The slight “squeaky” noise in the dolly movement was remedied by careful realignment of the wheels. Now it’s smooth and silent.
I added bungie cords to secure the legs of the tripod. Though the pointed pins of the legs extend through the plywood, this makes it completely secure and safe.
The video fluid head is removed easily from the tripod and mounted on this heavy-duty bracket, which I fashioned from a gate hinge. Now able to shoot close to ground level.
Video of the dolly in action is here.
I’ve been building a camera dolly – based on a design in Dan Selakovich’s ‘Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build’:
The tripod has adjustable pointed feet (like a cinema or surveyor’s tripod) that sit in drilled holes. I will further stabilize by bungie cording the base of each leg to a hook. I removed the tripod spreader to allow the custom leg spacing.
Here’s the first test footage. Obviously I need some practice. Both the side pan and the “zoom” function of the dolly open great possibilities. You can hear a faint “squeaking” caused by the wheels on the track…will try some silicone spray or ??.
The Annual Sandpoint Earth Day Video is complete:
I added five new koi to our pond today. This video shows the simple, but important process. Not surprisingly given their docile nature, everyone gets along just fine.