Object of Desire: Rhino Camera Slider

September 18, 2012

By Dan Havlik

Along with camera rigs and Steadicam devices, another way to capture smooth HD video that looks professional is to use a camera slider. A slider is a metal, rail-based contraption that helps you produce cinematic shots by simply sliding your camera along the tracks.

For the most part, sliders come in two flavors: inexpensive friction-based devices that easily get stuck, or heavy roller-based units that cost an arm and a leg. Kyle Hart, a filmmaker and inventor from Seattle, thought he could “build a better mousetrap” and came up with the hybrid Rhino Slider.

The Rhino Slider is a 48-inch camera slider that uses 12 bearings inside six self-lubricating rollers. Though we haven’t tried the device ourselves, in demo videos the Rhino Slider produces so little friction when a camera is mounted to it, gravity is enough to move basic shots.

The Rhino Slider also has locking, all-terrain legs and microadjustable rubber feet so you can use it outdoors or on rough surfaces. The feet and legs also fold up for travel, and the entire system disassembles for cleaning and storage with just four tool-less fasteners. Two mounting screws are included: a standard 3/8-inch to mount a ball or fluid head, and a 1/4-20 if you want to mount a GoPro, iPhone or DLSR right onto the Rhino Slider system.

Hart’s Rhino Slider was still a Kickstarter project at the time of this writing but it had already more than doubled its $20,000 goal. If the initial stampede of interest for the Rhino Slider is any indication, this product seems long overdue for HD-DSLR video shooters.