This was a small test of the Kessler Pocket Dolly and how to achieve fluid movement in a small scale. Another target was to record the video at childrens' eye level.
I used two basic setups. The lowest rig was the Kessler Pocket Dolly set on the Outrigger detachable feet plus a Manfrotto 516 video head. I used a Giottos MH621 Quick Release Plate and Receiver to connect the two. With this setup the lense was about 1 foot/30 cm from floor level, see the sequence 1:20 to 1:40.
For the second setup a screwed the Pocket dolly directly on the center screw of Manfrotto 161 tripod. It is amazing how low this tripod can be adjusted, but, then the bulky feet can get in the way. All remaining sequences were shot with this second setup.
I tried to create an even motion by using the crank. However, it is difficult to rotate it at an exactly even speed as can be seen from the original shots 0:27 to 0:47. The motion is fluid, but the speed flutters slightly. (You might not notice this from the finished video, because MPEG-4 compression causes additional jitter in playback.) I got much better results just by pulling the carriage manually and using my fingers as brakes for the desired speed.
- Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
- Canon lenses EF 50mm 1:1.2L and EF 24-70 1:2.8L
- Kessler Pocket Dolly with detachable Outrigger feet
- Giottos MH621 Quick Release Plate and Receiver
- Zacuto base plate etc
- Genus Wide Matte Box
- Marshall V-LCD70XP-HDMI monitor
- Natural sun light without reflectors
- 1920x1080 25 frames/second
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