DIY Video and Photography Projects

Fancier Small Camera Ball Head Mount
October 26, 2011


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I’ve been asked to recommend a good small ball head that would work well with the Pico Flex Dolly or a good one for small sliders. I tested out a few, and the one that seems to fit the best is the Fancier FT6691. It’s larger than the Giottos mini ball head, but still smaller [...]

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Rotating Video Shot with Model
October 26, 2011


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I happened across a small forum over at http://videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&p=257799 where they were wondering how this rotating shot was done above. They seem to be going more towards large circular dolly tracks huge sets, with rotating backgrounds. All too complicated.
I’m not a registered forum guy, but hopefully someone will see this and answer their questions [...]

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Latest Follow Focus Version with A/B Hard Stops
October 25, 2011


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Speaking of DSLR follow focus systems, here’s another new one. Looks like the same RJ follow focus with a few upgrades adding in some hard stops. [Thanks Jacob]. This version is also reversible, but the mostly plastic quality will not stand a chance against the new Gini iFocus FF on the market. The hard stops [...]

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Latest Gini Follow Focus – iFocus Review
October 25, 2011


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Here’s a closer look at Gini’s latest Follow Focus a.k.a. ‘iFocus’. Having been a huge fan of the Cinevate Durus design and quality, it was very obvious where Gini was getting inspiration from. I took the chance of ordering this latest FF knowing that it would be good. Especially since it’s a custom designed gearbox [...]

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GoPro Hero 2 – OOOOH
October 25, 2011


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GoPro Hero 2 is in…

GoPro Camera HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition CHDMH-002

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Latest Canon Speedlite and Lens Rebates
October 25, 2011


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Latest Canon Speedlite Flashes and Lens Rebates over at B&H. Not much going on for myself, except that i’ve been really thinking about the 135mm F/2.0L to add to my collection… Check out what’s on the menu (click here).

Canon Lens and Flash Rebates

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GoProHD Camera – Hero 2 (new version)
October 24, 2011


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GoProHD was already surprising film makers with it’s quality to size ratio, but they seemed to have found a way to make it even better. Not just 2x sharper images (bigger sensor), but more FOV (field of view) options, 120fps (yes!), more TimeLapse options, faster 10 photos in 1 second, but also mini-HDMI and external [...]

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Velbon PH-368 – Back In Stock
October 24, 2011


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I posted up about a very effective (and cheap) Velbon fluid head a few weeks back and it literally sold out in a few hours. For around $26-29 dollars, it’s a great way to add on a dedicated Fluid head for camera dollies, sliders, etc. You can find the original video, article, and other comments [...]

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Octagon Softbox for Portable Speedlite Flash
October 23, 2011


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Apollo Orb Softbox
I enjoy shooting with small flashes because it’s just easier to travel with and set up. I can practically pull a three piece lighting kit out of a backpack. The problem you’ll run into with small flashes is trying to diffuse it with light modifiers. Softboxes are a popular choice for portrait [...]

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Flexible Tripod Rubber Suction Spiked Feet
October 22, 2011


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The FotoPro Transformer flexible tripod (released sometime last year), has optional replaceable feet that can be swapped out from standard rubber balls, to suction cups, to magnetic, and also spiked feet. The different options screw in through standard ‘1/4-20 threaded inserts’. This particular flexible tripod is good for cameras weighing under 3lbs (lightweight cameras), or [...]

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TrusMT Follow Focus Review
October 21, 2011


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Here’s a closer look at the TrusMT DSLR Follow Focus from Vimeo member HDSLR EQUIPMENT REVIEWS [Thanks Joel]. Looks like a solid build with adjustable hard stops, comes with different sized lens gears, an additional focus gear (possibly different pitch size), and the new version is designed with a better quick release 15mm clamp. You [...]

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Master Cinema Series Launch Party
October 20, 2011


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Vimeo member Tom Guilmette has a video from Shane Hurlbut’s Master Cinema Series launch party. The launch party in Los Angeles showcases the first three main rigs in the product line from a handheld cage, to shoulder rig, and larger eye-leveling studio setup. Definitely looked like tons of fun and even Freddie Wong made it [...]

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Lytro Camera Shoot Now Focus Later
October 20, 2011


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The Lytro that everyone has been talking about which works much differently than traditional cameras, captures the light field, so you can shift your shallow depth of field focus after you’ve snapped a pic. If every photo camera worked in this manner, there wouldn’t be such a thing as ‘out of focus images’. With such [...]

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Windcut Windshield Microphone Cover
October 20, 2011


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I’m not very familiar with this company, but from the wind tests in the video sent over by YouTube member NitsanPictures, it seems to work well. Another great option furry deadcat microphone windscreen for those out in the UK. Thanks Nitsan. Available for a few different popular microphone models, found following the link (click here)

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DIY Steadicam Glidecam
October 18, 2011


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Nice build on this DIY video camera stabilizer. The gimbal design with PVC resembles one that was posted here over a year ago (click here). You can find more information about this build over at Vimeo member Constantin Gabor’s video here.

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Pico Complete Kit – International Shipping
October 18, 2011


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Thanks to YouTube member chrisbourke for sharing some unusual shots with the Pico Flex Dolly. Here’s another small post for those who were waiting on the Pico Flex Dolly ‘Complete Kit’ and International Shipping. For select countries you can finally purchase the complete kit which includes one 11″ friction arm and Shark Camera Clamp. It’s [...]

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