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Time lapse? Answered

Hello everybody. Just a quick question I would like to ask. Ive made a video of something and its i normal time. It is about 25minutes long, and i want it to be a time lapse. Its a video, not a massive set of photos. I want to be able to fastforward it by like x32 or x20 or whatever. Anyone know any free editing softwares where you can do this? Also, it is an AVI file. Thanks, Hiyadudez.

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How to choose 1 out of 14 or so images for 4000 burst shots? Answered

Oops- tried to take a time lapse but the shutter was set on burst (40fps), so every time it took a picture it took about 14 pics in bursts.... The camera took around 3000 or so shots on this burst setting, how can I take out a picture every 14 pics or the shots automatically? Is there any  "picker" software, mac or pc, that will take 1 out of 14 images repeatedly automatically???? thanks for helping me fix my dumb mistakes- again ;-) -A907

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Happy New Year 2011! Time lapse video of fireworks in Oslo

Happy new year! I made this video of the fireworks in Oslo, Norway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VucYa40fRsU -chr

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Using a PDA as a timelapse computer for controlling my DSLR

I posted a similar message in reply here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Olympus-Evolt-E510-Remote-Cable-Release-Version-2/ But no-one replies...The above instructable and the timelapse instructable using a TI calculator, inspired me in thinking about using my PDA with a time-lapse program for controlling my Olympus E-510.I want a program on my PDA with the capability of completely controlling my camera. I don't want to use a laptop, because that doesnt fit in my pocket and I dont want to use Olympus software, because.. becasuse it doesnt have a program for my PDA.My PDA has windows-mobile 6. (dutch)(english isnt my native language)In my vision this "to-be-developed" program must have the capability of setting things like shutter speed, aperture, whitebalance, etc And things like mirror-up with bulb exposures.But most of all timing large exposures with bulb and timing for repeated exposures for timelapse photography.I found this: http://www.astromist.com/palmdslr.html But that's for a Palm PDA (and some other camera) and is not completely what I want.Too bad I'm not a software engineer. So who can help me?Can somebody make a program for a windows-mobile platform, or is that a problem because of royalties for our just retired friend Bill Gates?Than, what other possibilities do I have?

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which potentiometer to use for time lapse motor

I was looking at a camera slider and this motor for a time lapse slider: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00436ULLA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8∣=AUUK2J4ODEV5F I read somewhere online that someone used a rotisserie motor and hooked it up to a camera slider for a time lapse of about 40 minutes, but if I wanted to make the motor move even slower for a longer time lapse, can I hook up a potentiometer somewhere in the rotisserie motor? If so, what type of potentiometer should I get? Would this work: http://www.amazon.com/Parts-Express-10K-Ohm-Potentiometer/dp/B0002KRE20/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie;=UTF8&qid;=1355018144&sr;=1-1&keywords;=potentiometer

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Raising a geodesic dome

Just thought I'd share a time lapse video I made last year (but just got around to putting it online) Two of my kids are involved with a local circus and last year, said circus bought a geodesic dome to use as a venue for shows. There was great excitement when it was delivered and put together for the first time. It seemed appropriate to record the momentous occasion, but knowing how long it was going to take, a normal video was out of the question. So I set up the tripod and camera and took photos roughly every five minutes. The first photo was taken just after 9am and the last one was taken just after 5pm. It's quite an interesting structure and so strong, they can rig the aerial apparatus from just about any point!

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Time-Lapse shows the beauty of the galaxy we live in.

I recently purchased a Canon EOS DSLR.This video made it painfully obvious what I need to be doing with it!This gorgeous video is a compilation of shots taken with a Canon EOS-5D every 20 seconds over about nine hours at a star party in Fort Davis, Texas. It's a humbling sight.The Canon was equipped with a fisheye lens (an EF 15mm f/2.8 lens) and powered with an external battery to capture all that goodness. The more interesting part is the replacement anti-alias filter the photographer, William Castleman, used: The Canon's stock AA filter blocks out certain red wavelengths to achieve a "more desirable" skin tone, but if it's replaced with a filter that lets those wavelengths in, you've got yourself a camera capable of shooting a galaxy, as seen here, even if we can't see it with the naked eye.Its also great to know about the filter, I am off to google more into that now!Check it out on VimeoVia Gizmodo

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Burning Man 2007 Time Lapse

Check out this awesome time-lapse of Burning Man 2007! Video by peef from the Shipyard -- thanks to Star for the link.From peef's notes: The images were captured by a Canon G3 mounted in a weatherproof housing of my own design up on a 20 foot pole next to the Powertainer. There were 18,486 images shot at 2272x1704 which is almost 4 megapixels each. Some of the full-size stills are stunning! The camera was controlled by a custom Daemon I wrote using the Gphoto library, which ran on the Powertainer's Slackware linux system and the images were stored full-size on a hard drive. After the event, I ran another piece of code that downsampled the images to 640x480 then composed them at 30fps into a MPEG-4 video. My friend Tom Sepe added the Music and Titles for me and Voila!The Man burns ( prematurely! ) around 3:55, then is temporarily removed by crane for repairs. The actual burn happens around 8:00. In between you'll catch lots of neon, dust storms, and some beautiful shadows crawling across the playa.Gorgeous still photo taken by Scott Beale of Laughing Squid.

