A simple, affordable and extremely easy to use device used for motion control and image capture for film and time lapse photography. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 26, 2012.
About this project
About the Genie.
The Genie! A simple, affordable and extremely easy to use device used for motion control and image capture for Time Lapse Photography + more. The Genie is an all-in-one device used to combine image capture with motion control, capable of either panning or linear movement that’s commonly used in Time Lapse Photography. Simply attach your camera to the top of the Genie, plug it in, and program it to move and shoot to your desired needs.
The Panning and Linear accessories provide ultimate flexibility for a range of movement and it’s transportable size means you will never have to go without the option of motion controlled Time Lapses no matter how constrained your location may be. Visit our website www.syrp.co.nz.
Panning or Linear Mode. The Genie can be setup to record either panning or linear time lapses. Attached to any standard tripod head or legs the Genie connects to your camera and is programmed to move and shoot in a panning direction at your desired speed. To switch between modes simply detach the panning accessory and attach the linear accessory. This is commonly used with sliders or dollies so the Genie can now drive in a linear direction along a track to capture perfectly smooth tracking time lapses.
Compatibility. One of the coolest things about the Genie is that it is able to integrate with all of your existing equipment - whether you have a professional slider or your homemade DIY track, simply screw the Genie on and attach the rope to either end using the supplied accessory. Since the Genie uses standard rope in linear mode, the only limit to the length of your camera move is how long your length of rope is. This opens up a huge amount of creativity including using the device with a cable cam or on a skateboard. How about that office chair you're sitting on right now?! The options are endless - Rig it up over a football field, between buildings or over a lake. Since you are no longer limited by the length of your slider you have more control over the creativity of your shot.
The Genie on a Phillip Bloom Pocket Dolly.
The Genie Connected on a Glide Track Slider.
The Genie on a DIY Cable Cam Driven 60 Feet over a lake.
The Genie attached to a skateboard.
Using rope the Genie Drives along the length of a tennis court.
The Genie on a gorilla pod capable of panning up or down with a 5D Mark 2.
Supplied rope accessories attached on a Phillip Bloom Slider
User Presets. A lot of time has been spent refining the Software on the Genie to make it extremely easy to use. Being able to save presets into the recording menu is one of the key features. This means that if you are happy with your final time lapse then you can simply save your settings into the recording menu so that you can easily revert back to them at another location. The time between setting up your shot and pressing 'Start' is drastically reduced resulting in an increased possibility that you will get the shot you're after.
Preview Mode. Preview mode allows you to watch your time lapse movement before starting your camera move. Once you have your time lapse settings refined you can simply press preview and the genie will drive at the 'real time' speed of your final time lapse movement. This means you can refine exactly how fast or slow your final speed of movement will be, once again increasing the chance of getting your desired shot. In this mode it is also possible to record perfectly smooth real time video shots such as panning or slider shots. (Note that there are some limitations to how fast the Genie can drive).
Portability. Our research and experience with Motion Control equipment indicates that often film makers will put it in the 'too hard basket'. We believe much of this reasoning comes about due to bulky and heavy equipment. It's easy to rule out the option of taking your motion control kit along with the rest of your camera gear particularly in constraining environments such as in the wilderness or around cities. With the Genie all components are packaged into one neat device with integrated screen, keypad, motor, batteries and controller all inside one unit. This allows you to always have the option of Motion Control time lapse whether you need it or not; as it easily fits alongside your camera in a standard camera bag.
Sensors. The Genie has an interface port that allows users to connect a variety of sensors including light, motion and sound sensors that will trigger the genie to start a recording, take a photo or take multiple photos.
This application will be primarily valuable for Natural History and Nature Documentaries where capturing animals in remote locations is difficult. The sensor port also allows for integration with smart phones providing additional functionality via updateable external mobile Apps.
Smartphone App. Currently a mobile App for android and Iphones is in development. This will allow full control of the Genie and the various settings from your smartphone.
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Thank you for your support!
