Gear + Gadgets

Roll ’em

 

Special to The Miami Herald

You know those big rolling camera rigs that cinematographers use? Think of a tiny version of those and you’ll get a sense of the iStabilizer Dolly. This is a mobile rig for smoothly shooting HD video with you cellphone, or any device that shoots HD video, including actual cameras and smaller camcorders. What you get is a sturdy little 8-inch by 5-inch by 3-inch-high metal base with four rollerblade-like wheels, an 11-inch-long 8-jointed arm for locking in various camera angles, and a spring-loaded cradle that grips your device and screws into a tip on the arm via the standard universal tripod thread found on popular cameras and camcorders. Once you start shooting, you just move the little dolly with your hand — what, you thought it was remote control? There’s no motor. The wheels glide the dolly along for surprisingly stable tracking and panning. The included cradle mount can handle mobile devices up to 2.75 inches wide; an optional iStabilizer Mount XL can accept devices up to 3.5 inches wide, which pretty much covers all smartphones. No need to take the device out of its case. Cameras and camcorders with tripod mounts can be screwed directly onto the base’s tripod screw, or onto the arm, (likewise, iStabilizer mounts can be used with standard camera tripods).

iStabilizer Dolly kit is $59.95; iStabilizer Mount XL, $19.95; at www.iStabilizer.com; 888-827-3096.

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