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We are here to get sliders off the ground! Kickrig Slider Beam is the most versatile tripod mounted slider ever developed. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on March 1, 2014.

We are here to get sliders off the ground! Kickrig Slider Beam is the most versatile tripod mounted slider ever developed.

About this project

So how do you get sliders off the ground?

Nearly two years ago Chris and Steve Burrows, hobby filmmakers and owners of Twintec, came up with an idea to turn an extrusion (a product common in engineering) into a tripod mounted slider beam. They figured that such a simple concept could revolutionize the film industry, especially since the digital revolution is making cameras lighter and more convenient. Their dream is to make the slider beam as common to the filmmaker as a tripod, and the Kickrig is just the thing that can make that happen!

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.

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!

Behind the Scenes

While filming our Kickstarter video we had a second camera record the session. Now you can see some of our behind the scenes footage and get a better idea of the potential of the Kickrig slider beam. For instance, you can watch while Anthony, the camera man, mounts a monitor on his slider beam. Each and every frame in the original and behind the scenes videos were shot using a Kickrig slider beam to add motion and a professional polish. Check it out!

 Special thanks to Debbie and Spencer of RIES Tripods for providing their awesome wooden tripods for our video!

Pledge Levels

If you want a better idea of our promotional items you can check out the pictures and additional descriptions below.

 Image shows a top and bottom view of the clamp. Actual item includes only one base clamp. Final product will be black anodized (instead of bare metal).

Kit includes: 

  • 1x 2 foot slider beam 
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins 
  • 1x roller carriage

Kit includes:  

  • 1x 4 foot slider beam  
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins   
  • 1x roller carriage
Tripod is not included
Tripod is not included

Kit includes:

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

Kit includes:  

  • 1x 6 foot slider beam  
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins  
  • 1x roller carriage
Tripod and head are not included
Tripod and head are not included

Kit includes:

  • 1x 2 foot slider beam
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins
  • 1x roller carriage
  • 2x base clamp
  • 1x standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate)
  • 1x pod plate
Tripod and bipod are not included
Tripod and bipod are not included

Kit includes:

  • 1x 4 foot slider beam
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins
  • 1x roller carriage
  • 2x base clamp
  • 1x standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate)
Tripod and bipod are not included
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)
Tripod, head and bipod are not included
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)
Tripod and bipod not included
Tripod and bipod not included

Kit includes:

  • 2x 4 foot slider beam
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins
  • 3x roller carriage
  • 2x base clamp
  • 1x standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate)
Tripod and bipod not included
Tripod and bipod not included

Kit includes:

  • 2x 6 foot slider beam
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins
  • 3x roller carriage
  • 2x base clamp
  • 1x standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate)
Camera not included
Camera not included

Kit includes:  

  • 1x RIES H100 tripod
  • 1x 2 foot slider beam 
  • 1x set of 2 QR pins 
  • 1x roller carriage 
  • 2x base clamp 1x standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate) 
  • 1x pod plate

Risks and challenges

Twintec is a proven and capable company with a long track record of reliable success. We have developed other products, such as the Microrax building system (find it at Microrax.com). This is the first time that we have used Kickstarter to fund a project. Here are the typical risks and how we intend to address them:

Final product design: Our design is very close to production ready, but we may miss something that will affect production, therefore, our plan has plenty of room for contingencies.

Design modification: We are sure to get plenty of input from our backers on how the Slider Beam can be improved. We will have to carefully consider any changes to prevent delays.

Suppliers: We have designed using standard components wherever possible to prevent single sourcing to avoid shortages and delay in supply.

Outside services: Extrusion and finishing. We have long running relations with several Extrusion shops and finishers, each with a measured history of performance.

Machining: We will be machining in house on our 3 CNC Machines. Our machines are older, but they've proven to be reliable and are American made.

Quality control: This can really kill project promise dates. Our outside services follow ISO 9000a manufacturing quality control standard. Our in house machining follows ISO 9000 standards as well.

Assembly: We can't ship unless every nut and washer is installed in the right place in the right way. This is where we will have a little teething to get through. The Kickrig Slider Beam will have many more parts and assembly steps than we’ve done before. We will carefully develop each step to assure nothing is missed or damaged during assembly.

Customer management: This will be our greatest challenge on this project and where we expect to learn the most. We are devoted to make this as smooth as possible.

Promotion: We need to get the word out about this product because there is nothing like it. For that, we need your help. Spread the word!

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Rewards

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    5 backers

    Kickrig Mug

    This is the perfect pledge level for those who want to show support for the project, but prefer to wait to buy the actual product.

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    About $25 USD

    1 backer

    Photo Plate

    This plate can be attached to the bottom of a still camera (with video capability). The plate can then be attached to a clamp or the roller carriage for quick release convenience. This product is Arca Swiss compatible and worth buying individually.

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    Cine Plate

    This plate features an alignment pin that fits the bottom of most video cameras. The plate can then be attached to a clamp or roller carriage for quick release convenience. This product is Arca Swiss compatible and worth buying individually.

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    Pod Plate

    This plate can be attached to the bottom of a tripod head. The plate can then be attached to a clamp for quick release convenience. This product is Arca Swiss compatible and worth buying individually.

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    About $45 USD

    1 backer

    Base Clamp

    The Kickrig slider beam and all the quick release plates (photo, cine, pod) are designed to fit into this clamp. This clamp can then be mounted onto a tripod and/or head. This allows you to quickly switch from one setup to another. This product is Arca Swiss compatible and worth buying individually.