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arduino wifi time-lapse camera

Hello everyone, I am trying to build a cheap arduino controlled time-lapse camera system. parts I chose so far are; camera; OV7670 wifi; ESP8266 board; nano here is an amazing instructable on how to use the wifi module; WiFi temp logger. Unfortunately I can't find a simple and well written instructions on how to connect the camera module mentioned above. I don't need to save the file on the board, I just need it uploaded to a web page, cloud etc. the picture will be taken 2 times a day with 10hr delay in between (one morning, one afternoon). here is the closest example I can find on instructables to what I want to accomplish, although this is over bluetooth and a different camera module. 1. arduino time-lapse camera 2. image capturing bird feeder thank you for your help. this is very important for me, I am very new in the field and don't have much experience. I am sure many other people will find such an instructable useful as these modules are extremely cheap. . love & peace akin,

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Oscar the grouch sculpting video time lapse feedback?

Hi guys i made a video time lapse.. it's my 3rd one.. its not the greatest but i wanted to get some feedback from you guys i think i found a good angle to show how i sculpted the figurine let me know what you think https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-sculpey-Oscar-the-Grouch-Figurine-wi/

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Not working ;(

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Quick-and-Easy-Electronic-Time-Lapse/I can't open... ;(

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Installing gphoto (time lapse software) on mac? Answered

So...... Always interested in time lapse photography, but i never found a great program for it. And as of right now i dont really want to solder together a 555 timer circuit and totally hack my camera to get it working. I found software called gphoto that would seem to work. It is in a volume of make magazine but it was run on linux. I would rather not install linux on my pc either. I cant seem to get it installed on my computer.....( a mac running snow leopard)  any help?? ? It involves a terminal window i believe. http://blog.dcclark.net/2009/05/how-to-gphoto-primer.html Thats about the most helpful thing i have found. I will be using a kodak C663 (discontinued i think)  camera (6.1 megapixels)  or a  sony dsc-f707 camera mostly. I could also use a pc but it would take me a while to set it up....Thanks!

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Eclipse?

Anybody see the lunar eclispe this morning? Take any pics?Update!Lots of pics online:Make Flickr PoolTime Lapse of the Eclipse here.Post your links and pics!

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How to automatically play a timelapse on my instructable Answered

I have a time lapse in MP4 format. I'd like it to not be something to click on but would like it to automatically play when someone visits my instructable. How do I do this?

Question by patsheldon    |  last reply


Very slow rotation (1rotation/hr) electric motor? Answered

I am  looking to build an electronically controlled time lapse pan device for my camera. I want to be able to rotate the camera for a specifically timed time lapse (e.g 90 degrees every 20 minutes of shooting). My problem is finding an electric motor that is slow enough RPM to create this slow of a motion... Right now I would need a motor capable of going down to about 1 rotation in 6 hours... at the very least 1 rotation/hr.  So, do those motors even exist? Right now I am thinking the best solution would be to have a stepper motor, connected to a gearbox (right now that would be the inside of a kitchen timer, somehow), that would allow a very slow rotation of 1 axis. However, as this is a mobile build, power constraints are really an issue. I would like to be able to shoot for 6 hours max continually, and I dont know if that could be done without a very low power motor.... If I did the stepper motor connected to a gearbox, do you think that would affect the linearity of the time lapses? E.g would the stepping motion of the motor create a choppy vid?  I have looked into the kitchen timer timelapse but have yet to find a timer that can hold up my relatively light Panasonic FZ-100 without locking up...

Question by astroboy907    |  last reply


Printing Stephen Colbert's Head

I recently finished building a RepRap Huxley, and shot a time-lapse video of this print. You can see the video here. (I would embed it if I could)

Topic by JamesRPatrick  


TSA and DIY intervalometer? Answered

Ok, so I finished my intervalometer project, and it works. Mostly :) I wanted to get it finished before I left on a plane trip. I would love to get a time lapse on the plane out the window.  The question is- will TSA confiscate my intervalometer?  It is in a 3x2x1" project box. It is powered by 3 AAA batteries.  It does have wireless receiver and transmitter. These are little RF controllers bought off of ebay. I would check them in the cargo luggage (the receiver is removable) Other than that the box contains an arduino controller and 2 (really small) relays. And a lot of wiring.. I do not mean to cause any problems/hiccups when getting on the plane :) Anyone travel a lot with DIY electronics?

Question by astroboy907    |  last reply


My day job in fast motion.

I have my own business painting murals and doing custom art for clients in commercial and private spaces. Here's a time lapse I did a while back. Thought it was fitting here in the art section. This ceiling is roughly 16 feet by 14 feet in size, and the center of the ceiling is about 17 feet high. I actually painted this ceiling twice because the original owners sold the residence and the new owners wanted a new and different mural in the space, about twelve years apart. A master sketch of the whole ceiling was created, and then each main detail was sketched a second time as a close up so I knew exactly what was to be painted.

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Motors, gear boxes and pulleys, OH MY!

