An ex­cel­lent choice for film­mak­ers on the move

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“IT ALSO OF­FERS SET­TINGS FOR STOPMOTION SE­QUENCES AND TIMELAPSE, MAK­ING THIS A PRETTY VER­SA­TILE TOOL”

Slid­ers and dol­lies have moved on a lot over the last few years. Where pre­vi­ously they had been a tool as­pir­ing film­mak­ers aimed for, they are now read­ily avail­able and even mo­torised ex­am­ples can be found in hob­by­ist and en­thu­si­ast cam­era bags.

For CG artists they are more of a work­horse, as they al­low pre­dictable move­ment that is also re­peat­able and mea­sur­able, two at­tributes that can be vi­tal for cap­tur­ing plates for use in VFX, be it for a large pro­duc­tion or an in­die project.

The Smartta Sli­d­er­mini 2 aims to bring solid build with sim­plic­ity to users of all lev­els, and it suc­ceeds in many ways.

The uni­body con­struc­tion is strong and light with a durable fin­ish, and the mo­tion it­self is very smooth, the key ingredient of a mo­torised slider. The mo­tion is pre­cise and can be de­fined by the (auto - pair­ing) app. If you for­got your phone (or are film­ing with it), then a sim­ple dou­ble- or triple-click on the power but­ton sets the slider off on its de­fault 20-sec­ond travel.

Of course some­thing so light and sim­ple pro­duces some­what of a dou­ble-edged sword, in that the travel is re­stricted to 8” and it has no fold-out legs, so a sup­port of some kind, plus adding a cam­era head, will be nec­es­sary but you do get fan­tas­tic porta­bil­ity and a 48-hour bat­tery life.

The max­i­mum load is plenty for heavy rigs at 15kg, although that drops off when in ver­ti­cal mode, but it will still han­dle most Dslr/lens com­bos.

On top of be­ing a strong per­former with straight dolly shots the Sli­d­er­mini 2, via the app, also of­fers set­tings for cre­at­ing stop-mo­tion se­quences and timelapse, mak­ing this a pretty ver­sa­tile tool for a va­ri­ety of film­mak­ing uses. Plus, it even ships with a set of shut­ter re­lease ca­bles that con­nect your cam­era to the slider.

Highly por­ta­ble and ex­cel­lent value for money, the Smartta Sli­d­er­mini 2 is one of the best op­tions avail­able for shoot­ing dolly shots on the go, as long as you work within its lim­i­ta­tions.

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Sleek and ca­pa­ble, the Sli­d­er­mini 2 is a top choice for film­mak­ers on the move

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