Photographing time-lapses where the camera moves a long distance is not easy. You can set up tracks, but this is a long and laborious project. Plus, you need to make sure the tracks are not in the shot. This is where cable cameras come into play. It may look like a hard thing to set up, but this video by Morten Rustad will take you through all the steps you need to take to create fascinating time-lapses.
Variable neutral density filters are typically more common for video than photography, but there’s that grey timelapse area in the middle where the two worlds tend to often collide. I usually go with regular NDs for long exposures and timelapse, but having recently picked up a variable ND for video, I have found myself using it a lot more for regular photography, too.
Mine doesn’t go quite as dark as Syrp’s new “Super Dark” variable ND filter, though. Offering 5-10 stops of neutral density, the filter will ship in both 62mm and 82mm sizes, with step-up rings to fit other lens sizes included. It also contains built in physical stops and handy markings around the edge of the filter to let you know just how many stops of light you’re blocking.
A couple of months ago, Syrp updated the firmware on the Genie Mini to add a couple of very cool new features. One of those was the ability to automate the shooting of panoramic still images for stitching. It’s not a difficult process to accomplish, but there are one or two gotchas and things you have to look out for.
In this video from The Slanted Lens, Jay P Morgan explains the whole process, from start to finish. With the New York cityscape as his subject, Jay walks us through setting up the Genie for the sequence, shooting the images, and then stitching them together in Photoshop.
When SYRP first kickstarted the Genie, we knew that it was something a bit different, but we had no idea how vast the echo system will be. The Slingshot is the third member to the Genie system (after the mini and bracket). The Slingshot builds on the same Genie motor to move between two points. Only instead of riding a slider, it is hang on a rope bridge.
The slingshot comes with two mounting brackets which you can hang on trees or walls or bridges, and a big four-wheels cart that holds the Genie, a camera and an optional Genie mini. Once the brackets are mounted, the cart is placed on the two wires and is ready to go.
Creating super long slider or dolly shots is something many timelapse photographers and filmmakers dream about doing. For some, hyperlapse techniques and a lot of post production work is the answer. For others, that’s far too much work. When you look at the whole process, you can quickly see why. For others, the solution is a cable cam zipline type system.
It works with the Syrp Genie (review here), to provide you with a level of control that is otherwise difficult to achieve. Until now, though, these have been DIY solutions. In fact, you can see our own DIY Syrp Genie cable cam here. Today, though, Syrp have released their official cablecam, the Slingshot.
Update: this giveaway has ended, please jump to the bottom to see the winner. Huge thanks to SYRP for the prizes.
If you are reading this site for any amount of time, you you know that we are big fans of adding movement to time lapses. And while there are some small and nifty devices out there, nothing beats a full rig. And the Genie Pan Track Kit is one of our favorite. Guess what? We’re giving one away! (street value $1,365.00 USD).
If you’re looking for an economical way to add clean, smooth motion to your time lapse or live action video clips, the Syrp Genie Mini is a great place to start.
However, I didn’t expect just how easy and fun the Genie Mini would be to use in the field – continue reading for the complete review…
If you are reading this site for any amount of time, you you know that we are big fans of adding movement to time lapses. I mean static timelapses are so 2014 🙂
UPDATE: the giveaway has ended and a winner picked. Please see bottom of post for details. Huge thanks to SYRP for the prize and huge thanks to everyone for playing.
If you want movement but still cant setup a big rig, the Genie mini is the perfect solution for you, and we are giving one away!
The Mini is a small rotating plate that can easily fit in your bag. When you are ready to take a time lapse just pop it on a tripod, set the rotation parameters with a phone app and tell it to start. And you can win one by entering below (street value is $249.00). There is a cool demo over here. But we are also giving a bonus: a SYRP Ballhead ($109.95). How cool is that. All you have to do is enter below:
To me, the biggest capability of the Genie that separates it from other time lapse and live action motion control devices is its ability to run long distance cable cam shots – there is no other device on the market that can do this.
But, in order to run a cable cam sequence – you first need a cable cam cart.
In this article, I will share the details of my DIY hyperlapse cable cam cart that I built for use with the Syrp Genie.