If you are considering the option to use a motorized slider for some of your next projects but you don’t want to invest into an expensive motorized system, here’s an easy way to modify your conventional slider on the cheap.
By utilizing the compact and lightweight TurnsPro Time Lapse Camera Mount, you can virtually turn any mechanical camera slider into a motorized sliding system thus taking your camera movement to a whole new level. In the video below, UK-based filmmaker Nitsan Simantov shows off his personal setup while using this excellent piece of equipment in conjunction with the iFootage Shark slider.
In a nutshell, TurnsPro is a small and lightweight camera mount that has a rotating head which enables you to rotate and spin your camera through 360 degrees to create unique time-lapse videos, smooth panoramic photos or any other motion imagery. As you can see though, you can easily attach the unit to any slider by using a simple flash bracket and shoe string thus turning it into a full-fledged motorized control system for your camera slider. To make this DIY setup work, simply tie the shoe string and adjust the tension by extending the motor out using the flash bracket.
Furthermore, the backlit LCD lets you select rotation speed, angle, and direction. The TurnsPro can complete one rotation in as quick as 20 seconds or as long as 10 hours. Optionally, you can attach even your smartphone to the mount by using the provided smartphone clip. TurnsPro provides clockwise and anticlockwise rotation alongside continuous bi-directional rotation from 15 to 360 degrees or multiple turns.
The system can run up to ten hours on four AA batteries, sports an intuitive 3-button user interface with a backlit display and has a maximum payload of 1kg when horizontal, and 0.25kg on its side. This specification makes it compatible with GoPro cameras, DSLRs, and smartphones with similar form factor and weight.
As Simantov suggests, you can even use multiple TurnsPros for multi-axis movements and more creative sliding shots for your productions. You can easily mount the motor directly to your slider by utilizing the available standard camera/tripod thread on top and bottom or use an additional flash bracket as shown in the video above. If you want to learn more about TurnsPro, head over to company’s official website.