Here's an affordable, highly effective alternative to the massive dolly rigs used for those smooth-tracking shots we admire in movies. Whether you put an HD DSLR or an iPhone on it, the Flashpoint Video ShootSkate rolls along on four silky, bearing-mounted polyurethane wheels, the same kind used for popular inline skates. Set this compact rig on a smooth surface, plan your shot, and just move it along as the video rolls.
The Flashpoint Video ShootSkate's chassis is made of handsomely-finished,black-anodized aluminum, so it's light and strong. Its front and rear axles swing at angles to the platform and can be locked in with thumbscrews so that the ShootSkate moves in a straight line, a gentle arc, or a complete circle around your subject. Depending on your capture device, that circle can be well under one foot, allowing close-up video of small objects.
Located in the center of the ShootSkate's mounting platform is a ¼-20 tripod screw (tightened with a knob on the bottom) that allows you to attach anything from a substantial ball head to the lightweight Flashpoint 11-inch Adjustable Double Articulating Arm. The best choice depends on how what you're mounting--iPhone, DSLR, or camcorder-and how much flexibility you need. (Just make sure the attachment can properly support your camera's weight.) You'll alsoneed a tripod adapter if you're shooting video with your