Auto Pan Video Head with Parallax Video Slider Add-On Track

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Tired of static camera angles? We all know that sliders can add an entirely new dimension to your video, but Panning the fluid head simultaneously can add even MORE! Of course it's tricky business tracking a subject perfectly and to repeat the process purely by hand is near impossible. Well here's a little Parallax Slider Add-On Track that you can mount to just about any video slider so that you can have auto-panning to track a subject. Here's a very quick video about how it works.

The kit comes with just a few parts and has a dozen different 1/4" or 3/8" mounting options to get it to fit on just about any slider. The track adjusts quickly so that you can setup your next tracking shot. Build quality is great and things work smoothly.

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You'll need a bit of practice on how to get it to work best by ensuring your track is not too high above the auto-pan base or it can bind. After about 10 minutes of playing you'll pretty much master the technique though. The kits are available with different lengths for short or long sliders and start at just around $150 (you provide the slider). Find it (HERE).

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67 thoughts on “Auto Pan Video Head with Parallax Video Slider Add-On Track

  1. peter

    Hi Emm...Do you know where I can get this? the links don't seem to work anymore. If you have yours still would you be willing to sell it to me?

  2. Steven

    Just now checking back in on this as i found another solution i wanted to pass on. Glad to see Chas figured out how to take it apart and clean it out. That REALLY helps.

    After cleaning the grease I then realized not only was the turn table causing resistance which caused the parallax bar to flex in the middle of the slide. Flex causes the parallax to lose target. My goal is to stay on target with a 200mm lens and macro.

    So I have a 47" konova k3 and the mounting paints are at each end of the slider. I needed something to support the middle from flexing in & out (toward the slider and away from the slider) so I emailed Neewer and ordered another parallax bar mount. cost me $28 shipped. Once I put that in the middle that acts as the pivot for adjusting the parallax bar and keeps the flex out so the shots are SOLID now!

    I still have a problem with the 3 bearing carriage. It sticks if I slide the camera but if i slide from the 3 bearing carriage I don't have any hangup... Though I want to make it motorized and slide the camera not the cheap 3 bearing parallax carriage .....any thoughts?

  3. Chas

    In the light of a lack of response from Steven regarding the steps he took in disassembling the turntable part of his parallax bar, this morning I found myself with a bit of free time so decided to go ahead.

    First I tried liberally spraying WD40 into the gap between the upper and lower turntable. This just made a mess but didn't free up the turntable at all.

    I then peeled of the top rubber mat and found three countersunk Allen screws, these were loose which explained why I could rotate the mat part ever so slightly in relation to the rest of the upper part of the turntable.

    Removing these three screws, the ends of which can be seen protruding from the underside of the top part of the turntable, allowed the removal of what I will call the mat base complete with 1/4 camera/tripod screw. This revealed a single Allen bolt countersunk into a wide aluminium collar. This was very stiff but releasing it loosened off the rotation of the turntable and greatly diminished the notchyness. Undoing this further allowed full disassembly.

    As Steven mentioned the bearings are packed with grease. This is very viscous and sticky so I completely cleaned everything with WD40. The upper race for the ball bearing that runs between the two halves is quite severely dented on mine (see picture). Obviously this is down to grossly excessive tightening when it was assembled in China and smacks of utter lack of care/incompetence/zero engineering ability. I will be complaining about this to Link Delight though I doubt that will lead to much seeing as I have stripped the thing down and I'm not posting the whole lot back. Was looking to order a Jib from them but this now looks unlikely.

    Anyway, I reassembled with just a touch of Castrol LM grease on the bearings and Loctite thread-lock on the bearing retaining screw as well as the three screws for the mat base. The bearing retaining screw was gently tightened whilst feeling for both lack of play and relatively smooth rotation (the gorilla induced notches aside) until a sweet spot was attained.

    The rubber mat had retained enough adhesive to allow me to just press it back into place.

    The turntable is now so much smoother and free to rotate. The three roller carriage is still an issue but not as much as it was previously. Letour need to go back to the drawing board on that one. You can see that with the rollers so close together than torsion and binding is likely to occur, if the carriage was just twice as long with the rollers spaced further apart I'm sure it would work so much better.

    Once I get some more free time I'll carry out a test and see how it performs.

    http://files.redfoxnewmedia.co.uk/images/photography/parallax-bar/20150608_parallax-turntable_01.jpg

    http://files.redfoxnewmedia.co.uk/images/photography/parallax-bar/20150608_parallax-turntable_02.jpg

  4. Chas

    Link Delight is an eBay seller, they go by the account name of linkdoor. They have a website here http://www.linkdelight.com. Be warned that despite showing a 4 roller version of the parallax bar in their eBay auction they sent the 3 roller version. You will need to ask any seller if it's the three or four bearing model. Here in the UK this is the auction I bought from http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251642654845 The only one I could find on the US ebay is this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/331317437706 complete with the slider...

