How to Make a Pan Tilt

Written by amanda hevener
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How to Make a Pan Tilt
Since many new still cameras can also take video, a pan tilt tripod comes in handy. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A pan tilt camera mount allows you to move the camera around while it is on the tripod. You can sweep the camera up and down and to the left and right at various angles. Most pan tilt mounts move the camera up to 240 degrees in any direction. You can purchase a standard pan tilt mount and attach it to your tripod, but you will have to move the camera by hand. However, it is possible to take that standard mount and make it controllable with a remote.

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Things you need

  • Nintendo Wii nunchuck
  • Exacto knife
  • 2 servos
  • Screw
  • Screwdriver
  • Pan and tilt mechanism
  • Arduino Diecimila board
  • Camera

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  1. 1

    Cut the cord connecting the two Wii nunchucks with the exacto knife. You only need one to operate the pan and tilt. Cut away at the cord casing until you have the yellow, green, white and red wires separated from each other.

  2. 2

    Place one of the two servos on its side. The top (label) should be facing the side. Screw it to the bottom of pan and tilt mechanism with the screwdriver. Screw this servo onto the top of the other one. This will control the pan and tilt.

  3. 3

    Separate the wires on the bottom servo with an exacto knife. There will be one white, one black, and one red wire.

  4. 4

    Attach the wires to the Arduino board. The servo wires go into the left side as follows: digital 7 = red; gnd = black; and +5V = white. On the other side, attach the Wii controller wires: analogue in 5 = yellow; analogue in 4 = green; gnd = white; and +5V = red.

  5. 5

    Mount the camera on the pan and tilt mechanism and turn the servos on. Your new device is ready for use.

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