If you’ve seen any of our shows on DIY Network, especially those for DIY’s Blog Cabin, you know how important time lapse video is to conveying a slow process quickly. Not only can we make hours worth of work happen in mere seconds, but often the time lapse video conveys the overall process better than real time video. Whether you have a GoPro, point-and-shoot camera or a smartphone, creating videos of your own DIY projects is a great way to share your work with family and friends or the greater online community.
One camera is often not enough to capture the entire process and if you are like me, you have enough on your hands with the actual work to not fiddle around with moving cameras. Also, DIYers are spending their hard-earned budget on awesome building materials, not on a cadre of cameras. Want to learn how to creatively stretch your video budget with a hands-off approach? In this how-to, we’ll build a 360-degree time lapse motion mount in 10 minutes and for less than $15!
A variety of cameras are available today from professional to prosumer tailored directly for generating time lapse video. For an action camera like the GoPro, a series of non-standard mounts are available and sometimes even come with the camera. These mounts are easy to mount and use, but they have certain limitations. I wanted something much more flexible, so I have always used a tripod adapter with a 1/4-20 threaded mount. By using a threaded mount, you will be able to use different cameras in the future if you upgrade.
Got some great time lapse footage and not sure what to do with it now? Stay tuned for a future blog post on how to create your own incredible time lapse video with free software. Until then, check out the completed mechanism here and an example of rotational footage here!