even attach accessories like lights and audio equipment.
Suggested track materials:
- 1" PVC pipe (1.33" outer diameter) inexpensive and widely available. Good for tracks up to about 4 feet, but may bend at longer lengths.
- 1 3/8" Curtain rod (wood dowel) very smooth and stiff, great for even longer length tracks.