We are making a time lapse dolley with an arduino. We need to move a 5 lb camera across a metal frame smoothly to produce a great shot. How can we do this?

Topic by ladymechanika    |  last reply


Need advice on video cameras and equipment for workshop recordings

I’m renovating my basement and getting a new craft workspace.  I dabble primarily in costumes/cosplay and terrariums.  I’d like to install a few permanent video cameras to do overhead recording of my primary workbench and my sewing bench to capture time-lapse and real-time recordings of my work. I need some recommendations for:   -  Cameras I can permanently affix to the ceiling and plug directly into power and run a feed right to my Mac Mini.    -  Something that will produce a nice quality video appropriate for instructional videos – I don’t have an abundance of natural light in my workshop, though I plan to install plenty of supplemental lighting.  Looking for something under $200 (under $100 would be even better so I can get 2!)     -  Advice for setting up those cameras to record directly onto a Mac Mini and being able to have a feed show on my monitor.    -  Can I get cameras/software that can do both time-lapse and real-time recordings?  If I’m working on a project that takes 20 hours to build, I don’t need 20 hours of real-time recording - I’m assuming time-lapse would be much more manageable from a file–size standpoint. Any help or advice is welcome!  Thanks in advance!

Topic by KatieH100    |  last reply


Lily Allen made from Lilies

During my usual daily twitter/blog crawl I came across the following video, it reminds me somewhat of the well dressings I attended as a child. However I love the idea of making Lily Allen with Lilies! Produced for the Flower Council of Holland Here is a video showing off a time lapse of the the whole thing. Enjoy. via tomandsteve

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Low voltage Push Solenoid

Hey everyone... I've been trying to find a DC push solenoid powered by 12V or less (I think 9V would be best). It needs to be able to push down on point and shoot camera trigger so I'm estimating about a half pound push minimum. I saw some time lapse modifications on the Make: photo pool. I'm going to do the same, but with simplicity in mind :P

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Instructable URL incorrect

When saving my recent instructable, one of the pages, specifically the parts list, was lost.. I re-entered the data, but somewhere in the process the default URL for my project became: https://www.instructables.com/id/Parts-Needed/  which is obviously not the title of my build.  It will also title any printed PDF's as Parts Needed. Is it possible to rename this URL appropriately, as in: https://www.instructables.com/id//3D-Printed-Time-Lapse-Dolly/ Thank you.

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pro membership expired

My account says that I no longer have a pro membership however my bank shows I paid $11.98 on October 8, 2012.  I did allow my account to lapse months ago and resigned up after having my computer repaired.  My computers motherboard fried and I was without a computer for a few months  which is why I no longer needed pro.  Can you please look into this matter for me? Thank you, Alison Burgess

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Zombie Makeup, Ten Best Costumes, Arduino Pong

Zombie Makeup Ten Best Costumes Arduino Pong Wizard Staff Hot Dog Burgers Become a Zombie Realistic Wound FX Iron Man Repulsor Beam Time-Lapse Smart Phone Enclosure Toddler Costumes Open Source LED Driver Giant Spider Decoration Giant Robot Costume Candy Corn Goblin Spooky Spirit Panel Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Topic by randofo  


How to use a 555 timer to switch a switch? Answered

I was thinking about making an intervalometer circuit for time lapse use on cameras. I was thinking of using this link https://www.instructables.com/id/Time-Lapse-Intervalometer-for-SLRs-with-555-timer-/ . I was thinking of adding a 22uf cap, as well as the normal 220uf cap, and then adding a 2200 uf cap, for a highly flexible range of time (ranging from a few seconds to about an hour), choosable by switch. I am starting to run into trouble at the camera connection itself. While i am fine with a cable, i would rather go with a wired remote, and using it to do the equivalent of pushing the remote buttons (instead of going through the cable itself). So i need a way to connect the two switch points electronically, rather than mechanically. Also is there a way to have it focus first, then take the photo? This circuit would also be good for cameras that do not have remote connectors, just go in to the camera and solder the switch points up, then hook them to this circuit. Would also work with a wireless remote. Hook it to the remotes switch and go from there. Just need a little help finding out what to do to get it to work the way i want to :) Thanks

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Best way to convert motor power to wheel power? Answered

I have a dolly cart and motor, and I want to motor to move the dolly cart as slowly as possible (It's already four RPM, but just take that into account in the method you recommend). I need one of the inner/vertical wheels to be spun by the motor. Both the cart and the motor are pictured below. I am using this for time-lapses, so it should be as consistent as possible. What is the best way to connect the two parts so the motor spins one of the wheels?

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25 Cent Silver Ring, The Headache Machine, Classic 3D photographs

25 Cent Silver Ring The Headache Machine Classic 3D Photographs Time Lapse Add-On Pipe Shelving Unit Candy Tin Martini Kit Pocket Abacus Motion Detection Camera Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins Realistic Model Spaceship Kiss Chemicals Goodbye Fresnal Lens Death Ray Wooden Centrifugal Puzzle Gummi Bricks Train Bed Money Muncher Tennis Ball Paracord Bracelets 4x4x4 LED Cube Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Topic by randofo  


Use a motor to rotate a nut on a fixed threaded rod? Answered

I am creating a time-lapse dolly, and at the moment I am working on the drive system. One thought was to use a threaded rod+nut to propel the cart, and I want to look in to this method because it seems fairly versatile. So I would have a taught, fixed threaded rod running through the middle of my 8"x6'x1" track. The cart sits on top of that. I have the motor and the cart pictured below. How can I get this motor to spin a group of nuts (attached to the cart) so that it propels the cart along the threaded rod?

