DIY Video and Photography Projects

29May Variable Speed Rotating Motorized Product Table


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A few weeks ago, I showed an example of a motorized rotating table that can be used for products. It’s a great way to add dynamic movement of your products, and I suggest you take a look at that video (found here).
Jay writes in and shares another small rotating product table. This one is not [...]

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23May Rolling Service Tool Carts for Gear


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This might be a helpful tip to a few people out there. I used to work as an auto tech (cars), and rolling tool carts were not only an easy way to transport your tools, but also a great way to keep things organized. I’m also using the same practice for my camera equipment.
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22Apr Smart Battery Chargers for your Rechargeable AA AAA Batteries


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From on camera LED lights, to wireless Audio kits, and portable audio recorders, there’s something in your bag of gear that will require AA / AAA batteries. Here’s a couple of helpful AA / AAA battery charger reviews that touch on smart-chargers which work on an individual cell basis.
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31Mar DJI Phantom GoPro Mount Jello Fix


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The DJI Phantom Quadcopter for the GoPro Hero cameras are still gaining popularity, but getting smooth footage is impossible without a few modifications. The first step is to ensure your rotors are balanced properly, and then start looking into a way to create an isolation [...]

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28Mar Time Saving Tip: Mini Quick Release For Small Accessories


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Here’s a time saving tip if you have to constantly mount and dismount accessories like Portable Audio Recorders, LED Lights, or Wireless Mic Receivers from your rig. The Tamrac Zipshot Quick Release System was designed to work with one of their tripods, and it comes with two different sized quick release plates.

The larger is rated [...]

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27Mar DIY Simple Cheap Top Handle for Video DSLR Cameras


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Here’s a simple way to DIY a Top Handle for your DSLR Video Camera for those low shooting scenes. The hot shoe of these cameras are very capable of mounting this little top handle, but please use common sense as to not overload your setup with bulky rigs. This is mainly a way to carry [...]

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18Mar LanParte External Battery Power for Canon DSLR Test


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So I just received the LanParte Li-ion Battery Packs a short while back. I was pretty curious to see what the run time was actually going to be like, so here’s a video showing a continuous time lapse test with a Canon 5D Mark II. Specs state that the LanParte External Battery is equivalent to [...]

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25Feb LanParte Portable Canon LP-E6 LP-E8 External Battery Power


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Recently I featured the Panasonic GH3 DC Coupler (seen here) used for running external battery power. Running external power is one way to swap batteries easily when the camera is mounted inside of a cage, or if you’re looking to just have super long run times. If you’re looking do the same for your Canon [...]

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11Feb PowerPax Battery Organizing Caddy


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Here’s a battery organizing tip from Larry [Thanks Larry]. The PowerPax Battery Organizing Caddies come in a variety of colors and sizes to hold various battery types from AAA, AA, 9V, C/D Cell batteries, etc. Some PowerPax Battery Caddies can carry a combination of batteries in one pack which is handy when you need a [...]

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07Feb DIY 15mm Rig Counterweight with Telescope Balance Weights


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Here’s a very simple and clean DIY counterweight solution to add onto your 15mm Video Rigs. This tip comes from Jason and he shows us how a Balance Weight typically used on telescopes will clamp nicely to any 15mm Rail. [Thanks Jason]. He’s using a Meade 1422 counterweight, but i’m guessing there are other versions [...]

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29Jan Mini Clamps for your 1/4-20 Accessories


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Clamps are handy little pieces of gear every shooter should have available in their kit. The images may not be the exact same clamps shown in this article, but it’s a good reference of how i’ve used clamps in the past to mount accessories such as the Zoom H4n.

Here’s a couple of different little clamps [...]

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28Jan DIY Telescoping Monopod Jib Crane – RotoRig


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If you’re looking for a DIY Project to tackle, check out the RotoRig by YouTube member KrotoFlik. This DIY telescoping jib is based on a couple of very inexpensive Targus MP6710 Monopods held in place with ground clamps found at your local hardware store. Details are in the video and a parts list available [...]

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16Jan DJI Phantom GoPro Quadcopter w/ Sony RX100 MOD


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Just showing a quick video of me setting up the DJI Phantom Quadcopter designed specifically for the GoPro Hero cameras. The directions are a little weird, but I got through the user manual and was able to get it off the ground in less than an hour. The Phantom is Ready-To-Fly with no setup required [...]

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07Jan Portable Audio Recorder – Belt Mounted


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Here’s a clever little tip for carrying around a portable audio recorder ‘hands free’ and at the same time having quick access to the screen and controls. Vimeo member Bruno Chansou uses a B-Grip Camera Belt (found here Amazon), normally used to clip a DSLR camera combined with a Manfrotto Ball Head for positioning the [...]

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15Nov DIY Padded Camera Roller Bag


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Mike writes in and shares an update about a product that was currently out of stock for a while. It’s a tip I shared a while back about Creating a Padded Camera Roller Bag. Although in the video I state it’s under $30 dollars, the item is now back online for a slightly increased price [...]

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31Oct iPhone LED Ring Light on Phocus Case


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Phocus (previously known as OWLE) sent over this case for me and I thought it would be a fun product to share since (especially as of late) I receive emails about various iPhone Video Rigs. The Phocus is a case for the iPhone 4/4s that allows you to add 1/4-20 accessories and a single hot [...]

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