A Video Tethering Dolly From A Surveying Tripod
This little video is quite an interesting submission to our How I took it contest by Julien Robitaille.
There are only 2 weeks left to submit your entries, so don't wait for the last minute.
The video after the jump shows how a gathering of various stuff found around the house (or garage) can be re-purposed to be a video/tether dolly. While I am not sure about the saving on this build, it does show a few interesting uses for aluminum plates, surveying tripods, and the useful four heads tripod accessory from Manfrotto.
Actually, I've been getting quite a few submission about re-purposing surveying tripods . Since they don't belong in the 'photography' section they are a great value for not a lot of money.
Here is the complete tether dolly
Using a Mafrotto 400PL-MED plate as the base
Using a Manfrotto quick release and aluminum plate for a Tripod rest
Davis & Sanford W3 Universal Folding Dolly as the base and re-engineering the tripod legs to end with a soft leg tips
Final look in use