Monday, May 24, 2010

Dynamic Perception Timelapse Dolly

I was really taken by the Dynamic Perception Timelapse Dolly used by Sean Stiegemeier to shoot that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of. See: Timelapse Dolly

There's not a whole lot of information on Dynamic Perception's website yet, but the More Information link worked[!] and they sent me the following details:

  • Their first product, the Timelapse Dolly Stage Zero, will be priced in the $800 range with accurate speed adjustment (top speed around 25 minutes per 5 feet) and direction motor controller. This dolly will be 6’ ready to run, support cameras between 5 and 25 pounds, and have everything you need to start making time-lapse dolly moves.

  • The controller that comes with the dolly kit will have the ability to connect to the upcoming open source OpenMoco-based Engine [Open-Source Photographic Motion-Control]. This engine will support up to four axes of integral control, allowing mixing of DC motors, Steppers, and Servos. Once integrated with the Engine, you'll get full camera-sync capability, shoot-move-shoot, stop-motion, and long-term time-lapse capabilities.

  • They hope to start shipping the Dolly Stage Zero in July. They expect to have delivery timelines nailed down within three weeks, and then they will open the pre-order page.

  • After the Dolly Stage One, they plan other products, with an ultimate goal of producing a three axis kit (Dolly, Pan, Tilt) that's easy to assemble and transport and hits the sub-$2500 mark for a 15-20 pound payload.

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