Cinevate Atlas 30 LTS All Terrain Product Review and Demonstration

A while back I had the pleasure of interviewing on my Digital Convergence podcast Dennis Wood, founder and president of Cinevate. Before that I had interviewed Joe Simon and in our conversation he spoke highly of Cinevate gear. So, naturally I wanted to try out first hand some of Cinevate's gear. Dennis kindly allowed me to try out the Atlas 30 LTS All Terrain linear tracking system.

After working with the Atlas in the field for several weeks, I put together this video to show you the bits and what I thought of the gear. First impressions right out of the box is that Cinevate builds finely machine, rugged gear! After assembling the Atlas 30 LTS system, I took it out into the field with my Canon 5D Mark II and a Manfrotto 501 fluid head mounted on the Cinevate 100mm ball and Pegasus 100mm bowl. With the all terrain feet attached with the micro-leveling feet, using the Atlas on the ground was easy. I used a couple of tripods for elevated shots. Bottom line: the Atlas is a very versatile system. Simple, smooth, rugged.

If recording sound you will need to be careful in positioning your mics. There is a bit of noise in using the Atlas so you do not want to mount a mic near the rails. Generally that is not going to be a problem with proper mic placement. I don't consider this a defect nor design flaw.

In the video below I assemble and demonstrate the Atlas 30 LTS All Terrain. The second video shows my results using the Cinevate Atlas 30 LTS in a variety of configurations (low to the ground, mounted on tripods, mounted at an inclined angle, etc.).

There are a number of fine linear tracking systems available to the cinematographer. The Cinevate Atlas 30 LTS All Terrain model's advantage is it's ability to smoothly track a heavy payload (up to thirty pounds of gear). The all terrain legs can be mounted so that they lock into place with the end blocks for easy setup. Or you can pull the legs away from the end blocks and adjust the angle "infinitely" to suit the surface you are shooting on. For fine-tuned leveling, the ball feet of the legs are adjustable. Since the ball feet are soft, if you need to set the Atlas on a table of a pair of chairs, you do not have to worry about marring and scratching the surface of the furniture.

The Cinevate Atlas 30 LTS is a great tool for the cinematographer to add a silky smooth motion and a sense of depth to video.

Demo Video Using Cinevate Atlas 30 LTS All Terrain

Father Mother Daughter Son from Carl Olson on Vimeo.

In Villa Rica, Georgia, there is a small cemetery. The graves date back to the 17th century. Some of the oldest graves at Hillcrest Cemetery belong to Cherokee Native Americans. Among the graves, too, are soldiers of the failed Confederacy. It was a cold, windy, cloudy day. Perhaps that was appropriate for the melancholy I felt as I walked among the dead. For here lie fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons.

Filmed with a Canon 5D Mark II at 24 fps native. Some of the moving shots were filmed with the aid of a Cinevate Atlas 30 LTS slider. Edited in FCP. The clips were ingested with the new Canon EOS Movie Plugin-E1.