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#1 Joe Taylor

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 02:50 PM

I am looking for plans/blue prints for constructing a home made dolly system. What I need is something that is extremely light-weight and portable but sturdy enough to support a Red camera. I don't plan to do anything but simple tracking shots on rails made of pvc pipes.

Can anybody suggest what might be the best system for a do-it-yourselfer?

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#2 sam morgan moore

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 03:13 PM

I am looking for plans/blue prints for constructing a home made dolly system. What I need is something that is extremely light-weight and portable but sturdy enough to support a Red camera. I don't plan to do anything but simple tracking shots on rails made of pvc pipes.

Can anybody suggest what might be the best system for a do-it-yourselfer?

Thanks


HBS board may have some plans

I would say one thing : force = mass X distance - camera close to the rails = stable

the key IMO is to use a 'high hat' not sticks and mount your rails up high maybe on an aluminium ladder

of course this is not the same as a proper dolly with the operator on board

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#3 Jim Hyslop

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 03:42 PM

HBS board may have some plans

What's the HBS board (aside from another forum to scan through and learn from/waste time on :-)

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#4 Jake Iesu

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 05:04 PM

I have seen some impressive results from those little slider dollys that you mount onto a tripod although the store bought ones might not take a red i'm sure you could design a heavier duty version without oo much fuss.

Google has lots of stuff on them but this will get you started.
Maybe a cross between this.
http://www.theslider.com/4foot.html

And this.
http://www.slicksliderdolly.com/
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#5 Joe Taylor

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:19 PM

I've been doing Google searches and there are plenty of options out there, I'm just wondering if those who have had experiences making a dolly have any opinions on what they feel is the best plan/blueprint.
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#6 Paul Bruening

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:20 AM

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#7 Tom Jensen

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 02:51 PM

Didn't Ron Dexter have some plans for a dolly?
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 05:47 PM

Johnny Carson had some excellent plans for Dolly...

http://www.metacafe...._johnny_carson/
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#9 JD Hartman

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 02:05 PM

Didn't Ron Dexter have some plans for a dolly?


I'll second the information on Ron's website, Rondexter.com, lots of good information.
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