  5. Scott

    What is Link Delight? Looking at the auctions I'm not seeing a 3 or 4 roller version? Can someone link to a place where they received a 4 roller version?

  6. Chas

    Closer inspection of mine shows that the rubber mat covers a part that rotates ever so slightly (by a few mm) within the turntable, to my eye this isn't a good thing as it's even more play. Haven't probed any further or experimented with the parallax bar as work and family have dominated since my post above. Also waiting to see if Steven answers with how he took his apart...

  7. Adam

    @steve

    How were you able to take the L/S apart? Are the screws under the rubber mat?

  8. Chas

    This morning I have just taken delivery of a 120cm version of this parallax rail from Link Delight. Having previously read this thread I was heartened by the fact that they were showing the one with the four roller carriage in the eBay auction I bought from. Well, guess what, the one delivered is the three roller version and it sticks and jams on my Varavon slider. OK when you move from the parallax carriage but try moving from the slider carriage and it's pretty useless. Given that I use a Motorroid on my Varavon, intending to do timelapse with that, I'm disappointed. The video in the auction showed using it by moving a combination of ways; by the parallax carriage, by the slider carriage and by both.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzltZ1B9grw (they need an English commentary so badly...)

    Return to China isn't really an option for me due to cost. I will politely raise the misrepresentation in their auction with Link Delight though.

    Steven, I get what you're saying about the stiff motion of the turntable. I can't see how to take this apart to free up the bearing though. Did you remove the rubber mat from the top of the platform. I can also see that there is some red sealing material, that's what it looks like anyway, inside the 3/8 hole on the bottom. I would be most grateful for a comment on how you got into yours.

  9. Steven

    Well I just stripped out the little screw on the rail slider! Will get a longer screw tomorrow and drill/tap the hole completely though for more threads to grip and prevent stripping again. Plus more grip to tighten down on the rail.

    The lazy susan (camera table) DOES have a ball bearing under it and a roller bearing on the top side. I was surprised to find these as it stuck so much. I cleaned out the excessive grease with WD-40 and now it spins / rotates VERY smoothly! If the camera skips any more its definitely from the rail slider. (three wheel version) Will cross that bridge after I fix the tightening screw.

  10. Emm

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    @Trevor - I only mounted one, and the second one I just pushed up against the slider. Not a threaded mount, more like a friction mount.

  11. Trevor

    @Emm But were you able to mount 2 screws on each cheeseplate? I can only mount 1 per cheeseplate and I find that they keep shifting around on me, which makes it impossible to get precise tracking.

  12. Trevor

    @Emm, I can't for the life of me figure out how to mount the cheese plates from the parallax addon to my Duzi V2. How were you able to screw (2) 1/4 screws to each cheese plate? I can only align 1 screw on each side which is worthless cuz the cheese plates keep shifting around. Can you post a picture of the underside to show me how you attached them?

  13. efex

    I sent mine back today.
    I really wanted it to work because the price was good.
    I want to try the konova master pan but its almost twice the price.

    Any other solutions?

  14. RG

    Really choppy when used with motor.

    I have the 4 wheel version and I don't think the wheels are the issue it's the actual part that turns the camera it seems to get stuck and then releases, which causes the jerkiness.

    I'm sending mine back.

  15. efex

    It seems like i have the three roller version like Emm has in his video.
    it seems to help a little by tighten it down more but its still has some jerkiness.

  16. Yes, I made it really tight and screwed the screw hard. It makes a big difference with the smoothness when sliding. But I had the same fear and released the screw then by 1/8 turn. You can watch the play, when tightening the screw by moving the slider on parallax rail and watching the reactivity of the turning wheel.
    And even when breaking the screw, it would be possible to drill the hole through and replace the screw.
    If you look at title picture of the threat it seems, that there are two versions of the parallax on the market adressing this difficulty. One with four wheels, the other with three wheels and the option to tighten the wheels to the rail.

  17. Efex

    Mine has a little play because I'm afraid to tighten it more than I have.
    Does the roller on the track needs to snug tight ?

  18. efex

    After numerous height and tightening adjustments, Im still getting small jerky
    results with my konova slider even while using the motor. The stabilizing in fcpx seems to smooth things out a lot but I'm still baffled.

  19. Thank you for this advice. Parallax with 80 cm rail works perfect with ifootage shark slider. Height adjustment of the rail has to be done carefully. Not necessary absolutely plain but with the slightest resistance.

  20. Emm

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    @efex - I did not make adjustments, but make sure the roller on the track is level and not binding. That's where you have to adjust the height of the third track relevant to your slider carrier.

