If you’re a regular subscriber then you alreay know that we here at SLR Lounge are huge fans of cool timelapse footage. A good timelapse on Vimeo is just as addictive to us camera geeks as icanhascheezburger.com is addictive to high school teens and their grandparents. ;-) Speaking of “addictive to camera geeks”, pretty much any cool gadget on Kickstarter.com is worth a few minutes of (lunchtime) browsing… So this is doubly cool.
Recently we got a tip from Ben Ryan with a company called Syrp, about their Kickstarter project called the Genie. The Genie is a device for time lapse motion control that takes a very simple approach to everything. Instead of spending thousands and thousands of dollars on rails and arms and gears and whatnot, all you really need now is the Genie. You can use the Genie with all of your expensive rails and whatnot, OR you can just build your own rail system and the Genie will adapt perfectly. (See a home-made timelapse rail HERE, created by my friend Sean Goebel) Heck, they even demonstrated a very impressive bit of timelapse footage, filmed by dangling a DSLR over a lake by a cable! You can even use a simple skateboard and a bit of small rope. The Genie looks like a brilliant tool that could make complex timelapse recording super easy, and once again allow those who are truly creative to rise above the rest and stand out with their artwork.