Camera slider is a great tool that in the hands of a great video maker allows them to create amazing time-lapse videos, move the camera to follow the subject or move the camera around to highlight a fixed subject. Unfortunately, I am not a great video maker. However I am a maker and making my own camera slider sounds like a ton of fun! That is why I decided to make my own WiFi enabled camera slider. Using the 2020 Aluminium extrusion and few off-the-shelf components allows the camera slider to be as long or as short as we need it, while being very sturdy and also lightweight for carrying around or mounting on a tripod. We can then use built in WiFi connectivity to control and program the camera slider to have a very precise and repeatable camera movements.
Camera slider should allow you to move or slide the camera in one or more axis. The one we built in this video allows you to slide the camera along the sliding rail and also rotate the camera around it’s center or Z axis.
I have tried to use as many of the off-the-shelf components as possible to allow everyone to recreate this project at home. There are few 3D printed parts that you can print yourself, have someone print them for you or make them from another material (ie. on a CNC or a laser cutter).
As always, the entire project is open-source and open-hardware, which means you can either recreate the project or use it as a starting point for your custom-awesome camera slider.
Let me know your thoughts and feel free to post pictures of what you have built.