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EXTRALITE G2 is an innovative Camera Slider Family for video enthusiasts and pros from iPhone to HDSLR's. "Let's get cinematic!"

About this project

Hi, thank you for checking out our Kickstarter project! Please look at the above introduction video (I know.. my performance in the intro is little poor, but promise we can do sliders better! :) study the project in details, become a backer and please, spread the word. In case you have any question contact us by Twitter, Facebook or by Kickstarter. Thank you for your support! Ed and Adrian

What is the Wood-Comp EXTRALITE Camera Slider family? 

It's a camera slider family consist of 3 different version of sliders. Mini for iPhone and other smartphones all the way up to compact cameras, "micro" size mirrorless cameras, such as Panasonic GM1 and Sony RX100. The Classic for small to medium size mirrorless cameras and HDSLR's and the CF+ the big brother of all for the larger HDSLR cameras such as Canon 7D, 5D mark 2-3. They are made of carbon, solid bamboo and bamboo+carbon sandwich structure to reach unparalleled rigidity and lowest weight possible. They are available in different lenghts to suit the individual's needs. But there is something else! in fact two things. First is the built in subject tracking functionality of the "R" versions and the magnetic side-support for the ultimate rigidity when mounting your slider on a single tripod!


for iPhone and other smartphones all the way up to compact cameras, "micro" size mirrorless cameras, such as Panasonic GM1 and Sony RX100.
 
from small to medium size/weight mirrorless cameras and HDSLR's such as Panasonic GH series, Sony NEX/Alpha family, Canon Rebel line..
 

the big brother of all, for the larger HDSLR cameras such as Canon 7D, 5D mark 2-3.

 
How is all started and what was the thinking behind the idea of making this superb camera slider? 

Light weight, Smooth, Ridged, Stabled, Innovative, Forward thinking, Easy to use, Feature filled are just some of the keywords which where considered at its design and development.
It bassically started by the idea, to build a somewhat ultimate slider for own use. After setting up the guidlines of what this slider should be, the design started. Following the first two - two and a half months the design borned but there was plenty of question remaining. Thanks to SolidWorks computer aided design software many questions where answered and by real time modeling the final dimensions got finalised too. The following 8 moths where spent with lots of prototyping and optimising the structure in general as well as individual parts.


Auto tracking function. - What if we could make something magical and track our subject or talent automatically while the slide!? 
During this phase a new idea came to mind.. Looking at some advanced motion controle sliders and seeing how they can track an object in the frame I started to wonder, what if could make the same only by simple mechanical solution.. After few days of playing around and modelling, I figured if I incorporate a "turning-table" into the carriage of the slider and by the help of an arm connecting it to an adjustable crossbar between the main rails I can achive my goal. Only by setting up the first key-frame (by adjusting the ball head to frame the shot) and the last key frame (simply by adjusting the cross-bar) I was able to track my talent / subject in any, selected part of the frame. First actual prototype of this idea turned out to be a great success, but as I wanted to make the mechanism truly user friendly and perform those tracking shots with no "glich" at all I had to spend the next 3-4 months trying to find just the right materials and mechanical solutions.  

A quick demo illustrating how simple and quick is to set up a tracking shot..


The centre orientated shot
When you turn around your slider, and the cross-bar adjustment will be on your left, instead of centre orientated rotation you can do a panoramic scanning kind of shot while sliding..


Look at some short demos below. The top one, was made with one of the first prototype incorporating the rotating table. Don't forget, while you perform the sliding move the camera is rotating automaticly and following the path between your previously set key frames. 

(Soundtrack: The Dark Knight Chronicles by Luke Daniel Neumann neumannfilms.net)

In this second video below, you can see explanation and illustrated camera moves underneath the video track for each shot. (demo was shot using the EXTRALITE CF+ R - short version / 60cm variant.)

 To be able to take advantage on the Auto Tracking function you will only need a ball head to be able to set the 1st keyframe. ( we like the Ballhead X from Joby )

If you chose the Mini and you are a smartphone shooter you will also need a universal phone mount next to the mini bullhead. We really like the "Grip tight mount" from Joby. 


Magnetic Side-Support. - A rock solid platform even at a single tripod set up! 

