How to Make a Professional Camera Slider (100% DIY!)

  • Published on Dec 14, 2015
  • In this video we're going to make a super-smooth camera slider so that we can pull off some awesome cinematic camera moves! Built out of standard copper piping, it is cheap and easy to recreate the world over. And it looks super cool!
    Purchasing links:
    Rollers (ships worldwide):
    ebay.to/2Bi9Ft8
    Fluid head (ships worldwide):
    Amazon: amzn.to/2BMQnNL
    eBay: ebay.to/2kBiBUh
    PDF templates for the MDF: drive.google.com/file/d/0B-WzRpdWmGhjNS1wOVA0NVlpMDg/view?usp=sharing
    3D Printable Templates: www.thingiverse.com/thing:1373489
    This video is sponsored by Videoblocks.
    Video Blocks sign-up link: vblocks.co/x/diyperks1215
  • Science & TechnologyScience & Technology
  • Runtime: 15:41
  • slider  camera  diy  make  Do It Yourself (Hobby)  indie  filmmaker  glide  steadicam  gimbal  camera slider  professional  smooth  tripod  diyperks  dolly  stabilizer  tutorial  perks  

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  • Free Media
    Free Media 6 days ago

    Thank you. We support you for your wonderful support

  • james renwick
    james renwick 7 days ago

    Good project, but you needed to have listed what you had to buy to bring the cost in at around £30. I would say the average person would only have one tripod , so you've got to add on the cost of a second tripod and a spare tripod head ( I've seen a reasonable quality head on ebay for £18.83 from China but that's nearly two thirds of your £30 cost. There are cheap tripods from £6.50, but how sturdy I don't know ). A 2m length of copper pipe from Screwfix is £12 , brass cleaner £3, it all adds up. Whilst all the screws, washers, plugs etc. might not cost much, you will be buying them from more than one supplier. Postage has to be included in the price, even if they state free postage, and although China post may be much cheaper, I've rarely seen items costing less than £1, and each £1 adds up. So it would have been more helpful to give an itemised list with prices of ALL items required. Each person can then cross off what they already have to arrive at the cost to them. Having said all that, a £55 gimbal ( Smooth-Q you reviewed ) could give a similar effect but is more versatile.

  • GreekLoLPro
    GreekLoLPro 11 days ago

    Rollers does not shiping in my country :/

  • MrFrankpina
    MrFrankpina 15 days ago

    Is it pretty noisy though? Say if you were using it to make a close shot of a guitar performance?

  • Elijah pangrazio
    Elijah pangrazio 17 days ago

    When I tried to use the PDF file to print the template. It did not work. Is there a new link?

  • Leilani Andrade
    Leilani Andrade 18 days ago

    beautiful!

  • Barry R. Brown
    Barry R. Brown 22 days ago

    Nice rig, and it look great too.

  • Khilesh Purswani
    Khilesh Purswani 23 days ago

    what is the wall thickness of the pipe?

  • RadioactivityGaming
    RadioactivityGaming 27 days ago +1

    God you love in such a beautiful town. I live in India but my family home is in Enfield which is nowhere near as amazing as where you live.

  • Niyla perez
    Niyla perez 27 days ago

    So likeeee how much would it cost to just buy one from you? 😭😭😭😭 Serious question.

  • BRAINIAC7192
    BRAINIAC7192 27 days ago

    This looks a bit like Wales

  • carlos vagner
    carlos vagner Month ago

    friend! What tube is that tube? because I'm looking for him and I did not find him. I found one more is air-conditioning pipe, and it comes all rolled up. it does not come done what is in the video.

  • Alexandre Melo
    Alexandre Melo Month ago

    jesus christ i wish i could do this

  • carlos vagner
    carlos vagner Month ago

    Perfeito grande amigo!

  • ghost6929
    ghost6929 Month ago

    i love you

  • Stokedhouse
    Stokedhouse Month ago

    I started building it but as I didn't have the correct size for the right angle brackets I haven't been able to finish. So could you please give me some more information on what size the brackets are exactly? Pretty please :) ?