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How do I put a 4 plex security cam system on motion detection system?

I have a system from supercircuits with a 4 cam color quad processor and a 1280 hr time lapse VCR recording and I would like to hook it up to a motion detector on each cam and replace the VCR with a Presidian PDR 3222 DVD recorder. Also having trouble with DVD Recorder not opening to insert a DVD. It would be a great great help if someone can help me with problem? I am not very tecnacial so any pic or video would be a great help if possible. Thank you for any help in advance.

Question by madrasi  


TR8, NAR, and the ZKAR

Hey guys, It has been some time since I posted a new forum topic, but I am not here to ramble about time lapses. I want to know where I can find instructions on how to build the TR8. I plan on doing an 'ible that features the TR8, the NAR, and the ZKAR, so that I can have said that I built them, and so that I can see for myself weather they are all what they are made out to be. I understand that the NAR is essentially a mod to the TR, so I want to build a TR8, so that I can build the NAR. Help please! -The Red Book of Westmarch

Topic by The Red Book of Westmarch    |  last reply


Should I publish this?

I just finished building a RepRap Huxley, and I took time lapse video of each build day. You can see everything on my blog post here. Instructables is a kind of showcase for my work and I was wondering if it would be appropriate to publish each video (there are four) as a step in an instructable. I didn't design the Huxley, and it would be difficult to reproduce my results just from watching the videos, but I did build it myself. That's why I can't decide if I should post it. I wouldn't want people to think I posted build instructions for the whole thing. So what you you think? I would love to get the opinion of some higher-ups.

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K'nex Contest

Upon reviewing the winners of the k’nex contest, we realized that we made a mistake in awarding prizes.  This was a combination of a small judging pool and lack of editorial control and insight on my part and I personally apologize for that.  As the new contest manager, I guarantee that this lapse in judgement will not happen again.  I want everyone to know that we value all of your contributions to the Instructables community and  we are taking steps to ensure that this doesn’t happen again including: expert guest judges more instructables staff judges more editorial control Remember, anyone who has posted an instructable is eligible to judge a contest, and we appreciate all the help we can get!  Please feel free to message me with any contest related questions.

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An empty city

Via Laughing Squid's Twitter feed, I came across this; Filmmaker Ross Ching created this eerie time-lapse of San Francisco in which all the city’s streets, bridges, and sidewalks are completely empty. The effect was achieved not by shutting down San Francisco’s streets, but by clever digital trickery. San Francisco is my absolute favourite place in the world, and watching this video brought on a weird kind of homesickness - there are streets I walked several times a day, some within a block or two of the apartment we used in August, or only metres from HQ, and watching them without the lively crowds is both fascinating and creepy. Enjoy: Of course, you're a Maker, and you're curious about how the cars and pedestrians were erased from the city... *sigh*

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Competition Shooting Timer made with Arduino

I have only begun to use Arduino in the last few months, and my skill set is still somewhat lacking.  I can easily build the circuit that I need, however programing is still difficult at this point.  Especially trying to write my own program from scratch. I am looking for help to make a Competitive Shooting Timer for IDPA competitions(international defensive pistol association).  In my head it should use a piezo speaker as a microphone on a digital input, have a couple LED's for currently working and ready status, an LCD screen that shows the time lapsed since the first shot occurred to the hundredths of a second, and a push-button to stop the timer. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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What to do with an old digital camera? Answered

Hello guys. I have a Fujifilm MV-1 camera lying on my shelf. My grandma gave it to me, she probably also had no use for it. It eats 4 AA batteries, takes 1600*1200 JPGs  and  320*240 video, has a tiny LCD and a flash. It has a 2-phase shutter release switch, so probably it does not have fixed focus. I have found something that looks like a memory card slot (about 4cm long) , and read something about 16MB built-in memory. ( ow ) Also, it feels cheap. So now I was thinking, what to do with it? Things I was thinking about:     -converting it to an IR camera, but I don´t know whether I have a real use for IR images of such low quality.     -using it to make time-lapses ( I don´t want to waste my D3100´s shutter for that ) - that would mean at least some modification to the electronics.     -removing unneccessary components ( like the flash )     -some kind of a case-mod, because it is fugly right now.     -some kind of power source mod, maybe add a cable adapter, or something like that Any ideas? No limits - all ideas welcome - from simple hacks to total conversions and anything. Thanks, guys UPDATE: I already took it apart, so a case mod is neccessary now. I´ve had some new ideas:  -A body in the "classic film camera" style, but made from wood, with a better lens ( or possibly switchable lenses? ) and an additional cable release -A water and weather proof camera, tough construction, for shooting time lapses at any time ( probably also a better lens ) What do you guys say?   ( I probably should have made this a discussion )

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Can I use the battery charger as a direct power source?

