Double 2, two-wheeled self-balancing 360 Camera Dolly is now available.
An increasing number of 360 videos are using movement. Among other things, slow forward movement can be used as a subtle way of directing the viewer’s attention, as demonstrated for example in Felix and Paul’s documentary, “The People’s House.”
The challenge for 360 filmmakers is that a 360 camera sees everything around it, therefore it is not ideal to use traditional methods for moving a camera such as a camera operator carrying a camera or using a camera track dolly.
Double 2 is a two-wheeled self-balancing 360 camera dolly by Double Robotics. It is a modified version of the Double 2 robot which was designed for telepresence.
The modified version of the Double 2 is designed specifically for use as a 360 Camera Dolly. Instead of an iPad and camera, it includes a camera mount with 1/4-20 adapter and a holder for an iPhone or iPod Touch. When used with an older iPhone (iPhone 6 or older) or iPod Touch, the Double 2 can be remotely controlled via Wi-Fi, LTE or Bluetooth. The 360 Camera Dolly can carry a camera or rig up to 5 lbs at the top of the monopod, You can also add a few pounds at the base of the monopod.
The Double 2 is self-balancing and because it only has two wheels, it has a very narrow nadir and can remain vertical as it goes up and down inclines. Its aluminum monopod has a shock absorber to dampen lateral movements.
Here are a couple of sample videos from the Double 2:
There’s another new video here (it’s unlisted so I wasn’t sure if they were OK with me posting it here).
The 360 Camera Dolly is $3,000. The price includes a hardcase. If you already have the Double 2 Telepresence, you can just buy the Camera Kit for $249.
If this is out of your budget, don’t worry. I will post about lower cost DIY alternatives.