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Introducing the Innovative New Slyder Dolly from Digital JuicePortable linear tracking solution provides production value & creative freedom (September 01, 2011) Digital Juice® has announced the release of the Slyder Dolly®, a new linear-sliding mini-dolly tracking solution for camera rigs up to 30 pounds. Weighing in at 7 and 10 pounds respectively, and with a width of just under 5", both the 40" and the 64" Slyder Dolly units are supremely portable, allowing filmmakers to get those quick, smooth short-run dolly shots without having to carry a full dolly system and track.
What differentiates the Slyder Dolly from other linear-sliding tracking dollies is that it is constructed from custom extruded high-grade aluminum with integrated rails. "Unlike the detachable top-mounted rods used by most other manufacturers, our rail system is built into the Slyder body and fairly insulated from damage," says Viv Beason, President of Digital Juice. "We found that detachable top-mounted rod systems are more likely to suffer dings and scratches over time which can cause camera vibration, bumpy footage and friction noise."
The Slyder Dolly is precisely engineered to tolerances of 1/2000 of an inch in the most critical areas and no cast parts were used in its construction. The trolley unit was custom designed to ride on eight oil-filled bearings selected for their harmonic match to the custom C-channels to minimize sound as well as for their extra smooth movement on the rails. The two-tiered bearing system also allows for inverted operation. "We studied roller coaster design," says Beason. Those designs have to withstand repetitive use in a safe and reliable manner -- and with maximum up-time. If you look closely, you will see similarities between our design and that of a roller coaster. That design has also produced what we think is the smoothest action compared to all other linear sliding dollies!"
The Slyder Dolly can be used on many surfaces -- including tabletop, ground-level and tripod -- to create smooth quiet camera movements on a horizontal, angled or vertical axis. An anodized body gives it a long-lasting and smooth finish that is easy to maintain and clean. The built-in braking system is used to lock the camera in place while your camera is mounted which eliminates the risk of pinched fingers and more importantly, broken gear. As a bonus, it allows you to input just the right amount of tension to slow the camera when mounted for angled or vertical shots.
"Whether you're an established pro or just getting started, the Slyder Dolly is a great way to add production value to your shoot," says Beason. "It provides you with the flexibility you need to capture an almost limitless variety of tracking shots using a wide variety of camera setups. Its size makes it more flexible to use in small rooms, where you can change the position of the camera relative to your subject faster than moving a whole tripod."
40" SLYDER DOLLY
- L - 40 5/16"
- W - 4 11/16" / 20.3cm
- H - 3" / 17.8cm
- Weight: 7 lbs
- Camera Travel Distance: 34.5"
Weight Capacity: up to 80 lbs, 30 lbs optimum*
64" SLYDER DOLLY
- L - 64 5/16"
- W - 4 11/16"
- H - 3"
- Weight: 10.2 lbs
- Camera Travel Distance: 58.5"
Weight Capacity: up to 80 lbs, 30 lbs optimum*
Extruded high-grade anodized aluminum (body/rails); high-performance stainless steel bearings (trolley); chromed end caps; rubber bumpers
- Adjustable Leveling Legs keep you level on uneven surfaces and they add stability for larger camera setups.
- The Giottos Ball Head with Quick Release Plate allows you to quickly attach lighter cameras, including DSLRs, and level them when sliding on an angle or when the Slyder Dolly is placed on an uneven surface.
- The Mounting Adapter makes it easy and super fast to connect a ball head to the Slyder Dollys trolley plate.
- The High Hat Kit is used for mounting your existing 100mm ball head fluid mount for quick balancing and smooth pans and tilts. A 75mm Ball Head Adapter Ring is also available for use with the High Hat Kit.
- Custom Deluxe Carry Bags provide safe, secure storage and transport for your Slyder Dolly.
- C-Stand Adapters allow you to securely connect Slyder Dolly to your stands and feature a ball head that allows the dolly to be positioned at a variety of angles including vertical positioning.
Pricing & Availability
The new Digital Juice Slyder Dolly can be ordered through Digital Juice's online store (www.digitaljuice.com) or by calling the company's customer service center toll-free at 800-525-2203. The 40" Slyder Dolly retails for $599 and the 64" Slyder Dolly retails for $799. Check the website for details on specials and optional accessories.
About Digital Juice®
Digital Juice® is the world-leader in royalty-free broadcast animation content for video, motion graphics and multimedia professionals. Digital Juice® products are in use in nearly every major studio, broadcast, and cable station including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, HBO, CNBC, Fox News, and countless high profile television shows such as American Idol and the Grammy Awards. The company provides royalty-free animations, music, stock footage, organic film effects, graphical fonts, layered Photoshop® illustrations, After Effects® project files, plug-ins and production gear to a wide variety of video, motion graphics, print and web enthusiasts. The company is known for its extremely high quality and innovative content as well as for its aggressive and affordable pricing.
Digital Juice, Inc.
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