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- 23.6" (60cm) Long Aluminum Track, With Phone Adapter
- Max Load 9kg
- Self-lubricating rails
- Tension adjustment knob with locking feature
- Spirit Level on sled. Anodized aluminum with beautiful super polish finish
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The Glidegear Slider was developed to allow anyone the ability to create Feature Film quality production shots within a reasonable budget. With aircraft grade, heavy-duty, CNC machined with tight tolerances, precision extruded industrial grade anodized aluminum construction, self-lubricating glide rails, spirit level & tension adjustment, the DEV 1000 Video Slider provides more bang for your buck than any other slider on the market in it's price range. The DEV 1000 can be used as a stand alone unit with the detachable feet, or you can even attach it directly to your tripod. The DEV 1000 system will raise your video height approximately 2 inches from the ground. The DEV series rail is perfect for small to mid size rigs including DSLR setups with shorter lenses.
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There are complaints about competing sliders making noises that the microphone can pick up, however, rest assured that this brand is silent. The Glide Gear slider has a locking mechanism so you can transport without the slider whipping back and forth. This has taken a good beating the last few months at several events and it still performs like a champ. Mine wasn't perfectly level, and tipped slightly like an annoying fast food table that needs a napkin underneath. Also, one of the stock bumpers underneath a foot fell off. This was a blessing in disguise, since I replaced the remaining foam bumpers with felt bumpers and got it perfectly level using 2 bumpers (used superglue for a secure fit) on each foot except for a last foot that just needs one.
I saw other people at events using this same length slider, never any longer, so I guess 23" is a standard length for portability. I can't imagine how paying 3x or more for competing sliders would improve the quality of my work. This is an exceptional value, and I would buy again.
I bought this one after spending a few hours in home depot gathering together pieces to construct my own. I'd seen some online but wasn't crazy about the builds so I spent the extra time and money to find all the pieces I would need to make an extra sturdy slider. By the time I was finished, I had equipment in my basket from the plumbing section, the electrical section, the hardware section, etc. It was a cobble together job that I was determined to make smooth. But I was at about $90 for a 4' slider. When I got back into my car I stopped and thought, "I bet I could buy one for that cost..." Sure enough, one quick google search later, I found Glide Gear's 4' slider for about $99. "I should just buy one, I've already spent three hours on this one and not even begun the assembly process yet." But then I saw this one and figured, "I could get a slider plus a quick release plate for about the same price." Plus, after reviewing some slider footage, I realized that most of my b-roll only necessitated the use of a slider at about 2'. And a shorter one would mean I don't have to use two tripods or find a long table surface to set it on.
I would love to someday have an automated a 4-5' slider that I could set up and have run as a B camera during interviews, but if you are on a budget and need a slider to get some silky smooth shots, this is a sure bet. Highly portable, use with one tripod, very smooth. After my initial tests, I took the whole thing apart and sprayed it down with some dry lube ("Blaster" brand) which made things even smoother. I especially recommend using the dry lube if your camera/tripod head weighs 10+ pounds.
The sliding mechanism does use plastic on metal contact instead of ball bearings or wheels so the sliding is very quiet.
After shooting some video I was very pleased on how smooth and how much this effect adds to your video. Its very artsy and dramatic.
The slide came with a cell phone mount which I thought was a small plus. However, I did wish that it came with additional accessories to be able to mount the camera perpendicular to do some vertical sliding shots.
I do think that the price could be a little lower, but other than that I do not regret purchasing this slider and would recommend it to other beginners out there.
I did find that when mounting a camera straight to the 1/4" screw, you would either have to disassemble the slider to access the screw under the sliding mechanism, or spin your camera on the screw till it tightens, both being a hassle. So I ended up buying a mount (http://www.amazon.com/Smallrig-Monitor-Additional-Panasonnic-Fujifilm/dp/B0062TVHBE/ref=cm_srch_res_rtr_1) to be able to more easily attach a camera and even have some tilting function. This extra accessory or one similar is highly recommended for easier use and functionality.