Hey everyone, 

First post here. I know this is a stop-motion site but I can't seem to find a forum elsewhere for this. 

I'd trying to build a motion control rig for product videos. There's nothing out there which suits my needs so I thought I'd build something. The mechanics is all good but I'm having trouble figuring out how to connect it to some software. 

I had my heart set on Dragonframe but it seems you cannot do real-time moves, as they call it, using Arduino unless you buy their very expensive DMC-16 unit. If anyone can help me with the following it would be amazing:

1) Is there a way to connect to Dragonframe using Arduino and do real-time moves? Am I missing something? 

2) If not, can anyone suggest an alternate system? 

Really appreciate any help here. 

Thanks! 

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Hey Max,

I have not been here for awhile but, yes there are alternatives to the pricey DMC16 box DF sells. You could go with Mantis. That is a software/hardware setup that would allow realtime moves and stopmotion as well, and it does interface with DragonFrame software in a few different ways.

Go talk to Gerald over at www.bfg-motion.com

I purchased his controller and software and used some Big Easy stepper drivers to create a system. Tell him Doug sent me;)

Cheers.

If you need help with the design or tips on construction go find my FaceBook page, motioncontrolcamerasystems, all one word. Then you can contact me there if you like.

Hey Doug, 

Thanks for the tip on Mantis. 

I've been chatting with Gerald at BFG for a couple weeks now. He's extremely helpful and I've almost got the whole system figured out now. Just got to figure out how to wire everything...that should be fun! 

Cheers,

Max

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