One of the more daunting tasks for your first motion control project is to decide on which kind of motor you need. The right choice in motor can save you money and effort in the long run, not to mention increase your chances of getting the shots you're looking for. Before selecting your motor, you need to first examine what your requirements are, and how they might change over time. In this article we'll walk you through the process of selecting a motor for a motion control rig and the different factors that should play into the decision.
The basic principles you'll need to consider in motor selection, outside of cost, are: timeframe (how long your shoots will run for), power requirements, and repeatability.