Gavin Shoebridge – an electric vehicle nut, a keen environmentalist

                Electric Car Conversion Blog By Gavin Shoebridge

January 21st, 2018 at 12:44 am

Making my cheap camera slider

An example of a professional camera slider
All the TV shows are using camera sliders lately days, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make one myself – on a budget.

I just needed two things: a couple of curtain rails from the home improvement store and a very slow-moving electric motor.

My 30 RPM electric motor from eBay

The motor cost around $4 from eBay and can run off various voltages. A 1.5 volt battery will allow it to run super slow, while a 12 volt battery will put it into overdrive.

Then I just glued a small plastic reel (from a spool of solder) to an RC car’s wheel, which happened to fit the motor’s shaft perfectly.  Then I gave it a bucket-load of silicone rubber sealant. :)

Looking gluey…

The next part is simply a box on which the camera sits on top of the curtain rails.

My little GoPro-like camera is super light and therefore the slider box doesn’t need any wheels or feet. It’s simply too light to drag or leap about. Keeping it simple for the win!

Super simple!

I did plan on giving it some slider material to make it flow smoothly along the rails (one guy said using Velcro was ideal as it has very little surface area) but it turns out that because the camera is so light, the whole box slides along the rails effortlessly.

My €15 camera slider!

The incredibly cheap final result!

Here’s a little video clip of the unit in action:

  • Sir Homer
    7:28 pm on February 28th, 2018 1

    my hero, this is awesome man, i was also thinking about something like this, but insted of just using a RC toy car with cam on top


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