Another day, another rock solid slider system at NAB 2012. My previous report detailed the MYT 3 in 1 Slider Dolly System from MYT WORKS of Brooklyn, NY. Like minds on the other side of the country have arrived at a similar design that, thankfully, offers the kind of rigid, professional support that is often missing from other slider options.
This one is the product of INDIE-DOLLY SYSTEMS of Pacoima, California (north of Burbank) at www.indiedolly.com Their SLIDER DOLLY SYSTEM comes with a sturdy high hat that accommodates a 100mm bowl tripod head. The included nine feet of track may be mounted on a tripod (or multiple tripods or light stands) or it may be placed directly on a tabletop or floor and is leveled with built in adjustable supports. It comes in a carrying case for $800.00. It should be available in four to six weeks.
It is well designed and clearly built to handle the weight of a camera and tripod head. I was impressed by the simplicity of both the INDIE-DOLLY and MYT WORKS sliders and I recommend that you consider both for rock-solid camera support.
Indie-Dolly Systems owner and designer Helmut Heiligenmann gave me a demo of the system. You can check it out in the video below.
Steve Mims is a writer, director and cinematographer based in Austin, Texas whose award-winning films have screened widely in festivals, theatrically and on television. He is the winner of the Innocence Network’s 2012 Journalism Award for INCENDIARY: THE WILLINGHAM CASE, a documentary he co-produced and directed with Joe Bailey, Jr. Steve earned a Master of Arts in film production from the University of Texas at Austin and over the years has been a film lecturer there. He currently teaches RTF366K: Introduction to Narrative at UT. He also teaches through Austin FilmWorks.