Lil-Mule: Professional Time Lapse and Video Camera Dolly

by Maddie4 Comments

Lil-Mule is a new timelapse and video camera dolly being funded (hopefully) over on kickstarter.

We were sent this interesting kickstarter project for time-lapse fanatics (well, of course you can use it for video as well without the motor) and it looked pretty cool, so we thought we'd alert you!

Who knows, maybe we'll get one to try out.


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An intuitive, affordable, heavy duty camera platform for creating arced or linear camera moves when shooting time lapse and video.

Most time lapse dolly systems are based on the “slider” concept which is a rail with a moving platform attached that slides the camera back and forth on the rail. The main limitations of sliders are having a finite length (usually 3-4 feet) and only making linear camera movements. The Lil-Mule addresses both of these challenges by giving you a self contained motorized cart that makes straight or curved moves and can motor as far as the surface you set the shot up on will allow. Take a walk through a city center or park and you can rattle off many different shots in a small amount of time by rolling on sidewalks, tables, ledges, benches, anything that is relatively flat.

As an amateur time lapse enthusiast myself I find that it's challenging enough to set up your camera, compose the shot, set the intervalometer, etc. when doing time lapse. I wanted the motion control piece to be as simple as possible. The controller for the Lil-Mule is a single knob which allows you to variably control the speed you are moving in the forward and backward direction. No math equations, no menu settings, just set up your shot and twist a knob to start moving… Even the professional time lapse guys that I put Lil-Mule in the hands of for testing said the first thing they did on a shoot was drop the dolly and set it in motion and then went about setting up their other rigs…

Motion control systems are expensive! You'll be hard pressed to find one that is under $1000 and they can range to up near $20K. If you decide to make a pledge and help the little Lil-Mule project reach it's funding goal, you'll be able to add a quality American made motion control system to your creative arsenal for just over $500!

(cover photo credit: snap from the kickstarter page)


  1. As a gadget I love the idea but am I the only one who thinks movement in time-lapse is a complete distraction from the actual time-lapse?

    Very very rarely do I see a moving timelapse where movement added to the event.

  2. well motion timelapse is a pretty big deal these days, i like it a lot.
    plus who says youre limited to do just timelapse? its a dolly!
    love the idea and really hope for it to suceed.

    1. Read the options on the kickstarter page and contribute – that’s how you get it into production — you can even get a discount on the first batch

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