I am making an automatic button presser for my Nikon CoolPix 4800 camera so I can make time lapse videos.  My problem is that I don't have a power adapter for my camera.  If I connect the battery charger directly to the battery slot in the camera, will the camera run safely? There is a jack on the side, but it's a strange jack that I have never seen before.  The jack is listed at 8.4V. The charger has an output of 8.4V and 600mA On the bottom of the camera, it says: 8.4V ---- 0.4A 6V -----0.6A Then, strangely, the rechargable lithium-ion battery says 7.4V, though it could be a typo. So, if I connect the terminals on the battery charger into the terminals in the camera where the battery hooks up, will it run safely? Thanks!

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Help me find a servo speed controller!

I'm motorizing my camera slider (https://vimeo.com/39175570) in order to use it for time-lapses. I'm using a gear motor, a 8ft circumference timing belt (for 4ft of motion), and a motor speed controller.  I am getting the parts from ServoCity.com and McMaster-Carr.  This is the motor I'm planning on using: http://www.servocity.com/html/10_rpm_precision_gear_motor.html And here is the speed controller I want to use: http://www.servocity.com/html/digital_manual_speed_controlle.html A video of it working: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_t1V5MljvY Although that speed controller would work perfectly for what I'm doing, it's $80. Does anyone in this community know a cheaper place to find a similar device? From what I can tell it works like most speed controllers, by pulse-width modulation. Whatever that is. Here's kind of what I'm looking for: http://www.electronickits.com/kit/complete/motor/k166.htm. This may work fine, but it seems overbuilt for the purpose. Would it still work fine on a smaller motor like I'm going to use? Thanks for the help! -Jason

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I want to make an RGB LED microlight that has multiple modes for which it flashes with PWM. rainbow fade, slow/fastblink

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqq0doh7Dto I want to make my own version of this. I'm willing to do whatever it takes. Can someone point me in the right direction? Its has to be a small portable flashlight and run off of small batteries. It has to have multiple modes: one of which is a rainbow fade, another of which is a super fast blinking mode). I understand Pulse Width Modulation achieves this, but I've only seen LARGE circuits that achieve this in comparison with the size of a microlight. I don't think a 555 timer circuit would work for me since it would be too large and I would need 3 to controller the RGB. I understand that microcontrollers are needed to control the modes, what type of microcontroller could i use that is that small? If filmed under time lapse, I want to achieve the effect in the picture for a mode: http://lightzombies.com/store/images/Blending%20Rainbow%20-%20White%20Blue%20Green%20(1).JPG Any help is very very welcome. This is an extremely important project to me.

Question by SpiffyChee  


DIY Vanilla Extract, $50 Laser Cutter, Bullet Time...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Jan. 3, 2008 Happy new year! We're kicking off our new year with the Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge. Enter photos of your yarn-based creations to win Lion Brand yarn, patches, and stickers! Don't forget to enter the Homemade Holidays Contest! There's a little over a week left to win great prizes from CRAFT magazine! The Laser Cutter Contest has just closed. Stay tuned to find out who the finalists are. Check out these cool instructables! Make DIY Vanilla Extract Quality vanilla is a tasty and essential cooking ingredient. By making our own extraction we get the highest quality product from the best beans. posted by ian on Jan 1, 2008 Hack mac laptop to be a mac tablet in 15 minutes Combine an old mac laptop and a Wacom tablet to get your own mac tablet. It may not be pretty, but it works and is easy to put together.posted by c4l3b on Jan 2, 2008 Laser cutter for under 50 dollars With a couple of broken scanners and $30 of materials you can be cutting stencils with your own laser cutter. posted by lamedust on Jan 1, 2008 How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) A tutorial on how to build your own cheap, portable and hood-style bullet time camera rig on the cheap and the fly. posted by fi5e on Dec 31, 2007 Dollar Store Parabolic Mic This is a ridiculously easy way to build a very functional parabolic microphone using mostly items purchased from a dollar store. posted by jurtle on Jan 2, 2008 Show off your project and win Lion Brand yarn!Win great prizes from CRAFT magazine! Solid Wood Digital Clock How to build a wooden digital clock powered by an atmega168 (arduino) with a built-in alarm and games.posted by J_Hodgie on Dec 28, 2007 Build your own t-shirt printing press Have a great idea for a t-shirt? Here's how to make a press for making shirts similar to rubber stamping. posted by zieak on Jan 2, 2008 Time Lapse Intervalometer for SLRsCreate your own magical time lapse effect with a DIY timer.posted by eagleapex on Dec 30, 2007 Add INTERNAL Bluetooth Capability To Your iPod With a steady hand and some soldering skills you can be listening to music off your iPod without any dongles or wires. posted by fstedie on Dec 31, 2007 Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft How to design and create a wirelessly controlled modular hovercraft, that can be controlled with an RC controller, or made completely autonomous. posted by bradpowers on Dec 31, 2007   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus  


