1. I decided I wanted to make an automated slider/timelapse rig, but didn't want to pay the hefty cost that some of the manufacturers charge. I did some reasearch and found all the parts I would need to create my own. Here is a list of parts you will need if you decide that you want to make your own as well.

    A big thanks to Jay/MiLapse from Dynamic Perception for all the help and guidance on the project. To see their products or to buy one of their awesome timelapse kits visit http://www.dynamicperception.com/

    Igus DryLin® W1040-A $91 shipped

    (alternate rail that can be used: http://www.amazon.com/DryLin%C2%AE-W1080--Linear-Motion-Sliders/dp/B003Y54PPY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1297778345&sr=8-3 )
    WT001H Ball Head $23 Shipped
    4' Timing belt
    A 6R25M240090
    Timing Pulley
    A 6A25M017DF0908
    Belt Clamp x2
    A 6M55M090

    $51 Shipped
    Dayton 8.75 RPM Gear Motor: $55 Shipped

    I now use the 17RPM version
    MX2 Controller With Camera Cable
    Aluratek Universal 12V / 1.5A Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Pack

    The top plate is a rectangular piece of aluminum with a hole cut out to mount the ball head, and the platform that the rail is bolted to is a saw horse from home depot that I cut the top off of. The two idler bearings are just skateboard wheel bearings that are spaced out with washers. The end pieces are square tubing.

    Any questions or comments let me know!


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  2. As many people have proclaimed, day to night or night to day time-lapses are the ‘holy grail’ of time-lapse shooting. They tend to draw the attention of viewers because of their assumed complexity. At the same time, what people don’t understand is that they aren’t as tough to achieve as they appear. In this video, I will walk you through a few different ways of capturing these types of shots.

    For more information, please visit: prestonkanak.com/2013/06/12/how-to-shoot-day-to-night-time-lapses/.

    To view more from the series, please visit: prestonkanak.com/extensive-raw-time-lapse-tutorial/.

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  3. DIY Camera slider - Making of part II:
    The electronics of my Motion control/programmable Slider/Glider/Micro-Dolly. Not as interesting as the first Part, but Hey - it's also a part of the progress.

    For a full documentation and for a detailed description for building your own, visit camSlider.de (atm only in german - i'm still working on the translation)

    Here is the third part, some examples and tests: vimeo.com/23302682

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  4. Learn how to make a portable variable speed linear dolly / slider motor for shooting timelapse videos that can be used on any slider rig for about $55 AUD. For about $85 AUD you can have a deluxe version with two motors, one for timelapse and another for regular speed shots, USB power and a dedicated 12v battery and charger. Here's a little day trip I did to test the unit out vimeo.com/88152086. It rained the entire day, so it wasn't ideal, but you can see that it works!

    NOTE: Want to do timelapse (or normal speed) panning shots with the same unit? Too easy! Flip the unit on its side and there should be a thread at the end of the drill chuck. Find a bolt that will go from the thread diameter of the outlet from the drill chuck to the 3/4" (or whatever it is) on your tripod head, screw your tripod head on, put on your camera and.... voila! Panning at timelpase speeds, and it'll spin indefinitely.

    For the full parts list, including links, see askdesign.it/weblog/slider, noting that they are all on eBay so if that particular item has been taken down just search for it using the text description and you'll be able to find a live item. The slider used is an 80cm Konova K2. you'll need an intervalometer - I use Magic Lantern on my 6D, a hack which allows you to do intervalometer shots in-camera, but you can buy a unit off eBay for c. $30. Be sure to get one that can take an infinite number of photographs, many timeout at 99 (4 seconds of footage).

    Shoutout to Style43 (vimeo.com/12120373) and Joakim Fjeldli (vimeo.com/22337471) for the inspiration.

    // Shooting Advice
    1. Have fun!
    2. Put a bit of tension on your sliders bearings and you'll get silky smooth motion, and use fishing line (or any string for that matter) that doesn't have any elasticity or give.

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