My brother-in-law has a machine shop and made me a SpiderTrax dolly.

I was up in Wyoming over the weekend and my brother-in-law was kind enough to make my a DIY video dolly inspired by the CheesyCam SpiderTrax video dolly.

I think it came out pretty well, but the wheels are so old that they are uneven so I might have to buy some new ones. I am looking around for some new 52mm skate wheels so I can get it even smoother, Emm says that the flatter wheels work a bit smoother.

Also I want to give a shout out to Tore Ringdal for the incredibly generous donation he gave this weekend. Thanks Tore!


  • Hey Dave, the shots look great. However, I think I’ll keep looking into a DIY slider since the dolly will only be as good (or as smooth) as the surface it is on……and I don’t want to have to start carrying a broom with me wherever I go….Ha! Ha!

    Thanks for this….and keep up the great work!!

  • Very cool. I just discovered your site via and will be a regular reader. I’m getting my first DSLR next month and am thankful there are sites like this, chock full of great info.

  • Looked pretty good. Just slightly bouncy. Maybe some softer wheels or a smoother rolling surface would improve this. I like the orbiting camera moves. Very cool.

  • 76-80mm wheels made for street hockey would work well, they’re softer for more grip. They have a durometer rating of 74A to 76A. To compare, hard wheels for slalom go up to 88A. There you go!

  • I considered making a pocket dolly inspired slider, and there are some instructions for sourcing all the parts in I like the idea of using industrial grade track and nylon bearings. I seem to recall the price being in the $200 range.

    That said, I ended up buying a Kessler CineSlider. The reason I went that route was because I had rented a pocket dolly for a documentary I am working on, and I found it to be impossible to get smooth shots. Inevitably there would be a bit of steady tracking and then the slider would seem to hit a section of the track where the speed would change, resulting in a not so smooth surge. The CineSlider has a tensioning adjustment, and the resistance makes it way easier to get a smooth shot. The CineSlider also fits right on my Kessler K-pod sticks and Hercules head, so they work great together to get some good tilt/dolly/Dutch angle shots. And I have a Kessler Crane. Between those three Kessler products, you can really pull off some professional looking shots; way more bang for the buck than purchasing a Letus adapter for my XH-A1.

  • Thanks for the tips. Have a set of inlines that can be resurrected with a new use. For pans from room to room or along a driveway by a property, real estate, a wheelchair with larger wheels picks up less vibration. Surface is key and for over 400 videos of listings, community events, no time to set up a track, have a truck and budget for camera guy, audio mic boom operator. But can see with product spots, this little device would be worth asking Santa for as a stocking stuffer. Super quick, down and dirty, simple video that inspires! Glad I stumbled on to your site. Over the shoulder video camera can “ride” the terrain and be “egg carried” with care to swing slowly, maneuver gracefully so continuous footage rather than a slew of edits, set up of the loops for the video. Remember, audio is 40% of the video experience.

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