17 years ago
project I want to work toward.
Any suggestions on how to build a decent motion control camera rig? I
want to play around a bit with greenscreen model shots, but mostly I
want something to perform smooth repeatable camera moves. I'd start
out with two axis and move up from there.
My concerns are the following.
-Learning (as opposed to programming the move each time as you would a
-how to get home position or position feedback
-Memory (Do I store only angle information or angle AND acceleration?)
-Microcontroller power and ease-of-use
Ease of use dictates that the rig be operated by joystics operating the
axis (pan/tilt/up/down/forward travel/reverse travel). I could
probably figure out how to use a Basic Stamp reading pots and operating
some geared-down stepper motors to get this functionality, but how do
you store the information? How fast do you need to poll the joystics
and set the steppers for smooth movement? How much memory is required
for, say, 2 minutes of data?
I think the layout should follow the camera usage as much as possible.
So, no boom and no arm. The camera should probably be on a track with
counterweighted movements up and down a central shaft, or series of
Finally, what's a good platform to use for someone who knows a very
little bit about a lot?
Basic Stamps are easy, but I'm concerned about cost and the power of
the Basic programming language. I REALLY like Basic Stamp's
all-inclusive starter kits, though.
Ooopics look better, but cost is a problem (I'd rather fry a $5 pic
than a $70 daughter board) and no nifty starter kits.
Proton Basic looks promising, but is expensive and no all-inclusive
starter kids with books to hand-hold you through the learning process.
And that's just the PIC side. There's Atmel and some Rabbit thing too.
Along with Lego's Mindstorm.
Thanks for your help!
P.S. I HAVE done a motion control scene already! I put my camera on
the rotating platform of a stretch wrapper. The movement slows and
stops in roughly the same place so I videotaped myself three times at
three different locations and composited them together. The result is
the camera panning over one of me, then stopping on two of me sitting
at a table. That was fun!