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LibecA few days before the kickoff of NAB, Libec announced their new integrated tripod system, ALLEX, which allows users to use pan, tilt and slide camera movements with a 3-part setup made up of a tripod, ball head, and slider. We were able to stop by their booth to talk a little bit about the ALLEX system, so check out our latest NAB video to see it in action, as well as get more information about their video contest that will award 5 winners with ALLEX gear. More »

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RedRockRedrock Micro is probably best known for their award-winning One Man Crew, a motorized parabolic motion system, as well as their remote focus system microRemote. We stopped off at their booth at NAB, where Redrock’s Brian Valente not only gave us a demonstration of the new features of these two products, but of their new 3-piece, vintage style rig for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, the Retroflex, which allows for handheld operation. More »

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wing-300x174After a crazy week at NAB, the dust is finally starting to settle. We’ve seen some pretty nifty announcements thus far, and you can read about all of them on our NAB News page. There’s one announcement, however, that we have yet to cover though. Edelkrone, the company responsible for the most compact rigs and sliders known to man, has announced several new professional camera movement products, some of which will literally fit in your pocket, and one of which might be an even more revolutionary slider design than the SliderPlus. Read on to learn more. More »

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No Film School's Ryan Koo interviews Eric Kessler at NAB 2014Eric Kessler is becoming a household name for quality camera motion products targeted for productions of all sizes, and this year the company is unveiling the budget-friendly UniDrive that comes in a 1-axis or 3-axis configuration. Also new this year is the advanced Kessler kOS iPad app for controlling the bigger, more expensive CineDrive system, as well as other improvements and add-ons. Click through to watch Ryan Koo’s interview with Kessler Crane on the floor at NAB in Las Vegas. More »

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LibecIn a move to enter the consumer DSLR camera market, professional camera support company Libec has announced their brand new tripod system, ALLEX, which with its integrated design, will give more usability to filmmakers working with little money, time, and/or experience. Made up of a tripod, slider, and ball head, the ALLEX system allows users to pull off a number of simple, yet dynamic camera movements, raising the potential production value on your next low-budget project. Continue on to find out more about Libec’s ALLEX system. More »

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Axis360Here at No Film School, we talk quite a bit about the dizzying array of technical methods for creating camera movement (and even the reasons for moving your camera in the first place). In the past year alone, a seemingly absurd amount of camera movement products have hit the market, everything from brushless gimbal stabilizers to updated versions of sliders, shoulder rigs, and beyond. Sometimes these new products are unique tools that enhance our storytelling potential, and sometimes they’re just more of the same. However, every now and again a product comes along that seems destined to change the way we move our cameras. The Axis360 Modular Motion Control System might just be one of those rare products. More »

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Stillmotion Photograph StorytellingChances are that if you’ve ever tried to incorporate still photography into your filmmaking, you’ve most likely used what has become known as the “Ken Burns Effect” wherein you keyframe various properties of the photograph in order to make it appear as if the camera is panning and zooming with the photo. While this is certainly a helpful tool when using photographs in your film, it’s not particularly exciting in a visual sense, and it’s been done so much that the technique itself is somewhat trite. Because of this, using large amounts of photos in a film presents a bit of a creative challenge, a challenge that our friends at Stillmotion encountered and tackled head-on for their recent feature documentary, #standwithme. How’d they do it? Stick with us to find out. More »

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trost durable field camera slider shooting platform movement steel 01The DSLR revolution ushered in an explosion of one-person-crew gear options, and the slider has been no exception. Many manufacturers offer variations on the basic yet effective sliding camera platform, including Redrock, edelkrone, DitoGear, and Rhino. Now, a manufacturer called Trost is introducing a very sleek-looking slider aiming for extreme dependability and durability. Trost sliders feature hand-machined steel components, a quickly adjustable design, and the strength to support (some of) the weight of a 1983 Toyota Tercel. If you had any sliders on your holiday wishlist, you might want to check below for more details. More »

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DitoGear BD SliderDitoGear, the company founded by filmmakers with a penchant for timelapse filmmaking, that also brought you products like the OmniHead and LensDrive, has announced the release of their slider that boasts quite a bit of advantages. The BD Slider offers portability, versatility, and precision, and all at a reasonable price. With a special discount if preordered by September 30th, this is definitely a slider you should take a look at. The BD Slider promo video and more details after the break. More »

