On Panning, Again
It’s the last weeks before the summer holidays, and there are so many things that want to be finished this week. I have less time to work on my Orpheus film, and this annoys me pretty much. I really want to start the animation now, but I suppose this have to wait another week.
Plus: my equipment has worked fine over the last few months, but when I wanted to use it today, nothing worked. Grr.
After last week’s shaky panning attempt I started another approach to build a panning slide, this time with less gaffer tape and less cable straps, too. Robert Lyons (I met him at vimeo.com) recommended to get
[…] some drawer slide at a hardware store, sandwich them between two pieces of wood and mount the camera to the upper board. Ive used this method as a cheap but smooth and incrementable camera mover for stop motion,
And this was a damn good suggestion.
My new slider looks like this:
I screwed the drawer slide onto a rectangular block of wood, and attached another board on top. I created a small support on the board to fasten the top of a tripod on it (to hold the camera in place). The drawer slide creates a smooth movement and I don’t need much force to move it just a bit.
This is how it works:
And here I tried another test sliding animation:
It looks so much better now, and is much easier to handle.
– Have a successful week yourself, and thank you so much for sharing your ideas!
All the best,