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Old November 17th, 2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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Curved slider anyone?

Anyone have any experience with these?

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Might be useful for moving detail shots of cake/shoes/bouquet etc

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Old November 17th, 2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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Re: Curved slider anyone?

Pete I get the same shots with my slider but with my fluid head loose to move on a curve.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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Re: Curved slider anyone?

Better off buying a steadicam tbh ... can do the same motion and stabilize in post if neccessary.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 06:57 PM   #4
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Re: Curved slider anyone?

Peter, I guess one thing that turns me off this is that I wouldn't want to be limited to doing subject-tracking shots. Quite often you do just want a straight slide.

Incidentally, Red Rock also have a curved slider, and I think Kessler have a device attaching to the slider with the same effect. Personally, I'm waiting for Edelkrone's "target module".
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Re: Curved slider anyone?

You might take a look at this:
Camera Dollies - MICRODOLLY HOLLYWOOD
I met the owner last fall at the IBC in Amsterdam and his stuff looks very smart.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 03:47 AM   #6
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Pete I get the same shots with my slider but with my fluid head loose to move on a curve.
Yes I do this too Steve with my glidecam but it's not the same as a true arc shot though. I can replicate this type of shot with my merlin by moving round the object and spinning the gimbal but it usually takes me 3 or 4 goes before I'm happy with the result! And then it's never going to be as smooth as if it were on a track.

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Old November 18th, 2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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Ah I see ok Pete.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 03:05 PM   #8
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Re: Curved slider anyone?

Peter, another thought on this slider -- is it too long for convenient wedding use? I've got my suspicions that 80cm when centre-mounted on a tripod, takes you into see-saw territory. In the video, it may be that the operator is supporting one end of the tripod with a hand whilst the other hand pushes the camera.

But one big plus of this slider -- no need to pull focus while you slide. Whereas when you slide while panning on a detail shot on a traditional slider, the object starts far from you, moves close, then backs off again -- not straightforward to pull focus.
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