10.07.2013

Motion Controlled System for Time-Lapses from Revolve

Time-lapse videos are really en vogue nowadays and by watching some of them you really get to know why: they are an amazing eye-candy for the viewer :-)
Beeing able to observe how the fog of a city vanishes through the hours or how the stars move (actually the earth is moving...) is something that some years ago was only possible with very expensive systems. Today you can just use your DSLR and put it on timer mode, positioning it somewhere for some hours and voila... you can easily convert the images taken into a movie.

Some examples of nice timelapses:


(this one was made by some friends of mine)

or this one:



Adrift from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

But besides capturing the movement of things from a solid point of view (like video 2)... you can add some creative views by moving the camera´s positon, too (like video 1)! Therefore you need a so-called slider or a system which lets you move the camera smoothly, adding some perspective motion to the images.

Well, there are many motorized systems in the market which allow you to get this movements but most of them are pretty expensive. Building it up yourselve is a solution, too... (check here for y DIY video) but if you´re not into electronics and don´t have the necessary tools... it will just be frustrating.

Yesterday I got an email from Jeremy Canterbury, one of the guys behind RevolveCamera, presenting me one new system they are going to produce which could make time-lapse producing easier and affordable. For those who don´t know the company, they are the guys behing a successful kickstarter campaign last year which ended up in producing a very nice camera dolly.

Their new product is a motion controlled system for sliders and dollies. They call it RAM (Revolve Automated Motion) and this is how it looks like:























Allthough motorized sliders are nothing really new in the market there are 2 details about this one that I do like very much: you can attach it to any slider on the market. So, you´re not glued to a certain brand or product. That´s what I call flexibility... and the pricetag (starting at 299 USD) is also appealing. That´s what I call affordability... :-)

So, let´s hope the guys get their project pledged and perhaps you´ll make your own time-lapse video soon!

This here is the Kickstarter Video about the product:

 



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