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    Pledge $170 or more
    About $170 USD

    1 backer

    Bare Bones Kit

    This kit includes the minimal amount needed to use the Kickrig 2 foot slider beam setup if you already have an Arca Swiss compatible quick release system. It includes a 2 foot beam, a set of QR pins, and a roller carriage.

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    Pledge $210 or more
    About $210 USD

    0 backers

    Skeleton Kit

    This kit includes the minimal amount needed to use the Kickrig 4 foot slider beam setup if you already have an Arca Swiss compatible quick release system. It includes a 4 foot beam, a set of QR pins, and a roller carriage.

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    Pledge $235 or more
    About $235 USD

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    Student Basic Kit

    This kit includes the quick release system and Kickrig 2 foot slider beam for basic setup. In a basic setup the camera is attached directly to the roller carriage on the beam. This kit includes a 2 foot beam, a set of QR pins, roller carriage, base clamp, and a standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate, depending on your camera).

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    About $250 USD

    0 backers

    Zombie Kit

    This kit includes the minimal amount needed to use the Kickrig 6 foot slider beam setup if you already have an Arca Swiss compatible quick release system. It includes a 6 foot beam, a set of QR pins, and a roller carriage.

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    About $305 USD

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    Student Full Kit

    This kit is identical to the Student Basic but adds the components necessary for the full setup. In a full setup the tripod head is mounted on the roller carriage and the camera is mounted on the tripod head. This kits adds a pod plate and additional base clamp.

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    About $305 USD

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    EARLY BIRD Student Full Kit

    The EARLY BIRD specials arrive about 2 months faster at no extra charge. This kit is identical to the Student Basic but adds the components necessary for the full setup. In a full setup the tripod head is mounted on the roller carriage and the camera is mounted on the tripod head. This kits adds a pod plate and additional base clamp.

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    Pledge $315 or more
    About $315 USD

    0 backers

    Underground Basic Kit

    This kit includes the quick release system and Kickrig 4 foot slider beam for basic setup. In a basic setup the camera is attached directly to the roller carriage on the beam. This kit includes a 4 foot beam, a set of QR pins, roller carriage, two base clamps, and a standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate, depending on your camera). We recommend a dual pod setup (tripod and bipod).

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    Pledge $355 or more
    About $355 USD

    0 backers

    Prosumer Basic Kit

    This kit includes the quick release system and Kickrig 6 foot slider beam for basic setup. In a basic setup the camera is attached directly to the roller carriage on the beam. This kit includes a 6 foot beam, a set of QR pins, roller carriage, two base clamps, and a standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate, depending on your camera). The 6 foot beam is too heavy for a single tripod and requires a dual pod setup (tripod and bipod).

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    Pledge $390 or more
    About $390 USD

    0 backers

    Underground Full Kit

    This kit is identical to the Underground Basic but adds the components necessary for the full setup. In a full setup the tripod head is mounted on the roller carriage and the camera is mounted on the tripod head. This kits adds a pod plate and additional base clamp.

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    Pledge $390 or more
    About $390 USD

    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    EARLY BIRD Underground Full Kit

    EARLY BIRD specials arrive about 2 months faster at no extra charge. This kit is identical to the Underground Basic but adds the components necessary for the full setup. In a full setup the tripod head is mounted on the roller carriage and the camera is mounted on the tripod head. This kits adds a pod plate and additional base clamp.

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    About $430 USD

    0 backers

    Prosumer Full Kit

    This kit is identical to the Prosumer Basic but adds the components necessary for the full setup. In a full setup the tripod head is mounted on the roller carriage and the camera is mounted on the tripod head. This kits adds a pod plate and additional base clamp.

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    About $430 USD

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    EARLY BIRD Prosumer Full Kit

    BIRD specials arrive about 2 months faster at no extra charge. This kit is identical to the Prosumer Basic but adds the components necessary for the full setup. In a full setup the tripod head is mounted on the roller carriage and the camera is mounted on the tripod head. This kits adds a pod plate and additional base clamp.

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    Pledge $620 or more
    About $620 USD

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    Independent Kit

    This kit features the 4 foot beam and is designed for those who want to use the stacked setup demonstrated in the main video. In the stacked setup one slider beam is placed on two roller carriages on top of another slider beam. This greatly increases the variety of shots available. The kit also includes a third roller carriage so that your camera can slide on the top beam. Altogether the kit includes two 4 foot slider beams, three roller carriages, a set of QR pins, two base clamps, and a standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate, depending on your camera).

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    About $700 USD

    2 backers

    Director Kit

    This kit features the 6 foot beam and is designed for those who want to use the stacked setup demonstrated in the main video. In the stacked setup one slider beam is placed on two roller carriages on top of another slider beam. This greatly increases the variety of shots available. The kit also includes a third roller carriage so that your camera can slide on the top beam. Altogether the kit includes two 6 foot slider beams, three roller carriages, a set of QR pins, two base clamps, and a standard plate (choice of photo or cine plate, depending on your camera).

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    About $800 USD

    0 backers

    RIES Student Kit

    This kit has all the components included in the Student Full Kit along with a RIES H100 wooden tripod. Together the Kickrig Slider Beam and RIES tripod make for a striking setup, unmatched in the industry.

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Funding period

- (30 days)