DIY Video and Photography Projects

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






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






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






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






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






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






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 […]






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






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






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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