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Enable Motion Control for Timelapse Film From Your Smartphone

By Chris Nachtwey on May 5th 2014

The company Dynamic Perception is known among photographers and filmmakers for their extremely affordable, built to last sliders and motion control systems, such as the Stage Zero and Stage One systems. The gear they make can be found in the hands of Michael Shainblum, one of the most well know timelapse filmmakers in the world.



Now, Dynamic Perception, with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, is set to release their new Stage R, three-axis motion control system. They have exceeded their campaign and still have 9 days to go! Check out the video below for a hands on preview.


  • Capable of full 360 degree pan or tilt movement
  • Two units put together allow for full 360 degree panning and tilting at the same time
  • Accepts both DC and stepper motors
  • Can be attached to tripods via multiple ¼ and 1/8 holes
  • Lightweight aluminum build, weighing in at 3lbs per unit (7lbs as a pair)




New MNX Motion Bluetooth Enabled Stepper Motor Driver



  • Bluetooth Enabled
  • Integrated Camera Control
  • Intuitive GUI Interface

New DP Motion App



  • Control all aspects of a timelapse with a phone
  • Motion ramping controls
  • Pan,tilt, and slider adjustments
  • Stop motion capable
  • Wireless updates
  • Android and iOS compatibility


Dynamic Perceptions new Stage R system looks like they have hit a grand slam when it comes to giving photographers and filmmakers all the tools they need to create beautiful timelapse films in an lightweight package. While I personally do not do much timelapse, I could see a use for the Stage R head for my film work. To have a tool that is light weight and can execute perfect panning and tilting is crucial for high value films. I think the new phone app, is a step in the right direction as well. In this day and age, we use our phones for everything. To give a photographer or filmmaker the ability to control all aspects of their panning, tilting, and slider at their finger tips is going to make a day of production much more simple and efficient.

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Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

Q&A Discussions

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  1. mugur ic

    hybrid one. iOS and Android

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  2. Ryan Hanson

    This looks really promising

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