Motorized Remote Control Camera Slider With Panning (Prototype)




Introduction: Motorized Remote Control Camera Slider With Panning (Prototype)

About: Passionately Tinker and Hacker.


Here is my another DIY project - simple and low budget remote controlled camera slider with 360 degree Horizontal Panning. This prototype remote slider works with linear forward, backward sliding, horizontal panning with speed control. The materials and parts used are easily available in the market, also basic tools I have used.

The advantage of the slider is, the sliding distance can be increase/ decrease to desired distance and can set it up easily for shoot. I spent around Rupees 4000/- ($7) to complete this project.

Step 1: Tools and Parts


1.Driller / Drill Bit Kits

2.Screw Driver Set

3.Hack Saw

4. File Rasps

5.Hand Cutter

6.Allen Key Set

7.Spanner Set

8.Acrylic Glue

9. Synthetic Rubber Based Adhesive

10.Soldering Gun and Lead

11.Ruler and Marker



1. Aluminium Slider Channel

2. Acrylic Sheets (4mm or 3mm) 3 to 4 Sqft

3. M2 5mm Philips Screw

4. M3 8mm Allen Bolt, Nut and Washer

5. M3 20mm Allen Bolt, Nut and Washer

6. M5 15mm Bolt - 4 Nos, Nut - 12 Nos and Washer -20 Nos

7. M8 25mm Bolt – 2 Nos

8. M8 48mm Bolt – 1 Nos

9. M8 85mm Bolt, – 3 Nos,

10. M8 Nuts - 20Nos

11. M8 Washers - 30 Nos

12. M12 25mm Bolt, Nut and Washer – 4 Nos Each

13. M3 6mm standoffs Female and Male – 4 Nos

14. M3 8mm standoffs Female and Male –4 Nos

15. M3 15mm standoffs Female and Male – 4 Nos

16. M3 PCB standoffs, Screw and Nuts – 4 Nos


17. 628ZZ Bearing – 4 Nos

15. 625 Bearing - 8 Nos

16. 6201 Bearing - 1 Nos

17. 4mm Dia Bearing Balls 8Nos – 8 Nos

(Part No.17 is taken out from Ball Castor Wheel)

18. Aluminium GT2 Timing Pulley 20 Tooth 8mm Bore for 6mm Belt – 2 Nos

19. GT2 Timing Belt 400mm Width-6mm Closed-Loop Rubber Belt

20. 2 Meter x GT2 Open Loop Timing Belt 6mm Width – 1 Nos

21. DC Motor – 60RPM – 12Volts and M14 Nut– 1 Nos

22. DC Motor – 30RPM – 12Volts and M14 Nut – 1 Nos

23. Standard Aluminium L Bracket – 2 Nos

24. 8mm Inner Diameter Zinc Alloy Pillow Block Flange Bearing KFL08

25. TACT SWITCH – 2 Nos

26. Camera Quick Release Plate Adapter




2. 9V Battery with Connector – 2 Nos

3. IC C2625 with Heat Sink- 2 Nos

4. LEDs – 5 Nos

5. JST 2-pin Wire with Male Female Connector – 3 Nos

6. Mini Micro JST. 4-Pin Connector Plug with Wires Cables – 1 Nos

7.Mini Micro JST. 6-Pin Connector Plug with Wires Cables – 1 Nos


9. Potentiometer - 10 K - 2 Nos

10. 8. Zener Diode - 2 Nos

11. 3.7k Resistor - 4 Nos

Step 2: Slider Parts Schematic

This is part's schematic and 3D explode view of the slider. sketch & exploded views are done using Adobe Illustrator and dimension / measurements are almost (95%) accurate.

Step 3: Circuit Diagram

The speed of the motor is adjusted by adjusting motor voltage of the IC L298 (pin 4) using transistor 2SC2625. The tact switch is used for to stop the motor and to change the direction of the motor rotation by using zener diodes. I given another speed control unit for motorized zoom in and zoom out system to do it in future.

Step 4: Some of Making Images

Some of the making photographs.

Step 5: Setting-up Camera Slider

Setting-up slider and camera at the shooting spot is easy and required less time. Altogether we can pack it in medium sized camera tripod bags.

Step 6: Footage

Check out this video clips taken from this DIY slider kit. Tracking shots, panning shots and tracking+panning shots.

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    3 years ago

    well executed and nicely documented, thanks!