Using the HandlePod Camera Slider

slider at pagoda 2The HandlePod camera slider mounted on a tripod lets you easily shoot smooth tracking video in any location. Set up is fast and the rig is easy to use since HandlePod does not attach to the slider. You simply place the HandlePod on the rail and move it with your hand. Covering the rubber feet with Velcro will make it slide smoothly with no resistance. The feet will straddle the yardstick to ride solidly and perfectly straight along the rail. Be sure to keep your hand on the HandlePod with light pressure.  Since it is not attached to the rail it can fall off. Properly balancing the camera over the rail by adjusting the camera mounting plate will minimize that possibility.

The camera slider can be attached to a single tripod, two tripods—one at each end, or placed on the ground or other solid surface. Accounting for the nearly six-inch length of the HandlePod, that leaves thirty inches of movement along the slider’s one yard length. That is enough motion to add interest to close shots and scenes with compelling foreground elements. But keep in mind that if there is a smooth-surfaced object available to slide the HandlePod across, it can be used for even longer tracking shots. The following video is an example of what can be done with the HandlePod slider and also with the HandlePod alone.

 

The opening shot of the waterfall was done with the slider placed on solid ground. The subsequent shot of the lake was done by sliding the HandlePod along a bench. The remaining shots used the slider mounted on a tripod. You can see that HandlePod and a simple wooden slider open up a world of possibility for compelling tracking video. All this with a minimum of equipment and around three dollars worth of material!

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