If you’ve used an action camera, you know the woes. Picking through hours of video is doubly painful, especially when you realize capturing stable, grounded footage is a challenge. Unless you have a Revl Arc, that is. With sensors and a built in gimbal, not to mention auto-editing within the app, the Revl Arc boldly claims “it’s the smartest action camera.”
Revl’s creator Eric Sanchez suffered through the annoyances that come with action cams while trying to film his kite surfing trips. He tried attaching his cam to the kite lines, and realized right away a lot of angles were unusable. “The footage was a mess,” Sanchez says. The problem in most cases is tilting the camera would tilt the whole shot. Not so with the Revl Arc.
Electronic image stabilization takes out the wobble and the shake, but the 3-axis gimbal built into the rear of the camera’s tube body takes Revl to the next level. Twist and turn, flip and spin, and the Revl Arc will stay level with the horizon. Suddenly extreme sports recording is not just easy but awesome. With to Revl, you can revel in video of your insane sports moments. (C’mon, you didn’t see that pun coming?)
The Revl Arc combines key production gear: the camera, sensor setup, and gimbal. The camera itself records in 4K resolution, with sensors for speed, altitude, rotation, and G-forces hidden within the waterproof body. The camera also connects to third-party sensors, including those for heart rate. The sensors record stats and allow you to overlay them onto videos. For some cameras, you’d need an extra sensor and app, like Trace, to overlay stats or auto-edit. At only 6 ounces (that’s less than an iPhone 6S Plus), the Arc still manages to be light and small, despite the extra components.
Revl’s Android and iPhone apps handle the editing, using the sensor data to pinpoint the fun parts of the footage. Controlling recording is just as easy, as Sanchez showed us. “Tap anywhere on the screen to start and stop recording.” Another point for Revl in the ease-of-use column. Sanchez points out that with most cameras, this is where the fun stops. “So much footage just stays on the camera,” because editing it is such a pain.
The editing system is simple drag-and-drop. Move scenes around easily and add music with a tap. The app will even come with a few songs in case you don’t store music on your phone. And, you can share directly to social media from the Revl app, naturally.
We took a quick look at the Revl in action. Holding and rotating the gimbal base, the camera stayed level the entire time. That said, the feed from the cam to the app didn’t record, which was a shame. Since then the issue has been resolved through updates. Let’s be frank: While the app design is clearly well thought out — the tap-anywhere recording, for instance — auto-editing has been done before. The really interesting part about the Revl is the gimbal and stabilizer.
The Revl Arc Indiegogo campaign crushed its $50,000 goal. Revl Arc kits are going for $400 for a Revl Action Cam with five color bumpers, a quarter inch mount, a GoPro adapter and two sticky mounts. The campaign ends on April 16. The company has already nailed down $2 million in funding from Y Combinator, Frog Ventures, James Lindenbaum, and Lars Rasmussen, so this is one company to watch.