Wiral LITE is a cable cam system for cameras that could be a great bit of kit for 360 videographers using cameras up to 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg). That includes just about every consumer camera and even the Z Cam S1 and Insta360 Pro (2.7 pounds).
A Kickstarter for the system launched today, and has already raised $100,000 dollars from nearly 500 backers.
The Wiral system features multiple modes with a maximum speed of 28 mph (45 km/h), as well as three timelapse mode speeds with a minimum speed of .006 mph.
Wiral for 360 video
Although motion is sometimes considered taboo in 360, most producers agree that it does work as long as the motion is at a consistent and natural speed.
Wiral LITE could be really helpful for shooting some 360 motion shots without some of the issues of drones and dollies. For example, the system would work in no-fly zones, narrow and crowded places where a drone could not go and it does not emit any sound.
Compared to a dolly, the 1.3-pound Wiral system is very portable and isn’t affected by the terrain below.
When using a camera without internal stabilization, you could even use it alongside a gimbal, like the Moza Guru 360 which weighs 1.3 pounds with all counterweights.
About Wiral LITE
The kit includes the 164-foot (50 meters) quick reel, tightening strap and two end-stop clips, the splash-proof Wiral LITE and remote control, as well as a charger and batteries.
With its maximum range of 656 feet (200 meters), the remote control allows you to change the speed of Wiral, switch between normal mode and three different timelapse mode speeds, LED indicators to show battery level, modes and pairing status. The remote also has end sto assistant to help the Wiral system stop when it reaches the end of the line.
According to Wiral, it only takes three minutes to set up the system–simply attach, tighten and go. The rechargeable system has a battery life of 3 hours.
The Wiral can easily fit in a backpack, weighing only 1.3 pounds (600 grams) and measuring 10.8 x 3 x 1.7 inches (275 x 77 x 43 mm)
Backers should expect to receive their Wiral LITE systems in March of 2018 anywhere in the world.