About a year ago, I posted a down & dirty DIY camera roller video that was pretty popular in the DIY gear community. Ov course, using something for a year you naturally make modifications, so here's the current iteration of the adjustable slider. The thing I love about it is the versatility. It can roll on any manner of improvised "track," or just flip it over and run it trackless on the floor or a table.
There's a materials list in the video, or if you aren't comfortable around a chop saw, I'd be happy to build you one. The "production" version is $80 + shipping and is well finished. It looks like something you'd buy in a store, not something a weird guy built in his garage. Even comes with a knob to mount your camera plate, and the 1/4" to 3/8" adapter to mount most fluid heads.
Thanks to the whole DIY community for providing awesome feedback.
I've had a LOT of interest in these, so I've been busily collecting pieces for a couple of runs. I've also set up a dedicated email address: email@example.com
Lots of orders going out tomorrow or Saturday, and a list of folks after those will be seeing dollies late next week. I'm tracking down some different suppliers to see if I can keep supplies coming more steadily and less in spurts. But if you want one, I can build you one, and the wait time looks to only be a week or so at this point.
Lots of these out in the wild now, and building is still going fast and furious. Right now I'm backordered until about Tuesday, when I'm expecting a shipment of bearings that will complete a whole mess of units. Also, interest has been so high I'm getting ready to announce a fun contest in the next couple of weeks.
You may have noticed that the dedicated email address changed. That's because I went ahead and bought a domain to keep track of all this stuff. New email is firstname.lastname@example.org, but the old one will still work fine. A bunch of units will ship Wednesday, and I'm going out to the garage right now to make a video announcing the contest. Stay tuned.
Contest announcement is up here: vimeo.com/27136318