DIY Video and Photography Projects

31Oct Hollywood Lite VS1 Video Camera Stabilizer – Make Offer


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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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31Oct Hoodman WristShot Video Camera Support


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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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29Oct DIY Follow Focus Projects


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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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29Oct Varavon LCD Low Angle View Finder for DSLR


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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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29Oct Createsphere HD Expo – Burbank, California


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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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28Oct Parrot AR. Drone Video Equipped Remote QuadriCopter


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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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26Oct Michelle Martinez Artist Video Project


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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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26Oct The Gini Rig Arrives from Korea


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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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25Oct Unfinished DIY PVC Bearing Gimbal


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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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25Oct DIY Follow Focus – Skate Wheel + Lens Cap + Macro Rail


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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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25Oct GH1 Focus Pull on TimeLapse Dolly


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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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25Oct Capable – Panasonic GH2 Video Camera Stabilizer


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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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24Oct Canon DSLR Combination Rebates


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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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23Oct RC Helicopter Camera Mount Stand


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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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23Oct New Apple MacBook Air – for Photographers and Video?


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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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23Oct DIY PVC Shoulder Rig Project Timelapsed


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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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