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Published on Sep 9, 2012
Tripod mountable Professional looking slider for your camcorder, ipod or DSLR. I did this video with my iPod touch because it was quick and easy. In the future, you'll get to see actual videos with my t3i or d5100. :) This was just a quick Sunday morning project for all of you other passionate film makers out there.
4 x Small 1/4 Washers 4 x 1/4 Zinc Lock Nuts or 4 x 1/4 lock washers and 4x small 1/4" nuts.
Total Cost for a 4' tripod mounted rolling slider without washers and nuts: $46.3 + Tax, but you get two new tools for your kit. A rivet tool and a tap!!!!
Total Cost 4' tripod mounted rolling slider without washers and nuts (Assuming you have a rivet tool and tap) $23.56
Total Cost for 2' tripod mounted rolling slider without washers and nuts (Assuming you have a rivet tool and a tap) $17.86
You can a cheap tap from your local hardware pawn shop for about a buck if you want to go that route and it'll fit into your drill. Also, if you don't want to do rivets, you can of course use bolts. I just think Rivets look nicer and are more secure... plus they make you feel awesome!
It's real simple to put together, but here are some quick tips to ensure your build is true. Tip #1. A 4 foot channel frame is will bow if you put it on the tripod. If you want to tripod mount this, be sure to reinforce it with a flat steel bar running along the bottom. I'm sure you can figure out how to do that. Tip #2. It is really important that you measure the distance between the channels so they are even. You have about a mm of play depending on how secure you want rollers. Tip #3. Tip #4. You can add some nice adhesive rubber tips to protect surfaces for about $2.
EXTRA CREDIT Use that new 1/4 Tap and start making your rig look more pro by screwing in your accessories. Screw in some rubber tips or create a solid counterbalance. Endless possibilities.
EXTRA EXTRA CREDIT Motorize it! You can use a servo motor, 4AA's, Hbridge and a nice rubber timing belt. I"m not that ambitious, but it will give a smooth look!
If you want me to make one for you, I'm not a store so I won't guarantee the work, but can probably put one together for about $60 plus shipping. Mostly because my labor is expensive :)
Future DIY videos and projects: A follow-focus Hmm... anything else?