3D Printed Camera Slider Mount

Noe wrote in with this excellent partially 3D printed camera slider from Adafruit.  The “feet” and the adapter that attach the tripod to the bearing platform are 3D printed (get the files here) while the slide rail, bearing platform, and some various nuts and screws are purchased.

The results are quite smooth, as seen in the video after the “read more” link thing. Continue reading

A DIY Robotic Camera Dolly to End all Camera Dollies

DIY robotic camera dolly

We’ve featured several camera slider builds here, and I’ve even built one myselfHowever, nothing I’ve seen so far compares to this robotic camera dolly system built with Servocity’s Actobotics parts.

This truly robotic camera mount features an Arduino Microprocessor (Amazon) with a small touch screen to allow the user to adjust the dolly’s behavior.  The contraption can pan and tilt, but is also capable of rolling on the rails underneath.  An encoder from Lynxmotion is used to precisely position the assembly when these wheels are utilized.

Check out the video below to see how well this excellent “roboslider” works: Continue reading

A Simple DIY Slidecam Mount

DIY slidecam with wood and PVC

RT recently wrote in to tell me about a few of his DIY camera mounts.  One that was quite impressive was this DIY slidecam rig for video shots.  It’s made out of PVC pipe metal rods and wood blocks as shown above.  You can find further details in the linked article.

Wood and Pipe are fairly easy to procure, but another element you’ll need for this rig is a tripod head. This “Fluid Drag” model from Amazon looks quite good, but the $80+ price tag may be a bit much for DIYers.  Another possible option would be to instead disassemble this $22 tripod and use the tripod head for this slider.  Hopefully, another use could be found for the legs.

If you’re wondering what kind of results can be had with a slidecam rig, or how these kind of shots are made, check out the videos after the “read more.”  I was really impressed. Continue reading