How to Do A Dolly Shot Without a Dolly

November 24th, 2010

I ran across this cool little tip for shooting video. Most real estate video shooters don’t have the time or equipment to do dolly shots and certainly not crane shots but this little technique can add some class to your property video.

For those of you that don’t know about dollies and cranes, they are the way to get those video shots where the camera moves smoothly through a space. Before I got interested in video I always use to wonder what a dolly grip was that is always mentioned in the credits a the end of movie. That’s the person that moves the dolly around with the camera operator riding on it.

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6 Responses to “How to Do A Dolly Shot Without a Dolly”

  • Check out this trick as well:

  • Wow, that is very cool and so easy. Thank you for finding that video.

  • Great cheap and dirty tricks, perfect for RE!

  • So much of a quality video is about technique, not equipment. Nice post.

    Watch tv, videos, movies, whatever… Dissect the shots you like, and then find a way to duplicate the movement/technique. For the shots you hate, think about how/why, then simply, don’t do that.

  • Great tip, I was surprised when I saw the actual solution. I recently purchased a Glidetrack, which is relatively cheap (compared to some dolly alternatives) and it really spices up the shoot. $280

  • Great post.

    We’re a real estate photography & video company in St. Louis that employs dolly techniques for our tours. Took about $20 worth of PVC piping, skateboard wheels, and wood to make this easily portable dolly. 🙂

    Here it is in action;

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