DIY Video and Photography Projects

28Aug Gini Rigs Linear Bearing Video Slider


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Karl writes in and shares a new video camera slider from Gini Rigs. It’s a double rail system that looks like it runs on linear motion bearings, and comes with a stop clamp so you don’t overrun your slide. [Thanks Karl]
Of all the current slider systems on the market, i’m not really impressed with [...]

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02Jul Edelkrone Focus One Pro Follow Focus


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We had a brief look at the Focus One Pro at NAB 2012, but there were some slight changes since then. For those who have been following the product, here’s an inside look from YouTube member lkwan78 as he shares his thoughts on the latest Follow Focus from Edelkrone [Thanks Luke]. For reference, the other [...]

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13May More RED Scarlet Rigs – Gini Apple


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Gini is still adding more RED Scarlet cages and misc parts to the lineup. This time what he calls Apple, possibly for its greenish color? Let’s hope once the BlackMagic Cinema camera comes out, we’ll see something for that too, because that camera really needs it.

Gini Apple RED Scarlet Cage

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07May Gini Rigs moves into RED Territory – Scarlet Cage


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At NAB2012 this year, I saw a few manufacturers making designs for the RED Scarlet. I guess this camera ended up being fairly popular for it’s price point. In an interesting new twist, Gini Rigs has decided to make a custom video cage bracket for the RED Scarlet. I’m not a RED user myself, but [...]

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02Apr Spot the Difference – Gini Follow Focus


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Above is a Gini iFocus Follow Focus I use, and have a video review about it (here). One of the shortcomings of this design is that the gear is not reversible, so it could be tricky trying to align it with short lenses, or sometimes you can’t get it far enough on short 15mm rods. [...]

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25Mar Gini DSLR Cages for GH1 and GH2 Cameras


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Anyone check out the Gini DSLR Cages for Panasonic GH1 and GH2 cameras? Snug fit, looks nice, but crazy expensive. [Thanks Habez] Gini’s DSLR Video cages were recently criticized about the lack of 1/4×20 threaded ports which is most common for adding accessories, and ends up using a different thread pitch. People have had to [...]

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19Mar New Gear – P&C 15mm DSLR Rig Swiss Rods


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The great thing about building your own rig is being able to design it specifically for your own needs. Of course most of how we assemble things together are based on what products are available to us. When we’re introduced to new products, it opens up so much more possibilities. Industry standard 15mm rails are [...]

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28Feb Gini DSLR Cages – Non Standard Threads


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Click image for other Gini DSLR Cage designs
The very early DSLR Cages from Gini supported standard 15mm rods, and basic 1/4 x 20 threads. In the last few weeks, there’s been dozens of comments regarding some major changes in his designs that no longer support Industry Standard mounts. WTF Gini? There’s no real rhyme or [...]

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24Feb Speed Crank on Gini iFocus Follow Focus


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The cheap Speed Crank came in the other day. It’s a perfect fit on the Gini iFocus Follow Focus which is pretty standard 12×12, so it would work well on other FFs too. It does have a retro ‘1980’s PacMan Arcade Joystick Red’ color, but can easily be coated. The Red knob actually screws off [...]

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13Feb Unboxing the ‘Thanks SJ’ Gini Rig


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I grabbed one of these little starter rigs to use for a prototype product i’m working on that will be an addition to existing rigs on the market (it will make more sense later). I decided to share the unboxing and assembling images for the ‘Thanks SJ’ Gini rig. If you’re curious what ‘Thanks SJ’ [...]

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20Jan Gini Rigs Color Splash?


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If I had to figure out who made this green DSLR cage with polished clamps, I would never have guessed it’s actually a Gini Rig. [Thanks Steve] Normally we see the Gini Rigs sporting a cliche’ and traditional Black with Red accents, but now we’re seeing a bit of color splash in a few products. [...]

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09Dec Gini Drops New DSLR Cage – 1


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Gini New DSLR Cage-1 15mm Rod Adjustable Frame
[Updated] New images added shown with Camera and Rod config
Gini is going mad and seems to be adding more and more to his line up of products. Today a new ‘Cage-1′ is being auctioned, with a ridiculous amount of threaded accessory ports [Thanks Jim]. If you know [...]

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11Nov Gini Fuco or Huco? Follow Focus Auctions


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Unusually designed follow focus systems show up on Gini’s auction page listed as a ‘Fuco’ gearbox. Unless i’m mistaken, that should actually be ‘Huco’ gearbox. These might be earlier designs, and don’t look to be as good as the one branded as the iFocus. But even with the high shipping fees included, the overall price [...]

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30Oct Gini Black / Red Anodized Lens Gears


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Another new item added to Gini’s product line. There isn’t very much information on these new universal Follow Focus lens gears from Gini, but from past prototype photos, these could be those metal ones now with an anodized plating. Metal lens gears? Don’t see that too often. So far the auction doesn’t clearly state what [...]

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25Oct Latest Follow Focus Version with A/B Hard Stops


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Speaking of DSLR follow focus systems, here’s another new one. Looks like the same RJ follow focus with a few upgrades adding in some hard stops. [Thanks Jacob]. This version is also reversible, but the mostly plastic quality will not stand a chance against the new Gini iFocus FF on the market. The hard stops [...]

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25Oct Latest Gini Follow Focus – iFocus Review


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Here’s a closer look at Gini’s latest Follow Focus a.k.a. ‘iFocus’. Having been a huge fan of the Cinevate Durus design and quality, it was very obvious where Gini was getting inspiration from. I took the chance of ordering this latest FF knowing that it would be good. Especially since it’s a custom designed gearbox [...]

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