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DIY| How to build a cheap non-motorized slider for GoPro Hero

This video tutorial shows you how easy it is to build a slider for a micro camera like the Go Pro Hero. It’s really very simple, because all you need are some special tools, and 3 minutes of your time.

If you do not want to read the post, watch the video below otherwise proceed in reading the article:

How to build a cheap an inexpensive non-motorized slider for GoPro Hero

Everyone knows that the GoPro Hero HD is a great camera for anyone who does sports photography and videos.

This camera can also shoot slow movements, but to do so you will need to tighten it to a motorised slider (dolly). The problem is that you do not want to tie the Go Pro (weighing 200 grams) with a heavy slider to carry around.

While I was visiting the German company Igus, I found something perfect for the GoPro and in general for all small cameras on the consumer market (like Camcoder Panasonic HDC-SD99, HDC-HS900, or the Sony CX360VE, or the Canon etc..).

Here’s everything you need to create for you this slider:

That’s it!
The one below is my solution of 1 meter:

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And of course, you can choose a shorter version, like the 60cm or 80cm.

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The full slider weighs only 600 grams, including the Manfrotto support.

Just to give an idea, here is a comparison between the 60mm guide that holds micro cameras and the one that hold bigger cameras.

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For the 100cm version is best to use a double tripod to support it, while it only takes one for the 60cm version.

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To purchase the guide is sufficient to order the hardware directly from the Igus site at an approximate cost of € 60 plus shipping.

This tutorial is the authorized translation of an article from the German photographer and videomaker Friedhelm Fischer, and we thank him for his kindness and availability.

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