The Internet’s Cheapest Motorized, Belt Driven, 48″ Diy Camera Rail

Sep 6, 2015

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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

The Internet’s Cheapest Motorized, Belt Driven, 48″ Diy Camera Rail

Sep 6, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Opteka’s GLD-400 47-inch slider is pretty cheap at around $80, but if you want to add a motor to it ,things get a bit more pricy.

Chris of Midwest Lenticular needed something a bit more motorized so he cobbled together one of the nicest (and cheapest) motorized sliders I’ve seen to date.

I hear you…. using a readymade slider can barely qualify as a DIY, to this I say: 1. see if you can source the individual parts any cheaper and there is still a hefty bit of DIY with adding a motor.

You can find a complete parts list here, but let me just say that the heart of the system is a $12, 30RPM motor and a $10 PWM Motor controller. The most expensive part is a $30 battery, which you may already have or don’t need, depending on your usage.

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Here are two short videos to show how smooth of a footage you can get:

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Chris was kind enough to provide step by step instructions in this link, they are very easy and definitely can be done as a Friday or weekend project.

While we usually talk about motorized sliders in the context of shooting timelapses (see slower motors here), Chris, being from a lenticular printing business, has some great tips on using the slider for lenticular printing.

[DIY camera Slider | Midwest Lenticular]

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One response to “The Internet’s Cheapest Motorized, Belt Driven, 48″ Diy Camera Rail”

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    Oliver Guy

    Reminds me a lot of the REVOLVE Camera Slider