The edelkrone SliderONE V2 is a motorized slider. Its aim is to bring cinematic-looking photography and video to your workflow.
Not only is it a professional piece of kit, it is also very easy to use. Open it up, attach your camera and off you go. Plug and play at its finest.
Here’s our in-depth review of the edelkrone SliderONE V2.
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What Is a Motorised Slider?
A slider is a piece of equipment that videographers use to add more interest to their shots. A slider allows a smooth movement from point A to point B, usually retaining a certain speed.
Photographers also benefit from this cinematic process in two specific ways. Firstly, they are able to make a timelapse that includes a pan of the scene. Secondly, stop motion photography has a more fluid look to it.
A slider can consist of two pipes that connect to a tripod base. The camera sits on top, and the user is then able to move the camera from side to side.
The motorized slider uses the same concept, except with a motor attached. This motor allows the camera to move automatically.
The user has to move the camera physically with a simple slider. This means the transition is less than smooth. There are weights and other devices you can add to help with the tension of the pulley system.
With a motorized slider, the process is out of your physical hands. And as there is no human touching and moving things, there is no human error either. A smooth transition and movement come from an electrical motor.
What Is the edelkrone SliderONE V2?
The edelkrone SliderONE is a second generation slider from this specialized company. It comes in two versions, the V2 or the PRO.
The difference here, apart from the cost, is the dual motor. It will allow you to hold and carry 13.6 kg horizontally or 4.5 kg vertically.
The V2 SliderONE lets you hold almost half the weight. This makes it a great device for any camera system. A Canon 5D Mark IV (0.89 kg) with 70-200mm f/2.8L (1.3 kg) is almost hitting the maximum range for vertical shooting.
The size of the slider measures 10.6″ L x 3.7″ W x 1.9″ H (270 x 95 x 50 mm). It’s aluminum and stainless steel components weigh a total of 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg).
The maximum length that the camera can travel is 7.87 in (20 cm). The minimum step size is 0.222 μm and the maximum speed it can go is 0.52 in/sec (1.33 cm/sec).
It supports all fps (frames per second) with its single, slide motion axis.
What Is Included in the Box?
- SliderONE V2
- URL for online manual
- Card to register
- Small manual (English, )
What Else Do You Need?
You can use the slider on any flat surface. But, this limits your perspective greatly while shooting. For a full range of possibilities, use it alongside a tripod. If you can separate the head, this allows extra stability.
You will need a shutter trigger cable that is specific to your camera. Luckily, edelkrone sells these for $10 on their accessories page. For the Canon 5D Mark III, the cable fits the N3 Type remote control terminal.
To control the app, you’ll need a smartphone. The app is available through Apple and Android.
My first impressions of this system were very positive. The SliderONE came in a well-packaged box that supported the device nicely. Lined with foam, there was little chance of any damage taking place.
Within the same box, there is a set of two Allen keys (2.5 mm and 3 mm). These are used to tighten the system if need be, and sit within the same holder.
The attention to detail I thought was very good. They used every chance to remind you that you have a quality product.
The SliderONE felt heavy in my hands. Not heavy ‘that will be difficult to carry’ but ‘that feels sturdy for my expensive camera’. The black matte color continued the idea of professionality.
By turning it over, I could see the battery connection area on the underbelly. In the center of the up-turned slider is the 3/8″-16 port for the tripod.
On the sides of the slider, you’ll find two connection ports. One is to connect your camera, and the other is a LANC port.
The LANC (Logic Application Control Bus System) is a way to add devices that control your camera.
I was a little surprised to see that there is no on/off button. There is even a sticker on the slider to inform users that attaching the battery is enough for it to start.
This is both good and bad in my opinion. Yes, you might not need a button, especially as it can be accidentally turned off in the process of some important work. But, how do you know if the battery you are using is dead?
Perhaps an indicator is enough, which might be within the app. Having no buttons on the actual device means the slider keeps its minimal look. It has a sleek design and strong build quality.
I attached my Canon 5D Mark III to play around. The camera screwed on easily and felt very stable. A card that came with the box gave me the address and name for the app I needed.
This was good, as there was a separate one for the SliderONE Pro.
From the get-go, I needed a firmware update, which it did automatically. Then it was ready to pair with the device, which I could do automatically or manually. This is where I plugged in the battery
The app looked well developed and very clean. A lot of time had obviously been applied. It was attractive and easy on the eyes.
