DIY Video and Photography Projects

Hollywood Lite VS1 Video Camera Stabilizer – Make Offer
October 31, 2010


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[Update] Item is gone….already sold.
One single unit shows up on eBay auctions. This little (possibly discontinued) video stabilizing Gizmo is called the Hollywood Lite VS1. My guess is the Stabilizer was out too early before tiny DSLR’s started changing the video market. It functions similar to other common stabilizers with a center Gimbal handle, top [...]

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Hoodman WristShot Video Camera Support
October 31, 2010


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Hoodman H-WS1 WristShot Camera Support System
This bowling brace looking camera support is called the Hoodman WristShot, and it’s used to transfer the weight to the forearm while still allowing you to control the camera. It looks crazy, but If you think about it, it makes a tad bit of sense. For DSLR shooters, one arm [...]

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DIY Follow Focus Projects
October 29, 2010


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Here’s two videos showing some innovation around DIY Follow Focus projects. This first one (above), sent to me by Phuong H., is a DIY follow focus designed for the Sony NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder. This is probably the first DIY project ever on one of them fancy shiny new camcorders. There’s not much information [...]

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Varavon LCD Low Angle View Finder for DSLR
October 29, 2010


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I bet you guys didn’t know I had a Varavon Profinder Low Angle DSLR View Finder for the Canon 5D Mark II. I’ve actually had this on the shelf for several months, and haven’t had the chance to use it. I got it shortly after posting this article here: http://cheesycam.com/varavon-profinder-angled-lcd-view-finder/

It’s a larger LCD View finder [...]

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Createsphere HD Expo – Burbank, California
October 29, 2010


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Cheesycam Reader Josef wanted to share this even if anyone might have missed it. I know I did! Thanks Josef

The Createasphere Entertainment Technology Expo in Burbank is the media industry’s showcase for exploring and learning about the latest trends and ground-breaking technology for the content creator.
The Createasphere Entertainment Technology Expo in Burbank is where future [...]

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Parrot AR. Drone Video Equipped Remote QuadriCopter
October 28, 2010


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Who doesn’t get a kick out of a video streaming Wifi controlled flying toy? A friend of mine recently picked one of these Parrot AR. Drones up and I had the chance to fly it around. It’s really tons of fun! Kids can easily learn to fly these things. The Parrot AR Drone is a [...]

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Michelle Martinez Artist Video Project
October 26, 2010


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Last Thursday, some friends stopped by the studio to do a simple music video with artist Michelle Martinez. Just dropped a plain white paper backdrop and setup the cheap 800w lights around a stool and a microphone. A slider, and several cameras on tripods were used to get the many many angles. Might be too [...]

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The Gini Rig Arrives from Korea
October 26, 2010


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If you’ve been looking for DSLR rigs, i’m sure you’ve heard about the Korean DSLR Rig manufacturer Gini. The photo gallery (above) has two pages, so click the #2 to see more images. If you haven’t heard of the DSLR Rig manufacturer from Korea, you can find all the available products here: Korean DSLR Rig, [...]

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Unfinished DIY PVC Bearing Gimbal
October 25, 2010


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Many of you have probably already seen this video. It was posted up over a year ago as Part 1 of 2. I know i’ve had my eyes on it for quite a while waiting for the follow up, but Part #2 of this project doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon. This one [...]

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DIY Follow Focus – Skate Wheel + Lens Cap + Macro Rail
October 25, 2010


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Above – Ted Ramasola’s DIY Follow Focus from DVXUser.com
I’ve seen many versions of a friction based Follow Focus, most of them designed similar to the IDC FF. Above, is a very early example found at the DVXUser.com forum posted by Ted Ramasola. It’s been a good foundation for other ideas, and many people have refined [...]

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GH1 Focus Pull on TimeLapse Dolly
October 25, 2010


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Here’s another excellent example of a focus pull technique with the Stage Zero Motion Controlled Timelapse dolly from Dynamic Perceptions. Each week there seems to be lots of new and exciting additions to the Stage Zero dolly and MX2 controllers. More support for additional camera makes to be remotely triggered for a completely programmable no [...]

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Capable – Panasonic GH2 Video Camera Stabilizer
October 25, 2010


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Now that Panasonic has announced the GH2, i’m sure this is going to open up a market of new Panasonic shooters. If the GH2 shares the same form factor and weight as the GH1, this might be a Panasonic GH2 video camera stabilizer worth looking at. I posted an earlier article on this website with [...]

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Canon DSLR Combination Rebates
October 24, 2010


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Canon DSLR and Lens Combination Rebates
Just a reminder that if you or anyone you know is planning on grabbing a new Canon DSLR, there’s some rebate incentives going on. This rebate isn’t something to go out of your way, but if you’re looking to dive in to a DSLR purchase for the first time, it [...]

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RC Helicopter Camera Mount Stand
October 23, 2010


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Here’s an interesting camera mount for the RC Helicopter hobbyist. This is being sold for the ‘Camera Stand’ only, but was designed to adapt to different small 450-500 sized helicopters. Images show cameras as small as the GoPro HD Hero up to small HD Camcorders. There’s also a tilt mechanism shown in the listing, but [...]

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New Apple MacBook Air – for Photographers and Video?
October 23, 2010


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I’m a Microsoft guy and work on a PC probably 99% of the time. As i’m typing this i’m working on a Lenovo X300, a PC system that was the rival against Apple’s first Macbook Air. This PC laptop is super thin, super light, and runs everything I need for mobile computing. For processor intensive [...]

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DIY PVC Shoulder Rig Project Timelapsed
October 23, 2010


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John Hwang decided to tackle Hal’s DIY PVC shoulder support and provides a timelapse look into the project. With not too much more than a simple Hacksaw, this project was completed right in the living room floor. There’s a fun test run at the end complete with sound effects. Of course there’s nothing to show [...]

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