Here’s a really smooth pan-tilt assembly that Jacob Richards put together. The first video after the “read more” is a really well put together showcase of it in action. Around 0:40 is especially interesting when it shows the custom controller moving the camera around. The second has more explanation of how this DIY motorized pan-tilt device works.
If you wanted to build your own, the second video should give you a nice overview of everything. What’s even better, is that Jacob was nice enough to provide DIYTripods with a CAD model (in IGS format) and a bill of materials. According to Jacob, the cost should be around $240. The Arduino code apparently is no longer available, but he would be willing to explain the concepts to anyone that needs assistance! Continue reading