Syrp Genie Motion Control Time-Lapse Device

Syrp Genie Motion Control Time-Lapse Device

Syrp Genie Motion Control Time-Lapse Device

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Product Highlights

  • Linear and Panning Motion
  • Timer or Sensor Input
  • Preview Function
  • Custom User and Factory Pre-Sets
  • Bubble Level with Light
  • 44 lb Load Capacity
  • 12-Hour Battery
  • Multi-Voltage Charger
  • Wide Camera Compatibility
  • Free Firmware Upgrade
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Syrp Genie overview

  • 1Description

The Genie Motion Control Time-Lapse Device from Syrp is your key to the creative world of time-lapse photography or real-time video. The 4" cube takes up very little space in your bag, and at only 3.3 lb it's easy to make it part of your standard rig.

The Genie, which allows both panning and linear motion control, attaches to standard gear such as dollies, sliders, jib arms, and tripods. Simply attach it to your tripod or support and mount your optional camera and ball head to the 3/8"-16 stud atop the Genie. The weight of your equipment is rarely a concern since it supports up to 44 lb. An illuminated bubble level is built-in for setting up in low light. The Genie has factory presets such as Stars, People, or Clouds, but you can enter an unlimited amount of user presets into the Genie's memory for custom work. At maximum panning speed, a 360° pan takes five seconds, while 39" of linear movement takes just 23 seconds.

Linear time-lapse can be done on a rail or on a linear support system of your own making. While the Genie comes with 9.8' of rope to pull it across the rail, the movement of your time-lapse is only limited by the length of your rope. Kevlar-cored rope with lengths of 328', 164', or 32.8' are available separately. The Genie has been tested successfully on a homemade 60' dual-cable stretched over a lake.

Inputs include both USB for firmware and a sensor input. The free firmware upgrade enables bulb ramp-in and ramp-out functions, as well as HDR (High Dynamic Range). Ramping is the process of modifying exposure settings on a camera to maintain a desired exposure value while the camera is in Bulb mode. This is especially valuable for transitional day into night, or night into day time-lapses.

The sensor input accepts a motion, light, sound, or other type of sensor to start your program in response to specific stimuli. The Genie ships with both panning and sliding bases, two slider mounts, 9.8' of rope, and a multi-voltage charger for its built-in battery. A three-hour charge gives you about 12 hours of run time, depend on the weight of your camera. The Genie is compatible with approximately 130 cameras from nine major brands. A camera link cable must be purchased separately.

Dual Motion
Panning and linear motion control with one device.
Versatile
Attaches to any existing film equipment such as a dolly, slider, jib arm, etc.
Sensor Input
Auto Start function through a timer or sensor or both. Sensor input allows for attachment of a motion sensor, light sensor, sound sensor, and more.
Preview
The Preview function allows for revision of recording movement prior to recording.
Pre-Sets
Factory pre-sets allow for instant shooting straight out of the box, or storable user-programmable panning and tracking pre-sets.
Auto Start and Power Saving
Auto Start enables the user to program camera movements to return to "Home" and repeat again, or continuously run the same movement. It also enables the user to set up time-lapse or camera movement to start on a delay timer. Auto Power Off shuts down the Genie when it's unused for one hour to save battery power.
Leveling
Bubble level with light is provided.
Ramping Firmware
Bulb ramping is the process of modifying exposure settings on a camera to maintain a desired exposure value while the camera is in Bulb mode. A free firmware upgrade allows for ramp-in/ramp-out function and HDR.
Compatibility
If your camera is not listed below, please contact Syrp to check compatibility.

