Saturday, December 14, 2013

ServoCity Actobotics Channel Slider Project: Part II

One of the problems with the base channel slider kit from ServoCity is the mounting options.  I wanted to be able to use a standard tripod with the slider and have a way to mount the potentiometer, switch, and battery without getting in the way of the slider.  I decided to add another channel offset to the main slider, and use a 1/4" screw plate.  Centering the mount in the middle of the channel allows the entire slider to be positioned horizontally or vertically.

(Part 1 - Click here.)
(Part 3 - Click Here.)

ServoCity also has 3/8" screw plates to attach directly to the tripod base without ball head.

I was able to mount the control knob for the potentiometer, Foward/Reverse switch, and circuit board to the lower channel.  The battery is attached via velcro.

The video below shows the slider in action.  I've used different camera arrangements showing that the slider can be used in a dual camera arrangement as well as pull a dSLR vertically.  I will probably use this with my Sony NEX-5 in combination with a GoPro most of the time.  I don't plan on using it for video due to the 1/2 RPM motor, but that could always be swapped out for a faster motor.