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:
http://d1production.blogspot.com/2010/01/7d-documentary-20-years-initiator.html


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26 comments:

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

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

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  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...

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

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  5. 神...will make 1 for myself...

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  6. Beautiful, the best, enjoy!!!!!!

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  7. THIS IS JUST AWESOME

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  8. Where did you get the skateboard bearings?

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

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

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  11. 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.

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

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  13. how much it is??

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

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  15. how much , pm me the price ziksky@hotmail.com

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

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