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I always wanted a professional camera dolly to capture tracking shots, but couldn't rationalize spending the $$$ that most of the camera stores charge. So, I decided to print my own.
The rails utilize some steel rods from a storage unit I'm no longer using. The only purchased parts were the mini-bearings and a cheap camera quick release attachment.
You'll need to modify the basic design to fit your particular rails and/or camera mount.
Other than that, it's print, assemble, and use. The rollers include small plugs on the bottom for ease of printing. THe plugs pop out easily.
Here's a short video covering the dolly design and usage process. There is also a short demonstration at the end of the video showing how well it works for tracking dolly shots:
The next step will be to add small cavities and o-rings to the rollers to reduce any noise created by the plastic rolling directly on the rails.
Video Camera Tracking Dolly System by robots-dreams is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution - Non-Commercial license.
So what's this mean?
We're sure robots-dreams would love to see what you've printed - take a photo and share it on Thingiverse as a Make.
To post a Make simply visit this Thing again and click I Made One to start uploading your photo. You can also download the Thingiverse Mobile app (available via Google Play and Apple App Store) to take a photo and upload your Make right from the app!