DIY Video and Photography Projects

21May GoPro Dive Housing – Flat Lens


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Vimeo member Stephen Diaz has already received the GoPro Dive Housing (Flat Lens) which allows the GoPro to focus properly underwater. Here’s an early test video. The GoPro Dive housing is a must have to improve the quality of underwater footage, and fortunately it’s the cheapest Flat Lens upgrade available for around $49 dollars. [Thanks [...]

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21May Magnifty LCD Magnifier


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Here’s a product some of you might find interesting, although I have to admit it’s probably not too far off for DIY makers to craft up their own version. The Magnifty is a large Magnifier attached on 15mm rails magnifies the image on your LCD to help you get better focus. Other products like the [...]

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20May Canon 5D Mark III (Alternate) Battery Grip BG-E11


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While you probably can’t find the official Canon BG-E11 battery grip for the Canon 5D Mark III at $350 US dollars (seen here), The Pixel brand is already claiming to be working on an ‘Alternate’ BG-E11 battery grip for about $90 bucks. [Thanks Joel].
The Pixel images so far look very close to the original [...]

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20May Yongnuo RF603n Wireless Trigger Test


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YouTube member Wandomphoto performs a distance test with the Yongnuo RF603n (the n is for Nikon), and claims some pretty good results up to 1/4 mile away. These are very basic triggers and receivers that lack all the other high speed sync and communications that other high end triggers offer, but are fairly reliable. I [...]

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17May DIY Baby Merlin (Steadicam Smoothee) Shaved Base


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Nick Bicanic from http://www.purposelabs.com does a better job than I did with his DIY Steadicam Smoothee (a.k.a Baby Merlin) by shaving down the entire platform to get a perfect fit for his quick release adapter [Thanks Nick]. That little bit of effort definitely makes it look much more solid mounting platform than adding a quick [...]

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17May Testing Streaming Video to Wireless Monitor


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Some Directors may want to look over your shoulder to see what you’re shooting, so by streaming a video feed over, they can stand aside while you shoot. This is a test of an 8″ monitor that has built in wireless, powered by a Canon LP-E6 battery, and a remote is mounted to the camera. [...]

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15May Canon 5D Mark III (Body Only) Available


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More Canon 5D Mark III (Body Only) cameras become available via B&H. This time you don’t have to buy the kit with the lens. Check it out following the link (click here).

Canon 5D Mark III (Body Only)

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14May GoPro Dive Housing – Flat Lens


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GoPro has opened up pre-orders for their new Flat Lens Dive Housing. You can find more information at their website. http://gopro.com/hd-hero-accessories/dive-housing/

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13May Tips for Balancing Opteka SteadyVid Pro


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Here’s a helpful video showing some balancing techniques with the Opteka SteadyVid Pro camera stabilizer from YouTube member videotestground. Looks like he’s able to get it dialed in pretty good. Just want to remind people that these stabilizers won’t make you a perfect operator overnight. That comes from knowing what to look for when balancing, [...]

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13May More RED Scarlet Rigs – Gini Apple


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Gini is still adding more RED Scarlet cages and misc parts to the lineup. This time what he calls Apple, possibly for its greenish color? Let’s hope once the BlackMagic Cinema camera comes out, we’ll see something for that too, because that camera really needs it.

Gini Apple RED Scarlet Cage

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11May Canon 5D Mark III + 24-105mm F/4L Kits Available – Limited Quantity


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Just yesterday, I was chatting with a buddy looking for a Canon 5D Mark III (wattup Joe P.). Unfortunately there’s a decent waiting list for the Body Only, but from time to time you’ll catch the Canon 5D Mark III + 24-105mm F/4L kits available. Yes it’s a bit extra, but if you don’t already [...]

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11May Opteka 4lb Brick CounterWeight


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I purchased a few Vinyl covered Scuba Dive weights to be used as a DIY counterweight on a Gini Rig (seen here), and also ended up also using them for the DIY Crane (seen here). It’s much more expensive than basic round Gym weights, but they are smaller and have a much better aesthetic appeal [...]

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08May Varavon VaraCrane and Dolly Cart


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Varavon has released a new product called the VaraCrane which is a solid bar designed to mount a fluid head on one side and a counterweight on the opposite end. Throughout the VaraCrane are 1/4-20 and 3/8 threads for various mounting points or to reposition the counterweight or fluid head.
They also show examples of [...]

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08May Adobe Photoshop CS6 Available


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Just FYI, that Adobe Photoshop CS6 is officially available for $699 and Photoshop Extended CS6 for $999 following the link via B&H (found here).

Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Extended for MAC and Windows

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07May F&V New Affordable LED Video Lighting


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F&V is the company that introduced the very popular Z96 LED Video light. This year they are offering a few more affordable additions starting as low as $32 dollars to about $60 dollars. The lights can be attached together to create a larger panel, and have the unique Expandable Link System and SmartSync Control Circuit. [...]

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07May Canon 5D Mark III + 24-105mm F/4L Kit Available


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Sold out or backordered with most retailers, Beach Camera in New Jersey just listed the Canon 5D Mark III + 24-105mm F/4L with a limited quantity available. I work around lots of small lighting setups, and once you try out the low light capabilities of this camera, it’s hard to go back to anything else. [...]

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