We just pledged and backed this Kickstarter project by Revolve Camera: Revolve Automated Motion | A versatile and affordable motion control kit. Add precise automated movement to your camera slider or dolly for time-lapse or video
Here is the description from Revolve Camera:
Revolve Automated Motion (or RAM for short) is a versatile motion control system for time-lapse and ultra smooth video. It can add precise motorized control to any camera slider or the Revolve Camera Dolly to create a wide variety of stunning footage! The kit adds fully adjustable motorized control to your camera moves. The RAM answers the demand for a truly affordable motion control system.
The versatility of Revolve Automated Motion is unmatched by any other motion control system. Interchangeable motors and fully variable speed control lets you use the system for both time lapse and live video shooting. The multi-platform mounting capability lets you use the RAM system with a wide range of camera support gear.
When combined with a slider, the RAM kit is capable of moving the camera straight up a vertical rail. Our heavy duty motors can lift a vertical payload of up to 10 lbs, and pull a horizontal rig up to 20lbs. The slider can be tripod mounted for variable height, and can be angled at an incline creating dramatic movement.
The Revolve Automated Motion system is designed to be simple yet effective. The functional components of the kit include a motor, a controller, and the mounting hardware. The kit is then driven either by a belt and pulley (as pictured above), or with the dolly’s green friction drive gear. The mounting hardware is different for the Slider Kit, and the Dolly Kit (slider mount shown above).
Three different motors are available which allow the system to work properly for different uses. The speed of each motor is adjustable using the controller, but using different motors gives the system a complete range from ultra slow to fast movement. The system ships standard with the 5rps motor. This motor is good for most time lapse situations, or for very slow video movement (most of the time-lapse in the video was shot using the 5rpm motor.) The Slow 1rpm motor is used for very slow time lapse, or for night-lapse shots where you are using a slow shutter/long exposure. The Fast 60rpm motor is used for live action video. Slow motor and fast motor purchased separately if desired.
For more details on this project, you can visit the Kickstater page : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/626733935/revolve-automated-motion-motorized-camera-dolly-sl
You can also visit Revolve Camera for more info on their products at : http://www.revolvecamera.com