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Kickstarter: AirTracks Inflatable All-Terrain Camera Slider

By fotosiamo on October 22nd 2012

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.

Airtracks

Airtracks

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!

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Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at www.fotosiamo.com and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    meh

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  2. Anonymous

    how can this ever be remotely straight?  If you mount it on a tripod, it should sag pretty badly on each end…

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  3. Life in DSLR

    This is a neat idea but it’s unfortunate you can’t mount it to a tripod to get slider shots off the ground level. You have to rely on your surroundings to determine where you can place the slider. Still a novel idea.

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    • Joe Gunawan

      Good point. I asked Tom about this, too. I’ll let you know what’s his answer.

      — Joe

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  4. Paul Monaghan

    Pretty cool Idea, Have sent this link on to some of my video minded friends :D.

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