  21. efex

    @Emm - Did you have to make any adjustment to the screw on the mount that rolls the rail ?
    I'm getting jerky results with my Konova K3 slider.

  22. Emm

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    @Steven - Actually they are still on ebay. If you don't see it, they don't ship to your country. I can see it still. Also if you read the reviews it's very confusing because many if them are talking about a slider, not the unit. Not sure why the reviews are tied to this unless they were lazy and used the same SKU number on amazon when they posted the item.

  23. Steven

    I held off on buying one of these and glad I did. They are all pulled off ebay and the reviews on Amazon are horrible!

  24. Tom

    Too bad the price has pretty much doubled since you posted this... guess I will just have to wait it out till the prices get lower again.

  25. Ryan G

    Emm - would this work with the Kessler Second Shooter? Seems like a less expensive alternative to buying their Parallax system.

  26. Emm

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    @kelly - I mounted each plate to the 1/4" on each side of the Cinevate Duzi. It really doesn't matter which hole you use, you'll see when you get it. The height and the distance of the 'add-on' track can be adjusted after it's mounted. Since the slider is short though, your subject can't be macro close for the parallax. It needs to be at least a short distance away like in my video of the bottle.

  27. @emm thanx so much my friend! Quick question. Was the cheese plate hole positioning able to line up properly so i could screw both sides of the end blocks? I hope i explained that correctly

  28. @Apostolos I believe those negative reviews you are reading on Amazon arent about the parallax slider, but rather Neewer's actual slider.

  29. Bill

    Hi Emm,
    any ideas as to maximum manufactured length? Longest I can see is one for 120cm - I have a varavon slider that's 200cm and would love to buy one of these in that size.

    thanks!

    Bill

  30. Oh, yeah, now I remember why I originally put this on my "maybe" and not my "buy yesterday" list. The user reviews on Amazon are so-so. So, if Emm says it works, it gets moved up. However, I would recommend buying from Amazon, even if it's a bit more expensive, (I have NO AFFILIATION whatsoever with Amazon) because Amazon offers a one-year warranty on most of the stuff it lists --even from affiliate sellers-- and they cover the cost of shipping back to them, unlike the Chinese sellers who ship directly from China.

  31. I saw that a few weeks ago on Ebay, and I put it on my maybe list. If you say it works well and it's universal, it's just got bumped up to the top spot of the "must have" list. Now, if you could ask your peeps at Kamerar to make a 32-36" version of the MK II slider, it would be great, because the price is right and I love the counterweight feature. Oh, yeah and that "automotic slide" by changing levels. 😉

  32. mad

    your links to eBay are always confusing.. you have 2 links but they both go to the same page... why?!

  33. @Emm did you ever get a chance on seeing if it works with the Duzi? Im gonna wait to see what yer answer is before i pull the trigger on it. Thanx bud!!

  34. Emm

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    @OldCorpse - I didn't place the varavon slider down properly. With the add-on it would sit on the floor so I placed it on cases, but the spinning wheel was rubbing the case - my fault. Both units are fairly silent.

  35. Angelo

    Great looking product! Is there a minimum length for slider compatibility? Just wondering because I have a Varavon Slidecam Lite 600 and a Cinevate Duzi, both of which are short sliders (shorter than 32").

  36. OldCorpse

    Hmm - cool and all, but one thing shocked me deeply in watching this video... it is *extremely noisy* like a freight train ramming down the rails! What is responsible for this noise?? Is it the slider or the auto-pan device, or the combo? Because cool as it is, I can tell you, I would not be able to use it for anything where I'd be expecting to record sound 🙁

  37. Bob

    Does anyone have a link to this item? The ebay link does not take you to the slider. In fact, a ebay search for parallax slider only returns the Konova.

  38. Emm

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    @T2 - I believe the official slide range is around 32". It's a 36" slider, but the flywheel takes up some space.

  39. Emm

    Post author

    @VillageBoi - No this is not the Konova pan. These are sold under different names, but you might find it under Neewer too.

  40. Emm

    Post author

    @John - Even though you have a rod based slider, it should have mounts at each end. The cheese plates fit under the slider to 1/4" or 3/8" threaded holes. Those plates hold the additional track, so I think you have to measure this distance on your slider and purchase the length that will support the track. The cheese plates have other mounting areas so it's still possible to add a stand under.

  41. VillageBoi

    Is his the Konova Master Pan because the links bring up all sorts of things and not the actual item?

  42. T2

    Emm - Do you know what the official slide range of the Slidecam EX Premium is? It only list the entire end to end length on the Varavon website.

  43. Emm

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    @kelly - Just got it, but I think it would work too. May have to just take out some feet though.

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