Time-lapse videos — that sweep land and cityscapes to capture scenes that look they are moving at a fast rate — are often stunning, but it takes a lot of hard work and patience to put together the finished product. A new Kickstarter project, the Genie, takes the complexities out of the equation, allowing you to create your own time-lapse videos with ease.
New Zealand-based company Syrp has already funded its Kickstarter project for a motion-control time-lapse device called the Genie, which automates the process of creating a time-lapse video. The Genie attaches to a camera and can be programed and moved to get the shots you want.
Previously, photographers had to keep their cameras in the same position for an extended period of time to capture a collection of images. The stills then had to be put together in post-production to create the essence that time is lapsing at a faster rate. Not to mention the complexities that come with panning and tilting along the way.
Although the call for funding ends in June, it has already surpassed its goal of $150,000 by $70,000. Those that donated to the project will receive their name on the box as a contributor on the first production run.
The device is expected to sell for about $1,000 once it launches later this year.
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Bonus: Crazy Kickstarter Projects
This project uses a box and an old monitor to simulate virtual reality. It is an incredibly cool project, but its Kickstarter backers shouldn’t expect anything in return other than a “big happy thank you.”
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