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Building an Advanced Video Slider with Electronic Motion Control

This post is part of a series called DIY Photography and Video: Gear, Tips and Tricks.
Building a Basic Video Slider with Open Source CNC Parts
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In this tutorial, we are going to create a motorized slider. It could be used for time lapse work or other types of video. I'll breakdown all the parts and tools you need, and then show how I constructed it all into a functioning slider. If you want to build your own slider, we recently published a tutorial on how to make a basic video slider using awesome open source CNC products that may also suit your needs.


Sample Video Created With the Slider

List of Parts

I sourced most of my parts from eBay, however, these parts are available from many different sources.

  • Timing belt clamp
  • Timing belt
  • Pulley
  • Tripod ball head
  • Motor bracket
  • 1/4" to 3/8" screw adapters

For some of the elements like the rail and the carriage, you are going to need milling machine to drill the holes and work on them. I strongly recommend to bring all your parts to a specialist to drill them like I did. If you try to do by hand without the needed equipment you can damange your parts.

Watch the Full Tutorial

I'd love to see the results you get using your DIY slider. If you have any questions about completing your own project, please leave a comment below. I'd be happy to help.

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