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With the introduction of the OliviaTech Motorroid, I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries regarding a motor only option, compatibility with other slider brands, time lapse abilities and of course, people wanting to see some example footage. In the video below, I address these questions and show you guys a few basic sliding techniques to improve the effect of your shots.
The OliviaTech Motorroid Motor ONLY Kit comes with differing pulley belt lengths: 39″ option, 59″ option and 79″option. Keep in mind though that you can also use simple rope to drive the trolley on this slider. You just want to be sure that it is pulled tightly enough to catch on the teeth of the gears. This method worked for me even on completely vertical slides.
Time lapse is possible on the OliviaTech Motorroid by using the slowest speed setting available. This only works however if your shutter is not required to remain open for extended periods of time (think dark night sky). There will be a time lapse controller available in early April of this year, the Timeroid, through the Varavon website.
Compatibility with other sliders is completely possible and the OTech Motorroid ships with both 3/8″ and 1/4-20″ male screws to attach the motor onto any existing slider system you may have.
The point of having a motor to dirve the trolley on your slider is for consistent slides. Manual slides work and they can look great but depending on how you’re using your slider or your environment, using a motor can make your shots not only look better but reduce the amount of retakes or possibility of being stuck with poor shots. If you’re shooting a scene with a wide lens and there is nothing to give the slides perspective, they are not going to translate in your video. I wouldn’t suggest using a lens much wider than around 24 to 35mm or it might get a bit tricky to create sliding effects. By using the environment around you, you can exaggerate your slides even if you’re working with a smaller slider. Get creative, use nature, buildings, signs, anything to add impact to your slides.
Geometry. Good old geometry can also help your viewer to get the visual effect of sliding shots. Use lines to translate movement. The intentional and obvious lines in architecture, nature, people, you name it can cross, move, shift and the viewer’s eyes and brain will figure it all out.
The OliviaTech Motorroid Bundle comes with a Varavon Slidecam LITE 800 which is 32″ long. A lot of people are wondering if this is enough length for shooting. I don’t have a yes or no answer to that per se, however I will say this: take into consideration the actual edits that will be incorporated into your video and how long those will be. Will you be traveling with your slider? Larger sliders mean more mass and more to carry around. They also require more sturdy tripods and ball heads. I say take all factors into consideration before you decide on the length of your slider.creating smooth slides on a slider, DSLR, motorized slider, oliviatech, OliviaTech Motorroid, slider, time lapse control slider, tips, Varavon, video
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