Robotic Camera Rig Creates 3D Animations With Light
But don’t for a second think that creating these animations was easy just because of Sheldon’s rig. Designing, building, and programming the machine appears to have been a huge challenge, as was getting it to play nice with the 3D modeling software Blender. Sheldon detailed the build, and how his rig works, on his GitHub page, but word of warning: building one for yourself is not for the amateur electronics enthusiast.
The machine also doesn’t make the long-exposure photography process any faster. It’s still subject to the laws of our universe, and each frame often required up to a three-second exposure. As a result, even short animations took countless hours to capture every last photo. It’s undoubtedly a lot of work, but the machine is expanding what’s possible with this unique art form.
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