I have been a fan of Edelkrone gear for some time now. They are producing innovative, well made camera gear at an affordable price, that meets a variety of my shooting needs. This morning I received an email from the Edelkrone team introducing a new module for their SliderPlus video sliders, and I have to admit this is a piece of gear I really want.
The new Craft Module for the SliderPlus is designed to help you figure out the math for time-lapse, stop-motion, and macro-motion videography, all of which require lengthy and often complex calculations to get right. The module simply asks the shooter a few simple questions and then calculates the complex math needed to execute the camera move smoothly over time.
The videographer chooses between photo or video time-lapse modes, then inputs the start-point, end-point, duration, frame and the final movie duration. The Craft Module will calculate and program the movement and let you know the maximum allowed shutter speed needed to get your shot. If you choose to you can also set up without setting the end- or start-points, to calculate automated static time-lapses in seconds. The device also features a timer function to schedule a time-lapse for later.
The real sweet spot for the Craft Module, is the way it can be combined with the Edelkrone Target Module to create responsive object tracking so that the camera stays focused on a single point as the unit moves. This allows you to create a smooth pivot around an object as the camera tracks over time. Something that is extremely difficult to do by hand and achieve smooth fluid results.
I said before that the Edelkrone gear is high quality at an affordable price, and it is. That doesn’t mean it’s cheap though. Good gear will set you back and this is no different. The slider, and both control modules will run you a little over $2000.00 when it is all said and done. Frankly I think that is a bargain when you consider what you are getting for your money, and what you will be able to achieve with this kit once you start shooting with it.
Over the last few years motion controlled time-lapse videos have exploded on the internet. As the cost of the equipment has come down, and the quality of digital video equipment has gone up, people are producing some really spectacular short films. One that really stands out for me is “Ancients” by Nicholas Buer. For the full back story on the video below click through to Vimeo. What I love about this short film is, unlike a lot of time-lapse landscape shorts, Buer uses framing to capture reflections of the stars in the foreground, or dropping the stars out of focus to create a dreamy bokeh behind a silhouette of tree branches. The editing, cinematography, and motion control all add up to a really nice piece with some stand out features. There is no list of equipment used, but this is all available at 4K resolution so I’m assuming he probably used a RED, a Cinema EOS or the equivalent.
Yesterday at this time most of the central midwest was in the midst of an epic snowstorm. I know in the area of Kansas City I live in we got at least 10 inches of snow which is a reminder that winter isn’t over for at least six more weeks. If it’s anything like last year, I bet we have snow late into March. With that said, the video below is a reminder that Spring and Summer are just around the corner, and soon we will all be talking about how hot it is.
Randy Halverson shot Huelux from April-November 2013 in South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah enduring many of the challenges you are faced with when shooting time-lapse footage, especially the weather. His goal was to capture the Milky way, and Aurora Borealis, but cloud cover and storms hampered his attempts. What he did get was some amazing footage of night time thunderstorms as well as the the stars and magnetic fields at play. For more info on the film, and the gear used go to his Facebook page here, or click through to Vimeo to see the full write up on his process and equipment. The 4K version which I highly recommend watching is available here.
Since the United States totally screwed up government decided to act like a bunch of Jr. High Jackwagons shutting the government (and national parks) down, here is a series of beautiful time-lapse videos. If you can’t visit a national park, you can at least see some stunning video footage of them. These videos show the amazing American landscape void of any politicians or political influence. Just nature at it’s best.