Smooth camera movements are one of the simplest ways to add production value to a shot, but dollies and sliders can be extremely expensive. Luckily, a high-quality DIY slider can be had for about $75 and three hours of your time.
Kyle Hart, the man behind Rhino Camera Gear -- and the creator of one of the most versatile sliders on the market -- recently put together a quick tutorial/BTS video of his challenge to build a slider from scratch in just three hours. The resulting video is as entertaining as it is informative.
Obviously, pre-fabricated ball bearing sliders like the variations from Rhino will provide the best results with the most versatility and flexibility, but for a slider that's quickly assembled from basic parts bought on a limited budget, the results here are absolutely fantastic. If you're interested in building this slider yourself, you can download a PDF version of the instructions here. Just a heads up, you'll have to subscribe to Rhino's mailing list to get it.
Have you ever built a DIY slider? If so, share your process and results down in the comments!