"Make your own camera slider"
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Make your own camera slider
You've got yourself a video camera and you're thinking about making your own personal Citizen Kane.
One thing you should add to your bag of tricks is a dolly shot or a slider shot.
Now, this it the kind of show where you have a stationary camera and instead of panning it left and right, you're gonna glide it smoothly.
To get this shot, a lot of the pros use a crane or an expensive set of tracks for a dolly rig.
I'm going to show you how to make your own DIY solution for under 60 dollars.
Now, I've seen some super budget versions of this that use broomsticks and PVC pipes.
I'm going to step it up a little bit and use PVC pipes for our tracks.
And them I'm going to add a camera tripod, a flexible one like this, and a 30 dollar remote control truck.
This is the Maisto Rock Crawler.
And what makes it so awesome is that its got.
A little bit of flexibility in the base.
And these nice big wheels that are set wide apart.
And this whole thing can actually support a DSLR, or you can even use a Smart Phone with this particular camera mount.
Now these are bulb tires here, but they are perfect for fitting over pvc pine.
The grooves in the wheel well, they're gonna slide gently just like.
Now we're going to use a screwdriver to take the truck body off so we have a nice level surface to mount our camera on.
All right, the screws are out.
Now we're going to take off the top and there's bit of wire here that's the antenna.
We don't need this.
There you go.
All right, now we've got a nice level surface for our camera and we've got the wheel wells exposed here to guide us on the tracks.
You can use whatever length or diameter PVC pipe you have around.
I had this three-fourth inch pipe handy so I'm going to use that.
Now I've got 1 five foot section of pipe.
I'm gonna connect.
These two sorter sections to it using elbow joints.
Next up we're gonna take another 5' section of pipe and we're gonna put a slip tee joint on it.
Now this is a critical little joint here.
What's so great about it is that you can slip it over a pipe and you can adjust the gauge of your tracks for exactly what you need.
Now, we're gonna make this a little fancier by attaching a pulley to one end and using some strings to pull your truck across.
We're gonna drill a small hole, and then we'll add a nice ****.
Attach the pulley
Turn the pipe inward so that it's facing your truck.
And then attach a string to your truck so that we can run through the pulley.
Alright, the next step is to add our camera.
A flexible tripod mount like a gorilla pod, gives you a lot of options.
This one even comes with a phone mount.
You really want to make sure the thing's secure, especially if you have a nice expensive camera.
You don't want it toppling down.
Alright now that it's all set up let's take this thing outside and play around with it and see what we can get.
So, mounted up on a table like this, here's what the shot looks.
The wide base of the truck is strong enough to support a DSLR, but I actually had the most fun using this set up and the Hyperlapse app on my phone for making smooth time-lapse video [INAUDIBLE]
So that's all there is to it.
That's how to make your own DIY camera slider.
A lot of fun and as a bonus in your downtime, you can use a remote control truck.