Last summer I really started to enjoy creating time lapse sequences using the GoPro HD Hero, Canon G11 with CHDK, and also my Canon dSRL cameras with external trigger. I also purchased the Gadgetworks Automate, which allows me to create panning time lapse sequences with a dSRL with an Android phone. I like tinkering, and created a couple of DIY panning devices for the GoPro HD hero and CHDK cameras by hacking an egg timer and also a lawn sprinkler timer. These are great for slow rotation during a time lapse sequence. When I started to see DIY motion dolly's popping up on the internet, I knew that I had to make one for myself. I didn't just want to create something I could use for smooth video panning, but for super slow motion panning for time lapse sequences. I got my latest inpriation from the DIYphotography.net website, and a number of similar projects they created:
- Build an Amazing Super Versitile DIY Time Lapse Dolly
- Build a DIY Mini-Rail Slider
- Automating your Slider for about 20 Bucks
My wife had a busy day getting a yard/garage sale going, and I needed to get some other yard work done, but not before setting up the ladder dolly for some outdoor tests. Here is the video capturing a bird's eye perspective of the dolly as it moves up the ladder.