LOSE THE PROPS, ADD A CABLE
Cable cam systems are nothing new, the concept is simple:
1) Find two solid anchor points – tree, light post, boulder, wood / metal beam, etc.
2) Connect a cable to the two points, making it as taut as possible with a tightening system such as an inline ratchet strap.
3) Add a camera “trolley” that smoothly travels along the cable – if non-motorized (aka gravity fed), then add guide lines to either end of the trolley so it can be pulled back and forth.
4) Attach your camera package to the trolley, ideally within a motorized head system for control over pan and tilt as well as better stabilization – the Freefly Systems MoVI being our gimbal of choice for this.
And that’s how it works. Of course, the quality of your gear will dictate what you can actually do with your cable cam system – how stable the shots are, how much control you will have over the camera, how quickly it will travel over the cable, how far the cable can safely be strung, etc., but with very few exceptions, all cable cam systems work in this way. (Ok, yes the legendary Cowboy and Ryan Young have created some insane systems where the cable moves instead of the trolley, but they are perhaps the only exception!)