Professional-Looking DIY Slider

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DIY camera sliders are, of course, featured heavily on this site, but many of them don’t necessarily maintain the look or functionality of their more expensive “buy-it-yourself” brethren. Chris D wrote in on this angle iron slider post about his professional-looking DIY slider seen on Midwest Lenticular.

They feature a full parts list from Amazon and Servocity.com, two of my favorite online DIY parts retailers. At around $250, this DIY solution is more expensive than many of the rigs seen here, but compared to what something like this would cost normally (39 inch kit from Amazon for example), it’s quite inexpensive.

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Servocity Camera Slider Auto Stop Switch Setup

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A few months ago, I reviewed Servocity camera slider.  As cool as it is, one thing that was missing from my initial build is a way to automatically stop the slider when it gets to the end.  If you’re watching it, as I was before, this isn’t a problem, but if you’re taking a long time-lapse, an automatic stopping method would be needed.

Servocity’s answer comes in the form of two easily-mountable limit switches (See Parts list later in the post) along with two diodes that allow for current to go one way when the switch is depressed but not the other way. In other words, Continue reading

Servocity Camera Slider Review

Servocity camera slider reviewRecently, Servocity was nice enough to send me one of their “Channel slider A” kits.  I had a great time putting it together and trying it out.  In my limited experience, it’s incredible to see how good video shots of something quite mundane look when steadily panned over a distance.

Servocity isn’t the only company in the “camera slider game,” but the price seems quite reasonable compared to other similar models.  Also, the design is such that it’s made to be customized and modified however one wants.  Although they sell mounts for GoPro cameras, and smartphones, I didn’t actually have one, so, as shown later, I was able to make one myself from bits that I had around my garage.  Th results were quite good as shown in the video after the “read more” link thing.

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