Motion control timelapse on a budget. Tom Guilmette test drives the Kessler Pocket Dolly Traveler

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There are two things we love about Tom's reviews and blog posts. The first one is his cool coffee table housing a Grass Valley switcher control panel. The second is his passion about passing on information and experience. Here he tests the Kessler Pocket Dolly Traveler with the Basic Controller.

If you know anybody who has a DSLR then you've probably heard them talk about or been sent links to amazing timelapses posted on Vimeo. How do they do those smooth camera movements over such a long time period?

Tom shows us how the Kessler Pocket Dolly Traveler coupled with the Basic Controller can produce those gorgeous slow panning timelapse shots.

 

Tom used:

The Kessler Pocket Dolly TravelerBasic Controller 2.0,500 series ElektraDRIVE motormotor mount kitManfrotto 701HDV fluid headflat mount adapter for 701HDVpower cable and battery.

"I was very impressed by how smooth the ElektraDRIVE 500 series motor responded to the Basic Controller. I used it both as a real-time dolly and as a pulsing motion control timelapse single axis slider.

The Basic Controller does not have an LCD readout for time and distance traveled. It also does not have the Oracle’s SmartLapse software so getting exactly what you want using the Basic device does take some experimentation.

I highly recommend this kit. You get a lot for your money and the build quality is what you would expect from Kessler."

For more information and links, please read the Kessler Pocket Dolly Traveler article on his blog