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This is completely unsophisticated and poorly put together but it only took me four hours to build it and I only used things I had on hand in my garage.
The track is a piece of "ladder tray" used for suspending data lines in a ceiling space.
The sled is a stabilizer bracket used during shipping of data cabinets with some "L" brackets screwed to it.
The head is taken off of a broken drug store tripod.
And best of all the motor is for the rotisserie on my BBQ.

I will slowly improve on it to make it smoother, slower, and portable.( motor is AC )

Anyway here are some Pictures of it and a test video I shot after pulling it out of the garage.




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Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:39 pm
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Mate, that is awesome!!!

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:25 pm
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My first motorized dollies back in the '90's also used a rotisserie motor. Nice power and speed combo.

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:19 pm
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This was a test of a very sophisticated and high tech addition to the set up, a stick.

I drilled a hole in the head, put a stick in it. when the stick hits the tree the camera rotates. Ghetto? Yes! Cheap? Yes!

Would have looked better if there were some clouds out.



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Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:13 pm
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Brilliant use of a stick!
If you put a peg up close to the rail for it to turn on (or even out behind the camera to get it out of shot), you'd even get a ramped speed change.

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Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:18 pm
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Antz wrote:
Brilliant use of a stick!
If you put a peg up close to the rail for it to turn on (or even out behind the camera to get it out of shot), you'd even get a ramped speed change.


I was thinking of that, I wish I had more time to play around.


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So simple and ingenious. Love it.
Definitely one to try out sometime. The movement really adds something to the shot.

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I love your style!

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Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:46 pm
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This video has been posted on a couple of blogs. It was posted on DIY photography and on Make magazine!
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/1 ... otion.html
http://www.diyphotography.net/a-timelap ... erie-motor

Here is a short video of me working on a new rig.


Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:32 am
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CABLE RACK! I love it!


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nice.... very tempted to play around with this myself, though I can see it taking up loads of my time :roll:

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