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DIY: Build A Camera Slider With Bearings For Under $100

By Anthony Thurston on November 5th 2014

One of the best ways to add production value and create more dynamic shots in your video production is by adding a slider. Unfortunately, quality bearing-based sliders can be quite expensive. If you don’t mind going DIY though, we have a great build to share with you that you can make for under $100.


DIY Camera Slider For Under $100

I love a good DIY build, especially one that looks as good as it works. This DIY camera slider, which is based on parts from a shop called OpenBuilds, was developed by Jones Oliver.

The idea was simple: to make a camera slider for as cheap as possible, but still worked well and could be used in front of clients without giving off a bad impression. Oliver did just that, and he was kind enough to share his build over on his blog.


The parts amounted to about $68 from the inventory, in addition to about $9 in parts from his local Home Depot. So, for roughly $77, Oliver was able to build this functioning camera slider that looks good and performs well. The video below is a quick demo on how to put a similar bearing setup together and attach it to a rail.


If you like to DIY, and are in need of a good slider, then this is a build you may want to try out. To get the full list of parts and the how-to on putting them together, make sure to head on over to Jones Oliver’s blog to get the skinny.

If you aren’t into DIY, but are still looking for a decent slider, B&H has a great selection of sliders which you can find for as little as $149 (friction based) all the way up to higher end sliders that likely cost close to what you paid for your camera.

[via DIY Photography]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Steven Rialto

    Sturdy and simple, nice design. For a motorized DIY build on the cheap this one is nice:

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  2. Mauricio Muñoz

    Inspired in your project, here are my cheap version of DIY Camera Slider. Only $8 USD.

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  3. John Tilly

    Great idea for a DIY video slider. Thanks for sharing. I’ve seen many ideas for motorizing sliders. Some are rather complicated. This past weekend I noted the motorized unit by Digital Juice. It’s by far the simplest motorized unit I’ve ever seen. I have all the components with the exception of the ‘dive wheel. Search everywhere in South Africa but cannot find anything close to it. If someone could assist me in sourcing this wheel or something similar it will be appreciated. Here’s the link to the DJ motorized unit.

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  4. Basit Zargar

    Awesome great job

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  5. Aaron Cheney

    I definitely want to give this a try

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  6. Michel Andy

    Any video showing some shots from the DIY slider? thanks for sharing Anthony.

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  7. Michael Moe

    thanks for sharing! maybe i can modify my own diy timelapse slider with some of this parts. but it seems, that this slider is primary for videowork. i think it is not as stable as a timelapse slider should be.

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