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sliderplus-v2-mediumHow do you make a slider smaller and more portable without losing travel distance? That’s exactly what edelkrone figured out how to do with their SliderPLUS, and they are now introducing a brand new version called the SliderPLUS V2 that aims to improve on many aspects of the original, while still providing small size and long travel. Check out some videos showing off the new V2 slider below, and if you order it or any other edelkrone items by today, there is free shipping worldwide. More »

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Kessler ParallaxWhile one person will never replace a crew of people, plenty of gear is making it easier to get great looking shots on your own. Kessler has been at the forefront of this change, and they are now introducing a piece of gear that will make it easier to do repeatable slider movements while panning at the same time — without any additional motors. Click through to check out the introduction video for the Kessler Parallax auto-panning device: More »

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We’ve talked about travel sliders here at nofilmschool a couple of times before. However, even the smallest of sliders can be a hassle to get into your backpack, and most of them aren’t particularly useful if you want to slide any more than two or three feet (which, let’s face it, we all do). Enter Nice Industries, creator of the wildly popular Aviator Travel Jib, with a brand new product, the Red Rocket Travel Slider. This is no ordinary slider, however, as the components to get it all set up can be fit in a case the size of a shoe box. But that’s not all, with a track length of anywhere up to ten feet (yeah, you heard that correctly), the Red Rocket might just be one of the most versatile travel sliders ever. Check out the Kickstarter launch video below: More »

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They’ve only just begun shipping the SliderPLUS+, but edelkrone has now unveiled the SliderPLUS XL, which takes everything that was good about the SliderPLUS+, and makes it even slidier. Whether you consider it (r)evolutionary or not, it’s a pretty ingenious concept, where you can take a relatively small device and get twice the movement out of it thanks to its design. Click through to learn more about it. More »

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Filmmaking equipment maker edelkrone recently unveiled their reinvented slider, the Slider PLUS+, and they showed off a brief animated clip giving you a sense of what it could do. Now we’ve got a real-life video of the slider in action with a DSLR, and the results are impressive for such a tiny device. Click through to check out the video. More »

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Edelkrone has announced their new slider invention that was hinted at a few days ago. The new device, called the Slider PLUS+, answers the question of portability without sacrificing length. I suggested that they may be introducing a slider that can be extended non-intrusively, and they’ve done that, but in a way that makes the rig one of the most portable options out there without hurting performance. Check out the introduction video: More »

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Sliders have been all the rage lately in the film world, and for good reason: they allow you to set up a dolly shot much faster than any traditional dolly and they can be leveled in seconds rather than minutes. Unfortunately, not all sliders are created equal, and many just can’t quite get perfectly smooth movements either because of cost-cutting, or because of engineering choices. Some have other problems related to portability. Edelkrone thinks they’ve solved one of the issues with sliders, and they are unveiling it on December 12 — and if you guess what it is correctly, you have a chance to win one of your very own mystery sliders. More »

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Just a couple of days ago I considered the merits of the DIY slider versus the bevy of semi- and professional mini-dolly options. Well now I’ve stumbled upon a product that could very well be a step up from the other sliders out there — the Rhino Slider. This little beast is currently campaigning on Kickstarter with only a few days to go. And like most successful campaigns, it starts at a retail discount with many optional add-on’s. Click through for the details and a few videos, including one that features space flight (I wasn’t kidding), and one that will have you throwing money at your computer monitor faster than you can say Futurama: More »

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One of the most coveted DIY projects around (next to perhaps the jib) is the slider. However, DIY is usually a balance between cost savings and function, and this $10-$15 slider from Ryan Connolly at Film Riot is no different. Let’s take a look at how far you can stretch your dollar for a functional slider. Hit the jump for the tutorial: More »

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JAG35 makes one of the cheapest wireless follow focuses in existence. Now they’ve improved upon their design and made the entire system much more durable. They also are introducing a clever follow focus that is friction based for newer lenses, but doesn’t have to be mounted to the side like many other friction-based follow focuses. I talked with Jehu Garcia from JAG35 and he introduced those products, as well as a custom RED Scarlet/Epic rig and a new slider they are developing. More »