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Old August 12th, 2005, 07:18 PM   #1
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My $57 Dolly

Took a couple days (because of paint) to complete but I am completely happy. It has a nice weight and it's silky smooth. Made to hold just the camera/tripod.

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PVC Track (1.25")
2' x 2' MDF Platform
Two $8 Skateboards from Toys R Us (Wheels)

I built it to last for a while, so hopefully it will outlast a few cameras. Some may say that MDF is to weak, but I really find the strength leaves nothing to be desired.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...llyOnTrack.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...raandDolly.jpg

If any one wants to see more pics (of wheel mounting, etc...) let me know.

And some footage to follow in a couple hours.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 09:31 PM   #2
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looks great!

very slick.
pictures of the wheel mounts would be nice.
I need to build one of those. how long did it take?

thanks
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Old August 13th, 2005, 01:33 AM   #3
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Heck yeah, love to see more pics, I'm interested in building a dolly myself so this thread came at a great time. Nice job, you've piqued my curiousity.

Are those curtain rod end mounts? And I too would like to hear or preferably see whatcha did for the wheel mounts.


Keep up the good work!
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Old August 13th, 2005, 10:18 AM   #4
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It took two days, but that was mostly allowing the paint to dry. If you don't paint, it shouldn't take more then an hour or two. I just used a cut down piece of angle iron and wood supports for the wheel mounting. Here are some pics:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...heelsClose.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...Pics/Wheel.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...untCloseUp.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...elsCloseUp.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...ackCloseUp.jpg

The track needs to be a little smaller, but it still works fine. The dolly is just a little more prone to slipping off (but that hasn't happened yet).

Here is some footage I put together:

http://savefile.com/files.php?fid=6165910
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Old August 13th, 2005, 02:42 PM   #5
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Wow, that was very well done, especially for just a test! Thanks for sharing.

Neat deal. Most of the time I had to remind myself to pay attention to the dolly motion rather than the content :)

What song was that? I recognize it but can't put my finger on it. Kind of Perfect Circle-ish.
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Old August 13th, 2005, 03:17 PM   #6
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Cool! Very nice! You may also want to experiment with sitting on a chair, on the dolly, with the optical image stabilizer (OIS), or steady shot, on and see what you can get that way.

Check out this book:

http://www.dvcamerarigs.com/

The film school I work at bought a "former" filmmaker's custom dolly and "Glidecam"-like handheld "steadicam" rig, which he made from the book (we bought that, too, and it ROCKS).

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Old August 13th, 2005, 07:39 PM   #7
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hmm, I like the thought of sitting on a chair, but I think that might be a little too much for the MDF.

The song, BTW, is from Breaking Benjamin but I forget the title right now.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 02:09 PM   #8
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That's it. It's "So Cold." You picked an excellent intro; it worked great for a spot that length.

Keep it up!
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Old August 15th, 2005, 01:36 PM   #9
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The footage looks beautiful.

What kind of tripod are you using?
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Old August 15th, 2005, 07:12 PM   #10
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Very nice!
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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:41 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Jason J. Gullickson
The footage looks beautiful.

What kind of tripod are you using?
Bogan/Manfrotto 501 head on Manfrotto 3221WN sticks from B&H.

Thanks for the comments.
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Old August 17th, 2005, 07:28 PM   #12
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Nice Job!!

Looks like I might have a project for this fall. ;-)
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Old August 25th, 2005, 02:15 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Bennis Hahn
It took two days, but that was mostly allowing the paint to dry. If you don't paint, it shouldn't take more then an hour or two. I just used a cut down piece of angle iron and wood supports for the wheel mounting. Here are some pics:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...heelsClose.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...Pics/Wheel.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...untCloseUp.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...elsCloseUp.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...ackCloseUp.jpg

The track needs to be a little smaller, but it still works fine. The dolly is just a little more prone to slipping off (but that hasn't happened yet).

Here is some footage I put together:

http://savefile.com/files.php?fid=6165910
Would you be willing, if you have time, to help me build one? I live in the area.
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Old August 26th, 2005, 07:14 AM   #14
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Pure genious!
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Old August 26th, 2005, 07:28 AM   #15
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I was refering to the video... like that scene with the couch... it was a real couch and you were real close to it. It blew my mind - bro. Just awesome!

I'm kidding, at least your demo didn't bore us.

Are those rollerskate wheels?
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