Friday, February 05, 2010

DIY slider for tracking shot

Many people were asking about the DIY slider I made for shooting tracking shots like the video above. If you search online, there are companies produce mini dolly/slider for smaller video cameras or video DSLR, for example - GlideTrack, although it is very compact, easy to carry and setup, but the price is very expensive... So I decided to make one my own, before I have the enough saving to buy a proper one.

The idea came across one day when I was hanging towel in my washroom. The concept is simple, it is exactly how a dolly track works, but you just gotta "miniature" it. Stuffs that I used here are like: the towel hanger (got it from Ikea), some cheap skateboard bearings, small pieces of wood, crews and nuts.... etc.

How to do it? I will just let the pictures do the explanations:

You can directly place your camera on top, or together with the video/tripod head, either way will works. There you go, a cheap and simple slider which help bringing your cinematography to another level! :)

To see another video sample from this slider:



  1. Nice one bro!!! Smooth sekali~ Now you can become manufacturer already! :)

  2. i watched again and again... the music + video really nice and calm.. but somehow i feel very down after watch :P

  3. oooooooooooh....... so creative!

    So when are you going to create a mini portable DIY boom crane :) I noticed you sort of have a crane shot in your Thaipusam Trailer, I think...

  4. Thanks Jing Liang, that particular shot wasn't on crane, but it was on the glidecam and I just lifted it up. :)

  5. 神...will make 1 for myself...


  7. Where did you get the skateboard bearings?

  8. How are you getting the forwards tracking shots without seeing the rail in the shot?

  9. did u have to like drill anything? u have two towel hangers there right? u just screwed it together?

  10. Hi Dick, this is a great DIY. I'm planning to build one myself, just a small simple question, i have been looking around for the wheel bearing, but failed, where did you get yours?

    Thanks bro and happy new year to you and your family.

  11. Found the wheel bearing at one of the skateboard shop in SS15. Cheers! :-)

  12. Very nice! I will try to build this! IKEA, here I come :D

  13. how much , pm me the price

  14. How much weight can the IKEA towel holder handle?

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