The New 2017 Cinetics Lynx motion control system review

The New 2017 Cinetics Lynx motion control system – As an uranologist and visible specialist, I use the artistry to connect technology. My primary way of doing this is through a set of Science & Concert movies that get offered orchestras in events around the world. Since 2008 I have been capturing time-lapse sequence of the night sky and integrating them into many of these movies. My pictures and sequence of observatories in Chile, the U.S., and the Southern Rod have also been provided in many technology documentaries.

One way of providing time-lapse sequence a more movie look is by using a movement control program. These automated systems move your digital camera with high perfection as you capture your area. I have used several of them since 2008, so I was quite happy to review this completely new program created by Cinetics.

2017 Cinetics Lynx motion control system review
2017 Cinetics Lynx motion control system review

The Cinetics Lynx is a light, convenient small (yet sturdy) program that allows you to program accurate three-axis goes for video, stop movement, and time-lapse sequence. Its primary elements (slider, engines and movement controller) have their own smooth cases for easy mobility. You can even bring the slider preassembled in its own situation to save your efforts and effort when working in the area. The common duration of the slider is 24 inches wide (61 cm), but an optionally available set of graphite tracks, saved in their own bag section, can be put into the kit for an overall prolonged duration of 48 inches wide (122 cm). The overall weight of the product is under 13 lb (5.9 kg).

It’s obvious that a lot of thought was put into developing a process that needs only moments —and a individual hex key— to set up. Increasing the slider with the second set of tracks and changing the buckle with a longer one needs roughly Five moments. The slider comes with a set of built-in feet to rest it on the ground or against a wall (when inclining it). The feet distributed at a sequence of pre-determined roles, which prevents having an irregular slider.

The engine models are very lightweight and each one needs a individual attach to setup. The movement operator can be connected to the pan engine via an innovative snap-on connection and the program battery power is ideally located inside the movement operator. These two features avoid the need for setting up additional support components and promote the convenience of and compactness of Lynx.

2017 Cinetics Lynx motion control system review
2017 Cinetics Lynx motion control system review

When constructed to the 24 inches duration, the program can readily be set up on only one tripod without the product showing over, even when the digicam is at either end of the slider. My first analyze in the studio room was to see how the program were using only one but durable tripod/head settings. I used a Gitzo methodical tripod and football go with gas secure.

2017 Cinetics Lynx motion control system review
Slider and adjustable legs.

Despite the durability of the program, pictures taken at either excessive of the slider – when set up on only one tripod – may need to be turned a little bit in order to arrange them. For a fill of 5.7 lb (2.6 kg) pictures required to be turned ±0.6 levels with regard to a picture taken at the middle of the slider. This can be fixed in post-processing by key creating picture spinning and allowing software interpolate the spinning perspectives.

I prolonged the Lynx slider to its 48in. duration and took it to the Chicago, illinois Lakefront to have a new movie I’m generating. With two Gitzo graphite tripods easily connected, I equalized the slider, and started to program the program. Lynx contains an Arca-Swiss style digicam dish to easily set your digicam and, on the Cinetics website, you can choose from a extensive list of wires to control the shutter.

The Lynx system extended to 48
The Lynx system extended to 48

Once set up, it’s simple to system the movement operator. You only need to glide the digicam to the first place, modify the pan and point as preferred, and preserve the place as your first keyframe. Then, you glide it to the second place, modify the pan and point, if necessary, and set your next keyframe. Once the starting and finishing keyframes are recognized, you can system the factors for your time-lapse series, such as length between keyframes (time), shutter rate, and the period between photos.

The controller’s show will show you the count of causing photos. A very important factor that satisfied me about the Lynx movement operator is that it not only allows you to set up at least 5 keyframes, but it allows you to system a different set of series factors between each couple of keyframes! For example, you could system places of keyframes to be able to gradually modify the visibility and period periods throughout a time-lapse – useful if you know that light circumstances are going to modify during the series.

There are two movement ways available: shoot-move-shoot (S-M-S) method and ongoing method. In S-M-S method you is shifted only between photos. In ongoing method, however, pictures can be taken as the system goes. This is useful to have movie or time-lapse series that contain movement cloud. You also have the choice of ramping up and down the movement rate when capturing movie and time-lapse in ongoing method. (The S-M-S time-lapse method has a built-in slam, but unfortunately, it is not flexible at this point.) Each section of the designed movement can have its own type to shift. For example, you can have an S-M-S section followed by one with ongoing movement.

2017 Cinetics Lynx motion control system review
2017 Cinetics Lynx motion control system review

Once you have designed a movement you have the opportunity to preserve it as a predetermined for later remember. When you’re prepared to start the series simply select Run, take a phase back, and voilà!

Finally, you also have the capability of ongoing a string by treating the movement (called bounce) as many periods as you want. This is a element, but I wish it were possible to jump the movement after a string has begun, since this is something you might select to do once capturing is in improvement. Other techniques let you do this, and also give you the capability to tell you to proceed capturing even after it has achieved the last keyframe.

Another factor I would like to see in a upcoming application upgrade is the capability to easily review the whole run in ongoing method. Even when the purpose is to take a time-lapse series one could easily review the movement by capturing movie and remodelling the movement, if necessary.

I made the decision to use the Lynx to take a time-lapse series by focusing the area of perspective on Gretchen Moore’s sundial in Chicago, illinois, shifting my digicam from the remaining all the way to the right end (over a period of 17 minutes), while panning my digicam to the remaining so I could keep the sundial in the core of the structure. A mixture of glide and pan lead in the impression of you shifting along an arc around the sundial when the displacement movement was actually along a line.

I then set up a time-lapse of Anish Kapoor’s Reasoning Checkpoint (the indicative statue nicknamed The Bean) in Century Recreation area. Have in mind that the further your primary topic is from you, the better it will be to observe parallax (the displacement in the obvious place of an item considered along two different collections of sight).

Finally, the Lynx is mild, convenient, and durable three-axis movement management system that can be set up in a short time. Its relatively light-weight small design allows you take it around in the area very easily, and its sleek and accurate movement can be designed with several keyframes. I can definitely suggest this movement management system and I expect to upcoming firmware and app up-dates.

Cinetics offers Lynx through a Kickstarter strategy, with promises varying from $499 to $1499 based on featuring you want.


  • Light and compact
  • Quick and easy set up
  • Lets you system at least 5 keyframes, each with separate set of parameter principles and movement modes
  • Ability to save presets


  • Leveling pitching wedge is not included

Updates I’d like to see:

  • Ability to review movement in ongoing mode
  • Ability to modify factors in stored presets
  • Ability to modify ramping on S-M-S time-lapse mode
  • During a string happening, capability to decide what to do once you has achieved the last keyframe