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Category: Grip

Found that neat project called “AirTracks” on kickstarter. It’s a little slider that uses inflatable rails so you can use it on nearly every terrain. Cool idea. The man behind this idea is Tom Baker, a commercial photographer and videographer.

via Kickstarter

Polly portable dolly system

Just stumbled over this new dolly system. It’s called Polly. It’s obviously that the name is a mix of the words “portable” and “dolly”. Polly is intended for filmmakers who like to work with compact camera systems like DSLRs. It’s design is very small and compact, so it would fit in a bag or similar.

Key benefits:

  • Flywheel driven and stabilized
  • Ultra Portable and built like a tank
  • No electricity needed
  • Runs super smooth on every flat surface
  • Almost no prep time
  • Flexible and extendable system
  • Stopmotion scale for accurate tracking sequences
  • High quality engineering

DitoGear HexaCrane

Here’s a prototype testing of the HexaCrane by DitoGear:

The construction looks light, but stable. Smooth Motion.

At NAB 2011, Eric Kessler of Kessler Crane presented a new computer based keyframe motion control system.

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See it at NextWaveDV.com

Jag35 offers affordable products for filmmakers and on NAB 2011 they will introduce some new products.

Wireless Electronic Follow Focus Cinema kit

Cinema kit Includes:

  • 2.4Ghz 2 ch
  • Wireless Controller
  • 2 ch Receiver
  • LP-E6 batt plate
  • Single rail block
  • 12″ power cable
  • J4 Lens Motor
  • 24″ motor Cable


CP2 DSLR Base Plate

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  • Design to work with the CP2
  • Lightweight Baseplate
  • Rail Blocks for easy mounting
  • 6″ Rods included

Read more at Jag35.com

Not much information but a nice video with nice gear.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/21999047]

Read more at edelkrone.com.

DV|TV: Jag35 review

This is the first Episode of DV|TV. They review the Jag35 DSLR video gear, rig, monitor, electronic follow focus.

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In this video Chris Duke shows how to motorize your Kessler Pocket Dolly by using a drill.

The Kessler Pocket Dolly v2.0 is a great slider, however when it comes to sliding by human hand, it is limited by the skills of the camera operator.

The “elektraDRIVE BUNDLE PACKAGE with ORACLE Controller” is a $1,314.95 add-on to their $649 slider making it a $2k package, and a whole lot of extra parts.

What if you could pull off the same motor slide effect with something you already have in your garage, using a variable speed drill–and saving $1,300!!

There are two methods:

1. From the bottom: use a 9/16 socket

2. From the top: use a sawed-off 3/16 hex key

Sliders comparison

Comparison between Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly, DitoGear CrankSlider, SlideKamera and Konova by Film Cyfrowy.

DitoGear PortaSlider

DitoGear introduces the PortaSlider. It’s a modular timelapse slider for entry-level and professional shooters.

So, as said, it’s modular. DitoGear carried the conept to the extreme, stuck 14 units together (14 meters of rail) and it seems that they had a lot of fun.


  • modular track design (0.5m, 1.0m, 2.0m modules
  • controller and user interface integrated with motor and trolley
  • continuous and and drive-shoot-drive mode, 2 way w/ shutter control
  • basic video mode w/optional controller (left, right, speed adjustment)
  • horizontal & diagonal operation w/ lightweight cameras
  • option of connecting the OmniSlider controller for a full-blown set of features (planned)
  • very affordable price (to be announced soon)

Read more at DitoGear.com.