Other very important goal was to find a solution and illuminate the usual two tripod / light stand stile of monting and have just as stabled slider only by using one tripod when is came to tripod mounted use. After simply looking at the camera slider on the top of the tripod I started to see the missing peace. A side support between the end on the slider and one leg of the tripod. Soon a made a prototype which connected by two mini ball head at the ends. It brought the expected result but after my first real-life try shooting in downtown I find it time consuming to go from tripod to stand alone operation and back again.. A friend suggested me the use of neodymium magnets. I did some tests and I was sold on the idea. The magnetic side-support born. It will allow you to use just a single tripod, yet have your slider absolutely ridged during your full length sliding shots. Also, as the carbon sideo-support is seating on metal balls at both ends is self adjusting, so you still have your freedom to tilt your slider while the sliding shot if you feel like. It's stowed on the side of your slider so is always at hand to use.

 See how quick and easy is to install the Magnetic Side-Support

Enjoy the benefit of a rock solid platform at a single tripod mounted configuration of the Magnetic Side-Support yet still perform your advanced slider moves by being able to tilt your tripod head. 


Now its ready! Its incredible! We love it so much that we can't imagine using other sliders anymore. Read further and join us on this journey. 

Please, watch the below short demo films. The first was made with one of the first EXTRALITE G2 Classic and G2 Classic R ( it was shot with the medium size / 80cm variant.)

This second demo video was made with the EXTRALITE G2 CF+ and CF+ R ( it was shot with the short version / 60cm variant.)

 What makes the EXTRALITE G2 camera slider family special?

  • They are probably the lightest camera sliders in there classes. This was achievable only by using premium materials of carbon as main rail and solid bamboo for the rest of the hardware. And when I say light i mean for instance, the EXTRALITE Classic G2 1m / 39.3 inch version only weigths 640 gram / 1.4 lbs !!!! 
  • Very smooth / fluid-like sliding performance across the entire rail, thanks to 8 EZO ball bearings (made in Japan), the CNC machined nylon wheels and specially polished carbon rails.
  • If you go for the "R" version, you can enjoy the incredible benefit of the added production value of the auto tracking function.
  • Notch-less all terrain legs for the easy and stable adaptation to any surface.
  • Robust middle / centre support, so you can mount your camera slider on the top of your tripod virtually in any configuration. 
  • Magnetic side-support for the ultimate rigidity when mounting your slider on a single tripod! (no need to support on both ends for a stabled shot)
  • Premium padded carry case to protect your investment. 
  • Multiple variants of sliders optimised for all different cameras with different length available so you can find the slider you need. 
A little about the chosen materials. 

To achieve our goals regarding to extremely light weight yet not sacrificing on stiffness of the slider we had to think of materials which might not commonly consider for camera slider yet. Of course we all know carbon and its properties. Myself doing aero modeling 26 year now and we do work with carbon therefore i was familiar with it. Apart from years of experience I had to learn that for this sort of tolerances the raw tubular material is not suitable. I had to figure out how to process it to make it ultimatly smooth and constant along the full length. I know it worth the since I want carbon rails and nothing else! 

For hardware, joining the rails, for centre support and legs I considered aluminium only for a very short time.. I wanted something lighter and yet just as strong. I came across solid-bamboo in an article. They have described it as the future material for structural parts. Bamboo is from the family of grasses, its not wood. The bamboo fibres pressed into blocks under heavy pressure of 2500-3000 tonnes! After this procedure this solid bamboo blocks become very hard and wonderfully machinable in our case with CNC milling machine to achieve the required shape and form. The surface finished with multiple layers of pure tung oil and finish it off with 2 coats of polyurethane, which hardens the bamboo and makes it look as if you poured liquid glass on it. Its not only beautiful but serving its purpose extremely well! The combination of this two premium material results in an unparalleled experience when handling the Wood-Comp EXTRALITE G2 camera slider. Imagine that the EXTRALITE Classic G2 1m / 39.3 inch version only weigths 640 gram / 1.4 lbs !!!! 

About the Reward structure.

The list of rewards is rather long, but why is that really.. It's due to that all 3 sliders (Mini, Classic and CF+) are available in different lengths, as "standard" version with No rotating table as well as, "R" version With the built in rotating table in there carriage for this auto tracking function. 

