If you want to take slider shots with your smartphone, there are a few DIY options you can make. But in this video, COOPH teaches you how to make an interesting automated DIY slider on a super-low budget. You’ll need a wooden toy car, a kitchen timer, a few household items and only a little bit of time.
The build is pretty simple, and I’m sure you already have most of these items at home. Take a piece of fishing line and use duct tape to attach one end to the toy car and the other to the kitchen timer. Put some double sided sticky tape to the timer’s base for extra grip.
Then, set everything onto a flat surface, but make sure that it’s possible to angle it. Wind the timer and wrap the string around it. Attach your smartphone onto a toy car: the COOPH team uses a rubber band for this, but I guess you can also use duct tape.
Finally, angle the platform so your toy car will slide as the timer unwinds. Use a pen to level the phone so your shot doesn’t have a crooked horizon. You can shoot a timelapse this way, but I believe it would also work for a regular video, depends on what you need.
And there you have it: an improvised, but interesting and super-cheap solution for an automated slider. Since you probably have all these items at home, I guess you can make it straight away. And if you do, let us know how it worked out for you.
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