Editor’s Note: I do not own a GT Glidetrack Slider, nor have I been in anyway, approached or paid by Glidetrack to write about their product. I simply had the opportunity to use their slider and felt the need to write a post about it.
On several recent TV commercial shoots, I had the opportunity to use the GT Glidetrack Shooter SD camera slider with my Canon 60D. The Shooter SD mounts onto your tripod and gives you roughly 2 feet to slide your camera back and forth to give you a look very similar to a camera dolly. (I say roughly 2 feet as I didn’t bother to measure it) The camera mounts onto a Manfrotto 501hdv video head which in turn mounts to the Glidetrack. This allows you to pan and tilt the camera while “dollying” along the slider.
While the Glidetrack is obviously not as long as a full on camera dolly, I found it to still be quite useful. A lot of the shots for the series of ads we were recording that day benefited from just a slight camera movement. I’m a big fan of subtle camera dollies in shots and this little piece of gear does just that. It’s also incredibly portable and lightweight. Once you build the rig on set (which took around 5 to 10 minutes), you can pop it on and off your tripod with ease. Check out the video below to see some of the shots we pulled off with the slider, my Canon 60d and a Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens.