This Clever Slider Challenges How Sliders Are Made

Aug 15, 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.

This Clever Slider Challenges How Sliders Are Made

Aug 15, 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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Ok, so I am now officially hooked on ProductTank Youtube Channel. We shared his Super Tripod yesterday, but had to go in and look at more of his work. (Be warned, if you are the DIY type, this is a black hole for your time).

This time, I would like to focus on his slider. Just like with the tripod, ProductTank challenges who a slider is made. Instead of running a cart on two aligned rails, he uses a guided surface to push a cart.

While you may wave this off as too simple, I think it is actually quite clever. The mechanism is built around pressing the cart to the plate on while using a guide that you can slide along. So firstly, you automatically get two (or more) moves; a regular sliding move, and an arched sliding move. Secondly, you get just the right amount of friction to get a smooth motion even if you detach from the guide.

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But the real smarts come with the arched side of the slider. It is measured to be at a 1.5 diameter so anything at that distance will remain centered and focused while sliding.

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And to avoid having to sand the edges perfectly, he placed a rigid plastic strip over the curve.

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Lastly, we are left with this tip: it is recommended to travel the length of your screen every 7 seconds, so you can do a test run and mark a line every screen length and use those lines to guide your sliding speed.

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[DIY simple camera slider | producttank]

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5 responses to “This Clever Slider Challenges How Sliders Are Made”

  1. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    I like the free-style capability of this. Thanks for posting.

  2. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    Great article!

  3. Steven Rialto Avatar
    Steven Rialto

    Nice variation on the slider theme! After scouring youtube and DIY sites for inspiration I made what I believe to be the internet’s cheapest motorized, belt driven, 48″ DIY camera rail. The tutorial for building it is here: http://www.midwestlenticular.com/diy-camera-slider

    1. joe_average Avatar
      joe_average

      badass! perfect timing, i’ve been researching this too. you just saved me serious time and $. cheers mate, i’d buy you a round at the brewery.

      1. Steven Rialto Avatar
        Steven Rialto

        Glad to help!