DIY Video and Photography Projects

Studio Assets PXB PORTABLE BACKGROUND SYSTEM
January 23, 2015


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Whether you’re doing portraits or at times shooting green screen video on location, a quick portable backdrop system is a convenient tool to keep around. Here’s a look at the PXB Portable Background System from Studio Assets that uses a patented method of framing up an 8×8 muslin backdrop.

As mentioned, it requires special 8×8 muslin [...]

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Tiyaga MiniGimbal Tips Inverted Mode, Briefcase Mode, and Gimbal Stands
January 22, 2015


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Inverted mode on a gimbal comes in very handy, but it may not be ideal when using cameras with an HDMI Recorder or Monitor. Here’s some tips on how I’ve modified the handles around Tiyaga DIY Mini Gimbal Frame to achieve the same benefits of lowered handles below the camera and built a setup that [...]

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2 Minutes of Uncut Video Footage Demo DIY 3-Axis MiniGimbal Kit
January 21, 2015


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I didn’t really have anything interesting to shoot today, but I just thought I would throw up a quick sample from the latest 3-Axis Mini Gimbal I put together using the Tiyaga kit. Just in case anyone was wondering if it actually works, here’s a straight 2 minute+ uncut video sample (no image or post [...]

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Rode Announces RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit
January 20, 2015


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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
Transmitter and Receiver Included
Broadcast Quality Lavalier Mic Included
Series II 2.4 GHz Digital Transmission
128-Bit Encrypted Signal
24-Bit/44.1 kHz Lossless Transmission
Up to 100m Range
One Touch Pairing
OLED Digital Display
3-Level Gain Control
USB and AA Battery Powered
The RodeLink Filmmaker Kit from Rode is a wireless system for film and video production that features a transmitter, receiver, and an included lavalier [...]

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GH4 Sony A7s BMPCC DIY 3-Axis Gimbal Frame Kit for Small Cameras
January 20, 2015


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I’m a fan of working with many of the smaller camera systems like the GH4, Sony A7s, BMPCC, and also a fan of 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizers. Yet when it came to an ultra portable one that offered tool-less adjustments and a full range of pan and tilt, there had been a gap with current [...]

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Kamerar’s QV-1 LCD ViewFinder for the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera BMPCC
January 19, 2015


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It’s quickly coming around 2 years since the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera was announced at NAB 2013, but with the recent firmware upgrades and lack of competition for a pocketable camera that is capable of RAW video for under $1K, it’s still a very popular choice. Better late than never, Kamerar has finally decided to [...]

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Varavon GH4 Armor Cage + External Battery Bundle
January 18, 2015


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GH4 (and GH3) owners can take a look at this discounted bundle offer on the Varavon GH4 Armor Cage, Top Handle, ENG Grip, and External Battery Solution with 15mm Clamp. Offer ends next week.

GH4 Pro and Battery Bundle Deal

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PVGear 3 Way 15mm Rod Base Plate for DSLR or Mirrorless Video Cameras
January 16, 2015


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If all you wanted to do was to add a very basic Follow Focus to your camera, you still end up needing a very basic set of 15mm rails and baseplate. Although there are literally dozens of baseplates available online, here’s a new PVGear 3 Way Baseplate that adds a horizontal 90 degree rod clamp [...]

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Rokinon’s Latest 135mm F/2.0 and T/2.2 Cine Lens
January 14, 2015


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In terms of Canon’s best Prime Lenses especially for flattering portraits the 135mm F/2.0 at just over $1K is a highly popular focal length. There’s a certain aesthetic quality from the 135mm that can’t be matched. Now Rokinon is extending their lineup of Cine Lenses and has just recently announced their own 135mm F/2. For [...]

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DJI Inspire 1 4K Video First Day Samples
January 9, 2015


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Although I haven’t even had the time to learn everything about the new DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter, I was at least able to get it off the ground and flying. It’s a bit frustrating that they don’t sell spare batteries (yet) as I only get around 18 minutes of flight before having to recharge the [...]

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Auto Pan Video Head with Parallax Video Slider Add-On Track
January 6, 2015


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Tired of static camera angles? We all know that sliders can add an entirely new dimension to your video, but Panning the fluid head simultaneously can add even MORE! Of course it’s tricky business tracking a subject perfectly and to repeat the process purely by hand is near impossible. Well here’s a little Parallax Slider [...]

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AspenMics HQ-S Lavalier Tests Samsung Note 4 and Zoom H4n A7s Internal Mic
January 4, 2015


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Here’s a simple sound comparison video from Pete Alexandar using the affordable AspenMics HQ-S Stereo Lav mics. Using the same two microphones he’s recording one to a Samsung Note 4 and to a Zoom H4n. For comparison he references back to what audio would sound like from the internal Sony A7s camera microphone. You’ll notice [...]

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Varavon Pro Armor Cage for Sony A7s and GH4 mount Atomos Shogun 4K HDMI SDI Recorder
January 4, 2015


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I just received the new Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder / Monitor and obviously I plan to pair it up with the Sony A7s to utilize it’s 4K Video feature (via HDMI only), and also test out 10Bit 4K via the GH4.

It's #4K time on Sony #A7s and 10 bit #4K on #Panasonic #GH4 #atomos [...]

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DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter Latest Customer Videos
January 2, 2015


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The DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter has seen quite a few delays, but a few customers have already received their units. I just received news that mine just shipped out today (should be here Monday). Although this is an amazing copter as far as feature set goes, people were a bit hesitant about the quality of [...]

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Sony A7s SLOG PP7 Metabones EF Sigma 18-35mm
January 2, 2015


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My first time out throwing the Sony A7s into Picture Profile 7 (PP7) SLOG which shoots crazy flat and has a minimum ISO of 3200. Keep in mind most people hesitate to use ISO 1600 on the Panasonic GH4 and here on the A7s SLOG your minimum ISO is 3200.
Outdoors with bright light pretty [...]

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Kamerar Mark II Video Sliders now with Full Bearings
December 29, 2014


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Kamerar is probably best known for offering affordable products, and just last week they recently announced a new affordable ‘Mark II’ version of their line of video sliders. At first glance the new Mark II sliders appear the same, but the difference is a change on the sliding camera platform. The original Kamerar sliders used [...]

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