Camera Slider Dolly For Video Production Tracking Shot DIY Film Making For Less Than $15.00

upsetting what the heck are you doing in this episode of invention therapy we're going to be making a really neat product this is a slider for cameras you were watching us filmed earlier you can see in the image and the close-ups how it works it allows you to take some really cool tracking shots with this tabletop model that we cut completely out of MDF it's a very cheap product it probably cost less than fifteen dollars to make so this is a fun project that you can build yourself and as with all of our projects we're going to put these files on the link down below so that you can download them and while you're down there be sure to hit the subscribe button because we're going to be bringing you lots of products that you can build along with our show let's get started take a look at how we did this and we'll move on to cutting it and putting it together in our previous livestream we went through the entire process of designing this camera slider you can see it sitting here so it is obviously done but in this prototype there are a few things that I wanted to change just to make it assemble a little easier so let's take a look at the laser cutter really quickly and then put it together we're going to be cutting out the MDF for the dolly so Denny if you don't mind please start the machine and let's get going for those of you who are wondering this is a hundred and thirty wat recipe laser cutter with I believe it's a 900 x 1200 millimeter bed so it's pretty good size it's basically a three foot by four foot bed which gives us plenty of room to cut most things and the recipe tube gives us a little bit more cutting power with 130 watts so we're really happy with this lady laser cutter you guys are looking for one it's a great laser cutter to pick up if you're interested in finding out how we built this slider be sure to watch the previous livestream episode where I walked you through the entire process of designing and building every part that we use here but in this video we're going to do a quick condensed show where we show you the process and show you bunch of shots that we took of it working I always get a kick out of this section of the show because it's sort of like the arts and crafts part of the show I feel like I'm in grade school again putting things together but that's the neat thing about laser cutters they make parts that simply snap together easily if you design it right i'm going to show you now how to put together our slider the one we already made we made some improvements as you saw earlier in this episode and we're going to put it together and make sure this final product fits everything works well and then we'll upload the parts or the files to the links down below and you'll be able to cut your own so let's get started the first thing we're going to need to do is we need eight of these are eight bearings or eight millimeters on the inside and 22 millimeters on the outside and the description will be shown below so that you'll be able to find them online they're very cheap you're probably less than fifty cents a piece or a very standard common bearing and we need to take our eight wheels remember we put wheels on the outside of these bearings so we're going to take our eight wheels and we're going to snap them over and they should fit snug if they don't if your laser cutter has a little bit wider of a beam could always glow them but for our laser I made it so it fits snug you can see we're going to do all eight of these right now the next part we're going to build is our bearing guides and the way we're going to do that is we're going to grab two of these and we're going to put some glue on them on the tabs that's really all you need to do is glue the tabs in the design video I show these as what we're called half-tracks they are now done and these are what support the two sets of bearings that go on each side once we're done our half-tracks we're going to grab our camera base plate and we're going to glue them to this plate and that's really easy you're just going to put glue on all the square holes and then sample min so let's do that one of the things i noticed when i put these in i put them in backwards so we're just going to take them out and flip them around so that the black is on the outside just looks in these acceder so we're going to take our half track we're going to line it up and we're just going to press it into the base it should be pretty tight it was designed to be tight you just got to find the hole and line them up once these are in it's not going to go anywhere so that one's in now we're going to do the same for the other so eat a bunch of water first you're going to put a washer on the screw then you're going to put that through the bearing with the spacer then another washer and then you're going to take a nut and it's really simple to do you're just going to put it through put a washer behind it and you can do this while it's glued together we've already tried we know it goes together easily and then you just screw it together screwdriver makes it easier and I did it again i put the bearing on backwards and i don't like that I want the black to be on that side so let's just take it out for a second flip it around and that pretty much completes the assembly of our slider if we put it on this track that we did in our original video where we designed it you can see that it moves nicely we want to make a black one on the outside and a black one on this side as well the middle one doesn't matter but what we do have to do glue all three together spread this on really good and you can use Elmer's glue wood glue whatever you prefer and we're laminating it this way and then we're going to need one more on the outside and remember to stuff dries clear so you really don't have to be all that neat with it I and this is just a little bumper detail ring that we add it you can see it in this design video and that simply goes on like this and we're going to put some glue around here where you can put it in the hole it just seems easier to do it here put that around there like that get some on the ring and just going to line it up make it flush with the edge the last step is one that's not even necessary but we're going to show you just because we created it in the model and that's these details you can st.

easy color if you want yellow white red I did read on this prototype and looks kind of nice so just put some glue on the edge and you're going to just press it onto the side and we put the slider on the top of the dolly and that pretty much completes our second build we did the prototype and now we have the finished version of it which is a little bit improved seems to work really well going back and forth nice and smoothly it looks like this project turned out pretty well if you enjoyed this episode please be sure to hit the subscribe button down below and join us again on invention therapy where we make lots of cool inventions you you.

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