Choosing Video Camera Sliders
Video camera sliders allow you to make flawless tracking movements in time-lapse photography and video production. This enhances the versatility and professionalism of your filmmaking, as it expands your options beyond the basic panning and tilting that professional video tripod heads provide.
What's a Camera Slider Used For?
Motorized camera sliders allow you to shoot smooth tracking shots for a more cinematic experience. A tracking shot involves moving your camera alongside the subject in a slow, lateral motion. You can also create reveal shots with these video sliders. A reveal shot zooms in or out of a scene to engage the audience more, and make them feel like they're actually part of the setting.
Choosing a Camera Slider
Consider the weight and load capacity of a slider. If you're a travel photographer, you may want to shop for aluminum or carbon fiber sliders to keep your load to a minimum. For a larger camera that doesn't require a lot of movement, a steel slider is ideal because it's sturdier and able to hold more weight.
DSLR sliders come in a variety of lengths. Longer sliders offer more travel for extensive tracking or reveal shots. Shorter sliders offer less travel, but are lightweight and more portable, making them efficient when traveling. Whether the slider is long or short, ensure that you get one with brakes. The brakes allow you to lock the camera's carriage in place, preventing the camera from moving out of position.
Camera Slider Accessories
You'll need a quick-release system to help you attach and lock down your camera to the slider or any other professional video tripod system. For maximum protection and durability of your gear, consider investing in pro video camera slider cases.
Choose the right camera sliders from B&H Photo and Video's wide selection of tripods and camera support systems.