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!Read more
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 Post Production: 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 sizeRead more
by Kevin Alexander | 8th May 2015
Syrp has released the app for the Genie Mini in advance of its upcoming launch. The Syrp Genie App is now available on iTunes, and an Android version is coming soon. The upcoming Genie Mini from Syrp looks to be an interesting tool for timelapse and motion control filmmaking. While the Genie Mini isn’t yet available, you can now download and test out the Syrp Genie App. It’s currently only available on iTunes, however the android version is coming soon. You can enter custom settings for both time-lapse and motion control. But the app also includes some handy presets so you can quickly start filming. The hardware unit is available for pre-order and the app is available for free, so if you’d like to check it out you can download it from iTunes. Genie Mini Specs Speed Limitations: Max Speed – 360 Degrees in 31 seconds Minimum Resolution – 0.011 Degrees Payload/Weight Panning Load – 8kg (17.6 lb) Tilting Load – 5kg centered (11.0 lb) Weight – 230g (8.1oz) Battery Timelapse – 40+ hours Video – 5+ hours Charge Time – 3 Hours Interface Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to Syrp App (iOS, Android) USB Charging Camera port – 2.5mm Accessory port – 3.5mm (Dual Genie mode + IR Cable) Mount Type 1/4-20 On Top 3/8-20 On Bottom Included 1/4” to 3/8” adapterRead more
Check out Syrp’s latest product, a variable neutral density filter. The New Zealand based company are best known for their successful Kickstarter campaign – the Genie timelapse device. They’ve now entered the filter market with an affordable fader ND. The filter comes in only two sizes, 67mm (small) and 82mm (large). Included with both filters are step up rings to expand compatibility with other thread sizes; the 82mm ships with 72mm & 77mm step ups, and the 67mm ships with 58mm & 52mm step ups. What I like about the Syrp ND filter (which of course will be the most important aspect to all filmmakers) is the very smart leather pouch it ships with; nice. Syrp claim the filter has an effective range of 1-8.5 stops adjustment. Priced at $139 & $189 for the small and large filters respectively, it comes in at the middle range to others I’ve tested; I’ll be keen to try this one out against the Heliopan and the Tiffen filters.Read more
We’ve reported about many sliders on cinema5D, but this particular new motion controlled device that was featured as Kickstarter staff pick looks quite interesting. Nebo advertises their slider as being the lightest motorised slider weighing only 3.2 pounds due to its carbon fibre and aircraft grade aluminum construction. This slider also seems like a bargain for those looking for an affordable motorised slider. At least as long as you still plan on taking advantage of the Kickstarter offer. Alternatively the Syrp system is a popular and versatile motion control pully style slider that is well built yet affordable, but will cost more than the Nebo. The slider is said to ship in early 2015. Head over to the Kickstarter Campaign here: LINKRead more
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