Camera sliders are one of the easiest ways to add interesting motion to your timelapse and video sequences, but many of the commercial options are still extremely expensive.
A little while back we shared a review on the Rhino Slider – and if you don’t care to watch it (or the kick ass video that we shot with it), let me tell you the bottom line: We love it!
Now the Washington based company launches another crowdfunding campaign to add motion control to their slider. (This would be their sixth Kickstarter after the said Slider, a Rig, a stabilizer and some smaller campaigns, which pledged a total of almost half a mil together).
Slow motion is a very useful technique commonly used these days. In fact, it is used so often that it’s becoming hard to keep one’s attention for more than just a few seconds.
However, adding camera movement to slow motion videos creates a dynamic and often mesmerizing look, and using a crazy-fast frame rate doesn’t hurt either.
Obviously great equipment needs to be matched with great talent, and that’s exactly what happened when the team at Stiller Studios got their hands on a Bolt High Speed Cinebot and a Phantom Flex4K Camera.
Two days of filming later, the result is a powerful 1,000 frames-per-second, slow motion show reel, portraying the remarkable capabilities of this state-of-the-art equipment. Well, that and the copious amounts of raw talent these guys have.
I’m a firm believer that gear is not as important as vision, creativity, talent or perseverance.
That being said, some gear cannot be replaced by any amount of those qualities.
I can’t tell you were to buy creativity or vision, but I can show you some could-be products that might save your outdoors shoot or make your post-processing tasks just a bit more bearable.
Here are 10 photography-related Kickstarter campaigns you should check out.
AXSY T-Set is the latest motion control system, in a very long list, to try and find its way into the market via Kickstarter.
Boasting a 3-axis system controlled wirelessly by an advanced app, and a relatively low price, this could be the next best thing for timelapsers, astrophotographers and filmmakers.
This is what you get when you put a BBC wildlife cameraman (Rob Drewett) and a buggy racer/design engineer (Andy Nancollis) together in the same workspace: a really sweet looking 4WD buggy that can pack your camera over all sorts of terrain at speeds of up to 40mph. Collectively called Motion Impossible, the two based the BuggyCam design on a race proven remote controlled vehicle, and as though that wasn’t cool enough, Drewett and Nancollis made it even better by developing their V-CON camera mount system to pair with a Freefly Movi M15 stabilizer ($11,995), which means you can use it to get professional quality photos and smooth video.
It also means it’s sturdy enough to carry professional grade photography and cinematography equipment. In fact, in the two clips below, you can see the guys using it to tote around a RED while shooting on location in a forest and also capturing some great footage of a peregrine in flight.[Read More…]