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Enrique PachecoTime-lapse photography is definitely not as cut and dry as setting your camera on a tripod and pressing record. It takes careful planning, a few pieces of essential gear, and a little bit of expertise to create those beautifully cinematic shots. If you’re interested in adding this technique to your repertoire, Spanish cinematographer and time-lapse pro Enrique Pacheco shares a bunch of invaluable tips and answers many central questions with you in this helpful Shutterstock video entitled Timelapse Wisdom. More »

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Ride the Sky TimelapseSeveral years ago, motion-control timelapse was an unexplored frontier in the field of video production. Then DSLR video happened, and company after company came out with their own line of automated motion control equipment. Vimeo nearly exploded from all of the gorgeous timelapse videos from folks like Tom Lowe and Preston Kanak. Unfortunately, the internet became over-saturated with these videos, and the age-old technique of timelapse became a cliché by-product of the DSLR revolution. However, there are still filmmakers out there pushing the boundaries of the timelapse medium. Lance Page is one of those filmmakers, and his new video Ride the Sky is unlike any timelapse video you’ve seen before. More »

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DIY TimelapseGetting a high quality time-lapse doesn’t have to be insanely expensive, especially if you’re only moving your camera a short distance; set up your tripod in a desired location, slap on a slider and a motion control device and you’re golden. But, covering longer distances in an area that is inhospitable to tripods can be a little more tricky — and expensive. The folks at Syrp, however, want to show you how to build your own wooden DIY 2-axis Cable Cam rig that will let you pull off stellar time-lapse shots at a fraction of the cost. More »

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Action ModuleWhen it comes to sliders, edelkrone has really made a name for themselves with the super portable SliderPLUS, and to make it a true microcosmic powerhouse they’ve introduced motion capture and time-lapse tools, the Wizard and Craft Modules. However, edelkrone is upping the ante once again by combining the slider control of the Wizard and time-lapse capabilities of the Craft into an all-in-one device, the Action Module, which aims at allowing filmmakers to complete a wider range of cinematographic tasks (especially when used with the innovative Target Module), while still offering the simplicity and portability the company is known for. More »

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Kessler VideoThe DSLR revolution put the ability to create cinematic images into the hands of the masses. At the front end of this revolution, however, there weren’t many movement tools designed for this new wave of cameras. Out of the massive demand came hundreds of DSLR movement and accessory companies, one of the most notable of which is the Indiana-based firm, Kessler. In a recent collaboration with Kessler, a Canadian production company called Cinescapes Collective produced an excellent short documentary/corporate video that showcases this unique company and the way in which they conceptualize and manufacture their outstanding filmmaking products. Check it out below. More »

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wing-300x174After a crazy week at NAB, the dust is finally starting to settle. We’ve seen some pretty nifty announcements thus far, and you can read about all of them on our NAB News page. There’s one announcement, however, that we have yet to cover though. Edelkrone, the company responsible for the most compact rigs and sliders known to man, has announced several new professional camera movement products, some of which will literally fit in your pocket, and one of which might be an even more revolutionary slider design than the SliderPlus. Read on to learn more. More »

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No Film School's Ryan Koo interviews Eric Kessler at NAB 2014Eric Kessler is becoming a household name for quality camera motion products targeted for productions of all sizes, and this year the company is unveiling the budget-friendly UniDrive that comes in a 1-axis or 3-axis configuration. Also new this year is the advanced Kessler kOS iPad app for controlling the bigger, more expensive CineDrive system, as well as other improvements and add-ons. Click through to watch Ryan Koo’s interview with Kessler Crane on the floor at NAB in Las Vegas. More »

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Axis360Here at No Film School, we talk quite a bit about the dizzying array of technical methods for creating camera movement (and even the reasons for moving your camera in the first place). In the past year alone, a seemingly absurd amount of camera movement products have hit the market, everything from brushless gimbal stabilizers to updated versions of sliders, shoulder rigs, and beyond. Sometimes these new products are unique tools that enhance our storytelling potential, and sometimes they’re just more of the same. However, every now and again a product comes along that seems destined to change the way we move our cameras. The Axis360 Modular Motion Control System might just be one of those rare products. More »

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DitoGear MiniJibDitoGear has added yet another tool for timelapse cinematographers and stop motion filmmakers to utilize on their projects: the MiniJib. Compatible (obviously) with their other products, like the BD SliderOmniHead, and LensDrive, the MiniJib allows users to get more sophisticated crane shots either manually or using its motorized configurations. Granted, this tool is going to cost you, but if you’re looking to invest in something that might take your timelapse/stop motion work to the next level, DitoGear is offering a 15% preorder discount. Continue on for the details and to see the MiniJib in action. More »

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DitoGear BD SliderDitoGear, the company founded by filmmakers with a penchant for timelapse filmmaking, that also brought you products like the OmniHead and LensDrive, has announced the release of their slider that boasts quite a bit of advantages. The BD Slider offers portability, versatility, and precision, and all at a reasonable price. With a special discount if preordered by September 30th, this is definitely a slider you should take a look at. The BD Slider promo video and more details after the break. More »

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If you’ve ever wondered how moving timelapse, complicated visual effects, and stop motion animation are executed, more often than not the filmmakers are using a motion control system of some kind. Usually these systems have been prohibitively expensive at the higher-end, but we’re now starting to get more affordable options that are just as fully featured. Kessler, who is well-known for their sliders, has now moved up to a fully electronic motion control head called the CineDrive. Check out the walk-through video below. More »

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DitoGear, maker of the OmniSlider, already has a following among “Timelapsers” and visual effects folks, but now they’ve cemented that following with the addition of a motion control head and lens motor: the OmniHead and LensDrive. If you haven’t already seen it before, here’s the OmniSlider in action: More »