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Offline Pete

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DIY Cable Cam!
« on: January 11, 2013, 05:11:56 PM »
So I decided to make a cable-cam!



The operation is pretty simple.  You just string two ropes through the pulleys and tie them off.  The camera mount can pivot on two axes for quite a bit of versatility.

Right now I'm having a problem where the rig bounces a lot when it rolls along the ropes.  I think that has something to do with the fact that the pulleys aren't of very high quality (they're plastic, after all).  I'm planning on replacing them with metal pulleys to see if that alleviates the issue, in which case I will post a test video!

Offline massarosareloud

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Re: DIY Cable Cam!
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2013, 05:53:09 AM »
I've tried this before, and my diagnosis for the bouncing was that the wire wasn't taut enough. Too much play.

Any chance you can give us a video of how it looks? And maybe a picture of the camera mounted in the housing? I can't quite figure out how it gets mounted in there.

EDIT: Sure would be cool if you could motorize the housing part, and it pulled itself along the wire. Then you could really get creative with shooting movies and things like that.
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Re: DIY Cable Cam!
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2013, 05:27:46 AM »
Don't be afraid to lube the cable a little as well.
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