DIY Video and Photography Projects

GH2 on Baby Merlin (modified Steadicam Smoothee)
February 15, 2012


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The GH2 or other small video cameras are very lightweight and the selection for a quality stabilizer are few. Lately, there’s been some interest around modifying a Steadicam Smoothee to work with such light cameras. I was able to modify one successfully, but I never got around to showing it’s full capabilities. So it’s great [...]

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Pico Flex Table Dolly Sample
September 27, 2011


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YouTube member dim3m has got the right idea on using the Pico Flex Table Dolly. And on that note, keep watch on this blog. Orders should begin opening up again in anytime now….. [Thanks dim3m]

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Pico Flex Dolly Shipping – Update
September 10, 2011


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Here’s the latest update. Thanks to those who have placed a pre- order with the Pico Flex Table dolly. Assembly and packaging is still underway. We estimated that shipping would begin by September 12th. While many items have already shipped (earlier than expected), shipping will continue according to the date the order was placed, but [...]

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Pico Flex Dolly Update
September 6, 2011


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A quick update about the Pico Flex Dolly. The first batch of pre-orders have already been completely purchased and should begin shipping (estimated) September 12th. The website is still taking orders for the next batch that should ship about 5-7 days after the first batch.
Here’s some important information. The wheels might be a bottleneck [...]

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Pico Flex Table Dolly Standard Fluid Head Quick Camera Clip
September 5, 2011


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Jason wanted to see the 717AH fluid head mounted to the Pico. Here’s a video clip showing the mount and how much area is left. The 717AH has the same base diameter as most video fluid heads so a variety should be able to fit without issues.
Now going back to using friction arms, many [...]

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Pico Dolly Update – International Shipping
September 2, 2011


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Sorry everyone, I didn’t expect the Pico to become so popular in just two days. There was only a small count of Pico Dollies manufactured and it’s expected to sell out soon. There will indeed be another batch order (no ETA yet) which will then be open to International Shipping. To be notified when International [...]

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Practice Run Electric SkateBoard + HX9
July 10, 2011


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Another practice run on the Electric Skateboard. I’m determined to learn how to ride this thing, and I think I’m getting pretty comfortable. I picked up quickly for someone who never really knew how to skate. I had to warm up a 21 year old car and decided it would be fun to chase it [...]

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Wondlan’s 2011 DSLR Products
May 8, 2011


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Wondlan DSLR Sniper Plus Support Full Shoulder Rig
Wondlan’s earliest DSLR products were pretty blah, but when they started pushing out their ’sniper’ or ‘target shooter’ type rigs, they started making a bit of noise in the scene. My guess is they are doing pretty well since they are now expanding their lineup of previously [...]

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DIY DSLR Cage / Fig Rig
April 24, 2011


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Another video with a few different additions to the DIY DSLR Cage project. This time, YouTube member browncowvideo uses a Miter Track channel for the top rail. This allows the mounted accessories to be adjusted left and right. Another added addition is the swing out feet that allows you to rest the Cage on a [...]

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Small Camera Monopod Tilt Head
April 20, 2011


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With the new Sunpak Carbon Monopod and Velbon Ultra stick in the house, it’s time to add a little tilt swag. I opted to try this small tilt head (no pan) to still keep things short and tight. It’s pretty much the same design you’ll find on certain Manfrotto monopods, but a third the price [...]

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Ben’s DIY DSLR Cage / Fig Rig Setup
February 24, 2011


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It’s been a while since we’ve seen the ol’ DIY Cage in use, but this one turned out pretty cool. He’s got a few enhancements over the very basic design which you can find more about it over at Vimeo member Ben Sheriff’s page. [Thanks Ben Turned out Great]

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Last Minute Glidecam Mods + 352 LED Ring Light
February 20, 2011


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[Video and Audio are terrible. Shot with a cheap Point and Shoot]
Not sure if the post shows up, but it’s about 1:00 a.m. (in the morning). I received a super last minute call to help out with some Glidecam work on an event. So I decided to hack something up which I think would be [...]

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Common DIY Questions
December 21, 2010


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The $24.00 dollar shoulder support with Rod mounts are getting a few questions as well as the recent Quick Release adapter posted on this blog. Here’s a look at how i’m using these recently purchased items with my gear.
First a quick look at the cheap Quick Release adapter. It’s not a standard QR adapter with [...]

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DIY Counter Weight Solution for Shoulder Rigs
November 9, 2010


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The Gini Rig I posted about in this article is an awesome piece of gear. Definitely something you should look into if you’re looking for a solid DSLR shoulder rig. I suggest doing some research on what your options are and compare prices with other gear. Like many others out there, I didn’t pay the [...]

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DSLR Cage / Fig Rig – BTS Footage
October 6, 2010


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John Lo over at John-Lo.com decided to try the Cheesycam DSLR Cage / Fig Rig as first DIY project. He’s submitted some behind the scenes footage of how it can be used to provide some extra stability to your video shots, while still adding a mounting point for accessories such as the Z96 LED video [...]

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Steadicam Merlin Vest to Glidecam HD4000 DIY Adapter
October 5, 2010


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After posting up my BTS footage of the Glidecam HD4000 with the Steadicam Merlin vest found here: http://cheesycam.com/glidecam-hd4000-bts-with-canon-60d-steadicam-vest/, I’ve been getting quite a bit of emails on how these two different products ‘mate’. I’m sure this blog is quite cluttered with random articles, so here’s the DIY video dug up from the archives posted 8 [...]

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