By Stephen Schweickart
We’ve been giving you a lot of tips recently on how to not suck at editing so we’re going to switch it up a bit this time around and do an equipment review of the Rhino Slider.
Before I tell you what the Rhino Slider is, you should probably know what a plain ole slider is, right? Right. A slider is simply a slimmed down version of a dolly that usually just mounts on a single tripod. Its purpose is to give you more dynamic shots with the least amount of effort, and allow you to get that camera moving in tight spaces where you can’t get big, bulky equipment.
The downside to affordable, friction-based sliders is that they stick. They’re cheap, yeah, but like a haircut, you get what you pay for. Getting smooth motion out of sliders like this is a gigantic pain. On the other end, smoother sliders are much more expensive and even for the price they tend to be loud, making it impossible to collect audio during your shots.
Enter the Rhino Slider. The brainchild of Kyle Hart, this piece of equipment will bring the quality of your footage up a few notches. The Rhino Slider sheds the friction-based idea and has six rollers at the base of the camera sled which smoothly glide the camera along 48” stainless steel or carbon filled rails, depending on which version of the product you buy. That’s a four foot range of motion, plenty of space to give you the big, cinematic looking shots your piece is most definitely lacking. Let’s face it – you’re the one shooting it.
Set up is a piece of cake. You can mount the rig on two tripods, mount it on one tripod if you picked up the single-tripod mounting bracket, or for really cool shots set one end on a tripod and the opposite end on the ground giving you double the motion for zero extra effort. In this case, using the slider pulley is a must, to help give you even smoother motion when moving the camera at these strange angles.
If you’re looking to get really crazy, use the all-terrain legs to get really low shots, and to take you places where you may not be able to get a tripod. They even provided a set of suction cups for the Rhino Slider, which will let you mount it places you would never be able to without them, like the hood of a car.
Anyway, people are still developing add-ons for the Slider, including a smart phone-controlled motor. When this thing comes out, it’s going to be a very exciting time for amateur videographers like yourself.
Stephen Schweickart is the co-founder of VScreen. For more information on this topic, visit VScreen’s blogsite at http://www.vscreen.com/blog/.
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