Hi guys, here again.

Didn't update for a long time, struggling with life...

OK, I was wondering if anyone could provide me some advice about camera slider. 

I was think making a new anime with a slider, but after searching online for a while, I'm not sure which one I should buy. Ranging from thousands to like few hundreds dollars, I hope someone cold give me some advise. 

For some reference, I want to have a motorized slider and I have went through some options like the iFotage slider ( which I thought should be the best one but feel it is too expensive for me at my current skill stage ), or like some cheap one like the Ashanks slider ( I believe this one is made in China, but since there is no reviews on Amazon, not sure if I should buy it or not..)

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Hi there. Take a look at this thread: "Motion control slider or rig", it's under Animation Tools and Equipment. We have been having a discussion about the merits of some sliders there.

Basically - get a ball bearing slider, not plain bearing. Second, the slider will be more stable with a camera on it if it is wide, so some of the sliders that are 60mm wide are really a bit small.

I quite like the Ashanks slider because of this, but you must be careful, as there are different versions for sale. You should opt for the one with adjustable bearings underneath the dolly, it's advertised as the one with 6 bearings, and the 2 central ones are adjustable to minimise any play. 

You can add your own motor fairly easily. In the thread above I mention a video on Youtube that shows how. The tricky bit is the interface between Dragonframe and the motor, but there are now some CNC arduinos available that do the job.

Lastly, if it is of interest, I am working on producing a booklet of instructions on how to make your own slider and moco rig, as I started off with no knowledge and have been down the road of finding out what to use and how to make it work together. But the booklet won't be ready for a month or so. In it I will give instructions on how to construct a 4 or 5 axis rig based on a conventional slider, to include pan, tilt, focus and track functions. Rise and fall (pedestal) is the 5th axis, and I am about to construct my 3rd rig with this included, as it means the rig can be set up on a base and then the height of the shot adjusted as desired without moving the slider.

The booklet you are creating sounds great! I can't wait to see it. 

Simon Tytherleigh said:

Hi there. Take a look at this thread: "Motion control slider or rig", it's under Animation Tools and Equipment. We have been having a discussion about the merits of some sliders there.

Basically - get a ball bearing slider, not plain bearing. Second, the slider will be more stable with a camera on it if it is wide, so some of the sliders that are 60mm wide are really a bit small.

I quite like the Ashanks slider because of this, but you must be careful, as there are different versions for sale. You should opt for the one with adjustable bearings underneath the dolly, it's advertised as the one with 6 bearings, and the 2 central ones are adjustable to minimise any play. 

You can add your own motor fairly easily. In the thread above I mention a video on Youtube that shows how. The tricky bit is the interface between Dragonframe and the motor, but there are now some CNC arduinos available that do the job.

Lastly, if it is of interest, I am working on producing a booklet of instructions on how to make your own slider and moco rig, as I started off with no knowledge and have been down the road of finding out what to use and how to make it work together. But the booklet won't be ready for a month or so. In it I will give instructions on how to construct a 4 or 5 axis rig based on a conventional slider, to include pan, tilt, focus and track functions. Rise and fall (pedestal) is the 5th axis, and I am about to construct my 3rd rig with this included, as it means the rig can be set up on a base and then the height of the shot adjusted as desired without moving the slider.

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