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After manually using a commercial camera slider with bearings and noticing how difficult I found it to produce consistent steady and smooth results, I decided to research online on motorized sliders and add a motorized system to my slider. I wanted to build a motorized system that was portable, that could be disassembled and removed when needed and would still allow me to use the camera slider for manual sliding where a motorized system was unable to do so. An example of this would be sliding and panning at the same time. I wanted to build a motorized system that I could add to my camera slider that could produce results similar to commercial motorized systems worth hundreds of dollars more!
I tried to use as much recycled materials in my motorized system as I could and I wanted my motorized system to be simple to use and control. I originally planned on building a speed controller for it, but I noticed that there were already many speed controllers available pre-built.
Actual Motorized System
Using the Motorized System on a Camera Slider
*No post processed slow motion used in footage, just used the speed controller to adjust the speed of the slide motion.
Using the Camera Slider by hand
*No post processed slow motion used in footage, just changed the speed of the slide movement by hand.