  • 1# is the 1£ Pledge. Huge thank you for your support! You are very kind!  £1                                                              
  • 2# is for the Magnetic Side-support for 3rd party sliders. You might be happy with the slider you already own but would like to benefit from this great solution and add stability for your sliding shots when performed on a single tripod. £20 + £4 (postage)
  • 3# EXTRALITE G2 Mini / 50 slider (short version) £159 + £10 (postage)
  • 4# EXTRALITE G2 Mini / 70 slider (long version) £169 + £10 (postage)
  • 5# EXTRALITE G2 Mini R / 50 slider (short version - with auto tracking function) £196 + £10 (postage)
  • 6# EXTRALITE G2 Mini R  / 70 slider (long version - with auto tracking function) £206 + £10 (postage)
  • 7# EXTRALITE G2 Classic / 60 slider (short version) £215 + £20 (postage)
  • 8# EXTRALITE G2 Classic / 80 slider (medium version) £225 + £20 (postage)
  • 9# EXTRALITE G2 Classic / 100 slider (long version) £235 + £20 (postage)
  • 10# EXTRALITE G2 Classic R / 60 slider (short version with auto tracking function) £271 + £20 (postage)
  • 11# EXTRALITE G2 Classic R / 80 slider (medium version with auto tracking function) £281 + £20 (postage)
  • 12# EXTRALITE G2 Classic R / 100 slider (long version with auto tracking function) £291 + £20 (postage)
  • 13# EXTRALITE G2 CF+ / 60 slider (short version) £292 + £20 (postage)
  • 14# EXTRALITE G2 CF+ / 80 slider (medium version) £302 + £20 (postage)
  • 15# EXTRALITE G2 CF+ / 100 slider (long version) £312 + £20 (postage)
  • 16# EXTRALITE G2 CF+ R / 60 slider (short version with auto tracking function) £348 + £20 (postage)
  • 17# EXTRALITE G2 CF+ R / 80 slider (medium version with auto tracking function) £358 + £20 (postage)
  • 18# EXTRALITE G2 CF+ R 100 slider (long version with auto tracking function) £368 + £20 (postage)
 What is included:
  • Your selected EXTRALITE G2 camera slider. (when you select your camera slider, think of Mini, Classic or CF+, than length and also if you would like the "R" variant with its built in rotating table for auto tracking your subject / talent.)
  • Magnetic side-support
  • Premium padded carry case
  • User Manual
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty

 PROJECT TIMELINE

  • 2013 June - Beginning to make initial drawings and just playing with different ideas.
  • 2013 July -Begin to work on SolidWorks and design the parts after drawings
  • 2013 August -Design complete and starting prototyping. Sourcing materials and suppliers for CNC milling, etc.
  • 2013 September -Working prototype ready for all 3 version of sliders including there "R" variant.
  • 2014 February -Real life tests of the now final EXTRALITE G2 camera sliders. Re touching parts, finalizing mechanical solutions.
  • 2014 Jun - Starting KICKSTARTER campaign.
  • 2014 July - KICKSTARTER complete
  • 2014 Aug - Manufacturing, assembly, testing and packaging rewards.
  • 2014 Aug/Sept - Shipping of rewards.

Thank you for reading that long! We hope you like our project and if so, please back us, let your friend known about this truly great camera slider. We thank all your support and we thank that you are with us to bring this dream of ours to life! 

Risks and challenges

We looked at all aspects of the challenges and there is a few which is generally likely at making a Product. Source of RAW material, Manufacturing, Quality control during the making of individual parts, Assembly, Individual tests of sliders prior to shipping and Shipping safely in time.

Of course there is more to it, but this are what we must focus on primarily.

During moths of prototyping the sliders and there components, we met some incredible people just by chance. Now, we see the full picture in regard to how it all can come together. We gathered together a great team of companies and individuals whom we are very confident to work with. It is not easy to find the right partners and most of all People who understand and share the passion driving us on this incredible project!

We are very confident that we can deliver on our promises and ship your beautiful, individually tested EXTRALITE G2 slider within the shipping date we set. Since the idea came to start this project on KICKSTARTER we sad one thing. We wanna be open and hones to our Backers, as this is the least minimum.

In case of any difficulties we experience we will contact you all and fill you with the details. However, we made multiple tests and prototype parts with multiple companies and we still maintain a great relationship with them. They are accessible and in case of difficulties we can approach them to over take the particular part from our primary maker.

Luckily, Ed and I we bought have experience and good understanding of this sort of a pressure.

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    A HUGE THANKS for your support! You are very kind!

