Timelapse with motion

Posted by Simon Waterhouse

For over a year now, I’ve had plans to design and build my own Time Lapse Rail Slider – essentially a camera dolly which moves ultra slow, to create movement in time-lapses. It took a while, but eventually I got there.

The rails are annodised aluminium section from the hardware store, seperated and held in place by custom channel made with plywood and fibreglass. The sliding cart uses Teflon (PTFE) pads to create a smooth and low friction glide. The drive train uses timing pulleys and a timing strap imported from SDP-SI.com, and the power comes from a modified RC servo and servo controller from ServoCity.com.

Here’s some more clips that I’ve produced using this system;

I’m hoping to use it extensively over summer and start contributing clips to stock libraries.