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 Cablecam Timelapse Rig (Cablelapse) 
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Post Cablecam Timelapse Rig (Cablelapse)
Hi my name is Anders and i live in Oslo, Norway and im new to this forum.

I`ve been doing some timelapse work over the years but nothing extrordinary.
I`ve always been a DIY guy and loved building and using my own equipment, and have really been fascinated by cablecams (i do alot of MTB films)

So now i have rebuilt my custom cablecam with a really slow motor so i can shoot timelapses with it, I´ve only tried about 30-40m span og timelapses with about 1 hour shooting time, im still figuring out what to do and what not to do, but eventually
in theory i could make timelapses with a span of 500m (rope lenght)

I`m just making this thread to connect with people that have tried the same thing to get some experience from others, and hopefully share some of my expierence with it!

Here`s the 2nd test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBGwC6ipMjo

and i`ll upload some pictures of the rig later but i keep getting an error message...
Cheers!


Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:00 am
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Post Re: Cablecam Timelapse Rig (Cablelapse)
WOW! That was really smooth! I expect to see cable cams swaying back and forth in the wind. Even when two cables are used and you pull the cable as tight as you can get it by hand, there is some stretch or slack that lets it rock back and forth in a direction perpendicular to the cable.

Did you use some sort of mechanical advantage to tighten the cable? Was the footage stabilized in post? Maybe you can post some pictures of your amazing cable trolley? I assume it must run on more than one cable for stability? Even so, very impressive. Was this done on a day with no wind at all? I'm still trying to figure out how. Normally the trees the cable is attached to move a little.

There have been several attempts at timelapse cable cams, but everyone else has had serious issues with wind causing unwanted swaying of the trolley. The guys who made a cable cam for Gopro had to use the highspeed recording (slow motion) option and ran their trolley really fast. The slow motion made the trolley seem to move at a normal speed and slowed down the effects of the trolley rocking around the cable axis.


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Post Re: Cablecam Timelapse Rig (Cablelapse)
Wow is right. Can't wait to see more!


Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:04 am
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Post Re: Cablecam Timelapse Rig (Cablelapse)
Timelapse I did about 2 years ago, still got the rig and 30 metre wire but have not done any since.



I used two aluminium U channels with two wires were attached to eye-bolts, the type used to strain the support wires on chain link fencing. I found that tensioning the wires alone did not stop movement but ensuring the two aluminium U channels could not move was an enormous help in stabilising the rig.
The video clip was shot on a GoPro but the same rig also carried my Canon Mk2 + 24-105 lens quite successfully. I did post images of the rig on Timescapes but they seem to have disappeared unfortunately.

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Yeah, i have to say WOW as well. Nice work. Can you post some pics of the rig?

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Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:06 pm
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Post Re: Cablecam Timelapse Rig (Cablelapse)
andershaheim wrote:
i`ll upload some pictures of the rig later but i keep getting an error message...


You will probably need to upload the photos to another site like facebook or something, then embed the image here via the URL using the "IMG" button while posting. The site hosting this forum is very limited in size with what it can do with uploading photos directly.

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Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:34 pm
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Post Re: Cablecam Timelapse Rig (Cablelapse)
so.....Where did Anders go? Everybody is impressed but no Anders and no pics of the rig that did this.


Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:31 am
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Post Re: Cablecam Timelapse Rig (Cablelapse)
Hey James,
I have been wondering about that. I wonder if it is the same Anders that was over at the Homebuilt Stabilizer forum. If it is I would love to see what he has done to his stedicam rig. He built an amazing rig!

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