Of the numerous sliders we saw at NAB 2016, the iFootage Shark Slider from Camera Motion Research was one of the ones that caught our eye. Well made and super smooth, the Shark Slider is a motion control dream come true, especially when used in conjunction with the iFootage 3-axis motion control system. We stopped to speak with Camera Motion Research’s Richard Greb for more.
Precisely aligned high quality carbon fiber rails and high quality carriage bearings on a wide track, are the basic building blocks of The Shark slider. These features produce very low and consistent rolling friction over the entire travel range. And torques on the carriage from camera panning/tilting, or unbalanced camera payloads, have negligible effect on rolling friction. For the operator, that means smooth shots with no surprises.
But the Shark has another very important design feature…. a belt driven flywheel. The rotational inertia of the flywheel is transformed into linear inertia at the carriage. The combination of great basic slider design and manufacturing, combined with the flywheel action, makes getting super smooth and consistent slides very easy.
The Shark without extension rails has over 19 in. of travel. It can be mounted on a tripod using the under- rail cheeseplate with multiple 3/8-16 and ¼-20 threaded holes.
Carbon fiber rails, anodized aluminum and stainless steel construction means you’ll never have to worry about corrosion.
The travel can be extended to 40 inches with the addition of the two carbon fiber extension rails. Precision manufacturing of the rails and end fittings to control concentricity, results in a perfect joint that doesn’t produce a bump as the carriage moves over it. Adding or removing the extension rails is easy and quick.
The extended length Shark can be mounted using a tripod on the under-rail cheeseplate and another tripod, or a light stand on the opposite end block. Or even using just light stands under each end block.
3 Axis Motion Control
The X2 systems can be combined with an S1A1 to add 2 axis tilt and pan motion control. The X2 can be powered from the same V-mount battery on an S1A1, or can have its own battery.
All the motors are very quiet! The maximum camera payload for the X2 mounted on a shark is recommended to be less than 9 lbs.
The Shark Slider is available now, starting at $675. For more information or to buy yours now, visit www.CamotionLLC.com/Shark