DIY Video and Photography Projects

RedRock Micro One Man Crew + Kessler Parallax Slider + $10 DIY Version
November 25, 2013


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Dynamic camera movements can really increase the value of your production, but also requires more man power (and budget). The ideas within this article are based on setting up a second camera on a Video Slider without having a second Camera Operator (completely unattended). This ‘B’ camera angle offers dynamic movements so that you can [...]

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Furniture Sliders for DIY Tripod Dolly
June 5, 2012


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Here’s an inexpensive and lightweight way to add movement with your camera at different heights. YouTube member ImagineNowEntertnmnt used furniture sliders from his local Bed Bath & Beyond (as seen here) and placed it under each tripod leg [Thanks Justin]. The furniture sliders can glide along carpet, linoleum, ceramic tile, and cement, etc. With a [...]

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DIY Motorized IGUS Slider
December 8, 2011


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A look at how Vimeo member David Sawyer motorized his IGUS slider – results found below. It’s possible to take some of these ideas and use them with a variety of different sliders on the market. Great job on this [Thanks David].

IGUS Slider and Carrier for DIY Camera Slider

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DIY iPhone Video Slider
November 19, 2011


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3 years ago, I used two cabinet rails on a DIY slider project for my Canon 5D Mark II (seen here). My version was extremely ugly, pretty large, but very effective in getting smooth movements. Now that the iPhone 4S is a hot little video camera, i’m sure people are looking for a cheap [...]

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Pico Flex Dolly on Rails
October 1, 2011


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Disclaimer:: The Pico Flex Dolly was not designed to work in this manner. Use in this manner at your own risk.
The Pico Flex Dolly has already been motorized with lasers, so what else can we expect? Here’s something quite odd. This is just something I happened upon and although it’s not perfect, maybe it [...]

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DIY Single Slider Stand
September 26, 2011


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When you’ve got yourself a fairly long slider (usually over 4ft.), it will often require one very very heavy tripod, or two simple lightweight stands. There’s also a few sliders that ALWAYS require two stands, like JuicedLink’s latest DIY slider. Rod’s DIY solution is to use a single ironing board that is quick to setup, [...]

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Motorizing the JuicedLink DIY Slider
September 17, 2011


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Juicedlink first introduced this slider idea as a prototype during NAB2011 (found here). The kit consists of a few different parts which are bundled or sold separately. The basic set will have at least a trolley (rolling carriage) and end clamps to hold a set of rods. The end clamps have three 1/4-20″ threaded taps [...]

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DIY Motion Control Dolly
September 4, 2011


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Some wardrobe hangers set on a couple of Push up bars are the foundation for this pretty slick DIY motion control slider by Vimeo member Jayhas. A wireless RC remote and continuous servo control the speed, and the basic rig is comprised of a few skateboard trucks. I think I have a good idea on [...]

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360VM Crank Pulled by Rotisserie
September 3, 2011


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Just thought i’d string up the 360VM Crank slider with some 30LB Fishing line and see what type of movement I could achieve with a basic battery powered Rotisserie motor. There are some great examples of these rotisserie motors being used on DIY projects like this one here and here.
It might look like things [...]

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360VM Video Camera Slider w/ Crank Pulley
August 26, 2011


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Anything over a 3ft. slider becomes cumbersome for a small crew, and longer sliders start requiring additional stands to set up. I prefer working with sliders around 3′ max. Take a look at this 28″ 360VM slider with belt and crank pulley. Yup, similar to that of the V1 Kessler Pocket Dolly which used to [...]

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JuicedLink Bearing Slider Sample Footage
August 17, 2011


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One of the biggest questions about JuicedLink’s DIY roller bearing slider (bring your own rails), was what the footage could possibly look like. Finally here’s a couple of samples and some clever use of a bike wheel along with an extended version of rails which shows that the trolley can stay put. More on the [...]

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DIY Motorized Dolly Pan Tilt Head
July 31, 2011


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Vimeo member Brad Justinen shares a DIY motorized roller dolly and use a Meade motorized Telescope head for some smooth pan/tilt action. You’ll see how all this comes together in the video, and more information on the parts used at the video description. Many of these parts can be found cheaper used via eBay found [...]

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DIY Slider Rails
July 25, 2011


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Ross shares a find for what could be some inexpensive slider rails. He’s managed to salvage a set that was part of a drafting table. Drafting tables are very expensive items purchased new, but if you ever run into one at a garage sale or eBay, you might find a set of these precision bearing [...]

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Feet or Stand for your next DIY Slider
July 12, 2011


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This is just too clever. Chris writes in and shares a very easy addition for DIY sliders. If the slider is sitting on the floor directly onto the rail, the carrier usually won’t be able to roll or slide. Most people end up using a block of wood to raise it up, but this simple [...]

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JuicedLink DIY114B
July 12, 2011


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Earlier this year JuicedLink showed off an inexpensive roller bearing prototype slider design at NAB2011 with Olivia. Here’s another video showing a bit more information. Sold with just a trollery and rail clamps, you’ll be able to assemble your own slider at any length you choose. For longer runs another trolley block with roller bearings [...]

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DIY Mini Camera Track Dolly
June 30, 2011


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Submitted by YouTube member detomaso4ag, here’s a simple method to create your DIY Mini Video camera track dolly. For those who don’t mind the skate wheels on a pipe track it’s a cheap solution to getting smooth gliding camera movements. The trick is getting the wheels drilled in perfectly to the angle iron. If you’re [...]

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