Camera sliders for video SLR are typically expensive, large, cumbersome, and difficult to travel with. Not so with Tom Baker’s Airtracks on Kickstarter. This is by far one of the most innovative portable sliders that I’ve seen on the market. While it won’t replace your professional-caliber slider, if you’re a one-man indie cinematographer, videojournalists, or outdoor sports videographer, then you may want to take a look at this.
Rather than using heavy and expensive metal tracks, the Airtracks utilizes a 5-foot inflatable track that is both durable and super portable. It only takes two breaths plus several squeezes on the built-in hand pump to inflate the track. This also means that one person can carry the whole kit practically anywhere. The Airtracks also comes with a dolly in which you can attach your own tripod head. The supported gear weight on the dolly and track is 8 lbs. You can use it many terrain and the track is made to be washed off.
The cost is $250 for the first 80 Kickstarter backers and $275 after that. You can also get it with the Manfrotto 494 ballhead for $325 for the first 50 backers.
UPDATE: Tom just replied my question on the color of the tracks, and he said there will be a black version.
If you are interested in getting an Airtracks, please visit Airtracks Kickstarter page.
Thanks to The Phoblographer for the heads up!