We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of NAB 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com The so called “cable camera” dollying technique (invented by an Austrian by the way) is one that has been very expensive so far and hasn’t entered the realm of low cost HDSLR gear yet. Here’s a company that tries to bring us the benefits of a wired camera setup at an affordable price. Does it work? That’s a question we hope to find an answer to in the near future. The setup Jeff Medford used has a very loose cable and thus the camera slide is very sensitive to the operators movements. Jeff told me that they’d soon offer a crank to tighten the cable. This sounds like a good idea, but will the suction cups hold the additional force from a tightened cable? It’s a unit worth testing and at $349 it can be done. There’s another crank, a pulley system included to control the camera movement and the total length can be 50 feet (15 meters) to make some impossible shots possible. For handheld shooting support I’d suggest going with an EasyRig, they provide a lot more flexibility and don’t require setup time, but for everything else the CineZip looks a like a very interesting new approach to dolly movement. You can get the CineZip at a pre-sale price of $324 on Delkin Devices’ website. At this time they offer it without the cranks. LINKRead more
As user Michael Rivera pointed out in this post, there are other sliders that are very similar in looks to the Varavon “slim” I reported about yesterday. Here’s a link to ebay if you’re into that kind of deal: ebay I can’t tell you anything on the quality of these sliders but user Michael Rivera surely can. This video is from his YouTube channel:Read more
It doesn’t look like much. In fact it’s really very “slim”. But just as the Varavon Profinder I reported about last year, this slider also has the most important features and accessories you’d need already included: – bag – small tripod head (I can’t confirm yet if it’s a fluid head, but it felt like one) – stopper screw (very important when it comes to a slider) – feet that are adjustable height – several mounting points (threads) for 3/8” and 1/4” – easy servicing with WD40 – built-in water level The man who builds the Varavon products was sitting in the back and didn’t talk much, I’m not sure he could speak English but build gear he can! When I asked for a motor (which personally I really crave on a slider) they told me one is in production and would be available as an add-on in 3-4 months. They said you could install it on the “slim”. I will try to get one of these sliders for review. They will probably be available for order in the US through “International Supplies” in late May. www.internationalsupplies.com www.varavon.comRead more
By: Sebastian Wöber These eye-catching sliders with a touch of nature come from the state of New York. Dave is the designer and gave us a little tour in the video above. They are machined out of aluminum and even the guidance elements are custom made. Sliding wise they seemed to run pretty smoothly and the versatility and many mounting points may attract a filmmakers attention in a positive way. I forgot to ask how these sliders are being assembled or how small/easily they can be folded up, but I’m sure he’ll answer in the comments if you’re interested. The smallest slider is $800, the next one with the lilly dolly starts at $995. You can check out exact pricing on their website. www.mytworks.comRead more
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