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    G2 MAGNETIC SIDE-SUPPORT for 3rd PARY BRANDED CAMERA SLIDERS - You are happy with your current slider but would like to add stability when you use it on a single tripod? A must have accessory to all camera sliders! This Carbon side-support consist of 3 parts. It is featuring a chrome ball with 1/4-20 mounting screw which attaching to the end of your slider, a carbon base plate with the same chrome ball which attaches to one leg of your tripod by convenienet velcro solution and the actual carbon side-support bar with built in extremly strong permanent magnets. Compatible with all camera sliders as long as they have a 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 thread at the bottom-end of the slider rails.

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    Set of replacement carbon rails with centre support for converting your EXTRALITE G2 Classic and CF+ for different lengths. After pledging you will be contacted to specify the length and if is for the Classic or CF+.

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    Set of replacement carbon rails with centre support for converting your EXTRALITE G2 Classic R and CF+ R for different lengths including crossbar for auto tracking function. After pledging you will be contacted to specify the length and if is for the Classic R or CF+ R.

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    You will get an EXTRALITE G2 Mini 50 / Camera Slider - Designed for iPhone and other smartphones as well as light video capable cameras, such as the Sony RX100 or the Panasonic GM1 Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Mini 50cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case - User/Operation Manual - 1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 Mini / 70 Camera Slider - Designed for iPhone and other smartphones as well as light video capable cameras, such as the Sony RX100 or the Panasonic GM1 Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Mini 70cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case - User/Operation Manual - 1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 Mini R / 50 Camera Slider - with built in rotating table so you can automatically track the subject or your talent in the frame as you slide. Designed for iPhone and other smartphones as well as light video capable cameras, such as the Sony RX100 or the Panasonic GM1 Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Mini R 50cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case - User/Operation Manual - 1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 Mini R / 70 Camera Slider - with built in rotating table so you can automatically track the subject or your talent in the frame as you slide. Designed for iPhone and other smartphones as well as light video capable cameras, such as the Sony RX100 or the Panasonic GM1 Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Mini R 70cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case - User/Operation Manual - 1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 Classic / 60 Camera Slider - Its purpose designed and made for small to medium weight mirrorless and HDSLR cameras. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Classic 60cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 Classic / 80 Camera Slider - Its purpose designed and made for small to medium weight mirrorless and HDSLR cameras. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Classic 80cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 Classic / 100 Camera Slider - Its purpose designed and made for small to medium weight mirrorless and HDSLR cameras. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Classic 100cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 Classic R / 60 Camera Slider - with built in rotating table so you can automatically track the subject or your talent in the frame as you slide. Its purpose designed and made for small to medium weight mirrorless and HDSLR cameras. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Classic R 60cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 Classic R / 80 Camera Slider - with built in rotating table so you can automatically track the subject or your talent in the frame as you slide. Its purpose designed and made for small to medium weight mirrorless and HDSLR cameras. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Classic R 80cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 Classic R / 100 Camera Slider - with built in rotating table so you can automatically track the subject or your talent in the frame as you slide. Its purpose designed and made for small to medium weight mirrorless and HDSLR cameras. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 Classic R 100cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 CF+ / 60 Camera Slider - Its purpose designed and made for medium to bigger weight of HDSLR cameras, such as 7D, 5D mark2-3. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 CF+ 60cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 CF+ / 80 Camera Slider - Its purpose designed and made for medium to bigger weight of HDSLR cameras, such as 7D, 5D mark2-3. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 CF+ 80cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 CF+ / 100 Camera Slider - Its purpose designed and made for medium to bigger weight of HDSLR cameras, such as 7D, 5D mark2-3. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 CF+ 100cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 CF+ R / 60 Camera Slider - with built in rotating table so you can automatically track the subject or your talent in the frame as you slide. - Its purpose designed and made for medium to bigger weight of HDSLR cameras, such as 7D, 5D mark2-3. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 CF+ R 60cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 CF+ R / 80 Camera Slider - with built in rotating table so you can automatically track the subject or your talent in the frame as you slide. - Its purpose designed and made for medium to bigger weight of HDSLR cameras, such as 7D, 5D mark2-3. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 CF+ R 80cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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    EXTRALITE G2 CF+ R / 100 Camera Slider - with built in rotating table so you can automatically track the subject or your talent in the frame as you slide. - Its purpose designed and made for medium to bigger weight of HDSLR cameras, such as 7D, 5D mark2-3. Includes: - EXTRALITE G2 CF+ R 100cm long camera slider - Magnetic SideSupport - Padded carry case -User/Operation Manual -1 Year Limited Warranty.

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