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Want to get a nice dolly shot without spending a lot of money? With less than $20 and a Gorillapod you can have an adjustable tripod dolly. You can adjust the angle, the direction, and the radius for circular dolly shots.

It's also ridiculously easy to make. With all the supplies and tools, the build time here is less than 10 minutes.

Video below shows some shots with it. There are still a few jiggles due to the texture of the floor, but you get the idea.
 
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Step 1: What you need

Inspiration
This project may look familiar. That's because it's based off of the CineSkates project on Kickstarter. I liked the shots it was getting, but didn't want to drop $200 for three wheels. i also knew that I wouldn't have extensive use for this. It's fun once in a while. I'm sure that the CineSkates are much more solid and a great solution, but this Instructable costs less than 10% of those.

Supplies
  1. Gorillapod. I'm using the Hybrid here, but my camera is also light. The SLR-Zoom or Focus would be better.
  2. Three rollerblade wheels with bearings. Lots of these can be found on ebay or amazon. These cost $35 (incl. shipping) for a set of 8. There are cheaper options, but I like the color purple.
  3. Three 2 1/4" 1/4" bolts
  4. Three 1/4" lock nuts
Tools
  1. Drill
  2. Couple of wrenches

Step 2: Drill!

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Easy enough. Drill three holes as straight across the bottom of each foot as possible.

Step 3: Add nuts and bolts

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Again, really easy here. Stick the bolt through the wheel, then the foot, and cap it with the lock nut.
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gradof6b3 years ago
LOVE IT! MAKING IT! one suggestion though, if you put another nut between the wheel and the tripod I think it would make it sturdier just a thought. Still awesome as is.
fungus amungus (author)  gradof6b3 years ago
That's worth trying out. I tried using washers, but that actually made it a bit worse as they were then contacting the outside of the bearings and causing it to slow down.
tylercard3 years ago
I think that idea is brilliant. As as far as it goes for the Needle Nose pliers guy, It's not like you're building a space shuttle, I think that nut will be just fine, and it won't be tragic if it happens to loosen up someday, either way.
egee13 years ago
Dude - you rock. This is absolutely fantastic.
fungus amungus (author)  egee13 years ago
Thanks!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I like this idea. Is there some video footage you can show?
fungus amungus (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
It's sloooooowwwly uploading to youtube right now. Published it to lock in the URL
shoulda guessed; sweet video!
fungus amungus (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Thanks! Motion tracking FTW
Yeah Ed... where is the video Ed? I know you were working on it :-P
hiflyer3 years ago
Cineskate anyone?
fungus amungus (author)  hiflyer3 years ago
Wait till you get to step 1. It's awesome.
Yay reverseengineeringtoavoidpayingforsomethingthatiseasilymadeathomeforasuperlowcost!!! :D
hiflyer D00M993 years ago
All good :)

and yay for reverse engineering!

I still like my cineskate tho
fungus amungus (author)  hiflyer3 years ago
That's cool. I'm sure they're nice. Did you get yours already? Funding just closed a couple weeks ago.
angelabchua3 years ago
moar bear shots pleez
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