I finally got my Zaza slider put together. I was worried about drilling a straight hole, so I asked my neighbor, who is a mechanic, to use his drill press. He even tapped the holes for me! My wife baked him cupcakes in return.
If you have a drill, vice, and tools, but never tapped a hole, just do a search on YouTube and there are lots of tutorials. I just didn't want to buy those tools to use them 1 time.
I didn't see enough detailed photos of a completed DIY slider, so I figured I would put this together since there are a lot of video examples of what it can do. Hope this helps!
$025.00 Filmtools 4" Riser
$103.38 Igus WS-16-60 Drylin 'W' rail 1000mm
$054.65 Igus WW-16-60-10 Drylin 'W' carriage
$124.90 Manfrotto 701HDV Pro Fluid Head (I didn't have a video head since I'm a photographer)
$011.00 5 bolts and the nylon spacers from Lowes
$032.00 Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate
I already owned a Manfrotto 458B Tripod
I wanted to use the RC2 release plate since all my other heads have them.
It allows me to easily switch from the slider to my Steadicam Merlin (which I received a 2 days earlier). Still learning how to fly that thing.
If I was to do it again, I'd probably buy a shorter rail but it is so inexpensive, I could just buy a rail and use the carriage I have now.
This is the prototype of my new Belt Follow Focus System for any DSLR and Videocamera.
Tested on the new Sony NEX 10 and a Canon 7D.
It could come with a basic base plate and standard 15mm rods or just the follow focus.
Attach it to your current rig and pull that focus. :-)
It was tested on a zacuto rig and worked beautifully.
This follow focus works with a belt and unlike other follow focus systems it requires no zip gear.
It can be quickly used on any lens, the flexible beltholder arms just need to be spreaded accordingly.
And they are flippable, yes off course:-)
It runs very smooth and has the right amount of play.
The material i used is very stable, but also very very light.
As i mentioned this is a prototype and i will tweak it further to make it very easy to use.
There are quite a few improvements i am already working on.
For example including handgrips and attaching the follow focus to it, to make it possible to use maybe just one finger for focussing whilst being able to stabilize the camera at the same time, etc.
I will try to keep the price for the system somewhere in the range of 250-600 €, depending on whether you just need the follow focus or a basic rig system with baseplate, rods and grips.
If you are interested in buying this beta prototype, i am sure we will find a deal :-)
Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions and feedback at:
Currently i am working on other affordable quality solutions like sliders, Cages, etc.
If you need custom build solutions for your special rig setup, let me know.
You will find my future products and experiments on my personal channel i will anounce soon.
I am connected to a network of freespirited creative betatesting film professionals, so my gear will always go through the tough shool of everyday production.
My personal goal is to create easy to use, affordable quality gear for all those DSLR filmmakers out there trying to achieve that great look with the right gear :-)
If you want to use this video for commercial purposes and/or use it for derivative works based on it, please contact me first, so we can work out a licensing agreement. The original footage (full resolution) for this video can be purchased separately and will be available under a different license.
This is a companion highlight to the BTS Shooter's Commentary for Joann & Donad's Next Day Edit (this video is also shown at the end of the Shooter's Commentary).
For this edit we used the additional BTS footage that never made it into the Commentary cut and alternate shots and time-laps footage that we acquired the day of shooting but also didn't make it into the final edit of Joann & Donald's NDE.
For more information please watch the full BTS Shooters Commentary here: vimeo.com/26316061
For hands on training workshops please contact Rebecka@visualmasterpiece.com