Gear-Based Orbiting Time-Lapse Fixture

orbiting time-lapse fixtureIf you make projects in your garage or workshop as I do, you’re always looking for a new way to enhance how you film. I’d like to think that my videos keep getting better, but both my techniques and equipment could certainly still be improved.

Here’s one rather exotic fixture from Frank Howarth. Using a series of gears cut out of wood, it allows a camera to orbit around whatever he’s working on. The motor’s speed is controlled and the gears reduce the rotational output so that the camera will spin extremely slowly.

As seen in the video below, both theĀ Orbiting Time-Lapse Fixture build and the resulting spinning time-lapse sequence are quite excellent!

For an easier, if perhaps less impressive moving camera fixture, here’s an idea for a camera slider with an automatic stop using Servocity parts.

[Via: SolidSmack]

SelfieBot for Advanced Time-Lapse Control

As seen on Atmel’s blog, the SelfieBot seems ideal for use as a videoconferencing device, especially if you want to show a procedure to someone remotely. For DIYTripods though, what is really interesting to me is its capability as an advanced time-lapse mount.

The SelfieBot can hold a GoPro camera or a smartphone, and can extend filming times with its internal battery. Once set up, it can then pan and tilt your device in a controlled manner. On the other hand, I suppose you could use one mount to instruct others on how to use the device for time lapses. You can make your own using information found on, or you can simply buy one.

On the other hand, if you just want a simple panning device, here’s how to make one using an egg timer.

Creative Mounts of the GoPro HERO4 Session at the Beach

I recently got a GoPro HERO4 Session camera for Christmas, which was certainly a great gift. As I was also at Clearwater Beach in Florida over the holidays, I naturally decided to try it out. Here are the quick mounting solutions that I came up with:

HERO4 Session SandalSandal Mounted HERO4 Session. This would have worked quite well except for the fact that it was very low and the dune blocked the actual beach.

HERO4 Session SockOf course, if you’re transporting your HERO4 Session around, you really don’t want the lens to get scratched. An old sock makes a nice holder, and you can even loop it around your belt if you don’t think that looks too weird. Maybe if you have a bunch of them, you could wear your sock-mounted ‘Sessions around your chest like a bandoleer.

HERO4 Session GoWorxBack at the hotel, I used my GoWorx Original Handle+ (also available from Amazon) to capture a time-lapse of the setting sun. I suppose I could have used a sandal here as well, but the ‘Handle+ seems a little less likely to plummet to the concrete below.

Be sure to check out the results of my balcony time-lapse after the read more link. I’m very happy with the results! Continue reading