Straight away I could pan manually. This is possible via an interactive button I could move with my finger. The further I pushed the button right, the faster the camera pans along with the slider.
I also have the HeadONE and FlexTILT Head 2. This means that I have a 2-axis system, allowing me to pan and slide the camera simultaneously. With the FlexTILT, I can raise and/or extend my camera’s reach even further.
With the SliderONE, there are many add-on’s to make time-lapse or filming projects more interesting. Devices can be connected together, working seamlessly to tilt, pan and slide.
What Can You Use the edelkrone SliderONE V2 For?
There are three main areas where you will get the most from the edelkrone SliderONE V2.
These are time-lapse, motion controlled filming and stop motion. As our focus is on photography, we will look at the first and last in depth.
A time-lapse is a video made from a series of images. The number of images will denote how long the video is. The important part is the frame rate that the final video will use.
If your aim is a video with a 24 fps (frames per second), then 240 images will create a 10-second video. 240 images for a 60 fps video will only give you four seconds.
The edelkrone SliderONE V2 is the perfect device for time-lapses. The slider lets you create a time-lapse with movement, making the final video more interesting. The more devices you use with the slider, the more possibility for movement.
You can create time-lapses in two ways. You can either let the slider and app take full control of your project. Or you can separate the time-lapse creation and the movement.
The latter is something you would want to do for HDR (high-dynamic range) time-lapses. If you decide to create long exposure time-lapses, the edelkrone SliderONE will work just fine.
In this case, the slider stops to capture an image before moving on. This stops any movement in your images.
Motion Controlled Filming
The motion controlled filming is a great outcome from using the edelkrone SliderONE V2. Static filming can often look boring and too strict. With the motorized slider, you get a touch of movement.
At a range of 27 cm, you won’t be able to cover a lot of space or distance. But, that range is more than enough to add the interest your project needs.
The benefit is, the further away you are from your subject, the movement will be exaggerated. You will need to use a telephoto lens to get the right focal length and perspective.
Just key in the two points you want the slider to travel between and the camera will capture it.
How Do You Use the edelkrone SliderONE V2?
There are no buttons of any kind on the edelkrone SliderONE V2 slider. Everything runs through Bluetooth via the edelkrone app. Connecting the slider, pairing multiple devices and capturing the video or photography.
First, you need a charged battery. This slots into the battery compartment under the slider. Once this is attached, the device is drawing power and is ‘on’.
Find and download the app, depending on the system you are using.
If this is the first time using the device, there will be a firmware update. The app will guide you through it, showing you a progress bar. Once it is finished, you can get started.
The first decision you need to make is how to pair and connect the app to the slider. Your phone’s Bluetooth needs to be switched on, and it will find the devices automatically. They need to be in close proximity.
Once connected, the SliderONE V2 will make a ‘beep’ sound. You then select it from the list of available devices. Then you are presented with the Manual Pairing or Automatic Pairing options.
Add-On’s to the edelkrone SliderONE V2
FlexTILT Head 2
The FlexTILT head 2 is an ultra-flexible camera positioning solution. It lets you place your camera higher, lower or at any horizontal angle, you deem necessary.
It can even act as an extender, letting you reach just a little further than your tripod will allow.
The HeadONE is a standalone box that allows a 360° rotation pan. This is a great device to capture a full panoramic time-lapse image.
This can be combined on top of the SliderONE to provide a double-axis movement possibility. You can slide and pan at the same time.
It measures 3.90″ L x 3.75″ W x 1.87″ H in (99 x 95 x 47.5 mm) in size, and 20.4 oz (580 g) in weight. Its recommended camera load falls at 15 lb (6.8 kg).
It has a 3/8″-16 mounting screw on top and 3/8″-16 mounting port on the bottom. This makes it possible to sandwich between the SliderONE V2 and the FlexTILT Head 2.
The minimum step size is 0.00061 degrees. This means you will get 590,163 images from a single 360° rotation. The max speed is 25.7 degrees a second, giving you a minimum of 14 images on full rotation.
If you are looking for a 3-axis bundle, edelkrone can offer you this easily. You’ll need the SliderONE V2, and two HeadONE modules connected with a tilt kit.
The tilt kit consists of two brackets that connect the two HeadONE’s together in an ‘L’ shape. With this configuration, you are able to pan left and right and tilt up and down at the same time.
