DIY Video and Photography Projects

04Apr DIY Your Own Video Monopod – Modified Monopods with Fluid Tripod Foot for Video


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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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30Dec Cheesycam DIY Auto Reverse Polarity Motorized Video Slider – Update


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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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11Dec How to Balance 3 Axis Brushless Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer


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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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25Nov RedRock Micro One Man Crew + Kessler Parallax Slider + $10 DIY Version


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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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21Nov V-Mount Adapter for Sony L Series NP-F Batteries


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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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20Nov Personal Tweaks to the Cinevate Duzi Carbon Video Slider


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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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18Nov BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 12V Battery Plate DIY


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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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05Nov BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera w/ Servo City Motorized Channel Slider Kit A


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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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02Nov Cheap Organizing Cases for Small Gear


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Joe asks ‘What cheap case can be used for small equipment?”. If we’re not talking about fragile equipment, I know a few people using these Plano 4 Pistol Foam Lined Cases. These aren’t your waterproof air tight ‘Pelican-Like’ cases, but they still offer a fair amount of protection. With an internal dimension of 16″ x [...]

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14Oct Brushless Gimbal Camera Stabilizer Complete with Controllers


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Greg writes in and shares this newly listed item [thanks Greg]. It’s yet another three axis brushless motor gimbal camera stabilizer. I know there’s been a few comments about other systems online, and some I think are already up and running. I myself haven’t had the time to spend on these types of systems, but [...]

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09Oct Light Stand Wheeled Caster Adapters


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When you set your camera up on a Crane and start adding weights, it’s a real pain to move that thing around. Unless it’s on wheels. The same goes for heavy lighting equipment.
There’s a couple of top heavy light stands in the studio loaded up with a set of lights, and to prevent them from [...]

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30Sep RGB Color Changing LED Flood Light


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A short while back, I showed an example of how to use RGB Color Changing LED lights to add a splash of color to your backdrop (found here). It’s a bit of a DIY, but supposedly you can choose 16 million colors as a backsplash controlled wirelessly by your iPhone.
If you’re looking for something much [...]

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10Sep Simple DIY Motorized Video Track Dolly Project


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Here’s a really great Simple DIY Motorized Video Track Dolly Project I think everyone will get a kick out of. Of course you’re not limited to the design i’ll be sharing in the video below. Once you see how simple it is to work with the Actobotics parts from ServoCity.com, i’m sure this will spawn [...]

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12Aug 3 Axis DSLR Brushless Gimbal Camera Mount


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Brushless gimbals have been in use for aerial video, but with the shrinking size of quality cinema cameras, many feel this could bring a big change for handheld type shooting. In the last few months there has been an explosion of various brushless gimbal stabilizers, including some affordable DIY options over on eBay. One example [...]

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11Jun Variable Speed Rotating Product Table Demo


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Here’s a Motorized Rotating Product Table that was shared to me a short while ago. I decided to try this one out mainly because of the option to vary the speed. It’s much more expensive, but this is another great option that will appeal to some people. Here’s a video with the product in [...]

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10Jun Modified Electric Trike Scooter w/ GoPro + DSLR Video Cameras


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This looks like a fun project. David Sawyer has modified an electric trike to perform long tracking shots with a few DSLR or GoPro cameras hard mounted [Thanks David]. The agility of the electric three wheeler allows for some very tight maneuvering and interesting camera footage.

Here’s a look at some images David has shared [...]

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