If you want to share your experiences, big up the places you go, and make art out of your adventures, you need to be able to pull off a nice variety of shots. In terms of video, getting perfectly smooth footage is often a challenge.
Enter rails, or sliders. These are the contraptions behind many of the buttery smooth shots that you see in the movies. When done right, a viewer doesn’t even think “gee, how did they get that shot?” They just see and feel the moment!
Do It Yourself
Once you’ve built your system, it’s time to take it places and see what kind of shots you can get! From looming landscapes to passing faces to closing detail shots, sliders open up a whole new world of possibilities.
Do More with a Motor
It’s also worth noting that with a motor to move the camera slowly and precisely, sliders like this can be used to create timelapses that include motion. Timelapses are as great in short films as they are for randomly dropping into your friend’s feeds.
This killer compilation of night motion timelapse video from the Outer Banks is a solid example of what you can pull off with some practice. Geez Milky Way!
Buy A Slider Online
If you’re not so much into the DIY thing, you can pick up a cheap and cheerful 36″ slider on Amazon.com, as always.
There are also several companies that seem to live at the bleeding edge of motion control that might be worth looking into, especially if you’re thinking about going big and buying a bundle of gear (slider, motor, case, etc.)
- Rhino Camera Gear, listed above, does some nice bundles
- Dynamic Perception, used in the Vimeo above, also has bundles for sale as well
- Other suggestions or recommendations? Share your knowledge and hit the comments
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Happy sliding – link to your best sliding video(s) in the comments!