  • Janusz Zsunaj
    Janusz Zsunaj Month ago

    tyle roboty dla jednego najazdu?a gdzie to potem trzymac? gra nie warta swieczki mając w aparacie zoom

  • EddWolf78
    EddWolf78 Month ago

    Hey man, what camera do you use for your videos? the quality is stunning

  • review bangla amazon

    Bro can u give me this free😩😩

  • Edward Hitten
    Edward Hitten Month ago

    Very good job, nice spirit and well done shots. It's beautiful.

  • Jojenar La Peña
    Jojenar La Peña Month ago

    can you make a DSLR version of this DIY?? (tvclip.biz/video/ZyoGKhnE3Eg/video.html&t=313s)

  • RyanAbblitt
    RyanAbblitt Month ago

    Would the pulley's work with a 16mm pipe??

  • You-Tube Junkie
    You-Tube Junkie Month ago

    Can you do a video on dual operation, (configuration)?
    A slider along with an elevator.
    Something small to cover an area (app) 24'' long x 12'' high.
    So the camera can (spot on), in any area of the 288 square inch area.
    Then you can patient it.
    Cheers.

  • Min Z
    Min Z Month ago

    incredible

  • RJ Cooper
    RJ Cooper Month ago

    I lie the simplicity of your machine.

  • Prince Westerburg
    Prince Westerburg Month ago +1

    3/4" is pronounced 'Three quarters of an inch', damn millenials - viva Brexit!
    Great video, will be making one of these however I'd thoroughly recommend replacing the MDF with 1/4" marine plywood which won't break if it gets dropped and is, without paint, impervious to weather.

  • jnprfilms
    jnprfilms Month ago +1

    Wow 😱

  • Practical Engineering

    What means DIY

  • ullivilli
    ullivilli Month ago

    The rollers aren't internationally available from the link.
    Better use Ali where the rollers are about a buck a piece.
    www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?catId=0&initiative_id=&SearchText=+Groove+Guide+Pulley+Sealed+Rail+Ball+Bearing

  • John Williams
    John Williams Month ago

    Has anyone done this? Lol

  • matt nev
    matt nev 2 months ago

    Great design. Could be refined a bit with better materials but a good prototype. Nice work

  • Saiyed Murtaza
    Saiyed Murtaza 2 months ago

    Who disliked

  • L'oracle if 745
    L'oracle if 745 2 months ago

    Music?

  • spicey tomato
    spicey tomato 2 months ago

    thank you. at last, i have found what i actually need.

  • Gordon Pilcher
    Gordon Pilcher 2 months ago

    It looks as though it could be motorised with a little work one of the best I've seen thanks

  • kerry krishna
    kerry krishna 2 months ago

    Great vid! At some point soon, I will be making this tool. I will also be purchasing a TurnsPro digital motor to motorize this. The vid was well done, though I sure was cringing when you were drilling on that solid oak table! Scrap plywood is great for something like that. Most woodworkers have had accidents with things like this that require LOTS of fixing up afterwards!

  • Tanta
    Tanta 2 months ago

    @DIY Perks what camera was that in the video(the one you took videos with)

  • Mutant Soup
    Mutant Soup 2 months ago

    Man you are helpping me so much in this moment

  • fernando DISLA
    fernando DISLA 2 months ago

    Excellent! you get 1A

  • fotoakesnadr
    fotoakesnadr 2 months ago

    Great

  • 2009BradJames
    2009BradJames 2 months ago

    nice video

  • eri.k londo
    eri.k londo 2 months ago

    Just build it thanks for this

  • Polar GameplaysYT
    Polar GameplaysYT 2 months ago

    where are yo all my life? i beeing searching you for years!