We also want to thanks some great people that have helped out along the way and who we couldn't done with out!
Aidan Fraser - Software Engineering
Grant Mark - Software Advice
Ashley Marsh-Croft - Website & Design reviews
Luther Keats - Electronics Engineering
Marc Palmano- Electronics Engineering
Heath Patterson - Filming / Testing
Tom Lynch - Music
Steve - Sound Mix
Mums & Dads - Years of food for the body and the mind
Shipping cost of $45 is required for all international orders including orders from the US, Europe, Australia and Asia
We've successfull tested it holding 44lb (20KG) moving along a track / slider and had no problems - http://vimeo.com/41528116
In short if your camera has a remote input such as for a timer remote then the Genie will connect with your camera. There maybe some cameras not listed on the compatibility list on our website and we are updating this constantly.
The Genie can be set to either 'move, shoot, move' or perform 'continuous' motion. This means in 'move, shoot, move' mode the Genie stops to trigger the shutter and can wait any number of seconds before it makes the next move. The application of this is particularly necessary for long exposures at night or with ND Filters. The Genie may also be used in continuous motion which allows for perfectly smooth video shots.
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We'll shout out a thank you like a llama into the hills and valleys of Queenstown.Estimated delivery:
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A massive thanks from us and we'll print your name on the inside of the box as a contributor on the first production run.Estimated delivery:
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NZ snowboarding film "Something for Nothing", or "Go Seek" on DVD + a big thanks from us and your name on the inside of the box as a contributor for the first production run. Add $10 for postage worldwide.Estimated delivery:
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Custom Genie T-Shirt with thanks on the back + all of the above. Add $10 for postage worldwide.Estimated delivery:
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You'll receive a Mons Royale 100% NZ merino wool T-shirt to keep you warm while you're out in the cold time lapsing. Check out Mons Royale Online for the range.Estimated delivery:
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Early bird gets the worm! LIMITED OFFER. You save almost $500 off retail!! Add $45 for postage anywhere in the world. As a special offer to those in quick, receive a Genie with both panning and linear accessories plus 2 meters (6.5ft) of rope, a camera connection cable of your choice and wall charger. Plus you'll get your name printed on the inside of the box on the first production run.Estimated delivery:
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Save over $300 off retail! Everything you need to take amazing time lapses - Receive a Genie with both panning and linear accessories plus 2 meters (6.5ft) of rope, a camera connection cable of your choice and a wall charger. Plus you'll get you name printed on the inside of the box on the first production run. Please add $45 for international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Save $250 off retail of $999! Everything you need to take amazing time lapses - Receive a Genie with both panning and linear accessories plus 2 meters (6.5ft) of rope, a camera connection cable of your choice and a wall charger. Plus you'll get your name printed on the inside of the box on the first production run.Estimated delivery:
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Deluxe Package! Receive a Genie, both panning and linear accessories, 2 meters (6.5ft) of rope, and a wall charger. Plus you'll also get a ball head, and two camera connection cords. Please add $45 for international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Come and explore Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown with us, we'll sort you out accommodation and show you some great Time lapse spots or whatever you want to see. We'll also throw you off a bridge on the original NZ bungy jump (Flights not included).
You'll receive a Genie with both panning and linear accessories plus 2 meters (6.5ft) of rope, a camera connection cable of your choice and a wall charger. Plus you'll get your name printed on the inside of the box on the first production run.Estimated delivery:
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Retail Pack! Due to requests we have opened up a new reseller package for almost half the retail price per Genie! ($999). This package includes 10 Genie's with the linear and panning accessories. Shipping FOB at the factory door.Estimated delivery:
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Double your money!! Resellers package which gets you 20 units for half the retail price! ($999).Estimated delivery:
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Distributors Pack! Due to requests we have opened up a new distributor package which gets you 20 units for half the retail price! ($999). This package includes 20 Genie's with the linear and panning accessories. Shipping FOB at the factory door.Estimated delivery:
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