"Moving Camera 1" is a gantry crane-like, overhead camera rig which can be positioned accurately and repeatably along 6 axes (X, Y, Z, PAN, TILT and ZOOM). Designed for use in stop motion animation or time-lapse photography, the custom control software enables the camera to be easily moved through a sequence of positions, so that individual frames may be captured and compiled to create the effect of a changing viewing perspective which can be arbitrary in trajectory and speed.
2012/02/16 - 6-Axis Motion Control Camera Rig - Technical Specs and Demo
This video demonstrates the technical capabilities of my moving camera motion control system, focusing on the range and resolution of each axis. Demonstrations which combine all 6 axes are also shown.
The table below lists the range and resolution of each axis.
The music track in the video is Global Communication - Sublime Creation.
This video demonstrates the operation of my Moving Camera Motion Control System, showing the view from the moving camera, an external view, and the view from my custom control software. The camera is first sent back to the same position a couple of times, to demonstrate the ability to accurately repeat positions. Then the camera is sent to the next few positions in a sequence that defines a complex path, consisting of 6 axes.
This demonstration shows how a moving camera can be used to change the viewing angle during time-lapse photography. The camera follows the path of an arc of a circle. This motion requires control of three axes (X, Z, and TILT).
The video is arranged from 500 frames captured one minute apart, and played back at 24fps. The melting process lasted 8.5 hours in real time. Two exposures were taken at each step with different lighting conditions.
2012/01/04 - Stop-Motion Demonstration: Silverstone Cable Camera
This video is the first animation created using my Moving Camera system. It demonstrates the ability of the camera to follow complex motion paths, in this case simulating the path of a cable-mounted camera such as the one used for Formula One Racing coverage at the Silverstone Circuit in 2011.
The animation is compiled from 710 frames, animated at 30fps. Motion-blur was applied during rendering to smooth the transition between frames.
Achieving this effect involves five axes of automated control: a linear horizontal axis, a linear vertical axis, a rotational pan axis, a rotational tilt axis, and control of the camera's zoom. The following videos show the moving camera from multiple exterior angles.