DIY Video and Photography Projects

DIY Your Own Video Monopod – Modified Monopods with Fluid Tripod Foot for Video
April 4, 2014


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Here’s a quick image of three different video monopods with a fluid base. Only one is actually sold through retail stores, while the smaller two are monopods i’ve modified with an aftermarket fluid base folding tripod foot (found here) .

The largest is the Manfrotto 561BHDV Video Monopod (now replaced with new MVM500A). The middle [...]

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Cheesycam DIY Auto Reverse Polarity Motorized Video Slider – Update
December 30, 2013


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A short while back I shared a simple way of wiring up a motorized slider to move back and forth continuously (original article found here). No fancy software or programming, just a basic electro-mechanical system. There are many benefits to having this ‘auto-looping’ feature. One benefit is that a ‘B’ camera can continuously slide back [...]

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How to Balance 3 Axis Brushless Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer
December 11, 2013


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Earlier I tested the CAME 5000 stabilizer with a Panasonic GH3 (found here). These new stabilizers work best when your camera is perfectly balanced. There was no instruction manual on how to properly balance a camera on this stabilizer, but I think i’ve figured it out.
So here’s a very quick follow up video on [...]

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RedRock Micro One Man Crew + Kessler Parallax Slider + $10 DIY Version
November 25, 2013


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Dynamic camera movements can really increase the value of your production, but also requires more man power (and budget). The ideas within this article are based on setting up a second camera on a Video Slider without having a second Camera Operator (completely unattended). This ‘B’ camera angle offers dynamic movements so that you can [...]

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V-Mount Adapter for Sony L Series NP-F Batteries
November 21, 2013


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Getting started with V-Mount batteries is not a cheap investment. Even the cheapest V-Mount Battery + Charger Kit can easily run you well over $300+ Dollars. If you’re looking to power up camera gear with a V-Mount battery, here’s a closer look at a more affordable option using this adapter that can accept two common [...]

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Personal Tweaks to the Cinevate Duzi Carbon Video Slider
November 20, 2013


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From what i’m hearing there are many people out there using this portable video slider. In this video, i’m sharing a little tip on how i’ve personalized the Cinevate Duzi Carbon Video Slider by adding rubber o-rings.

The Cinevate Duzi slider is near silent as it cruises along the carbon rails, but as it reaches the [...]

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BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 12V Battery Plate DIY
November 18, 2013


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As amazing as this little camera is, it’s annoying that the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera requires extra juice just to make it run for more than 40 minutes. I tried the Switronix Pocketbase (seen here) which works, but I personally grew tired of the form factor, and how it blocks access to the SD Card [...]

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BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera w/ Servo City Motorized Channel Slider Kit A
November 5, 2013


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If you love building and tinkering, here’s a look at another fun little project idea from ServoCity.com. They’ve added a new low friction channel slider that has very low tolerance, can accept a decent load, and that slides over their lightweight aluminum channels. In this video they have assembled a drive system that pulls the [...]

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