DIY Video and Photography Projects

BlackMagic Cinema Camera NAB2012
April 18, 2012


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Sorry for lack of posts, but we’ve been out gathering various product interviews here at NAB2012. Of course, one new product that has everyone speaking is the new BlackMagic Cinema Camera. It has the ability to capture 2.5K RAW to a an SSD drive or to ProRes and DNxHD at 1920 x 1080. Priced under [...]

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SmallHD NAB 2012 Product Loop
April 16, 2012


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NAB2012 – SmallHD announces 2 new DP7 LCD Monitors to add to their lineup and also a very clever molded 5D Mark II HDMI lock that attaches to the D-Ring (normally where the camera strap resides), and still provides access to all your other inputs. Currently I have the SmallHD DP4 (EVF) and the DP6 [...]

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Zolinger Video Jib or Weifeng Camera Crane?
April 15, 2012


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Vimeo member Zolinger puts up an example of a compact video jib. Pretty cool stuff, but I have to say it looks very very close to some other models available on eBay for about half the price. You make the decision.
Here’s a link to Zolinger’s eBay store (click here)

Zolinger Camera Jib.
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Camera Support – Ready Rig
April 15, 2012


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Odd looking camera support sent in by LJ [Thanks LJ]. The Ready Rig Looks functional, maybe even comfortable. A pair of rods attached to a spring loaded back support, offers total hands free operation of the camera. The camera rests on a front platform that has tilt and rotate abilities. Could be tricky getting in [...]

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Camtrac Video Track Table Dolly
April 15, 2012


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Vimeo member Dan Eckert has been working on a dolly project for some time to be used wit his Hyperlapse / Timelapse videos. The dolly is designed to have adjustable wheels to ride on rails or on terrain with pneumatic tires. The video above shows some examples of his work, but keep in mind [...]

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Quick Tips from HDSLRNOW
April 12, 2012


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Thanks to Joel from HDSLRNOW for adding the P&C Swiss Rod as one of his video quick tips. With it’s industry standard threading, you can see how Joel attached the Swiss Rod directly to his rig without any additional modification, and immediately opened up several new mounting options for accessories. The Swiss Rod is also [...]

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Jag35 NAB Products
April 12, 2012


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NAB is just around the corner, and some companies are already releasing some product information before the event. Jag35 is one such company and has a dedicated page showing a few new small products they’ll be adding to their lineup (found here).

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Falcon Eyes 240 LED Ring Light
April 12, 2012


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Previously the only LED Ring light available on eBay and Amazon was the 352 LED Ring light (as seen here). The 352 is a very bright light with good diffusion, but only dims down to about 40-50 percent. Basically, it’s always pretty bright so it could be offensive when used directly towards a subject in [...]

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Canon 5DMKIII vs Nikon D800 Audio – New RM333 Preamp
April 11, 2012


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Robert from Juicedlink just uploaded a video showing some of the Canon 5D Mark III audio features along with the Nikon D800 audio features. Towards the second half, he introduces a new Juicedlink RM333 low noise pre-amp. We’ve run a few audio tests running a microphone into the Canon 5DM3 and there’s no doubt using [...]

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Pro As Arri 650W Light vs Arri 650W
April 11, 2012


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Realizing LED lights won’t solve every solution (yet), I decided to see if there’s any recent reviews on the ‘As Arri‘ lights. Here’s a recent video post from Vimeo member Black Raven Films showing the As Arri 650W vs the Arri 650W. There seems to be some slight improvments compared to when they were first [...]

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Flycam Carbon Stabilizers CF3 and CF5
April 11, 2012


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Just a few months ago Flycam introduced a Carbon Fiber stabilizer called the C5. (here). To confuse the market even more, they’ve recently released another set of Flycam Carbon Fiber stabilizers called the CF3 and CF5. Although these look much better than the original C5, I still can’t get over the ugly counterweights and painted [...]

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VizTools HandiZoom ENG Style for DSLR
April 11, 2012


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Thanks to LJ for pointing this interesting little product that brings ENG style zooming to standard DSLR lenses. Most people might be familiar with these controls from consumer camcorders, but for some high end ENG video cameras, you can purchase various focal length lenses that come with built in zoom controls (as seen here).

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7″ LCD Bag and Sun Shade Combo
April 10, 2012


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Shooting outdoors in the bright sun pretty much sucks without an LCD View Finder, but come time to pan and tilt, it’s not very comfortable when you’re in a low position. That’s where all those flip out LCDs come in handy but even the 5D Mark III falls short in that feature. This is where [...]

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Canon 5D Mark III + Sigma 20mm on Skyler MiniCam
April 9, 2012


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Today I decided to try and balance the Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 20mm F/1.8 lens on the Skyler MiniCam. Sorry I don’t have any interesting test footage right now, but i’ll be shooting something later on today (which is why i’m balancing it). Still very happy I was able to find one [...]

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Konova Motorized Kit on DIY Slider
April 8, 2012


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Vimeo member Jayhas couldn’t wait for Konova to release a faster motor for it’s motorized upgrade kit, so he took it upon himself to add his own. Here’s a comparison of the original Konova Motorized Pulley System with slow motor and a 60rpm gear motor mounted to a DIY slider. Watch the top portion of [...]

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Skyler MiniTrack Video Slider
April 8, 2012


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Not sure how I didn’t see this, but the same Skyler company that makes the MiniCam Stabilizer also offers a video slider. The Skyler MiniTrack slider comes in 60cm or 90cm length. Interestingly though it also comes with two axles to be used as a very long rolling dolly. I see the portionable axles more [...]

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