  • Alain Cohen
    Alain Cohen 2 months ago

    Hi, I love this video but can I get the sketch to draw the wood parts and cut them ? Thank you for help so I could try to built one. Regards,
    Alain

  • danielmono3
    danielmono3 2 months ago

    Great video!! what camera you use for that awesomes shots?

  • Maryana Yurchyshyna
    Maryana Yurchyshyna 2 months ago

    Can you make it a curved track using the same principles and angling the pulley bearings along the curve?

  • BANGLADESH+WORLD
    BANGLADESH+WORLD 2 months ago

    I Liked This

  • uhing ling
    uhing ling 2 months ago

    really amazing! i like wood working too...but this one too advance and difficult for me to do it. well done bro!

  • Chasingwaves
    Chasingwaves 2 months ago

    Man that is wicked nice !!! Great job man !

  • Gerbil
    Gerbil 2 months ago

    A coping saw? No thanks, I use drugs for that.

  • Gerbil
    Gerbil 2 months ago

    Give your pole a good ol rub.

  • gruuz
    gruuz 2 months ago

    The copper pipes won't stay shining as in this beguinning. Would the rollers work as well?

  • Vlad Ternovoj
    Vlad Ternovoj 2 months ago

    What about the sound, does the camera pick up a the friction?

  • Jåsøn ß
    Jåsøn ß 2 months ago

    Nice idea. Not sure about the diy or engineering skills though.

  • Tomas Noi Emilsson
    Tomas Noi Emilsson 2 months ago

    What tripod are you using in the video?

  • Madro ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    6:30 did someone noticed little drop of water or someting on the rubber blanking grommet? xD

  • Dubious Jesse
    Dubious Jesse 2 months ago

    great video mate!

  • Bob Reed
    Bob Reed 3 months ago

    After watching this, I decided to comment to suggest that we make 3D print files, but I see that you're well ahead of me. This is really great work. Thingiverse, here I come!

  • Practical Engineering
    Practical Engineering 3 months ago

    why didn´t you take aluminium

  • ameer wolf
    ameer wolf 3 months ago

    nice

  • Papa Reecio
    Papa Reecio 3 months ago

    very cool design! I'm not a photographer but want to design a sliding digital piano/desk with it. Thank you!

  • Baba Yaga
    Baba Yaga 3 months ago

    Nice work. I'm gonna copy this project.

  • PixelConcept
    PixelConcept 3 months ago

    Please note that the products in the desc dont ship to Holland. Reply of i need to add more countrys.

  • Roma Rio
    Roma Rio 3 months ago

    Very very good :-)

  • Pedram Neku
    Pedram Neku 3 months ago

    genius ,

  • Kushi Rajesh
    Kushi Rajesh 3 months ago

    Damn... awesome well done bro congrats whole your brain. great explanation done by you to bring some clarity about that job
    I may be try at home when whole equipment gathered by me by watching ur video .its better to saving to buy a this type of slider for camera . thanks bro for saving my money .bro I need ur help to do a camera crane plz do another video for this may ur views will increase . I have subscribed ur channel because the way u are showing proffecional job and great explanation that's why I subscribed you ....................

  • Erik Kytoe
    Erik Kytoe 3 months ago

    The rollers only ship to US

  • ken Rowan
    ken Rowan 3 months ago

    Cool. Very nice done. How much did it cost for the parts?

  • Sohail Talpur
    Sohail Talpur 4 months ago

    Great ... it is really impressive

  • Sébastien Marcellin
    Sébastien Marcellin 4 months ago

    I have a question about the videos used as example. It's seem the camera made a rotation during the sliding, is it right ? If yes, how do you perform a smooth rotation, during the slide, with a low cost rotule ball ? Anyway, thanks for your video tut !

  • Clarence McMillan
    Clarence McMillan 4 months ago

    Brilliant!

  • Fimalation Page
    Fimalation Page 4 months ago

    thenk you for support man

  • Tyler Smith
    Tyler Smith 4 months ago

    What camera do you use? This is an incredible build by the way and I can't wait to try it out!

