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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12Mar FotoDiox Vizelex ND Throttle – Variable ND Lens Mount Adapter


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If you’re shooting video outdoors on a bright day with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, chances are you’re working with ND filters. ND Filters are essential to keep your shutter speeds down, while keeping your lens aperture wide open. One of the most annoying things of course is working with different lenses that each require [...]

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23Feb UPRtek MK350 vs Asensetek Lighting Passport – LED Spectrometers


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I’ve been researching various Light Meters capable of measuring LED or other artificial lights. We’re not talking about your basic exposure type light meter, we’re talking about ones that can read Spectrum, CRI, LUX, etc. In hand, they are simple tools to operate, but yet everything on the market is still quite expensive. I poked [...]

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20Feb Ready To Run 2 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer – CAME 6000 First Run Video Samples


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The new CAME 6000 2 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer does very well to keep a camera’s horizon level. It’s dead quiet, and easy to balance small DSLR sized cameras. The brushless motors are covered, the wiring is run internally to the Carbon tubes, battery is covered, and control board is covered. Aesthetically this system looks simple, [...]

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17Feb BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera on (Unbalanced) 3 Axis Stabilizer Gimbal


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A few weeks ago, I had a comment-chat if a BMCC can fly on a CAME 5000 gimbal. So four of us guys spent over half an hour trying to stuff the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera into this CAME 5000 Gimbal, but clearly it was not meant to work. The BMCC is just too wide [...]

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16Feb Instant Savings -$150 Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod 055CXPRO3


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I own several Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripods. Perfect for a set of light sticks under a 701HDV video fluid head working with smaller cameras. The 190CX3 regularly runs for $243 dollars (as seen here) weights only 3 lbs. and is rated to support a small load of around 11 lbs.
  
Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon [...]

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10Feb Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone


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I just recently received the new Rode VideoMic GO. A very straightforward, no fuss, directional microphone under $100 dollars (found here) for your video camera. No batteries required, and will improve audio capture over using the internal microphone from the camera, and of course with an extension cable you can use this off-camera positioning this [...]

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28Jan Listec PW-04 Mobile Portable Teleprompter


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A teleprompter may not be for everyone, but if you’ve got a set of important bullet points to cover, or a script that has to be hammered out by your talent, a simple teleprompter can be a huge time saver. Here’s a look at the Listec PW-04 Portable Teleprompter that works with a simple smart [...]

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15Jan CheetahStand – Self Retracting Automatic Light Stands


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Lately i’m hearing about many videographers investing in LED lighting especially to add a bit more light during dimly lit wedding receptions. Wedding Photographers are probably quite familiar with CheetahStand Light Stands, but young video shooters may not be as aware.
To understand why these light stands are so special check out the old video [...]

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14Jan Mounting 15mm Rails w/ Baseplate on Fhugen GH3 Cage


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If you’re shooting video with the Panasonic GH3, I highly advise you take a look at the Fhugen GH3 Video Cage. It’s compact enough that you can leave your camera in there the entire time, and will give you more mounting points for adding on those necessary accessories. One question that comes up often is [...]

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13Jan Manfrotto Replacement Pan Handle Locking Knob Video Head


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Apparently this does happen, and it could happen to you. Right now, i’ve lost two of the locking knobs which fit the pan handle on the Manfrotto Video Heads 701HDV, and the one found on the 561BHDV-1 Video Monopod.

Luckily they do carry Manfrotto replacement knobs at B&H in case you happen to run into [...]

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09Jan Test Drive – Senna One Minute XL Crane


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Recently we had the opportunity to take the Senna One Minute XL Crane out for a spin. The XL version can be used in a shorter configuration (approx 10ft) or with the full length extension (approx 14ft). The name is derived from the fact that one person can literally setup the entire crane in one [...]

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06Jan Edelkrone Target Module and Wizard Motion Control Module


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Here’s a look at two new Edelkrone Products to compliment SliderPlus+(v2) video sliders. The first new product demonstrates Target Module which can track a subject as the camera moves across the slider.

Edelkrone Target Module
Next is the Wizard Module that adds motion control to the SliderPlus+(v2) with the ability to record and replay your movements.

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19Dec Sony RX100 Mark II Portable Macro Setup


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Here’s something fun I was playing with earlier, which could be of interest to those who travel with small cameras but want a little more out of them. In this setup, i’m adding a Raynox Ultra Macro Adapter to the RX100 Mark II. Since this version has a hot shoe, why not throw on a [...]

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14Dec Mitakon Lens Turbo Focal Reducer MFT M43 Micro Four Thirds Adapter Review Samples


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Here’s a side by side video test showing samples from a Panasonic GH3 with and without the new Lens Turbo Focal Reducer. We used a newer Rokinon 85mm T/1.5 Cine Lens [Nikon Mount] + and old Nikon 50mm Pancake. With the Lens Turbo adapter we were able to achieve a wider field of view and [...]

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