4-Foot Slider Camera Movement System

Cinematographer Rhet Bear finds a quiet moment on a job in Las Vegas to shoot the 4-Foot Slider.

4-Foot Slider as a side mountThe 4-Foot Slider is our most popular model, as it offers the greatest flexibility. It’s small enough to get into tight spaces, yet long enough that it won’t limit your range of motion.

With the 3-Foot and 4-Foot Sliders, you have the option of being able to move the mounting from the standard center position to an offset position that extends the Slider’s reach. This feature comes in handy when shooting car interiors or tabletop, as it allows the camera to reach deeper into the car or farther across the table. Underslung or overslung, the Slider gives you peace of mind.

The creative applications are endless. For a second-floor window close-up, the 4-Foot Slider can be mounted on a Condor or other aerial platform. The camera can then slide from a wide shot into the close-up, eliminating the need for a zoom. Mounting the 4-Foot Slider on a crane or other ridable camera platform creates many other tasty opportunities, such as beginning or finishing an arm drop (or rise) with a nice move in or out.

Say you need to shoot a scene in a small locker room. The principal has to walk from the first locker to a locker on the opposite wall. Even the smallest dolly would have less than two feet to maneuver between the lockers and the permanent benches. With a 4-Foot Slider mounted on the dolly, you can slide back and forth along with the dolly to create a move from profile to profile.

John Seale checks the frame through one of his Slider-mounted cameras

John Seale, ASC, ACS checks the frame through his Slider-
mounted camera.

Need to shoot with two cameras simultaneously? No problem. Simply remove the ratcheting mount under the Slider and replace it with the Ronford-Baker quick-release wedge plate. Put the fluid head on the dolly, then snap the plate (which is now attached to the Slider) on the head.

The Slider’s engraved index marks make it easy to find and repeat camera positions. And it helps the camera assistant maintain critical focus, so everyone looks good. The operator can also pre-set the adjustable stop marks to control the camera’s range of motion.4-Foot Slider


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