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Thread: Tips & Tricks : Fake Dolly Tracking shot

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    Default Tips & Tricks : Fake Dolly Tracking shot

    It would be lovely to have a dolly and track for certain shots, but they're big to lug around, time consuming to set up and expensive to buy or rent. To get a similar effect you need a flat surface (table), put your camera on a towell (or piece of cloth) on the table, set to record and pull the towell in the direction you need. Not perfect but better than hand held. Here's a quick sample http://www.digitalgloss.com/towelldollyshot.wmv

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    Great tip.
    Got me thinking, how about combining that with the tip for using an elastic band for smooth pan shots - just sew (or whatever) the elastic band to the towel (or whatever) for a smooth start and finish.
    Tim

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    Hadn't seen that tip about the elastic band Tim but searched the site and found it and just tried it, seemed to work great although the only elastic band I could find was a little to thin. So why not Tim

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    Well, you learn something new every day!

    Good idea Shiner. I will, of course, claim that it's entirely my discovery if I ever use it on a job!

    I'm not too impressed with the so-called elastic band panning trick though. A bit of practice and a decent tripod head gives you far more control, in my opinion.
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    Top tip - one I am sure I will use.

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    This is a brilliant Idea. Ive only been on the sight for a few minutes and Ive already picked up a few neat tricks. I wonder if this tip could work on a larger scale with a piece of Smooth MDF and a camera on a based tripod?!? Something I will definetly be trying out.

    Loving this sight.

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    How about this one!

    Using a Tripod for Pseudo Dolly and Crane Shots at FreshDV

    Neat huh? - But you DO have to have at least a tripod? Sorry . ..

    Grazie

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    Nice tip, I had a need for a slow, but short distance tracking shot recently, still in editing, and ended up using my son's model train!

    I think this would have been easier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grazie View Post
    How about this one!

    Using a Tripod for Pseudo Dolly and Crane Shots at FreshDV

    Neat huh? - But you DO have to have at least a tripod? Sorry . ..

    Grazie
    OK, now that's a sharp trick that will come in quite handy for me.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grazie View Post
    How about this one!

    Using a Tripod for Pseudo Dolly and Crane Shots at FreshDV

    Neat huh? - But you DO have to have at least a tripod? Sorry . ..

    Grazie

    that looks awsome. Simple and really effective. The only thing i would be worried about would be the tripod legs slipping if it went over too far foward.

    i got my first go with a proper dolly not too long ago...

    YouTube - Dolly test shots

    John

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