December 18, 2016 at 5:15AM

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Sliders vs Glidecam

Recently I have seen many people saying that you can achieve slider like shots on a Glidecam. Which one is better? What are the differences?
Thanks,
Ed

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Sliders (and motion control) give you a platform for time-lapse that Glidecam cannot.

Sliders absolutely constrain the movement of the camera, which is great when you want to convey control in a product (or, sometimes, creative) shot.

Slides can function as an articulated extension of a tripod platform, which means they work well for both locked-off shots and for (constrained) motion.

Glidecam (gimbals in general) allows creative movement of the camera in all dimensions, which in turn breathes life into shots. Whether movements are large or small, continuous motion makes the camera's perspective feel more alive and organic, without the downsides that our weak and shaky hands alone tend to add to the shot.

Bottom line: sliders are an extension of a tripod (for better or worse). Gimbals are an enhancement of hand-held.

December 18, 2016 at 8:58AM

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Ed, if you just mean "a slider can do a horizontal dolly-like shot, and so can a glidecam", then, sure, they're similar. But there's plenty of things that each can do that the other can't.

One big difference is this: sliders can allow very slow, very controlled movements. Not even talking any sort of motion control or timelapse. I could mount a 70-200 lens on my camera and do a 10 second shallow depth of field shot where the camera slides 5cm, simultaneously tilts upwards, and pulls focus to a different object. Try holding a glidecam steady and doing that. Even with a steadicam and a vest, where maybe a second person can pull focus, the movement isn't going to be as controlled as with a slider.

December 28, 2016 at 11:44PM, Edited December 28, 11:44PM

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