The rig will be mounted on a 8-12 ft jib so needs to have a good controller wireless possibly might be a good option but not crucial
Using cable will be both cheaper, less troublesome and give a more stable signal transfer.
My research suggests that the Axon2 would be really suitable for this as an encoder, but its a new area for me.
You cannot use a microcontroller board as an encoder, but you can use it to record the encoder data of course.
My parts assumption is :
Speed control motor
Controller ... ps2 controller
software to record actions
Is this correct?
Hard to say, as it's not totally clear to me what you're trying to make. Is it a controller or just a "recorder"?
And what is your background (in relation to electronics, mechanics and programming)?
Could you recommend the motor & parts choices for this system?
Are you starting completely from scratch?
What cam will be used (weight/size)?
How stable is the jib?
We are due to start principal photography on the film we want to use this for late Jan.
Then you're in a hurry... No X-mas peace for you
Can you have a film credit as tech advisor ... of course... lol
You mean on the "Toronto Film Makers Club film"?
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