If you own a GoPro and love to capture and create stunning time-lapses, this is a must-have tool to add to your GoPro camera bag. This is the Movie Maker 2 kit from GripGear, an all in one motorized slider for your GoPro, mirror-less cameras, and smartphones. This is a revamped version of the original movie maker film kit and includes many improvements and upgrades over the original. Some of the key upgrades are smoother track and improved joints, built-in battery, ability to convert to motorized dolly (optional purchase) among many other improvements.
What I like about the Movie Maker 2 kit is its versatility, ease of use and portability. When you purchase the kit you get two 12″ sections of track and joiner, motor/drive unit, smartphone holder, remote control, and a rotating pano head. You can use this as a video slider to capture nice smooth shots in manual mode by slowly sliding your GoPro or camera along the track. You can also use the built-in motor to capture amazingly smooth footage at 9 different speed intervals. But my favorite way to use this slider is to capture dynamic time-lapses with motion. It’s quite easy to do. Simply attach your GoPro, set up a time-lapse shot, start the motorized slider at desired speed and press record on your GoPro. If you want to create some nice pano style time-lapses, simply remove the motor unit from the track, snap on the included pano head, and mount your camera or GoPro. This will allow you to capture beautiful 360-degree time-lapses.
Another really nice feature of the Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 set is the fact that it is expandable. You can buy additional lengths of track and theoretically make the slider as long as you desire. This is just not possible with traditional sliders which really makes the Movie Maker 2 stand out. You can also buy an optional dolly kit that turns the motor unit into a motorized or manual dolly. Again this allows you to capture some really smooth linear or curved shots on hard smooth surfaces without the use of the track.
There are many wonderful features of the Movie Maker 2 by Grip Gear, but I would have to say one of the best features is the price! The kit retails for $129 which to me is an unbelievable price for what you get. This unit can compete with sliders costing 5 times more. As a travel vlogger, I love to capture my adventures with my GoPro, drones and 360 cameras. However space can be limited in my backpack, this is what makes the Movie Maker 2 so appealing. The Movie Maker 2 set breaks down and can easily be packed into a camera bag or backpack without taking up much room at all. Try doing that with a traditional motorized slider.
Watch our in-depth review video on YouTube as we unbox, demonstrate and show you how to get the most out of your Grip Gear Movie Maker 2.
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