DIY Video and Photography Projects

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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Sneak Peek Cinema Skater DSLR Dolly
December 28, 2011


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A quick look at the new Cinema Skater Video dolly that can support larger size cameras. On the dolly you’ll see the huge Manfrotto 501HDV fluid head. There is no possible way this head would mount up on the smaller Pico Flex Dolly, so if you’re looking for a dolly to support something like a [...]

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DIY Motorized Pico Flex Table Dolly
November 23, 2011


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Great job from Vimeo member Oliver for this DIY motorized Pico Flex Table Dolly. It’s a direct friction based drive wheel, which doesn’t require much torque. The dolly rolls very easily with little effort from a motor. I was testing out something similar several weeks ago using a pulley wheel to a continuous rotating servo [...]

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Flexible Tripod Rubber Suction Spiked Feet
October 22, 2011


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The FotoPro Transformer flexible tripod (released sometime last year), has optional replaceable feet that can be swapped out from standard rubber balls, to suction cups, to magnetic, and also spiked feet. The different options screw in through standard ‘1/4-20 threaded inserts’. This particular flexible tripod is good for cameras weighing under 3lbs (lightweight cameras), or [...]

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Pico Flex Table Dolly Sample
September 27, 2011


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YouTube member dim3m has got the right idea on using the Pico Flex Table Dolly. And on that note, keep watch on this blog. Orders should begin opening up again in anytime now….. [Thanks dim3m]

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NEW – Pico Flex Table Dolly
August 31, 2011


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Since the inception of the SpiderTrax dolly, there have been quite a few iterations from a number of different companies. Those units on the market were either still pretty large, or built with poor quality. This time around, I wanted to focus on flexibility and portability. I tried to achieve the highest quality possible, in [...]

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Camera Dolly Skater – Three Wheelin’
May 19, 2011


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Is a three wheel dolly better than a four wheel SpiderTrax dolly? It’s definitely more difficult for the average DIY’er to tackle, and unless you have clear markings on the wheels, setting the rotation can be a bit tricky. There’s one thing that a three wheel dolly can do that a four wheel can’t, and [...]

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DSLR Gear – Attack of the Clones
February 22, 2011


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Lensse Cam.Wheels Dolly
It’s bound to happen, so here’s another version of a ready made rotating video dolly newly to the market. This one comes from the little known company Lensse. Obviously it does what other rotating dollies can do, but unless it’s wider than what appears in the photos, the narrow stage doesn’t seem [...]

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I’m late, but should be worth it.
September 26, 2010


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Running a bit late on the shoot today, but we wanted to have a rail longer than a 4ft. slider. Ran over to Home Depot and quickly assembled a raised dolly track fit for the SpiderTrax Video Dolly. Everything comes right off the shelf, clamps together securely, pretty portable (except for the long rails). The [...]

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Lull – by Jeremy Mayhew
September 11, 2010


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Just caught a cool video shot on a Nikon D300s from Jeremy Mayhew. Jeremy has been using the SpiderTrax rotating video dolly quite a bit, and has found ways to use it outdoors quite effectively. I’m really impressed with the quality from this Nikon D300s considering it’s not even a 1080 shooter. The look on [...]

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DIY SpiderTrax Video Dolly
July 28, 2010


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Wow, very cool examples of what type of footage you can achieve with the SpiderTrax Dolly design. Here’s another simple build video of how parts from a normal skateboard, Cheese Plate, and Quick release adapter were put together for those slider and rotational shots.
Here’s a link to the cheese plate that was used.

Two months [...]

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SpiderTrax Dolly – DIY Footage
July 26, 2010


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Modeled after the SpiderTrax Rotating Video dolly from PhotographyandCinema.com, YouTube member ZelenPol pulled off some really fun footage. This is a fine example of the types of video footage you can capture with the SpiderTrax Rotating video dolly, that you can’t achieve from a camera slider. I just recently shot a video / photo shoot [...]

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DIY Skater – Spider Trax Dolly update
June 10, 2010


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The final pieces are finally complete from manufacturing. It’s just a matter of assembling the packages & small parts, and the dollies will be available to order. Sorry folks, because there is a limited amount manufactured on this first run, there’s a few Requirements to know.
Requirements:
The first run of orders (limited amount) will be sold [...]

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DIY Skater Dolly Video Camera Rotational Axis Dolly
March 28, 2010


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This is a quick post, i’ll get more photos and information up soon:
This was something I designed a long time ago, but haven’t shared it with the DIY community. It was still a work in progress and has been through many different phases. I’ve tried different types of materials, but feel if you want best [...]

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Cheesycam DIY Skater Dolly Video Slow Motion with Canon 5D Mark II
November 28, 2009


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Update, the DIY project can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/10516250

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