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 Post subject: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:08 am 
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Constructed a camera dolly over the Thanksgiving weekend. My brother-in-law, grandfather-in-law and I constructed the dolly in two days. All material was salvaged from scrap with the exception of the geared sprockets. We performed a dry run and the results were encouraging. Still need to work out some kinks with the gearmotor and controls. Hope to have a timelapse test video soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:57 am 
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Awesome!


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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:48 pm 
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I've been working out the kinks with my DIY dolly. Power issues, transport issues, etc.

Took the dolly out for it's first nighttime mission this weekend. Temperatures were frigid . . . -5F to 0F. The wind was howling at times, as evidenced by the shake at about 3 seconds in the video below.

Rigged up a sled to transport everything by split board.

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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:05 am 
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Even with that tiny wiggle, it's freaking cool footage. What a fun contraption to shoot with.

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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:27 am 
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Very cool! Looking forward to more of this :D

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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:32 am 
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very cool! i've been looking into making something like this.

what camera are you using? I just got the d7000 and haven't shot a TL yet, but I shot several with my d5000 and had ton's of flickering issues. some days it was worse then others with the same settings. I couldn't quite put my finger on how to control it.

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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:32 pm 
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The best advice to avoid flicker is manual EVERYthing. Manual exposure, manual white balance, and manual focus. Also some Nikons have an "Active D-Lighting" setting. This should be set to "OFF". The guys over at the timescapes.org forum have a lot on info and suggestions on flicker. Seems like canons have the edge on Nikon in the flicker category, but I love the nikkor glass. The slider is a lot of fun. I built it on a "beer budget" but it serves the purpose.

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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:07 am 
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dln wrote:



That was rad! You're talented. :thumbsup:


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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:19 am 
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Thanks everyone for the nice words!

Here's the latest lapse.

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Tried a portrait orientation on this one. The dolly performed well in the wind, but I still had to cut about 5 seconds from the end of the clip due to dolly shake. It takes a lot of wind to move this thing . . . 35 mph gusts?

Also got a pretty decent shot of the "Spooky Face" on Nez Perce

"Spooky Face" - Nez Perce :shock:
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Nez Perce, Cloudveil Dome, and South Teton
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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:53 pm 
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They can be pretty easy and cheap to make with pvc, 1/2" ply and skate wheels.
Theyre super light this way and easy to breakdown and haul into the bc.


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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:13 pm 
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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/syr ... e?ref=live have you seen this?


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 Post subject: Re: Timelapse Camera Dolly
PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:41 am 
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i have seen the syrp. I've been drooling over it and the emotimo tb3 for sometime. I'm saving my pennies. The DIY route is fun as well and cheap! :D


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