  • Nelson Official Swe
    Nelson Official Swe 4 months ago

    Dude, this video is SUPERB! You are truly helping me out in a major way. Because I´m not that handy myself I´m going to contact one of my friends directly and check with him if he can help me build it in the end of the month. When it is finished I would love to send a picture/video to you of how it went! This video had so much value to me so of course I will hit the LIKE button and subscribe as well.
    Greetings from Sweden :)

  • Steve Decentes
    Steve Decentes 4 months ago

    WAIT! How did you pan the camera smoothly while moving it from side to side?

  • ArsenyKa
    ArsenyKa 4 months ago

    Bery accurate handwork and good filming! Thank you!

  • Rouxe
    Rouxe 4 months ago

    Sir, you are a fuck*ng god.

  • Felepeno
    Felepeno 4 months ago

    What camera do you use for recording exactly?

  • Andrew John Revell
    Andrew John Revell 4 months ago

    This is fantastic product. Hat off to you.

  • Steve Feler
    Steve Feler 4 months ago

    Thank you so much, this is an excellent video and very detailed. Perfect!

  • Peter Vadas
    Peter Vadas 4 months ago

    It's just awesome! Man, it's realy great job, you are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • HighTech Boy
    HighTech Boy 4 months ago

    awesome

  • Gennifer Caesar
    Gennifer Caesar 4 months ago

    Is there a way to build this to have a center tripod mount?

  • Unknown
    Unknown 4 months ago +1

    Thanks Theon! This was a great build!

  • Plester
    Plester 4 months ago +1

    **Gets camera slider ad**

  • CP Imagined
    CP Imagined 4 months ago

    Imagine the looks you'll get carrying this with you on the London Underground...

  • crazyAlexander23
    crazyAlexander23 4 months ago

    would it stand a 2 kg camera that could go to a 3.5 kg?

  • Márk Németi
    Márk Németi 4 months ago +1

    Hi! which type of tripod do you use with the slider? Thanks!

  • RomiesStudio
    RomiesStudio 4 months ago

    Awesome Video, Awesome narration, Awesome Build... Thanks m8

  • RedFlareWalker
    RedFlareWalker 4 months ago

    How does one take this on transportation

  • MuhaloTube
    MuhaloTube 4 months ago

    I've remixed the 3D printable models to include many more details.
    www.thingiverse.com/thing:2498349
    All credits given and cited to original authors.

  • Jiří Huser
    Jiří Huser 4 months ago

    Oh my..... I need this...

  • Vital Butinar
    Vital Butinar 4 months ago

    Well I'd just like to thank you for this tutorial because I'm just half way trough my build and it's coming along great. The only thing I changed is I cut the holes for the wight pulley at the beginning and had the boards laser cut from wood.
    Still need to figure out the hinge having some trouble.
    But thumbs up for this one! Saved me a lot of money for something I need for a video. :)

  • CosmicBrambleclawV2
    CosmicBrambleclawV2 5 months ago

    Love it :D Im gonna try to make a curved and/or circular one, I'll try to remember to come back with a update

  • Mary Margaret Smith
    Mary Margaret Smith 5 months ago

    I like your design and am currently building my own. However, I found the actual cost of making this slider to be about double what you said in the video. Although I may be saving some money, I could have bought a low end slider for about the same price and saved myself a lot of time. I have yet to finish my final product, but I hope it works as good as the video shows. If so I will be happy.

  • vinolmax
    vinolmax 5 months ago

    Looks great!

  • MyTruckinLife ACE
    MyTruckinLife ACE 5 months ago

    Awesome.

  • S Mahone
    S Mahone 5 months ago

    Can you add a motorized slider?

  • Molless Beatz
    Molless Beatz 5 months ago

    How much to ship one to me ?

  • fxman2011
    fxman2011 5 months ago

    I would add a couple of stick on level bubbles to the camera bed (front and side) to level the camera when needed. Awesome DIY. Thank you.