I really hate when I trip over my tripod while shooting blog videos at my bench. Plus it is a huge hassle moving the tripod around for different angles and setups. I realized I shoot my blog videos in my garage and I have an overhead garage door with nice roller tracks that I never use. So I designed a home built camera gantry using my old tripod welded upside down to a little rolling trolley cart. You can checkout the video of the build or the photo gallery below.
I didn’t really like the end result. The sled turned out great but the trolley cart was a bit too chunky and swingy. A new dual rail system with better wheels is currently being built. It will be more stable, smoother, cheaper and simpler construction. Stay tuned for follow up video!
During the build I realized I couldn’t live without a tripod. My son was helping shoot videos walking around with the camera for a week or so but it made for some real shaky videos. I happened to be at a garage sale and somebody was selling a marvelous tripod that must have been 10x what I paid for my old tripod which I hacked up for this build. I got the yard sale tripod for $1 and it is sooo much better than what I had. How cool is that?
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