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DIY Motion Control Rig

Today I’ve been hunting around for a some old printers and scanners in the hope that I might be able to salvage some parts, namely the timing belt and pulleys… I’ve decided to make a motion control camera rig. If it works it’ll be a lot of fun and should allow me to create some amazing shots.

I was looking at this video (below) on youtube about combining different exposures of the same image and it got me thinking about how I might do that with a moving image. I realised that a motion control camera was all I would need to acheive it…. theoretically speaking.

For those of you who don’t know, a motion control camera rig basically moves your video camera along a predetermined path and speed, in a very controlled way that can be precisely repeated as many times as you want so that each video clip can be layered together and match up perfectly.
So I’ve been doing a bit of research and recently bought myself a 12 Volt stepper motor and a ‘Stepper Motor Interface’ from Jaycar. This hardware will allow me to write instructions on my laptor for a motor to perform. The only problem is that I can’t seem to get the motor to move and the instructions it came with are in German! I’ve been asking around and came across the phone number of a retired electrical engineer who works in another Jaycar store a bit further away, so if I can’t get it going soon, i’m going to pay him a visit. Until then I need to figure out how i’m going to construct the rig.

3 Responses to “DIY Motion Control Rig”

  1. Nancy Says:

    Thanks for the share!

  2. Wilbert Richan Says:

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  3. phayes Says:

    Thanks a lot for the feedback Wilbert, it’s my pleasure mate : )

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