DIY Video and Photography Projects

Glidecam iGlide Stabilizers for Mini Cams
July 17, 2013


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Seeing how we are able to achieve very high quality video on many of the new compact point and shoot systems today, Glidecam has recently released a mini version of video camera stabilizers. The Sony RX100 point and shoot which produces high quality video and only weighs under 9 ounces. Even a Sony NEX6 with [...]

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Quick Look: Adjustable Universal Top Handle BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera
July 10, 2013


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Here’s a closer look at that universal Top Handle posted a few weeks ago. The handle fits perfectly on a BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera or attached to a variety of other systems. The original article and other comments about this product can be found (here), or can be purchased online through the link below (found [...]

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DIY Follow Focus for Fig Rig Stabilizer
July 2, 2013


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Though it won’t keep your camera’s horizon completely level as if you’re flying (like a Steadicam), Fig Rigs make great hand held stabilizers allowing you to move the camera around and change positions very quickly while getting rid of those unusual micro-vibrations. One problem that you’ll run into is that you won’t have an easy [...]

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Shape Kirk Neff Edition DSLR Cage – Giveaway
June 25, 2013


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I’m excited to be able to offer another Giveaway with the support of such great companies. This time it’s a Kirk Neff edition DSLR Cage from Shape. Shape products are made in Canada, built by CNC machined pieces, and covered by a lifetime warranty. A very high quality piece, and thanks to Shape for offering [...]

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Sirui P Carbon Fiber Monopod with Supporting Feet
June 18, 2013


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Add this one to the growing list of stabilizing monopods to offer tri-folding feet. The sturdy base on these types of monopods can equally offer an advantage to photographers as well as video shooters. One unique feature on this particular Sirui Carbon Fiber Monopod shows an adjustable pan friction base at the ball socket, yet [...]

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BlackMagic Design Cinema or Production 4K Camera Cage
June 4, 2013


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Here’s a closer look at these inexpensive BlackMagic Design Cinema or Production 4K Camera cages. The unit is entirely made from metal and can be mounted fairly quickly to a BMCC camera.

The cage will allow dozens of new mounting points along the sides of the BMCC, but the top threaded plate may be [...]

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QR Top Handle for BlackMagic Cinema 4K Scarlet Epic
June 3, 2013


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Here’s an interesting new Quick Release Top Handle that uses a slotted mount to fit a variety of cameras including the BlackMagic Design Cinema, or 4K Production cameras, RED Scarlet, and EPIC. The Quick Release handle can be removed by sliding it off the sides by depressing the safety pins.
The QR Top Handle uses a [...]

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2013 Monopod Madness – Monopods Attempt to Offer More
May 14, 2013


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Monopods are not normally associated with smooth dynamic camera movements like what can be achieved with a Steadicam, wheeled dolly, or crane, but 2013 looks like the year to break that mold. In this article, i”ll list a few Monopods that are trying to take stabilizing video along with creative movements to the next level. [...]

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GH3 Battery Grip Offset Adjustable 15mm Baseplate
May 13, 2013


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Did you know, the new GH3 battery grip relocates the tripod mount to the right side? We’re not talking millimeters here, it’s way off to the right. This new position can be highly problematic as it will throw off the optical center of your lens when you want to mount your camera to rigs, and [...]

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Kamerar FREE MAX-1 Matte Box Give Away
May 8, 2013


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Kamerar.com will be giving away a FREE Video MAX-1 Matte Box this Friday (5/11/13). One person will be selected randomly, contacted via email, and the chosen person will be announced at the Kamerar.com Blog.
To enter you basically like the Cheesycam & Kamerar Facebook pages by first following the directions in the form below. For [...]

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Opteka FFR-900 Motorized Follow Focus Zoom Control
May 3, 2013


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Vimeo member geco campos provides an overview of the Opteka FFR-900 Shoulder rig that offers a motorized Follow Focus and Motorized Zoom feature. Each handle up front controls one of the motorized units, and variable speeds can be dialed right from the handles if you wish to zoom/focus slower or faster.
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XCam 2013 FL Mini Tripod Stabilizer
April 24, 2013


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The Skyler MInicam is probably my most favorite little travel video stabilizer. It might look small, but for reference, I often fly a small Sony NEX, to a mid-sized GH3, and up to a large Canon 5D Mark III. The original Skyler Minicam stabilizer has typically been out of reach for many as it lists [...]

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Kirk Neff DSLR To Go Rig and Shape BlackMagic Cinema Cage Shoulder Mount
April 16, 2013


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Stopped by the Shape booth over at #NAB2013 to check out some of their new products. Kirk Neff shows off a very compact rig designed for DSLR video with a half cage, top handle, two front handles, and adjustable shoulder stock (chest pad).

Shape was also introducing a basic top handle for the BMCC along [...]

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MōVI BTS – With FreeFly Hand Held Stabilized System
April 5, 2013


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Vincent Laforet just posted up this video BTS of a new Hand Held Stabilized System from FreeFly that allows you to operate a video camera with smooth results. When this becomes available, this will truly be an awesome product, but retail prices for such a product are looking to be floating around $7,000-$15,000 US dollars. [...]

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DIY Simple Cheap Top Handle for Video DSLR Cameras
March 27, 2013


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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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Lensse UniqueX Video Camera Stabilizer
March 25, 2013


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Lensse is a company that makes very simple and affordable Video camera stabilizers that support iPhones all the way up to heavy DSLR bodies. These stabilizers balance your camera over a ball socket gimbal, attempting to prevent the transfer of shaky hands into the camera while walking, and also keeping your camera level with the [...]

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