Introducing The Rail Runner Camera Dolly System

Rail Runner with DSLR

The Rail Runner system with ball head and DSLR

Many filmmakers and videographers are looking for an affordable and portable camera dolly system to add smooth tracking shots to their productions. The Rail Runner camera dolly system is a versatile, and portable camera dolly system that delivers the benefits of a skate dolly combined with the smoothness and versatility of a rail dolly.  With its exclusive “rail hugger” wheel system, the dolly can be used on any flat surface for orbiting, low angle, and tabletop product shots; or the dolly can be mounted on rails or ride on wood planks for ultra-smooth long tracking shots.

Smooth Rail System

Rail End

Versatile and Portable Rail Ends

The system consists of a dolly and two rail ends. The user can use inexpensive ¾ inch PVC pipe, electrical conduit, or even schedule 40 iron pipe in lengths up to 12 feet as rails. The rail ends are easy to pack and transport and can be mounted on tripods, baby pins, C-stands, lighting stands or used on the ground. The inexpensive rails can be acquired on location at a home improvement or hardware store to avoid transporting.  The rails and dolly can be rigged in a variety of configurations to get shots that usually require heavy and expensive dollies or cranes.

Versatile Camera Dolly

Rail Runner Dolly with ball-head

Rail Runner Dolly with ball-head

The Dolly features an exclusive “rail hugger” dual wheel system, so that the dolly can be used on any flat surface for orbiting, low angle, and tabletop product shots; or the dolly can be mounted on rails or ride on wood planks for ultra-smooth long tracking shots.

The dolly also features locking axles so that the dolly tracks straight or the axles can be unlocked, so that the dolly can be steered for orbiting shots. The dolly features five mounting holes that can be used to mount accessory arms or ball or fluid tripod heads.  The dolly can be purchased with a Vanguard SBH-20 ball head.

Rail Runner Features:

  • Lightweight and portable, fits in carry-on luggage
  • Uses inexpensive easy-to-acquire pipe as rails
  • Lockable and steerable axles
  • Can be roll on flat surfaces or ride on rails
  • High quality bearings and wheels for ultra-smooth tracking
  • Versatile rail-mounting system
  • Affordable

Rail Runner with BMCC

The Rail Runner System with a Fluid head and Black Magic Cinema Camera

The system was designed by me for filmmakers shooting with DSLR and lightweight cinema cameras and can handle camera rigs up to 8 pounds. The entire system is handcrafted in the USA, and features a durable powder-coated finish.
The Rail Runner camera dolly system is introductory priced at $199 with a Vanguard SBH-20ball head or $179 without a ball head, and is in stock and available for purchase today at http://jaybilizer.com.

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