The StandONE is a mini tripod that can carry up to 15 lb (6.8 kg). This is more than enough to carry the SliderONE, two HeadONE’s and a DSLR with a telephoto lens.
It measures 6.29″ L x 2.95″ W x 1.06″ H in (160 x75 x 27 mm) and weighs 1 lb (482 g).
If you don’t use this stand, then you can use a wall or the floor without a tripod with a base plate.
NB: There are many other devices that you can use. some of them are stand-alone kit pieces, and others work well together. you can find them all on their products page.
Along with the products, you’ll get a few cards that help you register your product for its warranty. Among them will be a link to the online manuals. This is where you’ll receive the training you need to get started.
There are informational guides on how to use every one of their products. If you lost the card or URL, you can find the online manuals here. they can also be accessed through the app, in the top right-hand corner.
I think these are great. A trainer guides you through every aspect of what you need to know. Much better than a manual full of words.
The only difficulty I had was that the SliderONE V2 manual video used a previous model. This made it a little confusing at first, even though the steps are the same.
When brought to the attention to an edelkrone customer representative, they assured me it is on the way. The video was still very helpful and informative.
As an improvement, I would suggest that the training videos start off simpler. When faced with the SliderONE V2 video, we are faced with a 3-axis system. This might be a little daunting for the first time user.
Also, the app seems like a previous edition. Not a major issue, just something to be aware of.
It is completely understandable that they don’t have a video for each possibility. After all, they have a lot of products.
Their customer service is unparalleled when it comes to motion sliders. Their Facebook has a 4.1 average out of 232 customers. There are glowing reports for all of their products.
Some had problems with the compatibility of older systems. Edelkrone sends out upgraded new systems for free. That is what loyalty looks like.
This is something that many companies around the globe could take a note from. Their prices are expensive, but you pay for quality products an assurance you have support when needed.
Personally, I didn’t have any problems. But, I did have dozens of question I couldn’t locate. They replied typically within an hour. They were not annoyed and actually prompted me to ask more questions.
They understand that the relationship between customer and supplier doesn’t end when the items are shipped. Any company with a great customer service record deserves more attention.
What We Like
- Looks very professional
- Easy to set up
- Intuitive app
- Once set up, you can leave the app
- Long lasting battery
- Can be used by one person
- Can be set up in any configuration
- Small enough to fit in your bag
- Takes the same batteries as Canon cameras – LP-E6
- Amazing Customer support
What We Don’t Like
- A little short – limited to 20 cm
- Can’t move the slider manually – needs batteries
- Can be a little jerky when using the FlexTILT
- Cant be used without a smartphone
- No on/off button
- Nothing stopping the motor from reaching the end (horrible noise)
- When the battery dies, the time-lapse project is reset
- Need specific cables for each camera
Motion Video – Facade (SliderONE V2)
The first motion video I tried to create showed hardly any movement at all. This was due to being too far away from the subject (approx. 40m).
As you’ll see in the next video, it is necessary to either get closer to the subject or have something in the foreground.
Motion Timelapse – Clock (SliderONE V2)
In this video, I used the SliderONE V2 to create a motion video. The device moved from left (pose 1) to right (pose 2) taking 300 images.
As the video is set to 30 fps, the 300 images result in a 10-second video.
Motion Timelapse – Book Stand (SliderONE V2)
This time-lapse of the bookstand was created using the edelkrone SliderONE V2. The 13-second video came from using 400 images in a 30 frame rate.
To show the movement effectively, there needed to be both a foreground subject and a background subject.
Motion Video – Danube (SliderONE V2 + HeadONE)
This video of the Danube at night took 78 seconds, moving from the left side to the right side of the motorized slider.
Here I used the edelkrone SliderONE V2 and HeadONE to pan and slide simultaneously.
Motion Timelapse – Danube (SliderONE V2 + HeadONE)
This video of the Danube at night took over 30 minutes to film. The pan motor spun while the slider moved the camera from left to the right.
Here I used the edelkrone SliderONE V2 and HeadONE to pan and slide simultaneously.
The exposure was set to 5″, so the interval was set to 6″. However, due to the changing landscape light, the exposure became longer. This resulted in a jerky movement, which was a user error.
Motor 360° Pan Video – Nyugati Trainstation (HeadONE)
This video was taken using the edelkrone HeadONE with a 360° pan. It took 35 minutes to make one complete turn.
