Technology Corner

It's Alive - the ElysiaVisuals timelapse controller

Christmas started early for ElysiaVisuals. We finally received the first 20 boards for our timelapse controller. We mentioned it a lot of Facebook and forums for a year now, but there still wasn't any hardware to show.

ElysiaVisuals timelapse controller firmware is ready for testing

We have been working very hard on both the hardware and the software of our upcoming timelapse controller. The first hardware boards should arrive here in our electronics lab soon from now. I will post images of them as soon as they are soldered and working. I guess the time is almost coming that we are calling for beta testers.

The ElysiaVisuals time lapse controller hardware is reaching the Beta phase

Here is a sneak preview of our time lapse controller board. We have teamed up with another company to speed up the development of the electronics. The first 20 boards are ordered and we cannot wait to assemble a few of them. We don't want to give away all the specifications yet, but you can expect a lot of features.

You can control this time lapse controller via Bluetooth, WiFi, Dynamic Perceptions' Microbus or through the native user interface of the controller itself. We have also included connectivity with the MX2 motion controller, the eMotimo and other time lapse devices.

The ElysiaVisuals timelapse controller with exposure ramping is under development

I made a promise in the past. I was supposed to blog more about my exposure ramping ideas and upcoming solution. We have been working very hard, behind the scenes, on the development of our own time lapse controller. That is mainly the reason why we haven't blogged more lately; this controller is consuming a lot of our time.

ElysiaVisuals nanoMoCo break out boards are available

We already wrote about the nanoMoCo break out board that we designed. This small board can be connected to the nanoMoCo Stepper Driver board; the future of open source motion control. The standard nanoMoCo board doesn't provide a way to connect the connectors that you need. This is where our ElysiaVisuals break out board comes in.

User guide for nanoMoCo, MoCoBus, and the new Motion Engine

The following user guide can also be found at the site of http://www.dynamicperception.com. The nanoMoCo stepper driver/controller is a specialized, Arduino-compatible* device specifically designed to enable advanced multi-axis stepper-based robotics and automation projects less expensive, and easier to create.

Key features of the nanoMoCo include:

Dynamic Perception announced the nanoMoCo Stepper Driver/Controller

nanoMoCo Stepper Driver/Controller

Dynamic Perception has announced their long awaited "nanoMoCo Stepper Driver/Controller" boards today. Dynamic Perception's mission is to provide low-cost and easy-to-use photographic motion-control systems. Our focus is to enable creativity and experimentation through open and unencumbered hardware, firmware, and software. Founded by the creators of the OpenMoCo open-source motion-control system we are striving to provide flexible and expandable kits for solving any motion-control need.

Announcing the Apertus Open-Source Cinema Project

Dynamic Perception and the Apertus Project have teamed up to produce the first fully integrated camera and motion control system. Together we will expand the capabilities and tools available to filmmakers everywhere, while pushing the envelope in creativity and openness through open-source electronics and hardware.

Dynamic Perception nanoMoco hardware and software - a first impression

In my last post called "Introduction to time lapse photography" I explained the basics of time lapse photography in combination with a automatically controlled Dynamics Perception dolly. The use of a time lapse slider gives you the possibility to control the motion of your camera in one linear direction. But what about controlling the pan and tilt axis of your camera? Or when you want to rotate your complete subject while you are creating a time lapse sequence?

Nikon D700 high speed exposure ramping with ISO shifting - Maasboulevard Rotterdam

I have mentioned the technical aspects of exposure ramping with a Nikon camera before on my blog. The has resulted in a lot of work for me the last month. The result is a ramping solution that works on both Nikon and other brands like Canon. The video that you see on this article is the first real outdoor test of my ramping solution. You are seeing the Maasboulevard, one of the main roads that bring you into the center of Rotterdam.

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