Using a camera slider for your video projects gives a much different look to your clips than regular panning from a tripod head.
In this video I show you a slider I’m testing out, as well as the different looks you can get from it.
I show you:
- sideways panning slides
- a push in slide
- a slide from ground level
- and a portrait slide
You’re going to see that using a slider gives a more romantic feel to your imagery.
There’s something about seeing the perspective change as your glide through a clip. And it looks sort of like slow motion too. But none of the clip speeds were altered in my video.
I also do a mini review of this SevenOak 47″ Slider.
- It has a spirit level
- Rubber feet for use on tables or on the ground
- Lots of holes in the rails to attach bumpers and guides for start and stop positions
- Can be used with one or two tripods to hold it up off the ground
- Can be used with 1/4″ and 3/8″ threaded tripod heads
Not so good things
- Too light and springy for a heavy dSLR with big lens. For mirrorless cameras it should be okay though.
- Too long, especially for a heavy camera – an 18″ slider is all you’d need in most cases
- Spirit level gets covered by my tripod head – and it’s not even a really big one
- When used with a heavier camera it doesn’t glide smooth enough, even though the specs say it’s good for 44 pounds.
Should you get a slider?
Well it’s always nice to have one in your toolbox as not everyone uses them. I really love the look of slider video clips. It adds drama and interest to the look of your videos.
If you do decide to buy one, check the specs carefully. I’d even go so far as to take your camera with you and test some out in the store. If you’re not happy with the glide and the sturdiness, buy something a little heavier.