The SYRP Slingshot is a wirecam setup that adds dynamic motion and expansive length to time-lapses at an affordable cost.
Have you ever wanted to capture longer motion timelapses where a slider track just isn’t long enough? Enter SYRP Slingshot, a wirecam package that can reach distances of up to 300 feet (100m) with up to 3-axis camera movement using the SYRP Genie and Genie Mini.
The SYRP Genie works as the motion control device, moving the carriage along parallel wires of your desired length, whether that’s 25m or 100m. Inter-operable with your camera, the Genie moves the carriage with the time-lapse function to create smooth and unique perspectives that can’t be achieved without the need to spend lots of money. Some of the time-lapse shots in their demo video are incredible!
SYRP have designed the Slingshot with simplicity of setup and control in mind, with two mounting brackets, straps, wires, carriage and Genie all fitting into a compact bag.
The maximum payload of 8kg is enough for a weighty camera and lens combo. The example video shows a Canon DSLR and lens weighing around 4kg which should give you an idea. It seems that as the Genie controls the intervalometer for movement, a continual move along the wires might not be possible. However, for time-lapse photography, it certainly goes above and beyond what you can normally capture with a static shot or even short distance movement.
The SYRP Slingshot is available in a number of packages, with the standard ‘Slingshot’ package consisting of –
1 Slingshot (25m Slingshot rope and 25m Genie rope).
1 Slingshot carry bag
That kit comes in at $989.00, a very affordable package compared to, for example, the Kessler Second Shooter. Of course, you’ll need a SYRP Genie to actually move the carriage, so you can get a bundle with a Genie, the link cable and ball head for $1887. The Slingshot is available now!
Are you looking to shoot expansive time-lapse scenes and need a setup like this? Let us know in the comments!
Ever wanted to get into motion timelapse photography but a little overwhelmed by the whole process? Mark Gee has recently released a fantastic timelapse tutorial for beginners in collaboration with Syrp.
The YouTube tutorial covers astro timelapse in simple-to-digest but good detail, however many of the tips techniques can be translated into other types of timelapse.
Starting with how to setup your camera, Mark Gee takes you through the relevant notions for judging exposure, framing, post production and export.
I’ve read and watched many timelapse related tutorials in my time, but most reply on heavy investment of certain types of gear and/or great knowledge of timelapse. This video is easy to digest and understand with basic knowledge of camera operation and timelapse photography.
The Syrp Genie has been out for some time, it’s a cost effective, universal and reliable motion timelapse device. With a built in motor pan head and adaption to a cable based tracker, 2 axis timelapses are very easy to produce.
The length of the track is only limited by your piece of string, which not only is suitable for pretty much any slider system out there but also any type of DIY solution you wish to undergo.
Check out the product video for the Syrp Genie here:
There’s a fair bit of post production discussed in Mark’s tutorial; a large part of timelapse photography. Lightroom is used as the base program for photo editing, this is great software to use because of how well it deals with batch processing images.
The secondary piece of software is LR Timelapse. Having some experience with this program before I can concur it’s a very useful tool to have due to its specific timelapse nature and integration with Adobe Lightroom.
It’s used mostly as an export tool by Mark but the program has many more uses. Check out the below tutorial for a beginners look at the program and follow this link for more tutorials including keyframing for exposing changes through your timelapse (good for sunrise/sunset shots).
Useful chapter links below for Mark Gee’s How to setup a motion star timelapse using the Syrp Genie in the field:
0:49 – Location Scouting – Mobile Apps | Composition
3:03 – Camera setup – Image Quality | Shutter | Aperture | ISO | Focus
4:33 – How to avoid star trailing
5:27 – Setup the Genie – Rec Time | Interval | Play Time
6:29 – How the interval works
7:43 – Setup the movement – Movement length | Ease in / out
8:20 – Introduction and workflow setup
10:32 – Color adjustments and neutralising the image
11:32 – Lens Correction
12:20 – Set black and white points
13:20 – Color adjustment – Clarity | Tone Curve
16:30 – Local Sky Adjustments – Graduated Ramp
19:37 – Technical Clean-up – Noise Reduction | Artifact clean up
22:47 – Sync color adjustments to all images
24:22 – Export all images to LR Timelapse
26:08 – Export out a movie from LR Timelapse – Codec | Output size