Canon
7D, 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 5D, 20D, 10D, 5D Mark IV, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 1D X, 1D C, 1D Mark IV, EOS M, EOS M2
1D (s) Mark III, 1D (s) Mark II (N), 1200D (T5), 1100D (T3), 1000D (XS), 100D (SL1), 700D (T5i), 650D (T4i)
600D (T3i), 550D (T2i), 500D (T1i),450D (XSi), 400D (XTi), 350D (XT), 300D, 300V, 300, 60Da
50E, 50, 33, 30, 3000, PowerShot G1X Mark II, G1X, G10, G11, G12, G15
Nikon
D810, D800E, D800, D700, D600, D300S, D300, D200, D4, D4S, D3S, D3X, D3, D2, D1X, D1, D1H, D2H, D2HS, D2X, D2XS, D80, D70s, D7100, D7000, D5300, D5200,
D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100, D3000, D90, D610, 1 AW1, 1 J1, 1 J2, 1 J3, 1 J4, 1 S1, 1 S2, 1 V1, 1 V2, 1 V3
Sony
A99, A 77 Mark II, A77V, A900, A850, A700, A580, A550, A500, A450, A350, A300, A200, A100, A77, A65, A58, A55, A35, A33, NEX 5, NEX 5N NEX 5T, NEX 7, NEX 6, Sony a7, a7R, a7s, a6000
Pentax
645D, ist D, ist DL, ist DL2, ist DS, ist DS2, K-30, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K3, K-50, K-500, K-7, K-m, K10 Grand Prix, K100D, K100D Super, K10D, K110D, K200D, K20D, MZ-6, MZ-L, ZX-L
Panasonic
FT 2, FZ1000, FZ100, FZ15, FZ150, FZ20, FZ200, FZ30, FZ50, G1, G10, G2, G3, GH4, G5, G6, GF1, GH1, GH2, GH3, GX1, GX7 L1, L10, LC1, TS2
Olympus
E-100 RS, E-30, E-400, E-410, E-420, E-450, E-510, E-520, E-600, E-620, Evolt E-410, Evolt E-510, OM-D E-M1, OM-D E-M10, OM-D E-M5, PEN E-P1, PEN E-P2, PEN E-P3, PEN E-P5, PEN E-PL2, PEN E-PL3, PEN E-PL5, PEN E-PM1, PEN E-PM2, SP-550, SP-560, SP-570, XZ-1, XZ-2, XZ-2 iHS
Fujifilm
S5 Pro, S3 Pro, X-E1
Kodak
DSC-530, DCS Pro 14n
Contax
N Digital NX, N1, 645
Samsung
GX 1L, GX 1S, GX-10, GX-20, NX-10, NX-100, NX-11, NX-5
Hasselblad
H, H3D, H4D-200MS, H4D-31, H4D-40, H4D-50, H4D-50MS, H4D-60
Sigma
SD1, SD1 Merrill, SD15
Minolta
DiMAGE 5, DiMAGE 7, DiMAGE 7Hi, DiMAGE 7i, DiMAGE A1, DiMAGE A2, DiMAGE A200, Dynax 3, Dynax 4, Dynax 5000, Dynax 500si, Dynax 505si, Dynax 5D, Dynax 7, Dynax 7000, Dynax 7D, Dynax 9, Dynax 9000, Dynax Sweets, Maxxum 3, Maxxum 4, Maxxum 5000, Maxxum 500s, Maxxum 505si, Maxxum 5D, Maxxum 600si, Maxxum 7, Maxxum 7000, Maxxum 700si, Maxxum 7D, Maxxum 807si, Maxxum 9, Maxxum 9000
Leica
DigiLux 2, DigiLux 3, V-Lux, V-Lux 2, V-Lux 3
In the Box
Syrp Genie Motion Control Time-Lapse Device
  • Panning Base
  • Sliding Base
  • Rope for Slider (9.8')
  • 2 x Slider Mounts
  • Multi-Voltage Charger
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Syrp Genie specs

    Payload 33 lb / 15 kg
    Rope Length 9.8' / 3 m
    Maximum Speed Linear: 39" / 100 cm, in 25 seconds
    Panning: 360° in 6 seconds
    Power Supply Input: 110 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    Output: 15 VDC, 1.5 A
    Battery Type: 11.1 V lithium-ion
    Charging Time: 4 hours

    Runtime:
    24 hours+ (Time-Lapse mode)
    6 hours+ (Video mode)
    Note: Need firmware v2.4 or above for specified battery life. Other factors include camera weight and type of movement.
    Connectivity 1 x USB
    1 x Sensor input
    Head to Tripod Mounting Thread Bottom: 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20
    Top: 3/8"-16
    Dimensions 4 x 4 x 4" / 10.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm
    Weight 3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 8.0 x 5.4"

