December 30, 2014

The Smallest Slider in the World, Edelkrone's PocketSlider, Can Handle Your A7s, GH4, & BMPCC

It's not about the size -- it's how you use it, right?

Well, if portability is your number one concern when it comes to using gear, you might want to take a look at edelkrone's newest motion control device from their Pocket Series, the PocketSlider.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NrtTA0W0as

edelkrone has made it kind of their thing to make their products as small and effective as possible and the PocketSlider is no different. We talked a little bit about it back during NAB, but few details were available at the time, but now that it has been officially released (as of yesterday), we've learned that apart from just being so small that it can fit inside your pocket, it has a bunch of other useful features, too. This pro camera slider has a built-in camera head that allows you to pan and flex-tilt (good for macro shots), it only weighs a pound, and has a travel-length of 8" (which is more than enough for a lot of the shots you'd use a slider for).

It can also carry a load of up to 4.3 lbs. (though the intro video claims it can do 6 lbs.), which means it can handle many different kinds of DSLRs, like the a7S, GH4, BMPCC, C100, and 5D Mark III, with enough left over for the rest of your camera setup's load (lenses, monitors, mics, or whatever else you want to mount). If it really can handle a 6 lbs. load, you could potentially use this little guy with a larger camera, like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera or C300.

It can also be mounted to any tripod, so no -- you don't have to use their PocketStand if you don't want to -- in fact, it looks a little too much like Babyface, the Erector Set spider baby from Toy Story.

Technical Specifications

  • 13 cm (5.1 inches) in actual size yet gives 20 cm (7.9 inches) of camera travel. 
  • 550 grams (1.2 pounds) in weight. 
  • Carries camera load up to 2 kilograms (4.3 pounds).
  • It Includes a unique flat camera head with a 1/4” mounting screw that lets you do pans and flex-tilts. 
  • It also has a 1/4” threaded hole and will mount on any tripod (or on the PocketSTAND) 
  • All parts are made of CNC machined aluminium. It is durable, precise and smooth.

Despite its small size, the PocketSlider is not cheap. You're looking at a $499 price tag here, which, in the world of well-made, super-portable sliders, isn't really that bad. Consider also that edelkrone has an entire line of Pocket add-ons and accessories, like the PocketStand, PocketSkater, and PocketMoco -- a slide control and timelapse module, so you could potentially build a camera setup that does quite a number of tasks for you and still fits in your pocket.

To learn more about the edelkrone's Pocket Series, check out this promo. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5GQqhduFIw

If you're interested in learning more about the PocketSlider and the rest of edelkrone's Pocket Series, or if you're interested in pre-ordering, click here.

Do you think the PocketSlider is practical for everyday filmmaking, or is there such a thing as too small? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments!     

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I read at many forums of their product isn't as good quality as it should. The slider was posted as a $199 before that I was going to order. Also. Their website is horrible that I have never been able to log in or place an order with poor customer service. (Do a search on many of their products online and you will get the same sentiments from others)

December 30, 2014 at 9:16AM

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Johnny Wu
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I've got their EVF holder and it's great. perfect build quality & fast delivery. Not sure about sliders or anything else, but if the same detail goes into that, then it's probably pretty good.

December 30, 2014 at 10:14AM

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Ryan Hargrave
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Hello Johnny, We are sorry for the inconvenience, we could monitor that our Dedicated Customer Care Team already tried to help you out by reseting your password, if you still having issues regarding the login please let us know, we would be glad to help you out. And one more thing, we would be really happy that if you could try one of the edelkrone products and decide the quality by yourself. We believe you will be pleased both with the Product Quality and the Customer Service, if not you could take advantage of money back guarantee. For your inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us anytime via info@edelkrone.com - İnanç

December 31, 2014 at 8:01AM

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$500.... For 20cms of travel? That's some expensive nonsense, right there. I can imagine no scenario where I wouldn't be disappointed that I'd bought this instead of a normal slider... Or something more useful - like a lens... Or a half-dozen memory cards... Or a hard drive... Or anything other than this silly gimmick. Not normally given to ranty behaviour, but I really can't stand the whole range of overpriced metal tubes and plastic runners that engineering companies market as 'filmmaking equipment' and sell at vastly inflated prices.

December 30, 2014 at 10:21AM

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Alex Richardson
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$500 for 20cm of travel and... slide control and timelapse module.