Trying to run my sony Cybershot from an external 12V supply. Need help

Background: I am currently trying to build a housing that will turn my Sony DSC W-55 Cybershot Camera into a time lapse camera (Automatically take a photo every X Seconds for an extended period of time). I have already built the enclosure that houses the camera, circuit board and actuator that presses the shutter release button ever 15sec. (Adjustable). Pictures below Problem: I Need to run the camera for very long periods of time (current baseline is >8hr, but indefinately would be nice). The camera uses a Sony G-Type Li-Ion Battery that does not provide the runtime I need for this application, so I am trying to hook the camera up to an external supply. The battery has three terminals as follows [+] = ~3.9V    (No surprise here) [C] = 3V         (This is weird) [-]  = 0V I accepted that the extra terminal was strange, but figured it would not be hard to simulate. I used an LM317 Adj. Voltage regulator to simulate the 3.7V [+] Terminal and a voltage divider off of the 3.7V bus to get the 3V required for the [C] terminal. I double checked everything and plugged it in with no success, the camera will not turn on. My question is, what smarts are in the battery that I need to simulate, or is there something wrong with my current set-up. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, John

Topic by John Culbertson    |  last reply


Paper airplane videography

Allow me to share the methods I used to make my video. I hope this will help somebody out there do it even better. First, was the problem of capturing the plane in flight. I had chosen to make a fast model. A bad choice, from the point of filming it fly. If I stand back far enough to catch the entire flight, it becomes just a dot and you cannot tell whether it is a plane or a stone inside a ball of paper. If I stand close enough so that it fills the frame, then it just ... is gone. My solution was to get the best of the flights I could grab, and fill in the rest of the time with the process of construction. You can see in the video the paper apparently folding itself. It isn't. You are seeing it being unfolded, pulled by fine wires, played backwards. I have tried to edit out the wires, but in some frames the results are glaringly obvious. The movie itself was captured by a camera pointed downwards and the plane being launched into its field of view. Seen from the side, the plane is just not discernible as a plane. So I had to get a view from the top or bottom. If the camera is pointed upwards, the bright sky obliterates everything else. I used Fast Movie Processor, VirtualDub and Irfanview as detailed in my instructable on Time Lapse Movies. And the still images were captured by my scanner. Using the scanner is not my idea, I learned it from Don Lancaster at www.tinaja.com Hope this helps, or is of interest to, somebody out there.

Topic by neelandan    |  last reply


Spy Glasses, Animatronic Lion Mask, Speed Up Your PC...

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Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


eBook downloads in Firefox 4, 5, 6, AND 7

I am hoping I am not the only one with this issue: The new ebook downloads are currently very difficult to download in Firefox here. In Firefox 4-6, the links that should show up are covered almost completely by the text box above them, leaving a two pixel high sliver that can be clicked on. This makes it very hard to download the ebooks in Firefox. In Firefox 7, the buttons are mostly covered. You cannot read the text, but you can at least tell the buttons are there, as a 10 pixel high orange stripe appears. The links work normally in other browsers I have installed (Iron, Opera), as well in Firefox 3.6.x (confirmed from another user's computer). I've attached a screenshot that exemplifies this issue. For reference, I'm doing this on Windows 7 x86, SP1. Display resolutions are 1600x900 pixels for secondary, 1900x1080 pixels for primary. 96 DPI - nothing strange here. I have gone as far as reinstalling the operating system, with no change. I also have a Linux machine running Firefox 7, on which I cannot replicate this issue, even with the same set of add-ons installed to it. On Windows: Current browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1 On Linux: Current browser: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1 Update: This issue has persisted for four full versions of Firefox, and STILL hasn't been addressed by staff. This is why I let my Pro subscription lapse, and don't want to renew it.

Topic by Xial    |  last reply


Instrucables that don't actually give instructions...

So I assumed that the purpose of this site was to provide guides and instructions for people to be able to do/make the things that the Instructables are about.  Am I wrong in this assumption?  If I go to an Instructable for "make your own SLR camera from scraps around your home", I expect to find instructions on how to make what the post is about, not a video of some guy saying "I'm not going to give you any instructions, tips, or hints, but I've posted a video of me making one myself without any explanation, and you can watch that." A video of someone making something with absolutely no explanation, tips, hints, help, or instructions isn't really an Instructable, is it? I'm asking because of this post: https://www.instructables.com/id/7FT-Gundam-Ultimate-Papercraft-1/ The author of the post has posted a few pictures and a few videos that don't show anything besides him talking about why he made the project, and time-lapse videos of him putting it together.  In the videos, it actually shows him using the computer generated, printable files necessary to put the project together, which he didn't bother posting in the Instructable.  The entire post seems more like a brag posting of "Look what I can do" instead of being an actual Instructable, because there were no files provided to make your own, no instructions provided on how to do it yourself, no tips or anything. I'm asking here because, when asked about it, the author of the post said (and I quote):           visualspicer (author) says:           Please forward your complaints to the staff of Instructables.com who personally invited me to post this project here in its current format. So my question is: Is the staff of this website inviting people to come post Instructables without actually giving instructions for how to make the things they're posting about?  If this is the case, is this site going to degrade into just a bunch of bragging photos and video of people saying "look at the cool stuff that I made, but don't bother trying to make it yourself, because I'm not giving you the instructions."?

