The Cineped: Full 360° Rotatable Slider
As a cinematographer, movement is an integral part of conveying your creative vision and the storytelling process. Whether subtle or dramatic, it’s another tool in your box of creative options. The Elite Team and I tested a revolutionary kind of camera slider for slight camera movement: the Cineped with Quatro camera support. The Cineped is a full 360° rotatable slider with a carrying capacity of 95 lbs that can mount Mitchell or ball mount tripod heads on top of it.
It is sturdy, versatile, and portable and can be mounted on top of a set of Mitchell sticks, on a Fisher dolly, or on the Quatro 4 legged camera support system. We have been testing the Cineped with the Quatro support. Even with a large camera system, it produced smooth movement.
Something that I have incorporated on my last few features is to use the slider on the dolly at all times. It gives you this wonderful movement within moves and more of a liquid camera feel than a locked in dolly in or dolly out. The other option that the Quatro does on the dolly or on the Cineped is to increase freedom on over the shoulder shots. The ability to slide over when the actor or actress leans in or back allows you to keep a consistent OTS. For me, this is huge because you are using a tool to gain a better performance and not have to go another take because of the actor blocking a crucial line of dialogue.
The Cineped with the Quatro is a four legged camera support with adjustable heights and a rosette to lock in at different angles. Therefore, each leg can have a different height and angle, which allows you to place it on uneven surfaces and rough terrain. It can setup high or low depending on at which height you want to shoot.
The Cineped with the Quatro is a combination of a tripod and a slider that produces a new type of camera movement. One person can operate the camera and do a left to right movement, then unlock the Cineped and quickly switch to a front to back movement or a combination of the two. This allows for a smaller crew and the ability to change camera movement on the fly without the need for multiple setups.
Here is an example video using the Cineped and Kessler CineSlider to keep a dirty OTS framing. This allows your talent to shift their weight and keep organic movement in conversation. It’s a subtle movement and lets the actors maintain a more natural posture and stance. A Cineped and Kessler CineSlider were used for this example to show the technique with sliders at different price points.
For more information go to: www.cineped.com
Thanks to Bertone Visuals for supplying the Cineped unit for testing: www.bertonevisuals.com
To rent the Cineped, contact Revolution Cinema Rentals: www.revolutioncinemarentals.com
Thanks to Dominic Best and Amanda Scruggs for being our models for the example video!
*The example footage was shot by my cinematography interns. They were instructed to give me an OTS with what we called back in the day an over keeper. The slider was specifically designed not to move time lapse, not to do small moves, but to keep an OTS shot consistent. After viewing what they cut together, I instructed them that they had crossed the line, that a dirty OTS was much tighter, that they had moved too much. The moment needed to feel like you weren’t sliding at all. I let them make mistakes because this is the best way to learn. I wish someone would have taken me aside and given me this opportunity when I was starting out. I have used a slider on 16 of my 17 feature films, being obsessed with the subtle nuances of the actors’ movements, anticipating them.
The Cineped is a great slider, smooth and sturdy…rented one in Dallas. The only problem we had was that the rails had pitted in one spot…presumably from being stored with some moisture, and with the base locked for a period of time.
Cineped is a great idea and very well-built. But at its current price, it’s definitely a rental item, not built to own (starting at $8,900).
Seems to me like you could achieve a similar effect with existing sliders (including the cineslider) and a second ball-head between the legs and the slider). Key problem of course is stability of three legs versus four legs. How many times I’ve felt my camera tip at the long end of a slider when incorrectly mounted to a tripod… Makes you wonder why there are so few four-legged support systems…
This is a brilliant idea for framing overs. FYI: the link for more information for cineped doesn’t work.
Thank you, Robert. We got the link fixed as well. Thanks for pointing that out.
thanks Shane for this tip….as usual you the man…the Cineped is awesome I mean you feel the movement and its rock solid …but the price its to expansive 3500 hoping someday I can have it…….for now I am sticking with my kessler slider its rock solid ether …..but you can bit the performance of the Cineped if you watch the video…sure there is a deference
visualmed, the concept is the same, this is why I showed it on the Cineped as well as a Kessler Cine Slider.
Very smart tool, although Cinepad not cheap…
In Europe we used also the U-Bangi from the Panther dolly for that
But this is a dedicated tool and faster for sure.
Hope to have it in cheaper versions
Regards and thanks for Shane’s dedication to the readers of this blog!
teovidium, thank you very much for your kind words and support. Panther application works great. Peace
The ATLAS MODULAR SLIDER seems a far better option at just over half the price, they do some nice gear over in Poland.