With the advent of dslr’s, consumer camcorders, and even cellphones capable of taking videos the market for both and related has exploded.
“Slides” that camera rests on are growing in popularity and there are a great many DIY’s on the net about how to go about inexpensively fabricating one – a good thing I would imagine as like all things related to photography and videography the associated costs have gone over the top.
Might be different for a “pro” but the vast majority of videos aren’t being produced by pros and that leads to the adage of necessity being the mother of invention.
The first link is one that may be more in line with reality in that the finished slide costs an estimated $75, appears to work very well and looks good.
I haven’t been much interested in doing videos but leaning a little that way now and thinking about constructing one as shown in the linked video with maybe a personal tweak or two and believe I can do so for way less than $75 with left over materials from various jobs.
To that end I found a skate board that was busted in the middle with almost new wheels for $3 and another for $4, so I’m already under budget – factor in conduit, perforated angle iron etc I have and just about all that would be left is paint – not a problem though as I have a pint or so of black Rustoleum I can thin a little and apply multiple coats with a spray gun and even some plastic dip.
I don’t have any idea what skateboard wheels cost new but suspect they would probably be the most expensive component being the “speciality” item they are.
EMT and punched angle iron are relatively inexpensive new – bolts, washers, and nuts seem to have crept up price wise but if they’re to be painted anyway a person may have some laying around they could use and it wouldn’t make any difference new or used, painted or not.
A slide such as this isn’t an all in one – it isn’t something to hand carry while doing video, but it would have applications and might be worth considering.
I imagine a person could make it as long or as short as they wanted, or even make interchangeable rails in varying lengths which is probably the direction I would take.
I’m not familiar with Rhino products but can appreciate the idea that even though they have a product they want to sell they’re willing to demonstrate a DIY.
I like the legs on this one but can think of a couple improvements – the broom handles would be a no go for me and I’d opt for copper pipe or emt – like the inventiveness but the guy had me cracking up a couple of times.