DIY Video and Photography Projects

16Apr F&V Spectra HD4 4.3″ Pro EVF LCD w/ HDMI SDI Loop Through and Conversion


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Known primarily for their affordable quality lighting solutions, F&V extends their product line with a new high resolution 4.3″ inch EVF LCD monitor.

The Spectra HD4 EVF carries a 1280×720 HD display with a 900:1 contrast ratio. Software overlays include Histogram, waveform, vector scope, peaking, false color, adjustable frame guides, etc.

Additionally the small unit [...]

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16Apr NAB 2014: Libec ALLEX Tripod Slider Fluid Head Kit


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At the NAB Show, Libec shows us the ALLEX system. A line of products or complete kit designed to work seamlessly together so that you don’t have to struggle with what tripod works with which video head and how that all comes together with a video slider.

The ALLEX H Fluid Video Head uses a drop [...]

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16Apr NAB 2014: Shape iSEE II DSLR Gimbal Shoulder Mount


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As companies introduce new products during the NAB Show, you can pick up a sense of coming trends. Active stabilized gimbals were very prominent at the 2014 NAB show, and Shape has introduced a few gimbal stabilized products. One handheld stabilizer is dedicated for GoPro Hero, iPhone, or small cameras, and another iSEE II product [...]

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15Apr Servo City Motorized Kit for IGUS W1080-B Slider


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If you happen to have an IGUS W1080-B Linear Slider and are looking for a way to get consistent movement, Servo City now offers a DIY Motorized Kit. You may have seen me working with a prototype version of this slider in a past video when I designed a simple infinite loop auto reverse switch [...]

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14Apr BlackMagic Firmware Updates for Previous Cameras


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As BlackMagic Design announced several new products this year at NAB2014 (as seen above), one question was – Will they continue to support fixes/bugs for previous cameras? A recent response from the Blackmagic Design Forum points to yes. A few notes included
1. New debayering for shooting directly to ProRes or DNxHD on the Blackmagic [...]

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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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02Apr News Release: Libec New for NAB 2014 ALLEX Tripod + Head + Slider


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ALLEX,- the new tripod system for small cameras by Libec., provides greater usability than ever by perfectly performing the following three movements; pan, tilt, and slide.
Libec’s ALLEX system offers a combination of the head, tripod, and slider, which is very simple yet extremely convenient and effective for all shooting purposes at a surprisingly competitive price.

“We’re [...]

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31Mar RigWheels Universal Rail Brackets and PortaRail System


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Looking to travel with a very very long slider, but hate dealing with the bulk? RigWheels has introduced a few new products that you might be interested in. The first product is the Universal Rail Bracket System. A simple adjustable rail clamp to accurately lock in any set of 1″-2″ round rails or up to [...]

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26Mar First Portable Audio Recorder from JuicedLink


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I don’t know about you, but for me this is very exciting news. Robert from JuicedLink has made an announcement showcasing their first ‘Portable Audio Recorder‘ belt pack. Here’s a quote from the JL Blog Article:
Imagine, making these filmmaker-friendly alterations to the Zoom H1 for use with a lav:
Chop the top internal mic off, to [...]

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26Mar New Craft Module for Edelkrone Slider PLUS+ v2 & PRO


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Edelkrone has released another video showing off the latest Module addition compatible with the Slider PLUS+ v2 or Slider PLUS+ Pro. The new Craft Module allows you to achieve Time-Lapse, Stop Motion and Macro Slide Shots easily.

Combined with their unique SliderPlus+ design, these all add up to some very handy features packed into such [...]

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26Mar DEAL: Canon 5D Mark III + Adobe Lightroom 5 $2675


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Canon 5D Mark III (Body) + Adobe Lightroom 5
Without getting into too many details, the Canon 5D Mark III is still a worthy camera for both stills and video. Some of you might already have this camera and looking for that second or third angle to match flawlessly when you cut away. If that’s [...]

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25Mar SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Memory Card for 4K Video Recording


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As the new Panasonic GH4 (and other 4K cameras) start shipping, your typical SD card may work for 1080p resolutions, but If you’ve been waiting to shoot 4K Video as soon as your camera hits your doorstep you’ll need media that packs in whopping speeds.
The new Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC and SDXC media are [...]

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24Mar Running Wires through CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal + Project Box Cover


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A couple of others have already ordered their gimbal, or have already received the gimbal, so I thought I’d just throw up this video. Here’s a look at how and where my wires are run through the CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal along with a tip on removing those little connectors.

I’m still in the [...]

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24Mar CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal First Impression and Demo Video


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The gimbals that i’ve personally used in this blog were all preassembled and pre-balanced. When it comes to assembling and programming one from scratch, i’m totally inexperienced. Last week we decided to tackle the CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal Kit, and in a few days we were up and running. We probably could have finished [...]

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24Mar Canon 24-105mm F/4L with IS Just $689


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Canon DSLR shooters should be familiar with the L Series Canon 24-105mm F/4L with Image Stabilization. It’s one of the best all around general lenses to take when you have to move fast, zoom in/out, maintain a solid aperture, and have image stabilization. Typically the lens sells for more than $1K, but this eBay seller [...]

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21Mar Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler Overview and Test Drive


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Although we may have a few different types of portable jib / cranes at our disposal (some more portable than others), there’s no doubt that the most robust of the bunch is one from Kessler. Here’s a product overview video and demo footage shot with the Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler.

The Pocket Jib Traveler is 27 [...]

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