If 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 the 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.