By site editor Dan Chung:
Rigwheels have just launched a new take on dolly tracks. The PortaRail system is a portable track made out of high grade aluminium that comes in 40” (1m) lengths. Each section can threaded into the next, and you can build any length of rail you need. It can be used on the ground with a dolly, or with Rigwheel’s own dolly and rails brackets to create a suspended rail type slider system. The aluminium is said to very rigid with little flex, meaning that a relatively long stretch may only need supporting at either end, and not in the middle. On even longer runs support brackets can be purchased to give greater rigidity.
The rails can also be used with many other manufacturers’ dolly systems, as well as for DIY projects.
The length of these sections make for easy transportation in the back of a car, although I do wish there was a shorter sectioned version for air travel that fitted into a regular suitcase size. Too many airlines charge large excesses for outsized baggage these days.
Prices start at $499 for a four section, two connector – 80” long kit. Going up to $1099 for an eight piece kit with six connectors.
For more info head over to the Rigwheels website. Rigwheels owner Lance Lundstrom is due to appear on the Newsshooter/Teradek live streaming show at NAB next week, so send us any questions you may have for him about his system.