Kickrig Slider Beam Gets Sliders Off the Ground

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If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive slider with lots of length and smooth operation, have a look at this kickstarter project called the kickrig!

The Kickrig team was pretty smart I think as they sent me a set of the kickrig sliders – the 4 foot and the 2 foot – plus a bunch of base plates and quick release options so I could give them a quick test and as you can see from my video, I am impressed.

I'll be using this more in the coming months… hopefully they'll get funded.

Kickrig Slider Beam by Twintec, Inc

Developing the Kickrig Slider Beam

From Kickstarter:

Here is the basic idea. First, they took an industry standard quick release system (Arca Swiss compatible) and incorporated into slider construction. This means that instead of a camera mounted directly onto a tripod, a videographer would first put a base clamp on the tripod and a plate on the bottom of his camera. This allows the camera to be quickly removed.

Second, they made the Kickrig compatible with the quick release system. The slider beam fits onto the base clamp perfectly. In the tracks of the slider beam they placed a roller carriage with a built in clamp. The plate, mounted on the bottom of the camera, would then fit right onto the roller carriage.

planet5D quick look

Here's my first look at the kickrig!

Kickrig promos

The result is that a camera can slide smoothly along the tracks of the slider beam, and the entire setup can be assembled and disassembled in less than 2 minutes. Videographers and filmmakers can use their lightweight digital cameras to create the kinds of panning and sliding shots that used to require far more expensive, bulky, and static equipment like floor mounted tracks with dollies.



Rigging the KICKRIG Slider Beam

This is a short how-to video that demonstrates the setup process in a little more detail. Chris will show you how quickly and easily you can create professional looking shots.

The price and convenience of the Kickrig allow a far greater range of people to use the slider. Wedding photographers, for instance, can now add video to their services, and with the quick and easy setup, they can use Kickrig sliders to add motion to shots that were previously unthinkable. The challenge is not competing with other similar products, because, frankly there is nothing like the Kickrig. The challenge is that most people are simply not aware of sliders or their capability. Once the word gets out, everyone who shoots video will realize that the slider beam should be an essential part of their gear.

The Kickrig will get sliders off the ground!

Kickrig Slider Beam at Prosumer (Basic) Pledge

Kickrig Slider Beam at Prosumer (Basic) Pledge - Tripod and bipod are not included

Kickrig Slider Beam at Prosumer (Basic) Pledge – Tripod and bipod are not included

Kit includes:

  • 1x 6 foot slider beam
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins
  • 1x roller carriage
  • 2x base clamp
  • 1x standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate)

Kickrig Slider Beam at Prosumer (Full) Pledge

Kickrig Slider Beam at Prosumer (Full) Pledge - Tripod, head and bipod are not included

Kickrig Slider Beam at Prosumer (Full) Pledge – Tripod, head and bipod are not included

Kit includes:

  • 1x 6 foot slider beam
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins
  • 1x roller carriage
  • 2x base clamp
  • 1x standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate)

Learn more about this Kickstarter campaign and choose from a variety of pledge levels at Kickrig's Kickstarter page “Kickrig Slider Beam”

(cover photo credit: snap from Kickstarter)

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