December 30, 2014 at 8:02PM

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Gabriel FUNG
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At 20cms I'm not sure what motion the motion control is controlling. That's not travel - it's barely even packing your bags in anticipation of travel.

December 31, 2014 at 3:43AM

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Alex Richardson
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Is this a joke?

December 30, 2014 at 10:30AM, Edited December 30, 10:30AM

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Jerry Roe
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Hey Guys...it might be just me being blinded by first sight... but is there some/any promo footage that we could see... I am not exactly sure what it would look like at different focal lengths...can anybody help with that? Cheers, DM

December 30, 2014 at 10:33AM

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Misi Dunai
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Hello Misi, Demo footage/video will be released when it's got ready you could stay tuned via our Facebook/Twitter pages. If you have further questions feel free to contact us anytime via info@edelkrone.com - İnanç

December 31, 2014 at 8:18AM

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This is brilliant, you get an automated slider that you can fit in your small camera bag!
I have the SliderPlus with the Wizard module and it's really great - the most compact 2 feet slider and I absolutely love automation - Perfect slides every time :) It is however still heavy and bulky when you have to pack all your gear in one backpack ( doable when you shoot m4/3).
It looks like this new combo can do almost the same as the Wizard module with time-lapse, macro and ordinary slides - Would of-course have loved a 2 foot slide in this size package, but sadly we have to be realistic in the real world :)

December 30, 2014 at 11:43AM

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Al Funch
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Thank you for your kind comments Al! We will release demo footage when it's got ready, i believe it will answer for your concerns regarding the camera travel - İnanç

December 31, 2014 at 8:22AM

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Their ProSlider (Med) came, out of the box, to our church with a bundle of hiccups. Shots were NOT smooth. We had to send it back. I'm hoping the replacement works. Delivery time was about 8 weeks the first time around. It's been over a month since we sent the first iteration back.

December 30, 2014 at 10:18PM, Edited December 30, 10:18PM

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Hello Cameron, We are sorry for the inconvenience. We could not find your inquiry in our database, our Dedicated Customer Care Team will contact you via info@priorserviceproductions.com in order to improve the issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding. - İnanç

December 31, 2014 at 8:31AM

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Hello Cameron, We are sorry for the inconvenience. We could not find an inquiry on our database, however our Dedicated Customer Care Team will contact you via info@priorserviceproductions.com and improve the issue. Thank you for your understanding. - İnanç

December 31, 2014 at 8:33AM

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Hello Cameron, We are sorry for the inconvenience. We could not find any inquiry on our database, however our Dedicated Customer Care Team will contact you via info@priorserviceproductions.com in order to improve the issue. Thank you for your understanding. - İnanç

December 31, 2014 at 8:38AM

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Hello Cameron, We are sorry for the inconvenience. We could not find any inquiry on our database, however our Dedicated Customer Care Team will contact you via info@priorserviceproductions.com in order to improve the issue. Thank you for your understanding. - İnanç

December 31, 2014 at 9:15AM

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Hello Cameron, We are sorry for the inconvenience. We could not find any inquiry on our database, however our Dedicated Customer Care Team will contact you via priorserviceproductions in order to improve the issue. Thank you for your understanding. - İnanç

December 31, 2014 at 9:19AM

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Holy smokes, I can see why folks have service issues.

January 1, 2015 at 11:41PM, Edited January 1, 11:41PM

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If this is any good it will find a place in my bag. It might not seem like a lot of travel, but it's better than nothing. Whenever I am on vacation I really want to bring my slider, but it's too big, and more often than not it won't come with me when I'm out and about. Looking forward to see this in action.

December 31, 2014 at 11:05AM, Edited December 31, 11:03AM

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Martin Håndlykken
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20cm is almost nothing in a normal scaled world, unless you have some micro macro foreground thing going on. (The reveal of a little flower in a landscape. Although a remote follow focus will be to heavy, so the landscape will probably completely out of focus.) Otherwise you'll hardly notice the parallax in your shot.
Having said that: maybe it is very usefull for miniature (stopmotion) and extreme marco close ups.

January 2, 2015 at 5:12AM

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WalterBrokx
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On the other hand, if you just put a Gumby figurine in the extreme foreground of all your shots, you'll get a really nice sense of motion.

January 3, 2015 at 1:11PM

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Looks like these aren't being sold anymore... Has there been any updates on if they are fixing the design and re-releasing it?

April 20, 2015 at 2:17PM, Edited April 20, 2:17PM

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Alex Vietinghoff
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