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Old September 30th, 2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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CentiDolly: DIY dolly from PVC pipes

Here is the dolly that I have made after drooling over MicroDolly:

http://www.elurauser.com/articles/ce..._tripod_md.jpg

And the how-to itself: http://www.elurauser.com/articles/centi_dolly.jsp

Despite that this is DIY instructions I wanted to give it a cool name, so I though that CentiDolly should be good enough. Sort of 10 times larger than a MicroDolly :) I wanted to shoot a how-to video, actually I made two attempts, they both did not come out well, so for now I decided just to publish the script, adding couple of pictures.

EDIT: I uploaded a short video, this is all I was able to get from two days of shooting in my garage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpoG8xes2Ls

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Old September 30th, 2007, 11:23 PM   #2
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Hi Michael, nice work there! :)

I've been researching a lot of different dolly designs and this gives me some good ideas.

I came across this one earlier. They use rubber tubing to make curved tracks. Seems like an awesome idea if you can get the spacing right and it doesn't *at all*. Otherwise I could see it binding as the dolly moves along it, or the dolly re-aligning the track as you move and when it encounters some friction on the ground, shaking the camera a bit. Really neat idea though if it works 100%, 100% of the time. ;)
http://www.indiesnap.com/flexfull.html

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Old October 17th, 2007, 11:35 PM   #3
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Nice job Michael! I will build one in the future.. Eric, I didnt quite understand what is rubber tubing for the curved tracks.. do u have an idea?
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Old October 18th, 2007, 12:31 PM   #4
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Eric, I didnt quite understand what is rubber tubing for the curved tracks.. do u have an idea?
Yup, take a look at this page specifically:
http://www.indiesnap.com/flex-dolly.html

Pretty nice idea, if the tubing doesn't roll around. Maybe there's enough weight in the tube (because it's not just 3 feet long), that it holds itself down.

I'll try it one of these days when I decide on a dolly design I like and have some extra money for it.

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Old October 18th, 2007, 05:56 PM   #5
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Here is the correct link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2C7W3AFVrQ You can notice that the tripod is not exactly vertical, this is because I erroneously used a different telescoping segment in one of the legs, they are not the same length on my tripod.
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Old October 18th, 2007, 09:05 PM   #6
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The video looks good. Do you have any more footage you've shot with it? :)
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