Can a 6 Inch Slider (15cm) be a working tool for videographers? Turkish gear maker Edelkrone says yes and putting their development money where their mouth is. Edelkrone just introduces Slider One, a tiny slider that fits right at the top of a tripod.
The Slider can be a great companion if you know how to use those 6 inches. (I am holding back on all the obvious jokes here, I am sure you will make up for it in the comments). If you are shooting a close by object, 6 inch done slowly can be quite a big camera move. This is true even if you are shooting something that is further away, but have an element in the foreground.
If you use any gear that connects to a camera via a plate in your workflow (Tripod, Jib, Gimbal, SteadyCam, Slider, …) you will recognize this pain right away. Your Tripod may work with a Manfrotto square plate while your Jib works with an ArcaSwiss plate and your video head takes that weird Manfrotto Penta-plate. Getting the right plate for the right gear is a mess, and it means that you need to change plates on your camera every so-often.
There has been some good attempts at fixing this (The C-SLR M-Plate is one of the better ones that we have had the pleasure of testing), we have yet to see an accessory that is compatible with ALL plate systems.
Enter QuickRelease One from Edelkrone.
I am a naturally skeptical person. So, it was only natural that, when I first saw the PocketSkater2, I was a wee bit skeptical. There are numerous mini dolly hacks with subpar performance out there, so I wasn’t expecting much from a device claiming to be small enough to “fit in your pocket.” But, I was surprised.
Edelkrone, the same guys who brought us the Wing railless slider concept last year, have done, in my most humble estimation, a great job on this project.
Just when you thought that Slider+ was as awesome as it can get with regards to sliders, comes the Wing.
The wind is a slider, that does not actually look like a slider, it looks more like an articulated robotic arm. The smooth sliding motion is not achieved via moving on rails like traditional slider, but rather via a set of gears that keep the “palm” of the robot leveled while the joint moves up and down. [Read more…]
A short while back we (as the rest of the world) were pretty amazed by the innovation from the folks over at Edelkrone with their Slider+, a 1 foot slider that can slide 2 feet.
Now videographer Doc Hutch shares his build for this slider. The secret sauce is actually combining two sliders and threading them with a wire that transfers movement from one slider to the other. [Read more…]