View Full Version : Rolling Tripod Stand

2008.03.09, 09:40 AM
So you guys know I like to make videos at the meets. Now I've gone and made a rolling tripod. Inspired by a video Arthur showed me, I wanted to acheive a smooth pan effect on cars as they passed me. So I got some wood, some strong adhesive to push it together with and some cheap caster wheels and wala!!:


I've yet to mount a camera mount on it but here's a video of it so far with me and my dad balancing a regular tripod on top of it:

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t293/Programmers/miniz/rolling-tripod/th_RollingTripodTests.jpg (http://s163.photobucket.com/albums/t293/Programmers/miniz/rolling-tripod/?action=view&current=RollingTripodTests.flv)

Sorry it's on Photobucket but only my proper videos make it to the youtube.

I look forward to shooting some track action next month!!

Let me know what you think!

The camera work isn't so great - it takes some getting used to and a device like this is best used at a longer range. So actual footage I take from meets will be a lot better. I promise! ;)

2008.03.09, 10:13 AM
That is awesome,I love it.Just like the movies.
Can't wait for you to do more.

2008.03.09, 01:47 PM
Very cool. Now give it some suspension so you can keep the camera from shaking so much. :)

2008.03.12, 09:20 PM
Ha ha, that is way cool. It reminds me of these stupid little carts like that when I was really young and in gym class. I hated them cause it hurt when you ate it. Just watch your speed in the corners. :rolleyes:

2008.03.13, 07:06 PM
Thats a top idea Tom mate, all you need to do now is make the 'rolling tripod' radio controlled...lol
You could use string/cord to pull it across long distances to get a better smoother effect! Cant wait to see it in action!

2008.03.23, 09:36 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys... Here's the finished product!!


I've used a cheap tripod stand and fixed it to another two pieces of wood that glued together. I then glued that to the main board and have given it a few coats of satin paint.


It works really well and the fixture and positioning stand works a treat. :D

2008.03.27, 07:12 AM
Here's some quick shooting that was done last night:

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t293/Programmers/miniz/rolling-tripod/th_TripodTesting.jpg (http://s163.photobucket.com/albums/t293/Programmers/miniz/rolling-tripod/?action=view&current=TripodTesting.flv)

The ones of me drifting are hard to see because my cars so damn black, lol. You get the idea though. I thought it came out nice.

To get a decent view of the cars as they pass, I've added some slow mo clips at the end too.

I figured a shot from further away would be better than close up for control reasons. So I'll try those next...

2008.03.28, 11:20 AM
Larger rubber (preferably pneumatic) wheels will make huge difference. Also, If you'd like to invest some money, I'd suggest fluid tripod head to mount the camera.