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).
The amount of innovation that went into this slider totally blew my mind. The first thing they added is a simple inertia wheel that helps easing in and out and keeping the sliding move consistent. It mounts on the “far end” of the slider and connects to a belt system that is attached to the slider cart. While some sliders stop here, this slider goes beyond, with some more innovations:
A parallax system – This adds a third rail that controls the camera pan so it always points to a center of an imaginary circle. It gives an easy way of “circling” back and forward around a subject, say when shooting an interview, while not having to worry about the focus. I’ve seen similar systems, but they were always cumbersome and big.
The last system on this campaign is the motion control. I have not had a play with it but it looks super intuitive and provides both live action control and a timelapse mode.
Here is a show reel of the slider in action, note that at 1:07 there is a two axis move, I am officially intrigued at what this may hint.
The entire slider system along with the motion control and the slider itself will set you back between $999 (24″ carbon fiber rails) to $1,149 (42″ stainless still rails).
Delivery time is set to August which is only 4 months ahead and if the company pulls it off it should be very impressive.
Here is the link again if you wanna go ahead and back the project.