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    Default Using a wheelchair as a dolly, can you keep it quiet enough?

    I was told I should just use a wheel chair as a dolly as it's cheaper, however, when I tried some tests, I noticed that their chair makes noises that the microphone can pick up. But since the wheelchair is a popular DIY alternative, do I just have one that happens to be louder and perhaps most wheelchairs are quiet enough that they will not be heard from the mic when trying to record dialogue during?

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    We used a wheel chair in college for some tracking shots. you have to get creative with how to secure the camera, find the proper height, etc. But as far as the noise goes that was difficult to get around. We either replaced the sound in post with some crafty editing techniques. We also used an entire can of WD-40. It does help if you grease up the metal on metal parts.

    But overall if you are inventive, a wheel chair does work extraordinarily well. It's way more mobile than a dolly track~


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    Oh okay thanks. Do you think that maybe a tripod dolly that hooks onto the bottom of the tripod, along with some flex track would be better, noise wise?


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    You could try using a tripod dolly, I am not sure sound wise how much difference it would make. Probably the more expensive the better in that regard. People use wheelchairs mostly for the stabilizing nature of it, I would think it probably has a smoother glide than a tripod dolly, but doing some text footage to see which is better is always an option~ Weighing a tripod dolly down with sandbags and having thicker tires would probably make it satisfactory~


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    Okay thanks. Actually I read some reviews of tripod dollies and some filmmakers say they are too jittery and not as stable, compared to a gimbal or a slider, if that's true?


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    I would mostly agree with that statement. A tripod setup is great for stationary work, but the minute you start movement, it becomes complicated. A gimbal set-up works really well, theres more freedom to move the camera and provides good smooth movement. To me there's nothing better than ultra smooth movement during a scene, I think it's a combination of good camera work and a decent set-up


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