Adding movement to timelapse video or photography can be a tedious and cumbersome task; one wrong movement and all the previous work can be for nothing. The GoPole Scenelapse is a nifty little gadget for those looking to add simple panning effects to their video at a budget price.
At first glance, the Scenelapse seems to share more in common with an egg timer than it does with a piece of camera equipment, but it’s this simplicity that gives the Scenelapse its accessibility to beginners. Just like an egg timer, the Scenelapse works on a simple mechanical mechanism that, when wound, takes 60 minutes to rotate a full 360° at a smooth pace. Not having to worry about another set of batteries is a nice touch and gives the Scenelapse a bit of extra weather resistance when working on a rainy day. The top GoPro mount also can be removed to reveal a standard camera mounting screw that makes it possible to easily attach a mirrorless or small DSLR camera to the top of it, though the light build of the Scenelapse makes it ill-advised to attach larger, high-end DSLR cameras.
Use of the Scenelapse is simple enough. Just attach it to the bottom of your camera, then mount it to the top of your tripod. Set your camera to video mode or use an intervalometer, if your camera has one; wind the Scenelapse; and let the recording begin. Over the hour it will slowly rotate, giving you a beautiful right-to-left pan of your scene. The only problem is that if you want to pan in the other direction or record sound, you are out of luck. The mechanism will only rotate in one direction (right to left) and produces a loud ticking noise that will appear on any sound recording.
The physical build of the Scenelapse is quite nice; it’s made of rubberized plastic with a stainless-steel mechanism, which gives it a tough, weatherized feel. The only real issue that I could see is that the number markings on the side of the device are attached with a simple sticker that doesn’t seem like it would stand up to a lot of wear and tear in the conditions that a person would put their GoPro through. The rubberized nature of the GoPro attachment also means that the tilt joint is also a bit more slippery than your typical joint. This is not a huge problem as it still took quite a lot of force to get any movement and should not cause any issues to people just getting landscapes.
Even with a couple faults, the GoPole Scenelapse provides a great entry point to anyone looking to get into motion timelapse without breaking the budget. It gives footage a more professional look and feel and is also a much-needed add-on for anyone’s GoPro kit. For more information on the GoPole Scenelapse, check out thecamerstore.com.