DIY Video and Photography Projects

GiveAway: Glidegear SYL-960 Hybrid Track Dolly w/ Swivel & Slide Wheels + 12ft Aluminum Track
October 21, 2013


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Glide Gear has offered to give away one of their Hybrid Track Dolly systems that can interchange wheels from basic rolling casters (for floors), or into a set of track casters for various types of pipe tracks. Included in this product giveaway from Glide Gear is also a set of 12 ft. Aluminum tracks that [...]

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Several Great New Sponsored Product Giveaways
September 3, 2013


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If you didn’t catch some of the recent announcements, here’s a quick run-down on a few great Sponsored Product Giveaways currently going on. These are officially sponsored by brand names such as Dynamic Perception, the DVEStore, Varavon, Benro, P&C, and many more.

One of the most exciting and generous contributions this week is from Dynamic Perception [...]

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Deal: Mini Telescoping Video Crane Jib $169
May 26, 2013


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These Mini Telescoping Video Jib / Cranes are getting cheaper by the week. Typically the Carbon Fiber Version (found here) runs for close to $300 dollars, but here’s a pretty sweet deal on the Aluminum version for just $169.99 (found here) which even includes counterweights and a bowl adapter. Below is an example video we [...]

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Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Slider
May 13, 2013


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Anyone who has had to operate a slider during an interview will realize the value this new slider can add to your projects. Best of all, this tool can replace additional overhead on crew to operate that B-cam while adding high production value dynamic camera movements.
Fully motorized, the new Redrock Micro One Man Crew [...]

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Varavon Motorroid Motorized Slider Upgrade + Timeroid
February 20, 2013


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Exciting news as Varavon will be offering a new motorized add-on / upgrade kit for their slider products. Assembly of the new ‘Motorroid’ kit can be seen in the video (below).

As a variable speed slider the kit looks great to provide very consistent and smooth video tracking shots. If you follow the assembly video you [...]

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Varavon 20% OFF Holiday Sale
November 30, 2012


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For those who know Varavon, probably best known for their video sliders and viewfinder products, they are currently running a 20% Holiday Sale until Dec. 31st. More about the offer and Varavon products can be found at the company website: http://Vifocam.com.

Varavon 20% Off Holiday Sale – ends Dec. 31st 2012

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Sub $190 Roller Bearing Video Camera Sliders
October 1, 2012


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Michael writes in and points out new prices on these Budget Roller Bearing Video Camera Sliders [Thanks Michael]. These sliders actually came out a few months ago, but now that the ePhoto seller has picked up this product, prices are pretty good starting at just under $190 + Free shipping for a 30″ roller bearing [...]

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Dual Rail Video Camera Track Dolly Slider
August 1, 2012


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Another Dual Rail Video Camera Dolly / Slider on the market. The wheeled track dolly rides on 42″ – 63″ metal rails, has adjustable legs, and can support both Bowl Mount fluid heads or standard 3/8″ mounted Fluid Heads. The end clamps support tripod mounting, and the dolly can be used both on and off [...]

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New Komodo Video Dolly – Available
July 17, 2012


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Thanks to HDSLRNOW for the early video overview of the new Komodo Rotating Video Dolly from PhotographyandCinema.com. The Komodo video dolly was designed for the demands of a slightly larger table dolly to support a heavier payload. The unique design uses more surface area around the axles to provide more 1/4-20 mounting areas along the [...]

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DIY Seated Video Track Dolly
July 2, 2012


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Portable camera sliders are great, but they can’t replace very long tracked dolly movements. Here’s a recent DIY Seated Video Track Dolly project from Vimeo member TLA Productions. If you’re planning on tackling one of these projects, here’s a video with some tips to make your platform more stable, and some considerations about working on [...]

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Pico Dolly with Self Contained Motorized Trailer
May 24, 2012


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Here’s a look at a prototype motorized trailer sent to me today and it’s attached to a PNC Pico Dolly. Still a prototype, it’s supposed be universal and have some mounting options to attach to several different dollies or maybe even sliders? The idea is to have a motorized push cart to have consistent movement [...]

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Varavon VaraCrane and Dolly Cart
May 8, 2012


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Varavon has released a new product called the VaraCrane which is a solid bar designed to mount a fluid head on one side and a counterweight on the opposite end. Throughout the VaraCrane are 1/4-20 and 3/8 threads for various mounting points or to reposition the counterweight or fluid head.
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Flycam, Glidecam, and Skyler Stabilizer Features
April 23, 2012


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This video is complete rambling about different feature sets of a few ‘Small Camera stabilizers’ I use. I have quite a few very large ones as well, but for now i’m just touching on these specifically because they are so close in what audience they are intended for. The three small stabilizers i’m showing are [...]

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Camtrac Video Track Table Dolly
April 15, 2012


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Vimeo member Dan Eckert has been working on a dolly project for some time to be used wit his Hyperlapse / Timelapse videos. The dolly is designed to have adjustable wheels to ride on rails or on terrain with pneumatic tires. The video above shows some examples of his work, but keep in mind [...]

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Konova Motorized Kit on DIY Slider
April 8, 2012


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Vimeo member Jayhas couldn’t wait for Konova to release a faster motor for it’s motorized upgrade kit, so he took it upon himself to add his own. Here’s a comparison of the original Konova Motorized Pulley System with slow motor and a 60rpm gear motor mounted to a DIY slider. Watch the top portion of [...]

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Skyler MiniTrack Video Slider
April 8, 2012


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Not sure how I didn’t see this, but the same Skyler company that makes the MiniCam Stabilizer also offers a video slider. The Skyler MiniTrack slider comes in 60cm or 90cm length. Interestingly though it also comes with two axles to be used as a very long rolling dolly. I see the portionable axles more [...]

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