This is a track that I made for my spider trax dolly.
You can attach it to a tri-pod or K-pod and it can be made with simple tools like a few wrenches and a saw.
This is an addition to the Spider Trax Dolly that can be seen at Cheesycam.com
If you have any questions about the build, feel free to comment below.
I would like to give a special thanks to Jason Byfield for helping with the camera work while I was building
Just Basl Spider Trax Dolly Track
2 - 10' Struts
1 - Angle Gauge (aluminum)
1 - Flat Bar Steel
8 - 3/8" Hex Bolts
8 - Locking Nuts (these are coated on the threads with neoprine)
20 - Washers (I kind of go overboard on washers because I want to make sure I am getting a solid grab)
4 - Rubber Stoppers (for the track ends)
4 - Rubber Stoppers Wide Plugs for the feet of the track.
4 - Hex bolt screws (you will use these to attach the rubber stoppers to the track, you pre-drill the plugs and then ratchet them in place)
1 - can of black spray paint
1 - drop cloth (if necessary)
Extra Materials and Tools
Circular Saw with Metal Blade
3/8" wrench and ratchet
3/8" Metal Drill bit
Counter Sinking Drill Bit
Cordless Drill (Corded drill for more power)
Two or more Clamps
- Give the track plenty of time to dry before using or the wheels will stick. Putting two coats on will ensure your paint will withstand wear and tear
- Always be careful drill metal, back the drill off at the end. Drill bits always like to catch at the end and this can put a big strain on your wrist.
- The center bracket I used to attach directly to my Kessler Kpod, but you can easily use it to attach to a tripod quick plate, I would suggest a longer plate.
- I chose 7ft for my dimensions because I have a very sturdy tripod head. results may vary. If you know you are using a weaker tripod, you can change your track length. This could save you some money too, if you go with a 5ft track, you will just need to buy one strut bar.
- Make sure you feed all the washers in before you seal up the ends. If you use the wide washers that I did then they can only be fed in through the end of the strut.
- It is very important to use LOCKING NUTS and not just regular nuts to maintain a tight track.
- If shooting with DSLR's, using your IMAGE STABILIZING lenses are going to work a lot better than your prime lenses.
- Do a few test runs on your track all the way to ensure the Just Basl Spider Trax Dolly will stay in the rails before drilling and bolting.
- Always wear safety glasses!! Metal flakes fly all over the place, especially the aluminum.
- Once I work on the motor idea, I will send an update.
I am including links because if you have been to Home Depot as much as I have you learn a few things. Most people there do not know the whole store, so if you pull up pictures on your iPhone it really helps!
Au rayon bricolage
Deux tubes alu de 15MM
De la gaine d'isolation des tuyaux de plomberie
Des bouchons de pieds de chaise
De la colle super glu
De la visserie
Deux plomb de plongée 500G
Des supports de tuyau de plomberie
Le suport camera est une ancienne platine de camescope sony
The radius DIY
Two tubes of aluminum 15MM
Sheath pipe insulation plumbing
Plugs chair legs
Glue super glue
Two lead diving 500G
Media plumbing pipe
Support for the camera is an old plate sony
Pas and I are working on a small project together. "Packed". We needed to do a quick test with a DIY Green Screen to see how well the green blanket would work. Not to bad. I think we will use it for the actual shoot. Thanks Value Village!
This video goes over some of the shooting techniques for the Jaybilizer 3000 a homemade "Steadicam Merlin-type" camera stabilizer. The techniques include Orbiting shots, Tracking shots, Low angle tracking shots, Flying Shots and Crane Shots. Shot mostly with a Canon HV30 with hand-held footage from a Sony EX1.
Credits: Credits: Thanks to Rob Martin for the excellent EX1 handheld shots
Special Thanks to StickerGiant for the cool Jaybilizer 3000 stickers http://stickergiant.com/
Special thanks to Jeru at Jag35 for the Jag35 DOF Adapter http://jag35.com/
Find out More about the Jaybilizer 3000 http://jayshaffervideo.com/products/