In the photography world it is all about lighting, lighting, lighting. For videographers the main emphasis is not necessarily lighting as much as it is motion. Perhaps the easiest and most affordable way to add motion to your DSLR video is by using a slider. In this video we take a closer look at the Rhino Slider and why it might be the best sub $800 slider on the market.
I'm going to leave all the details about the Rhino slider to the above video, but I will say after having this slider for about a week now, it has surpassed my expectations. Here are a few impressions of the other sliders we have owned and why I believe the Rhino Slider might have them beat.
The first slider we bought for video work was one of the Glidetrack Sliders which was appealing because of the price point. However we quickly realized its friction based design made it impossible to get smooth movements because sections of the track would become rougher than other sections. Manually pulling the track with a consistent speed was nearly impossible. Another problem with this design is the track itself is so flimsy and thin that you start to get a bouncing effect as the carriage moves further from the middle. Mounting this slider with two tripods on each end of the unit is a must.
The second slider we bought was actually cheaper than the Glidetrack. I came across the Indi Slider by IndiSystems through an Fstoppers reader and decided to purchase one. At only $99 I believe this slider is still a great first buy if you aren't sure how much video work you will be doing or just want something to get you by for a year or so. The Indi Slider came out a few years ago when it seemed like everyone was designing DIY sliders so it definitely doesn't have the most professional build, but again it's only $99! This slider worked well for me and you can see some of the footage at the end of our video How To Photography Concerts with David Bergman and Bon Jovi. Our Indi Slider did eventually get a deep gouge in the aluminum track so we had to throw it away.
For our next slider we decided to go all out and buy a real professional piece of gear. We decided on the 35" version of the Cinevate Atlas 10. Unlike the previous two sliders, the Cinevate one uses robust ball bearing wheels mounted to a near indestructible steel track. As shown in the above video review, the Cinevate slider is definitely heavier and potentially more cumbersome than the Rhino Slider but many professionals might actually find that as a benefit. Cinevate does now make the Duzi Slider model which is designed much like the Rhino but without the all terrain feet.
I never like to make a complete judgement on a product like this until we've used it in the field for at least 6 months, but judging by the footage we filmed at a recent real estate shoot, I think it's pretty safe to say that the Rhino Slider is going to find a permanent place in our grip bag. If you have any questions about the Rhino slider or specific features, feel free to leave comments below.