Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What's the difference between the regular Slider™ and the Mini Slider™ camera-movement system?
A: There are three main differences between the regular Slider and the Mini Slider. The most obvious difference is the width of the channels: 12″ on the regular Slider and 8″ on the Mini Slider. While the performance of both models is nearly identical, the Mini helps you get into tighter spots, where camera movement might otherwise be difficult. It's particularly great for projects like TV shows, where it can be necessary to nest two or three cameras closely together. Another difference is that the Mini Slider can be set up with either the Mitchell mount or video ball mounts on the bottom, while the regular Slider only has the Mitchell mount on the bottom. Lastly, the Mini Sliders with round bearings (non silent) are the only Sliders that can be bolted together to make any length you need.
Q: Can you use the Slider upside down?
A. Yes. Our Sliders are made to invert for any shot required. Underslinging a camera is not an issue. Enjoy the freedom. For example, you can shoot a person playing the piano. Rigging the camera overhead in an inverted position is a simple way to follow the hands through the musical piece. Or you can undersling the Slider to get it as low as possible. Having this option to “scrape the deck” gives the camera operator more dynamic choices. Our Sliders are built to be very strong and safe. Many times the decision to use a Slider is not about camera movement. Sometimes it’s about camera placement. To easily and safely position a camera in a difficult position is very important. The importance of safety when hanging a camera over talent or expensive equipment cannot be understated. Our Sliders can help you sleep better at night.
Q: Can the Slider be used vertically?
Yes, the Mini Slider can be operated vertically. The easiest way to do this is to mount it to a 12″ truss. Make sure to ask for the brackets when you reserve your Slider. The vertical Mini Slider can be Motorized or Motion Control or operated manually.
Q: Do the Sliders bend?
A: No. Because of their design, our shorter Sliders never bend or deflect. However, the longer units when spliced together will need support for both stability and safety. From the Mini to the 6–foot Slider, all our models are very strong in all positions. When you see a Slider drop from one end to the other, it’s not the Slider bending but the “cumulative error” of the camera dolly mount tweaking and the dolly arm twisting. This creates a drop when the camera load moves from one end to the other. We recommend adding baby stands to help prevent the error.
Q: What's the difference between a silent Slider and a non-silent Slider?
A: The only non-silent Slider models we rent are the Mini Sliders with round rails that bolt together like dolly track. These are used for motion control and other applications that requires long camera travel. They are made with round bearings that are extremely smooth but produce a bit more sound. The round-bearing models are are perfect for music videos, car mount work or applications where sound is not the primary issue.
Q: What's the difference between the Motorized Slider and the Repeatable Motion Slider?
A: The motorized units are the easiest and most user–friendly Sliders we offer. It’s a simple “plug and shoot” system. If you can use a handheld Micro Force to zoom or focus a lens, you can quickly master the motorized Sliders. It’s a manually controled system, moving the camera in and out using a handheld Micro Force with 3-pin Arri-compatible batteries, easily found anywhere in the film world. The motorized units are great for applications such as rooftop or stunt sequences where, for safety's sake, you might want to be away from the camera. It’s also the perfect tool when you need subtle camera moves at a constant and predictable speed.
The motion control units are more technical. They are perfect when camera moves need to be replicated over and over, for example, when shooting ultra slow–motion time–lapse photography. In the television series, Breaking Bad, time–lapse scenes are used to suggest the passage of time.
The Single-Axis Repeatable Motion Slider requires a single technician to set up and run the system. It is battery driven and sets up and breaks down quickly.
The 6-Channel Repeatable Motion Slider gives you complete control of pan, tilt, slide, zoom and lens control. Best of all, this system is repeatable and recordable. The 6-Channel Repeatable Motion Slider Camera-Movement System requires two technicians and is battery powered. We have recently combined our efforts with Mehran Salamanti of Hot Gears to bring you this new 6-Channel Repeatable Motion Slider.
Q: How fast can the Repeatable Motion Slider travel?
A: The Repeatable Motion Slider can travel at speeds up to 35 mph.
Q: Can Sliders be joined together to make a longer Slider?
A: The Mini Sliders with the round bearings can be bolted together to extend camera travel up to 120′. Make sure you specify that you need the round-bearing Mini Sliders when you make your reservation.