How many times have you wanted to setup a tracking dolly shot but didn't because you didn't have a dolly, rails, etc.? Depending on where you're shooting and how much room you have to work with if you've got a car, you've got a dolly! Here's a vid from Vimeo's Video Filmmaker School that gives some solid tips on how you can put your wheels to good use....
We all try to make the most out of the gear we have, but every video producer hits points in their career where they become limited by their equipment. Anybody who does video seriously knows it can be an expensive venture, and that it takes time to acquire all the gear we want.
Slight noise from the wheels on the metal rails, but otherwise this dolly works quite well. Any advice on lubricating the wheel/metal contact? Thanks in advance, and thanks for all the awesome info on this forum!
Dollies are used in studios and on locations to provide a smooth movement of the camera while shooting. To ensure best quality of the video, a dolly must be as smooth as possible. When small amount of movement is required, transporting entire dolly systems becomes impractical.
Or on the ground in this case. Paul Jackson is has introduced a new product on Kickstarter he's calling the ZipShooter. It's looks kind of like a mini-tripod with wheels, but in this case, the legs are jointed, and the ball -head is reversible, and able to hang from underneath the dolly (or maybe it's the legs that bend backwards. These types of surface dollies are nothing terribly new, but the versatility of this device looks extremely useful.
One of things tripods are always missing when you buy them is a means of horizontal movement. Either you have to buy or build a set of stable wheels for your 'pod or get an elaborate dolly setup with tracks and so on. Here's a concept by Justin Jensen of 'Cinetics' and his innovative compact version of a wheeled tripod.
I couldn't think of a better title but hopefully this will suffice. I read Videomaker religiously as one of only two magazines that I never miss a month. The other is HD Video Pro. The stuff I notice in all of the magazines are ads and review guides about all kinds of accessories for cameras. My problem is that this dilutes the market and it makes it very hard to know what are accessories and what are add-ons. Things like mate boxes, add-on batteries, dollies, lights, twelve mics, 87 filters, rail systems, etc. It all just seems so daunting.