Aaand we’re back. For this edition of Ask Cinevate we’re fielding a question about rigging up an Atlas 10 slider using light stands rather than using a tripod. In the video we cover this configuration as well as a few extra ones.
*Update November 2nd, 2012
We now offer a more Atlas 10 and Atlas FLT specific Spud Adapter (seen below) that will allow you to mount these sliders to light stands or C-Stands without the risk of twisting or even breaking as inherent in the manfrotto Spud Adapters used in the video.
As you may know, the Altas 10 is our first slider to centre mount using a single tripod (as opposed to other sliders that require a stand for each end). Despite the convenience of mounting on a single tripod you might find yourself in a situation where you don’t have a tripod or you just can’t rig your Atlas on one. The centre mount is great but if you really load up the slider with a heavy camera and heavy rig you may notice a slight ‘teeter-totter’ effect (this of course will vary depending on the load capacity of your tripod head/legs as well). In the case of using light stands, carrying around a pair of light stands and your slider is a bit lighter than carrying a big set of sticks. It’s definitely a case-by-case scenario and some people will find it a lot easier one way than the other.
We ventured away from the comfort of the studio to try some of these setups in the field. Lucky for us there was a gentlemen practicing his RC car skills at a nearby racetrack and was kind enough to let us document it. You’ll find a variety of regular shots as well as a few sliding shots using the Atlas 10 FLT on light stands and C-stands. We also threw in a couple of under-slung setups for kicks as well.
Hopefully that gives everyone some fun ideas for rigging up their slider. If you have any questions about this video or a question you’d like answered in Ask Cinevate, email, tweet, or simply comment below.