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      03-18-2013, 07:04 AM   #1
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Camera Slider

Not long ago I switched to a DSLR wich can shoot video in HD (my old one couldn't record video) and was searching for a camera slider to shoot footage like this


But I realized, that they are terribly expensive and not really complicated so I decided to give it a shot and build one by myself.

I can't wait to try it out. I'll keep you updated.
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nice.. any instructions on how to built one ourselves? materials?
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nice.. any instructions on how to built one ourselves? materials?
No real instructions since it's really simple to bulit.

2 meters of polished metal bars (12mm) like this http://www.ebay.at/itm/200-cm-Rundst...-/350180806637

And for the rest I used extreme hard plastic. The parts were cut out by a milling machine (my dad works at a factory, they do all kind of stuff out of this plastic).

But wood would do just fine I guess.
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      04-28-2013, 06:03 AM   #6
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The thing is done more or less


First test movie... a little bit wobbly, but we are getting there...
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I'm curious to see more series.
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At least you subject didn't lick its balls, like I thought it was about to...

I'm curious to see more series.
Nah, man. She's a LADY!
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Nicely done! One thing I was expecting was a tripod mounting-hole-thing-ma-bob. Maybe something to consider
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Next try. The slider still needs improvements, but since I filmed these sequences I decided to make a video out of it anyways.

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Nice video and custom slider! Is there any way to reduce the camera shake? Weights maybe?
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Yeah, I'm working on it. I ordered thiker metal bars (14mm diameter instead of 12mm) and will shorten the slider from 1 meter to 70 cm. This will be still long enought, but will reduce the shaking.
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Nice build. I'm in the process of building my own, looked at some youtube vids and got some good ideas.

The only thing I can think of is as you have mentioned - steady movment. I'm thinking of making a plactic chain and a electric motor, as you can find in Lego / Technics. Don't know if its duable yet, but low weight and smooth action should do the job in theory.

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Nice build. I'm in the process of building my own, looked at some youtube vids and got some good ideas.

The only thing I can think of is as you have mentioned - steady movment. I'm thinking of making a plactic chain and a electric motor, as you can find in Lego / Technics. Don't know if its duable yet, but low weight and smooth action should do the job in theory.
Well a motor should do the trick I guess. Keep us updated how it went.


News on the slider: It is ready - 30cm shorter and much more massive to reduce the movement.
Also the new camera equipment arrived today.





Charging the battery right now. Some testing will be done tomorrow
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So the first testmovie shows, that both - slider and camera - seem to work very well.

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cool... I assume you shot that video with the NEX -5R?

I wonder how difficult it would be to make your own slider for a much heavier dSLR?
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cool... I assume you shot that video with the NEX -5R?

I wonder how difficult it would be to make your own slider for a much heavier dSLR?
It also works very good with a Nikon D80, in fact it works better when the camera is heavier.
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It also works very good with a Nikon D80, in fact it works better when the camera is heavier.
any diy on how you made this? I've been looking for a slider without killing my wallet.
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