Technology Corner

RamperPro automatic ramping with histogram analysis

We are very excited to announce that ElysiaVisuals can now deliver true full automatic ramping without the chance of over or under exposing your images. This is still an experimental feature of the RamperPro, but we will include it in the firmware of the first units that we will ship on the nth of March.

Introducing DitoGear™ Moco+

DitoGear™ has announced a new exiting upgrade for existing sliders. The Moco+ can be used to motorize existing sliders from Dynamic Perception. These kits, and all other items from DitoGear, can be ordered from us at Here is the official announcement from DitoGear:

How to wire the ElysiaVIsuals board to the nanoMoCO stepper controller

We sometimes have customers who ask us how to connect our nanoMoCo break-out-board to the nanoMoCo stepper motor controller. One of our customers was so friendly to draw it all out on this image. Please use this schematic if you need any help with wiring the two boards together.

The ElysiaVisuals RamperPro time lapse controller

The history of the ElysiaVisuals RamperPro time lapse controller started in 2011. The general consensus at that time was that it is not possible to make good sunset time lapse movie with a Nikon camera. These movies are made by ramping the exposure time of the camera. Its getting darker but the exposure is made longer in small steps which results day to night transitions. The same is true the other way around for sun rises. Classic ramping solutions worked by using bulb ramping. The camera is set to bulb and the bulb time is accurately controlled by the time lapse controller. This gives a limited use because you cannot use fast shutter speeds or bulb times faster than approximately 0.3 seconds. Classic bulb ramping cannot be done with a Nikon because you cannot achieve any desired bulb speeds because Nikon uses discrete steps in bulb.

Here the RamperPro steps in. You can use any desired shutter speed or any desired bulb speed to create ramping sequences. The camera is automatically controlled via USB by the controller. That makes it possible to automatically shift the ISO during your shoot. The RamperPro can therefore easily ramp over 20 stops from bright day light to stars. We like to talk about exposure ramping and not about bulb ramping because you are not limited to bulb mode when you use the RamperPro.

Introducing the ElysiaVisuals timelapse device isolator

You can use a lot of equipment when you are making timelapse movies with motion control. We have a lot of this equipment available in our online store. But what to do when you want to connect your devices? For example how can you connect an MX2, MX3 to an eMotimo? We had the same questions when we implemented the integration between our (soon) upcoming exposure ramper with the MX3 and TB3.

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Dynamic Perception announced the MX3 Motion Controller

Adobe Lightroom is not always reading XMP files

We are using Adobe Lightroom a lot to manage our images and time lapse sequences. We also use XMP files extensively. These are small files that hold processing information like exposure corrections or white balance corrections. In fact you can use XMP files to store any image processing action that you can perform within Adobe Lightroom and many other Adobe products. This makes transporting your image modifications very easy.

ElysiaVisuals timelapse controller test - D800 exposure ramping over 10 stops

We are almost ready to release our time lapse controller. The hardware is getting stable and all planned features have been implemented in the first version of the firmware. We plan to accept orders for the first units in October. The first version of the firmware will mainly support the Nikon D700, D800, D3 and D4. But other models can be added in only a few days. Keep your eye on our blog because we will post more test results and images of the actual hardware that we have developed.

How to use the TB3 and the Stage One with Dragon Frame

We have been experimenting with Dragon Frame for a while now. Dragon Frame is a great piece of software that you can use to control stepper motor based motion control hardware. We were particularly interested in using Dragon Frame for complex multi axis moves with the Dynamic Perception Stage One slider combined with the eMotimo TB3 black pan and tilt head.