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Build Your Very Own Slider/Speed Rail Dolly with Ryan E. Walters for $80

07.27.12 @ 6:00PM Tags : , , , ,

I’m sure many of you out there have some experience with DIY dollies and rigs, but this is an interesting design that incorporates some of the parts you may already have and makes the entire kit far more stable and useful. While this video is a bit older (and the parts may or may not cost $80 depending on what you get), it’s still a great idea and the potential for re-purposing equipment you’ve already bought is always enticing. This tutorial was sent over by DP Ryan E. Walters, who has contributed here before and happened to be the RED Epic shooter/technician on the recent Zacuto 2012 shootout. Check out the video below.

Here are the parts he used and some links:


The design is pretty interesting, but I particularly like that it can be mounted on stands (which is why I call it a slider — plus, no one is going to be standing on this thing). It looks like it gave good enough results for it to be a worthy project (that won’t break your wallet). If you’ve already got some of the parts for this, like the dolly and wheels, you’re already way ahead of the game and this becomes a simple project. I built my own a long time ago, but maybe it’s time to break that back out and make it more functional (and possibly get better results with silent operation).

The much more professional version, called the Dana Dolly, is available here to buy starting at around $500.

[via Ryan E. Walters]

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  • I wish I had come upon this video 4 months ago. He actually shows you pictures of the screws at Home Depot.

    I also implore people to buy pre-made wheels over building them yourself. I learned the hard way that it’s not as easy as it looks.

  • I wish I had come upon this video 4 months ago. He actually shows you pictures of the screws at Home Depot.

    I also implore people to buy pre-made wheels over building them yourself. I learned the hard way that it’s not as easy as it looks.

  • When I first bought my own camera I intended to build all of this DIY gear that would save me thousands of dollars and get pro results. I successfully built some of it (i.e. Cheesycam cage) but soon found out that I am not an engineer and since have looked more for affordable equipment that would last instead of trying to make it myself.

    Now that’s me personally. It’s incredible to see some of the stuff people build for their cameras and the results are excellant.

  • Kevin Marshall on 07.28.12 @ 12:51PM

    I use the Dana Dolly all the time – and I’m quite in love with it. Used stands with rollers for a shoot with a lot of moves, and we were able to essentially live on it all day, just rolling into each setup. I’ve noticed that you may need some middle support at 8′ and longer, though.

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