    Syrp Genie reviews

    Genie Motion Control Time-Lapse Device is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 29.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for. I've been in the video business for 25 years. The footage that can be achieved with this product is stunning--no doubt. I really wanted this to work. It did about twenty percent of the time. The controls need a redesign. It freezes and crashes. Too many variables that could go wrong and no quick way to troubleshoot in the field. It kind of felt like a toy too. After testing, firmware updates, tech support and other professionals and crew people scratching their heads...I sent it back and bought the Kessler system. You get what you pay for. Bottom line- maybe Syrp Genie Products are great--at least two things in my 3 axis kit didn't work
    Date published: 2016-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect Great idea, decent product. My only issue is the removable base isn't very sturdy, there is too much play which could be a problem if it's windy. I would give this 5 stars if the base was tight. Easy to use, I like that you can save custom settings. I plan to by the slider track soon. Firmware was easy to update. Battery last a long time even in the cold. My first time lapse was a 3 hour night time lapse in 10 degree weather and it didn't even put a dent in the battery. Here is a video example http://youtu.be/kIsazvnKXYc
    Date published: 2015-01-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and useful for time-lapse I am using this with an EOS 5D III to take time-lapse. I have used both the rotation attachment as well as the linear fixture. If you are into time-lapse you will find this a very useful device. It is unique, well thought out, easy to program and use. Battery life is more than 8 hours and charging is quick. The movements are strong; you will not bog this down easily. The accuracy of the movements is incredible. The firmware update went smoothly and it is nice to know that the manufacturer allowed for new features and bug fixes. So there is a lot to like. But it is not a 5 star device. Elements of Chinese cheap are all too obvious. The ballhead is frustrating and of poor quality as compared to RRS or other vendors you might use. The charger feels like it will only last a short time before the stiff and thin wires break. The protective plastic over the screen is easily scratched. Most troubling is that the mechanical connection to the rotation or linear attachments is secure but not solid. When snapped into place I doubt if it will ever come off but it does wiggle around somewhat. Don't let this stop you if you want to get some really fun and unique video! Companies like Syrp that innovate to let us be more creative should be rewarded. Maybe there will be a Mk II version with a bit better quality that is programmable from an ap.
    Date published: 2013-11-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as effective as defective So I've had this product for several months and taken it out into the field half a dozen times. My frustration is centered around the base mount. The main head sits on the removable Panning platform, however the platform shakes. It moves perhaps 1-2mm in all directions or a slight rattle. For $...I would expect the base to be stable..not ratteling. It worked in calm conditions...but when the winds picked up to about 7-10mph the balance of the camera and lens created movement on the base...which is driving me crazy. I don't know why they didnt put bearings down and seal the plate so it's completely stable. The panning programs are easy to use and for timelapse or exposure work longer than 30 seconds or the max exposure setting on your camera, an additional intervolmeter will be necessary as the Genie does not have the ability to set exposure control like an introvolmeter.
    Date published: 2014-09-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Genie Motion Controller My goal was use the Genie Motion Controler as a second camera operator on a slider for visual interest. The first issue I experienced was keeping the Genie's tention string tight on both ends of my Cinevate slider with the supplied velcro attachment straps that Syrup supplies with the Genie. It would work for a couple takes and then stretch loose. I would recommend buying some I bolts and small carbeaners that you attach to your slider to raise the strings so they are at a level plane and inline with string wheel mechanism on the Genie. This was the only way I could tighten the the string down to shoot multiple takes with out having to stop the shoot, take the Genie controller off the mount and constanly retighten the sting to move the motion controller along my slider.I was never able to keep them tight for multiple slider motion takes using the velcro attachements that Syrp supplied. They use velcro straps so it is really impossible to lock them down. I also dont like to have to continue to hit buttons to bring the controller back to the start position and start again each time. It would be nice if this could been auto programmed. As mentioned in other reviews to edit your setting requires additional button pushing to make a simple edit.You also need to push the buttons slowly or you will not be able to enter the various menu fuctions. I cant speak to the timelapse as I never used that feature. On a positive side the Genie is built solid and battery life is awesome!The last issue was the noise of the motor while in motion. I film a lot of interview type shoots and it was all most impossible not to pick up the sound of the motor even when the unit was over 12-15 foot away from the talent. I ended up returning the Genie for these reasons!Jeff
    Date published: 2014-10-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth and great when you don't need audio The Genie and magic carpet are a great pair and produce really nice tracking shots, pans and tilts. I intended to use the Genie and magic carpet as a second camera person. Though the shots were nice, the noise made interviews impossible. Even when using a lav mic and placing the slider away from the interview, the microphone was still able to pick up the audio from the Genie moving back and forth on the magic carpet slider. I'd recommend it for shots where the audio doesn't. Besides the audio, the product functions as advertised.
    Date published: 2016-12-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent tool to spruce up productions Adding rotation and linear movement to timelapses gives it that extra punch to stand out. The Syrp Genie is extremely intuitive and is essentially a plug and play piece of tech. There are a couple of nice presets built in, but I prefer inputting my own. From time to time the screen will wig out (never during a timelapse, but during the set up). Turning it on and off will clear any issue. My own gripe is the timing of the shutter release. Considering that there are several connection points - camera to head, head to Genie, Genie to tripod - the camera could use a half second to settle after it moves or rotates. Instead of automatically building in that buffer, it moves and immediately releases the shutter. this isn't that big a deal in most instances, but wished it was an option for the longer exposures time lapses.
    Date published: 2016-03-14
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Excessive base movement! So I attached the Genie base to a Vanguard 284AT, large and heavy tripod, to begin with. Tightened it and attached the Syrp Genie locking it's floor plate into the base. Attached my Benro ball head on top of the Genie. Attached my Canon 5D Mark IV and 16-35 F/4 to the Benro ball head and once all together, the Genie swayed, front to back and side to side approximately one inch! I have tried and cannot tighten the base any tighter. It is completely unusable for time lapse or slider considering the Syrp Genie and my camera are flopping all over the place! Time to box it back up and send it back.
    Date published: 2018-04-25
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