DIY Video and Photography Projects

Mitakon Lens Turbo Nikon to MFT M43 Micro Four Thirds Adapter
December 12, 2013


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I’ve had this Mitakon Lens Turbo MFT Adapter for a almost a week and I am just getting ready to publish a video showing some examples from this. Recently I noticed an increase of questions and the amount ‘buzz’ picking up around the Internet, so I wanted to quickly provide some additional important information. THIS [...]

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How to Balance 3 Axis Brushless Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer
December 11, 2013


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Earlier I tested the CAME 5000 stabilizer with a Panasonic GH3 (found here). These new stabilizers work best when your camera is perfectly balanced. There was no instruction manual on how to properly balance a camera on this stabilizer, but I think i’ve figured it out.
So here’s a very quick follow up video on [...]

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First Impression – CAME 5000 3-Axis Brushless Motor Gimbal Video Stabilizer
December 11, 2013


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I’m sure everyone is aware of 3-Axis Gimbal Video Camera Stabilizers surfacing on the Internet. Some people think this is going to be the future of hand held stabilization in cinema. There are literally dozens of versions available today, and here’s one of the inexpensive versions that was sent over to me – the CAME [...]

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Aputure V-Screen VS-3 7″ IPS LCD HDMI Monitor
December 10, 2013


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Here’s a video overview of Aputure’s latest VS-3 7″ IPS LCD HDMI Monitor. You’ll notice we have this hooked up to the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera [#BMPCC], and we’ve confirmed that it can display the 10bit uncompressed 4:2:2 output.

One main concern for affordable monitors is always color accuracy. This is a highly subjective subject, [...]

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Cheapest 4K HDMI Display Monitor with MacBook Pro Retina
November 26, 2013


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The reason why these Seiki 4K Displays are so cheap is that they are just stripped down to bare bones. You won’t find a tuner, or a set of quality speakers. There’s no fancy aluminum housing with a coated glass screen. You won’t find a Smart WiFi interface with Netflix, YouTube, or Hulu. It’s simply [...]

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RedRock Micro One Man Crew + Kessler Parallax Slider + $10 DIY Version
November 25, 2013


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Dynamic camera movements can really increase the value of your production, but also requires more man power (and budget). The ideas within this article are based on setting up a second camera on a Video Slider without having a second Camera Operator (completely unattended). This ‘B’ camera angle offers dynamic movements so that you can [...]

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V-Mount Adapter for Sony L Series NP-F Batteries
November 21, 2013


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Getting started with V-Mount batteries is not a cheap investment. Even the cheapest V-Mount Battery + Charger Kit can easily run you well over $300+ Dollars. If you’re looking to power up camera gear with a V-Mount battery, here’s a closer look at a more affordable option using this adapter that can accept two common [...]

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Personal Tweaks to the Cinevate Duzi Carbon Video Slider
November 20, 2013


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From what i’m hearing there are many people out there using this portable video slider. In this video, i’m sharing a little tip on how i’ve personalized the Cinevate Duzi Carbon Video Slider by adding rubber o-rings.

The Cinevate Duzi slider is near silent as it cruises along the carbon rails, but as it reaches the [...]

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Aputure V-Converter Extra Scope Pro Overlays to any HDMI Monitor
November 20, 2013


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Here’s an overview of the Aputure V-Converter Extra Scope product that takes an HDMI input and outputs a variety of overlays to any HDMI monitor, display, or television.

When the Aputure V-Converter product was first announced, the specs listed it would take a 1080p input, but only output a 720p signal. A recent firmware upgrade now [...]

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BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 12V Battery Plate DIY
November 18, 2013


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As amazing as this little camera is, it’s annoying that the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera requires extra juice just to make it run for more than 40 minutes. I tried the Switronix Pocketbase (seen here) which works, but I personally grew tired of the form factor, and how it blocks access to the SD Card [...]

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LCD Sunhoods ViewFinders EVF Monitors
November 14, 2013


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If you’re working (or planning to work) with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera #BMPC you may quickly realize the LCD screen can be very difficult to work with outdoors. Other cameras may not be as bad, but can still use a little help blocking out ambient light.
One quick down and dirty way to block [...]

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Edit BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera RAW CinemaDNG with a custom Adobe LightRoom Preset
November 13, 2013


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[Note: This is not another tutorial on simply using LightRoom. It's actually a much faster method that only uses Adobe Lightroom to create a custom Preset.]
Let me start by saying, the best way to edit the CinemaDNG files from the BlackMagic Design cameras is to use Davinci. Of course these RAW files are nothing but [...]

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BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera Sony BP-U60 BP-U30 Battery Adapter
November 11, 2013


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The BlackMagic Cinema Camera can run a short time with it’s internal battery, but it’s really designed to use external power. I’ve shared a few options on this blog, but here’s another option to power the BMCC off of a 14V battery adapter using Sony BP-U60 / BP-U30 batteries. If you already have these batteries [...]

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SHAPE Cage for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
November 6, 2013


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You’ve probably heard the news and seen the images, but here’s a closer video look at putting together the new Shape Cage for the BlackMagic Pocket Camera. The BMPC simply drops into the Shape Cage and is locked in place by a rear sliding metal cover. So even if your system is completely rigged up, [...]

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BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera w/ Servo City Motorized Channel Slider Kit A
November 5, 2013


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If you love building and tinkering, here’s a look at another fun little project idea from ServoCity.com. They’ve added a new low friction channel slider that has very low tolerance, can accept a decent load, and that slides over their lightweight aluminum channels. In this video they have assembled a drive system that pulls the [...]

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Video Stabilizer + Follow Focus + Wireless HDMI Video
October 24, 2013


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It seem like every time I post a video stabilizer review, I often receive the same question – ‘How can you adjust focus?‘. Typically i’ll just answer this question by replying with a text comment, but i’m sure it’s still not very clear. Hopefully this article can help visualize a few ways focus can be [...]

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