1. I decided I wanted to make an automated slider/timelapse rig, but didn't want to pay the hefty cost that some of the manufacturers charge. I did some reasearch and found all the parts I would need to create my own. Here is a list of parts you will need if you decide that you want to make your own as well.

    A big thanks to Jay/MiLapse from Dynamic Perception for all the help and guidance on the project. To see their products or to buy one of their awesome timelapse kits visit http://www.dynamicperception.com/

    Igus DryLin® W1040-A $91 shipped

    (alternate rail that can be used: http://www.amazon.com/DryLin%C2%AE-W1080--Linear-Motion-Sliders/dp/B003Y54PPY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1297778345&sr=8-3 )
    WT001H Ball Head $23 Shipped
    4' Timing belt
    A 6R25M240090
    Timing Pulley
    A 6A25M017DF0908
    Belt Clamp x2
    A 6M55M090

    $51 Shipped
    Dayton 8.75 RPM Gear Motor: $55 Shipped

    I now use the 17RPM version
    MX2 Controller With Camera Cable
    Aluratek Universal 12V / 1.5A Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Pack

    The top plate is a rectangular piece of aluminum with a hole cut out to mount the ball head, and the platform that the rail is bolted to is a saw horse from home depot that I cut the top off of. The two idler bearings are just skateboard wheel bearings that are spaced out with washers. The end pieces are square tubing.

    Any questions or comments let me know!


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  2. Update September 2013: What started as a hobby has turned into something pretty serious. We are readying the launch of an open-source cinematic motion-control rig. If you wanna stay up on the futue of cinematography "like" us at http://www.facebook.com/openmoco

    Click here to see my latest modification: Jib arm


    -2 Sets of Roller Blades (16 wheels/32 ball bearings) from Goodwill
    -Aluminum angle
    -Thread Locker

    Motorized Pan Tilt:
    -Meade motorized telescope arm
    -90 degree angle bracket for connecting the camera to the telescope arm
    -1/4 20 bolt/screw or regular tripod head

    Something long, straight, and rigid. Obviously aluminum is the best choice, both for it's rigidity and portability. Because the trolley is built with all-thread the width can be adjusted to fit almost any track - so you can use aluminum extension ladder or a 2x6 from Home Depot. I am currently using to two rails from an aluminum server rack. I cut some strips of perforated steel plate to attach the two rails with exact spacing.

    Motorized Trolley Movement:
    -Traxxas Transmitter/Receiver
    -Parallax (Fubatu) Continuous Rotation Server
    -Parallax SumoBot Wheel & Tire
    -6v AA Battery Holder (Holds Four AA's)
    I usually move the dolly by hand but for time lapse or slow movement I use a Parallax continuous rotation servo with a wheel that is attached to the trolley. The servo is control via a Traxxas radio and receiver. The Traxxas radio also has speed/direction potentiometers on it - so you dont have to hold the radio during movement if you dont want to.

    This project contains some remixed elements from the these projects:
    DIY video & timelaps electrical dolly
    DIY Inexpensive Camera Slider

    music credits, in order:
    Ror-Shak - Interlude #1
    Pretty Lights - Forever Lost
    BT - Flaming June (Chicane Remix)'
    Bear Hands - Crime Pays

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  3. RigWheels Portable Dolly / Slider Wheels are a simple and sleek way to add motion to your images utilizing the support equipment that you may already own. Because RigWheels can mount directly to your camera rig or other support platform with one bolt, they are the easiest and most portable way for you to add smooth camera movement to your arsenal. RigWheels along with any nearby piece of pipe, glass, plexiglass, laminate, track or other smooth surface can give you the same seamless smooth motion as other options that cost hundreds more.

    Visit rigwheels.com for more information.


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  4. Hello, this is my Camera Slider Tutorial.

    It show you how easy it is to build up a professional slider.

    This DIY Slider is realy a PRO-SLIDER.

    Optional - you can build it up with some Mannfrotto video heads like the 701HDV and the 501HDV.

    The movie was shoot in HD with a Canon EOS 7D.

    More information about the tutorial, the costs, the stuff and where you can order it - on my website at friedhelm-fischer.de

    Best quality - when you download the WMV-File ;O)

    NOW NEW - US-STORE for the Camslider stuff at friedhelm-fischer.de/the-ff-tutorials/camera-slider-diy-tutorial

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  5. UPDATE May 30, 2012: Silver Flyer Black edition vimeo.com/43126004

    My own DSLR Steadicam from parts bought at Home Depot.
    Canon t2i, Bower 14mm wide, Azden Mic, Manfrotto Quick Release 577
    Estimate cost with Manfrotto 577 is $60 without under $15
    I use my own DIY Steadicams in all my Wedding gigs so this thing is legit! If your interested, check out my JMZ Films 2011 Wedding Reel and you'll see how amazing this thing truly works! vimeo.com/29966102

    Make sure to check out my $5 DIY Slider vimeo.com/18605637
    and DIY Skate Dolly vimeo.com/25834161

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  • fider arslan

    Hi guys. This is a video that I shot in Sherbrooke by using my 5d mark ii 24 70mm f/2.8 L Canon lens and DIY slider. Check it out please. Lightroom 5 was used for the timelapses

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  • Sergio M

    My igus diy motorized slider check it out vimeo.com/27273548

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  • Michael Rinnan

    I built the slider for about $60 using random parts from home depot. I plan to mount a video head on the slider itself, but so far it works awesome with just a bean bag.
    This is a test video with my Canon 60D to see how well it works. I didn't have to stabilize any of the shots... pretty smooth!


    by Michael Rinnan

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