The revolve RAM (Revolve Automated Motion) is a simple motor for adding motion to a slider. It sits right there in the middle of the price range at $400, right between the $200 DIY solution and the higher end motors like the $600 Rhino motion or the $800 Syrp Genie.
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Known for its tripods, tripod heads and other support equipment, Manfrotto’s newest products seem to be a natural next step for the company.
The slider comes in two versions, 60cm and 100cm (2’ and 3.3’) long, and is aimed at experienced photographers and videographers.
Other than being extremely smooth and accurate, the slider also promises to be silent and steady.
If you are willing to put the motor aside on your slider, this is probably as frugal as you can get. Dan Colvin (previously here and here) made this small and cool little slider which only needs some nuts and bolts and two aluminum pipes to build. I was kinda skeptic about how well the slider will perform being based on friction but the demo reel completely got me
Ok, so I am now officially hooked on ProductTank Youtube Channel. We shared his Super Tripod yesterday, but had to go in and look at more of his work. (Be warned, if you are the DIY type, this is a black hole for your time).
This time, I would like to focus on his slider. Just like with the tripod, ProductTank challenges who a slider is made. Instead of running a cart on two aligned rails, he uses a guided surface to push a cart.
While you may wave this off as too simple, I think it is actually quite clever. The mechanism is built around pressing the cart to the plate on while using a guide that you can slide along. So firstly, you automatically get two (or more) moves; a regular sliding move, and an arched sliding move. Secondly, you get just the right amount of friction to get a smooth motion even if you detach from the guide.
Photo editing used to be a truly interactive, albeit laborious, experience in the days of the darkroom. Now, most everything is done through mouse clicks, keystrokes, and digital tablets.
Palette aims to change that with their fully customizable modular array of buttons, sliders, and knobs. This exciting new piece of hardware, which seamlessly integrates with Adobe software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, literally puts the editing controls into your hands and snaps together in whatever configuration best suits your workflow.
UPDATE: We’ve been approached by Igus and, as always, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news – please don’t send additional requests for free samples. As you may imagine, these are meant for potential buyers in industrial markets and shipping samples out for us to build sliders is simply not a sustainable business for them. The good news – the kind people at Igus are working on a plan to fulfill the requests that have already been made.
For more info dedicated Igus gear, check out this review of the Igus slider.
Many sliders on the market are made of the Igus DryLin system and thanks to the free samples available from the company, you can build a 10-inch slider for free (or dirt cheap).
The slider might be small, but it’s long enough to add a short sliding motion to your videos. Plus, you will have a hard time finding anything remotely close to the quality of this slider at the same price point.
Hurry, this option might be time-limited!
A little while back we shared a review on the Rhino Slider – and if you don’t care to watch it (or the kick ass video that we shot with it), let me tell you the bottom line: We love it!
Now the Washington based company launches another crowdfunding campaign to add motion control to their slider. (This would be their sixth Kickstarter after the said Slider, a Rig, a stabilizer and some smaller campaigns, which pledged a total of almost half a mil together).
If you’ve been around the blog for a while you know that we are big advocates of the slider as a cinematic tool. We got out hands on one of the best sliders in the market and decided to demonstrate the versatility of this tool by filming a love story using only slider moves to do so. Of course, the moves had to be motivated so each of our five sliders moves had a good reason to be on the movie.
We asked videographer Adam Frimer from kaveret to help us make the movie, and boy we are happy that we did.
While there are many sliders out there (some even at $75), the secret to getting a good slider is getting it to slide smoothly. The team at Rhino did something I truly appreciate in a brand and released a video showing how to build a cheap (semi) pro slider.
You can see the video above, and get some tips after the jump, but for me this video goes beyond the simple idea of a how-to video. I would love to see more brands giving free education even if it not directly associated with their sales. (I assume that if you are building a $75 Home Depot slider, you are not gonna buy their $800 slider). But I love the idea that educating young filmmakers and making “fancy gear” accessible to them will drive the industry higher and hopefully make the cake bigger.
More about the DIY slider after the jump