DIY Video and Photography Projects

Basic Remote Trigger for Canon 5D Mark III / 1DX Video Recording
May 28, 2012


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If you pop into the menu of the Canon 5D Mark III (or 1DX when available), you can change the shutter button to Start and Stop video recording. This feature wasn’t available for previous Canon DSLRs (unless you have Magic Lantern). To start and stop video on previous Canon cameras, you were required to use [...]

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DIY Time Lapse Skater Dolly
May 28, 2012


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Great little video from Vimeo member Stavros Koulis showing the build process of a Time Lapse Skater Dolly using an arduino controller. You may not require the need for a skater, but the parts list and instructions might be a good start for adding motion control to even a slider. For a complete parts list [...]

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EM-320E Shotgun Microphone
May 27, 2012


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Tony Carretti shares a find on a very inexpensive EM-320E shotgun condenser microphone for less than $20 dollars and claims he’s getting better results than from his other Rode VideoMic on longer cable runs with XLR. [Thanks Tony]. Getting your microphone as close to the subject is key. In most cases any microphone is [...]

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DIY HoneyComb Speedlight Grid
May 25, 2012


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A honeycomb grid on your flash helps direct and concentrate light, and depending on the design of the honeycomb you can even achieve a very tight spotlight. YouTube member CAMPHOTOPIX shares his DIY grid build that is based on a bunch of cut straws. I’m not sure where this first started from, but it’s an [...]

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Pico Dolly with Self Contained Motorized Trailer
May 24, 2012


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Here’s a look at a prototype motorized trailer sent to me today and it’s attached to a PNC Pico Dolly. Still a prototype, it’s supposed be universal and have some mounting options to attach to several different dollies or maybe even sliders? The idea is to have a motorized push cart to have consistent movement [...]

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Sandisk Media Sale ends Today
May 24, 2012


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Not sure if you’ll find much, but the Sandisk Media sale ends today so you might want to give it another look through. When the price is right, i’ll choose Sandisk over Transcend media, but for the most I can live off of Transcend retail prices when i’m in need of new cards. The only [...]

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Lapdock as DSLR Video HDMI Monitor
May 23, 2012


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Here’s something pretty interesting that reader Nathan Smith shares for an external HDMI Monitor. The Motorola Lapdock is used to connect to Android phones via HDMI and provides a keyboard, larger screen, two USB ports, and more. The Lapdock also has an internal battery that claims an 8 hour life span. Well the Lapdock never [...]

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Mini USB Remote Canon DSLR Video Controller
May 22, 2012


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There’s about a dozen USB remotes sold as a USB Follow Focus System, but this particular one lacks lens focus controls and just throws in some basic functions. This one was designed to mount close to your rig handle so that you can access common settings like ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Zoom Focus, Start / [...]

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