Motor 360° Pan Timelapse – Nyugati Trainstation (HeadONE)
Almost 900 images make up this 28-second time-lapse video. It was created with the edelkrone HeadONE, and using poses rather than the 360° mode which was available.
As you can see from the start and finish, the video slowed down to make the transition smoother. This is an option found in the edelkrone app.
Where Can I Buy edelkrone Products?
The edelkrone motorized slider is the first of its kind that I have tried. At first, I was very excited to use it and tried to come up with many situations to use it in.
I am both a photographer and videographer, which meant I could use this system in two different ways. For interesting time-lapses and video projects alike.
I started off small, using the SliderONE V2 as a base. Being able to automatically move from side to side is really helpful. But, you really need to use it in a very specific way.
From unpacking the boxes, there is nothing you need to do except download the mobile phone app. Everything goes through here, so you need a smartphone to operate the devices or bundles.
There is nothing else to do. No confusing parts to put together. The only things you need are the Allen keys and knowledge of how to find and remove the tripod mount reducers.
From here, you can configure them as you wish. I had the SliderONE, the HeadONE, and the flexTILT. I wanted to use the slider as a base as it seemed like the simplest to start with.
Connecting and Turning On
My first question was Where is the on/off button? Good or bad, there isn’t one. As soon as you connect the battery, you’ll hear a beep. This lets you know it is searchable.
The first time I tried this, it wasn’t found. But a quick disconnecting and reconnecting of the battery solved the problem. I paired the device through the app easily and was ready to go.
By connecting the camera-specific cable, I was ready to go. Without this N3 Remote control cable, the slider is only usable for in-camera time-lapses and video. It won’t work with the app.
I quickly found out that the tripod connecting screw was too big for my camera and I didn’t have a reducer. This meant the FlexTilt had to sit in between the camera and the SliderONE.
To make sure I was doing everything as it should be, I checked out the User Manual Videos provided by edelkrone via the QR code on a card that came with the devices. I liked this no-paper form of instruction.
Although there was a tiny leaflet giving the user an insight into the different parts of the device. The online portal allowed me to research problems on the road.
Manual Paring will find any device in the immediate vicinity. Smart Paring is used to locate and connect bundles (devices that you’re using together).
Once connected, I found the app well designed and very easy to use. Depending on what you might be using, you will see a slightly different screen.
The speed was changeable, and even the abruptness of the start and stop actions. Within the app, the timelapse mode was searchable.
The movement works with ‘poses’. You set a minimum of two poses, and with a few finger-clicks, you can set it to move from one to the other, or loop for eternity.
They can be created, changed and canceled very easily. It might be easy to forget which pose is where. Setting the left-hand side as ‘pose 1′ helps to cut the confusion.
I liked the app. It was simple to understand and looks great. There is an option called ‘Power Mode’. This increases the available torque in the motion slider.
The app also allows you to set custom step sizes, useful for time-lapse and stop motion.
There is also a very handy setting that lets you easily report bugs and ideas for improvements. These shoot off to the Edelkrone team, who usually respond within a few hours.
Another function is the record button. This isn’t in operation yet, but it would be a huge benefit to have it in the app.
One thing I really like is that the app lets you know when the time-lapse almost finished. This snapped me back to reality after doing something for 30+ minutes.
As the company suggests, the closer you are to a subject the better. The first time I tried it, I was around 45 meters from my subject, which was the facade of Nyugati Palyudvar in Budapest.
Even with my 70-200 mm telephoto lens, it was difficult to show any movement in the scene.
After getting closer, to around 20 meters, I still had the same problem. The slider movement of 20 cm didn’t show enough subject movement in the scene. I expected more.
This isn’t down to the SliderONE V2, but my own placement.
I quickly realized that to show the appropriate movement in the scene, there had to be something in between the subject and the camera. This is what gave me the desired effect.
The movement was apparent due to the object closer to my camera moving faster. It’s perfect for horizontal photography or filming.
As of yet, I haven’t pushed the SliderONE V2 to its limit. I tried to keep the maximum number of shots under 800 images. This allows me to practice the system, without finding out I was wasting my time.
By using LRTimelapse (timelapse plugin for Lightroom), I was able to complete the post-production and video from the images. The free version will only work with 400 images at a time.
I am looking forward to using this at nighttime for a 2-hour long time-lapse. This will be part of another article in the future.
Vertical/Angled Tilt with the FlexTILT
When it came to working with a vertical or angled tilt, I didn’t understand how to get it to work. The FlexTILT is used to allow the camera more flexibility when placed on the slider.
