Homemade "rail" system at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Open DV Discussion
For topics which don't fit into any of the other categories.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 25th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #1
New Boot
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Lincolnton, NC
Posts: 8
Homemade "rail" system

Just wanted to share a littel experiment I did that you can implement into your workflow, especially if you are on a tight budget like me. I have taken an ironing board and made it into a homemade "rail" system. If you get something smooth to slide across the top (in my case a large white balance card or piece of smooth metal) it will slide across the top surface with the camera a you will get beautiful smooth results. And the great thing is that it's extremely light and it's a built in tripod for the dolly shots. Now it can be wobbly without stabilizing the camera well and there are limitations to the angles you can get. Try it out and let me know what you think. I am going to test this out this weekend for some nature shots with my letus extreme and hopefully post some test shots. It's not a fancy dolly system, but for some nice slow "rail" type shots, you can't beat it, especially for the price.
Justin Brown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 26th, 2010, 04:57 AM   #2
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bristol, CT (Home of EPSN)
Posts: 1,184
Justin, starch or no starch? :) Nice idea. I wonder if a tripod head could be attached to an old iron.
Paul Cascio
Paul Cascio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 26th, 2010, 10:41 AM   #3
Major Player
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Neenah, WI
Posts: 547
I would think a nice, stiff board...something like birch maybe...with a serious bit of urethane, could be a an excellent surface with nothing more than a soft cloth as the "slider" under the camera. (maybe some slightly raised sides so the camera can't leave the board surface as the videographer is concentrating on the shot instead of keeping the camera on the board...)

...maybe with a tripod/monopod support system, or two tripods...even a couple of rigged, heavier light stands would probably be adequate for a small camcorder or not too uber-rigged DSLR maybe?

Once I used a skateboard on a kitchen counter...lots of interesting possibilities out there.
Kolb Productions
Tim Kolb is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

(800) 223-2500
New York, NY

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Texas Media Systems
(512) 440-1400
Austin, TX

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

(800) 323-2325
Mineola, NY

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:12 AM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2018 The Digital Video Information Network