Motion Control – Part 5: Cables

Filmmaking, Photography

There are a bunch of different cables needed to connect the controller, camera and perhaps additional equipment like a pan/tilt head and its controller.
When I was still waiting for my rail and controller’s parts to arrive, I started with building the shutter cables (2.5mm jack and N3 – for Canon EOS 500D and 6D).
I used the 2.5mm stereo jack with a cable I have ordered and soldered on a 3.5mm stereo jack on the other side. Pretty easy. This one’s for the 500D and similar models.

Motion Control – Part 4: Rail Assembly

Filmmaking, Photography
Motion Control – Part 4: Rail Assembly

So, all the parts I have ordered have arrived a long time ago.
Let’s talk about the rail now… Mr. Chronos Chris Field has made some pretty useful videos explaining how to assemble it. I think these should explain pretty much everything needed. I’ll just shortly sum up my steps. First one was to create the four threads at the ends of the rail with the 3/8 x 16 tap & die. This was kind of a pain-in-the-ass job and took quite some time, though it’s important to do it thoroughly and hold the tap & die really straight in order to get clean, straight threads. I got the screws for these holes at a nearby Harley Davidson garage, they’re pretty hard to find around here cause we have metric standards.

Motion Control – Part 2: Parts List

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Motion Control – Part 2: Parts List

So I’ve spent the last three weeks with doing lot of research and browsing online shops. The result is a shopping list with all the stuff I needed to buy or order to build the rail and controller, which basically consists of most parts listed on Chris’s parts list but with links to online shops in or near Switzerland. Of course, many of the parts are not exactly the ones he used.
I ordered a bracket set from Kyle and Chris which includes carriage, spacers, anti-backlash nut bracket as well as front and end brackets. They have shipped this stuff only a couple days after my order and I have received these beautiful parts two days ago.

Motion Control – Part 1: Kickoff

Filmmaking, Photography

I’m using the common abbreviation MoCo here, which stands for motion control. It’s been a few months now that I’ve decided to build my own motion control system for timelapse photography. Back then I’d already spent some late night hours researching the different models on the market being sold pre-built as well as the most popular DIY system out there. I was too busy planning my South America & New York trip as well as traveling to some other places last fall to start the project so I decided to start it once I’m back. This is the point I’m at right now. There’s still lots of things to do, but I’m gonna start the project now.