In this tutorial series we’ve talked about using a variety of tools to move your camera, with special attention paid to fast-paced documentary shoots. There’s a lot of neat gear out there, both new and time-tested, to help you achieve creative camera motion. Simply getting into a car can introduce many new kinds of shots to help add variety in your documentary edit.

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Pans, tilts, jibs, and sliders are all solid, established tools to help you add motion to your documentary. But a steadicam, or more recently, a brushless gimbal, can emulate all of those traditional movements with ease. More importantly, they can do things that no other tool can do: they can take your documentary production to a whole new level.

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Sometimes a pan gives you a decent camera movement, and other times you want something with a little more flair in your documentary. At its most basic function, the camera slider delivers a side to side movement that is dramatically different than a pan, in that the camera moves through a space, which changes the perspective. Most importantly, the slider reveals something as it moves, which makes it an important tool in your storytelling tool belt.

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