With this little device, you can place the camera at new heights and extended reaches. This extra little capacity can make the world of difference.
After packing it all away, I realized that I needed to create a little shelf for the camera by using the FlexTILT. The only problem with this was not having the possibility for portrait orientated time-lapse images.
This is something that can be completed in post-production from landscape orientated shots.
When I contacted the edelkrone support team, they pointed me into the direction of the Tilt Kit. This would allow me to take advantage of the vertical possibilities.
They also recommended that If I were to use the FlexTILT V2, I could damage it. The FlexTILT Head 2’s optimal adjustment may be hard to find again.
I loved this little piece of kit. It easily screws to the tripod thread of your camera. This made angles very simple and quick to manipulate.
With the Allen keys, you are free to tighten the screws if they become loose. However, you shouldn’t need them to begin with.
I kept this between the camera and the device I was using. This gave me the ultimate flexibility.
The HeadONE is a standalone piece of kit. It can also be used in conjunction with the SliderONE for a two-axis solution. For three-axis possibilities, you’ll need two headONE’s connected with the Tilt Kit bracket.
On its own, it gives you a 360° possibility.
Connecting the second device, in this case, the HeadONE was easy. For me, it sat between the SliderONE and FlexTILT. Once the battery is added, it is ready to go.
Now, when you connect to the app, you see both devices on one page. This allows you to pan and swivel at the same time. Six overall poses now appear, with the possibility for more when they are full.
What I find really great it is it compact, can be set-up in a few minutes (from unboxing to app pairing). This means you don’t need to miss interesting moments that happen around you.
If you use Canon cameras (5D, 6D, 7D, 60D, 70D, 80D, R), you might already have spare batteries lying around. Luckily, edelkrone products use these across the majority of their devices.
They will last around 2 hours of continuous use. So plan accordingly. I use the unlicensed version of LRTimelapse, which only lets you work on 400 images at a time. This was my limit for images when using the timelapse function.
I have created about 30 different time-lapses and videos with edelkrone products. The SliderONE V2, HeadONE and FlexTILT have all been used in as many different combinations as possible.
Overall, I am very impressed and pleased with how they work. They provide the projects with a much-needed sense of professionalism. Every device looks great and works perfectly together. And if they didn’t, it was a user problem.
One thing I found a little annoying was the slider can only be used automatically. If your smartphone runs out of juice, that’s it. It might finish your time-lapse or video, but that is as much as you can do.
The same goes for the device. No battery = no use. There is no way to use these devices without a charge. What happens if you’re in the middle of a project?
Apparently, when the battery dies, the time-lapse or video will stop and reset. There isn’t a way to reconnect another battery and pick up where you left off.
When I contacted the customer support team regarding this, they had a great solution. The E6 Portable Battery with LP-E6 Adapter gives you 4 times the power than a regular LP-E6 battery.
That’s up to 8 hours of continuous use. And you have a battery monitor within the app.
I would have liked to see a manual release of some kind. However, it is an automatic system. Having a manual override brings forth other problems. Just make sure you have a power bank.
But, if you want to store the SliderONE in it’s nice, protected box, there is only one way to do so. The tripod part needs to be at the end. I’m just being picky, and it’s not a big deal.
Using the slider was easy enough. But, when creating the poses, you need to go from one end to the other manually. This takes a few seconds, and when you reach the end, you get a crunching sound.
The customer support team advised me this doesn’t damage the device. It just informs you that you have reached the end. It is a little audible, so take this into consideration for interviews.
One thing I liked is that you didn’t need to stay within the app for it to work. Once set up, it does its thing, leaving you to research or find the next location.
The products work well together and limited the mistakes that the user can create. It isn’t much you can mess up on from their well designed and intuitive app.
I did notice a little shakiness when using the FlexHEAD after a few timelapse sessions. This might render the last part of the video or time-lapse unusable.
This came from using the fastest mode, so it is expected. You compromise movement for speed.
They are light enough to carry around while being sturdy enough not to cause shake. I could even carry my tripod, camera and device bundle short distances easily.
These motorized devices are something I am going to use from time to time. I don’t have a need to use it all the time as my videography and photography don’t call for it.
Saying that I am now hooked on time-lapse photography. edelkrone has made it fun to get out there and plan the next projects. I am already looking at which products I can combine for the ultimate bundle.