There are some pricy (and awesome) motorized slider solutions out there (we quite like the Syrp Genie), but they are all kinda expensive. Anything with decent controls (screen/app) is 500$ or upwards. What if you throw some creative thinking into it?
Videographer Nitsan Simantov constructed a variable speed slider motor from a TurnsPro – a $99 egg timer style panning device (kinda like the Genie Mini we reviewed, but $150 cheaper). The idea is to use the TurnsPro as a push/pull device. Connect a piece of string to the thread of the revolving head and tie that string into the slider cart (this is why this built rang a bell with the Syrp Genie).
Here comes the clevers. By using different sized wheels, you can control the speed in which the motor pulls the cart.
Using a very small wheel will give you pretty slow motion, suitable for time-lapse (the slowest will be 15 degrees over 10 hours)
A 5″ wheel (which oddly looks like gaffer tape) will be faster
And a 10″ wheel can be radically fast, more for live video
To follow Nitsan’s setup you would also need a small bracket like this one, to mount the TurnsPro.
If I was TurnsPro Marketing manager, my next product would be discs to replace the DIY ones Nitsan uses.
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