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 dynamicperception.com/
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.
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.
If you are not in the business, or even if you are, you might not be aware of the amount of work behind TheChapel.
Although we did not shoot the real "making of" shots almost at all, we decided to tell a bit more about making of this film. Illustrated with some photos, shots and post-production screenflows we hope to put some more light on the process of making of The Chapel and give you an overview of what and how we did.
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Please share it - we would love that the film be watched widely. Although it was posted a few months ago it passed a bit unnoticed. Well, a film needs a bit of luck to be watched.
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).
// 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.