Topic by chefguru    |  last reply


You're a foreign AIR. How much is the $1.500 stipend in San Francisco?

So you want to be the next Instructables Artist in Residence? That’s awesome! Being on Instructables was one of the best experiences of my life (if you read my final blog post, you already know that). The only bad part is when you have to say goodbye. But, even if you manage to get over the after-Instructables broken heart (good luck with that), you have to be careful about the risks of a broken wallet, too. Yesterday, a fantastic author from another country asked me if the $1.500 stipend was enough for living in such an expensive city as San Francisco. Honestly, I’m not the best money adviser, but as a Colombian who was living five and a half months in the Bay, I want to share with you my experience with the economical part. Despite I had an awesome AIR program coordinator (Noah Weinstein), the help of my friends Alisson Sombredero and Jennifer Hansen, and all the Internet for investigating, there are some things you can only learn by yourself, at your risk. So, let’s suppose you are a foreign artist, from the middle class of your country, with a normal job, who wants to travel to the amazing Pier 9. What kind of things you have to keep in mind? NOTE: I’m not an official spokesman from Autodesk. And some things can change from now until you read this post. So, if you have any doubt about the AIR program or need some help, ask the Instructables AIR Program Coordinator. 1. Plan ahead: The AIR program is a very tempting opportunity, and probably you want to be in Pier 9 RIGHT NOW! But think: what is the best moment for you to be in San Francisco? How much time will you stay? Do you have any savings? Will your parents support this amazing opportunity? Do you have any responsibilities that affect your decision (a steady job, girlfriend, spouse, children)? What will you do when the AIR ends and you have to return to your country? Do you have any debts? How is your English? Do you have emergency contacts on the city? When I took the decision of being part of the AIR program, it was October of 2012, for starting March 2013, with a duration of three months (at the beginning) so I had 5 months to prepare myself for the travel. So, you have to think: how much time do you need for preparing your travel? 2. Your stipend: You will receive US$1.500 monthly. With good planning and some restrictions, you can have a good time with that money. Autodesk pays the materials and tools for your projects. But remember: the AIR program doesn’t cover air tickets, visa paperwork, health insurance, taxes and other extraordinary expenses. It’s all on you. Besides, it’s a stipend, not a salary. Be careful with those words when you talk with a migratory authority. A salary implies a work contract and work visa, and you aren’t an employee, but a vendor who probably will enter to the United States using a B1 Visa (Business/Tourism), with a stipend for covering housing, food and transportation expenses. So, don’t use the words “salary” and “work”. Use “stipend”, “invited”, and “artist in residence”. Instructables helped me with an invitation letter explaining to Migration what kind of activities I would do on the AIR. Autodesk is very prompt with stipend payments, but there is not an exact date for paydays. It’s between the first and second week of every month, but it can varies. So, at least the first two or three weeks of your time in SF are on you. And you have to eat, transport, pay your rent and deposit, and so on. Think between $2.000 and $2.500. 3. Housing: You will need to rent a room and to share the house with somebody else. And getting an economic and good room is a very complicated mission in San Francisco. Especially if you will stay only for 1 to 3 months (landlords prefer long term tenants). The best site to find a room is Craiglist. However, everybody can post on that site, so be prepared to find some bizarre stuff… Before you go, Google Maps is a mandatory tab in your browser. It’s a good idea to know the area. Every time you see a room offer, look how far is from Pier 9 in San Francisco. Keep in mind something: San Francisco is just a city from a big area named “San Francisco Bay Area”. In the Bay Area you will find a lot of cities and towns like Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, South San Francisco, San Mateo, Redwood City, Concord, San Leandro, etc. A lot of people live on the nearest towns and take public transportation to San Francisco. Don’t forget to investigate if the neighborhood of the room offer is a good area to stay. If you can’t get a room before you arrive to San Francisco, think about a hostel for the first days, meanwhile you find one. (But just for the first days). Or you can try couchsurfing. Don’t trust in the $80/night hotels on Mission, because you can find a very creepy experience. Back to the room for rent: Try to get a furnished room, or you will have to buy at least, a mattress (and you can’t take it home at the end). If you are good cooking, having a kitchen will help you to save money. When you get the room, most of the landlords ask you to pay the first month plus the deposit. The deposit is some kind of backup money for the landlord, in case you break something, damage something or don’t pay your rent. At the end, the landlord must return your money. Consider it some kind of saving. But be careful: try to have a written contract, always ask for a receipt of every money you give, show to your landlord the fails of your room (take pictures just in case), and don’t break anything. My experience: my first three months, I lived in Treasure Island (in the middle of the Bay Bridge. Believe it or not, it’s part of the city of San Francisco). Good neighborhood, old room, furnished, $625/month, $600 deposit (so, my first payment when I moved was $1.225), creepy landlord (if somebody named Israel offers you a room on Treasure Island, it doesn’t matter how nice he sounds, basically… RUN!) Next two months: I lived in Oakland (passing the Bay Bridge). Beautiful house, fantastic landlords, good neighborhood. $600/month, $500 deposit. The farther the house is from San Francisco, the better and cheaper will be the room. My recommendation: try to get something in San Francisco. All the fun is in that city! I loved Treasure Island, but probably you can find a better neighborhood. If you get a room in another town, you will have always to think how you can return to home if you are going to have some night fun. Maybe it’s more expensive, but you have to consider carefully the next point. 4. Transport: You will find these ways for commuting: • MUNI: This bus and metro system are exclusive for the city of San Francisco. $2 per ticket, but you can use the same ticket in the lapse described on it, or all night long. It works 24 hours. • BART: Bay Area Rapid Transport. This metro communicates San Francisco with the nearest cities and the SFO Airport, and it’s a quick way to travel inside the city. According to the distance, you will have to pay. If you get a room in the east bay area, think in more or less $3.65 per ride. And it doesn’t work in the middle of the night. • AC Transport: Bus in the East Bay Area. $2.10 if you are travelling inside Oakland, $4.20 if you need to cross the Bay Bridge to go to San Francisco. • FERRY: I never used it. I leave you that mystery. • CALTRAIN: This train communicates San Francisco with the farthest towns in the Bay Area. More expensive. Think in $8 per ride. • CARPOOLING: It works only at week mornings. In a marked point, a driver picks up two or three passengers for using the Fastrak (more economic toll to pay). Most of the time is free, but the driver can ask you for one dollar tip. Very economic and fast, only if you din't mind to take up a strange car with other two or three strangers. You can manage all of the public transportation options using something called Clipper Card. Avoid the taxi cabs. They are very expensive! My recommendation: If you live in San Francisco, MUNI is the cheapest, safest and best way to travel. You can get an Adult Muni-only Pass for only $66 and for that month, you can travel all you want inside San Francisco. You can get it in any Walgreens. Or you can try getting a bike. Living in another city implies you have to organize a logistic plan for your transportation, including: BART, MUNI, bike, AC bus, carpooling, Caltrain, Ferry, free shuttles, and thinking like Cinderella every time you are invited to a party in San Francisco. I prefer to pay an $800 room in San Francisco and $66 in transport, than a $600 room in Oakland and $300 in transport. Here is a recommendation from Canida: There is a bike share in SF. For $88/year, you can borrow a bike for as many 30-minute trips as you like. Exists a bike stand directly across the street from Pier 9. More info here. 5. Food: If you can buy groceries and make your own food, awesome! You can find microwaves on Pier 9. In my case, it was cereal with milk and fruit at morning, sandwiches at night, and lunch on the food trucks near Pier 9. Think in an average of $11 per lunch or dinner, depending of the place and if you want to add a soda or a dessert. McDonald’s and Burger King aren’t good options. You can find some good Chinese lunches and Safeway’s specials for less than $8. Remember: the prices showed on the menu don't include the tax. My weekly budget for groceries (for breakfast and dinner) was $30. 6. Cash: Ok, there’s some delicate point in this talk, and probably one of the only things for improving in the awesome AIR program: your monthly stipend probably will be paid in a $1.500 Rewards Card. The good news: a rewards card is very useful! You can buy on Internet, you can carry a lot of money on this single card, you can use it as a debit/credit card, and you can pay with the card in most of restaurants, food trucks and stores. The bad news: you still need cash for some things (especially for paying the rent). And there is no simple way for changing your electronic money for cash. You can’t do withdrawals in an ATM or bank, you can’t consign that money to an account, you can’t do international transfers, you can’t pay debts and you can’t get cash back when you buy stuff. Besides, some places require a minimal bought if you want to use the card, or charge an extra amount. And probably you will have to spend all the rewards card money before returning to your home country. So, be prepared. Luckily, I found an awesome person (I won’t say her name because everybody will ask her for that kind of help) who changed some of my cards for cash, so I could defend myself. 7. Shopping: You will need (or want) to buy extra stuff: personal care, towels, blankets, clothes, gifts, etc. The best places are Target (Mission St. at 4th) and Ross (Market St. at 4th). You will find some good sales, but remember: the excess baggage can be a headache when you have to return to your hometown, and airlines charges for that, $200 at least. 8. Communications: I got a good plan for my smartphone on T-Mobile: for $50/month, unlimited minutes, messages and data. Maybe you can get a better plan in another cellphones company. You will need specially the data. Believe me, in U.S., nobody does anything without consulting Internet first. 9. Tips: Tipping is very important in U.S. I’m not telling you have to give a tip in every place (you are in a personal “war economy”, after all), but there are a lot of situations where you definitively have to leave a tip, between 15% and 20% of the bill. And don't forget: you are in San Francisco, so you have to visit some cool places! Some attractions are free. Others, (like Alcatraz) are between $20 and $30. Maybe more, if you want the star treatment. Don't take a guided tour into the city. With enough planning, you can go to the best places with less money. Maybe it looks like too many troubles and considerations, but we are talking about moving to another country for at least one month. And remember, this awesome company will pay you for making whatever you want to build, using their out-of-this-world tools like 3D printers, lasercutters, waterjets and CNC machines, and giving you the materials. It's a fantastic opportunity you will love forever!!!!

Topic by M.C. Langer    |  last reply