DIY Video and Photography Projects

New ePhoto R-640 LED Video 18 Inch Ring Light
August 8, 2014


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For those familiar with the 18″ CFL Ring Light (especially those of you who have used it in production), you’ll get a kick out this recent product. This new ePhoto R-640 LED Light takes the familiar form factor of the 18″ CFL but replaces it with 640 High CRI LED Bulbs.

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SatoStudio CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal BTS Footage
May 15, 2014


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Last weekend, SatoStudios let me tag along out to a small car meet. They wanted to test out the CAME 7000 3 Axis gimbal Stabilizer I had built a few months ago. As a first time operator of this gimbal, here’s a bit of the BTS footage Mike was able to pull off with his [...]

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GoPro SmartPhone Compact Camera 360 Rotating Tripod Time Lapse Panning Bases
May 5, 2014


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If you want to make Time Lapse with your GoPro Hero3 or SmartPhones a little more interesting you can add motion. Simple motion can add an entirely new dimension instead of your basic static shot, and this can be done without complicated rigs. With my iPhone i’m using iMotionHD & with my Android phone i’m [...]

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[Upgraded] CAME 6000 2 Axis Gimbal w/ Side Handles
March 8, 2014


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FYi, a few weeks back I did an overview of the CAME 6000 2 Axis Active Stabilized Gimbal. My initial impressions were that the unit worked very well with my Panasonic GH3, but was awkward with only a single top handle. I immediately ‘modded’ my own side handles to the unit.

UPGRADED CAME 6000 [...]

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Ready To Run 2 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer – CAME 6000 First Run Video Samples
February 20, 2014


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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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BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera on (Unbalanced) 3 Axis Stabilizer Gimbal
February 17, 2014


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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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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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GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition In Hand
October 1, 2013


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Announced first thing this morning, and already my new GoPro Hero3+ Camera is in hand. Immediately I can see the buttons are designed differently than the previous Hero3 along with the housing. The lens cover has also been changed. I’ll dig a bit more and post a few updates soon…

The new GoPro Hero3+ Cameras Are [...]

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What’s Going On with this BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera?
September 4, 2013


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I just recently received two BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras earlier today. So I decided to unbox one and start shooting around, but noticed some very odd lines in the screen. When I played it back on my screen the lines were very apparent. They are so prominent even focus peaking picks up on the vertical [...]

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BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera – My Final Thoughts
August 22, 2013


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Let me start off by apologizing for sooo many BMPCC posts in the last week, but for the record i’m just as tired blogging about the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera as I am hearing about it. The reason I had to get all of this information out quickly is because yesterday I had to send [...]

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Unboxing the BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera
August 15, 2013


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Like many other people out there, I preordered my BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Cameras (while I was at NAB) the same day they announced it. With only a few cameras trickling in every week, it could be months before my name is up next. Fortunately, I had the chance to the BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema [...]

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NEW: Kamerar QV-1 LCD View Finder Kit (QB-15 Quick Base)
July 29, 2013


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New product announcement. Dedicated to manufacturing products for the budget filmmaker, Kamerar has made available a new consumer budget friendly QV-1 LCD View Finder that attaches to a baseplate through a unique Magnetic system.
After discovering dslr video consumers lacked options for a sub $80 dollar high quality view finder with professional features, we [...]

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New Gear: ATP – Anti Twist Plates for Manfrotto 501PL
July 19, 2013


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[Disclaimer] I’ve personally helped to provide input on the design of this particular product along with PhotographyandCinema.com. I find this small item incredibly useful, but please make your decisions based solely on the product functionality and not my personal opinion.
The Common Problem
The Manfrotto 501PL Quick Release plate is compatible across several of Manfrotto’s Video [...]

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Senna Five Second Head – Motorized Pan Tilt Video Head
July 15, 2013


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I received this motorized Pan/Tilt video head a short while back, but we finally just got around to mounting up this Senna Five Second Head up to one of our Video Cranes. Any time you can combine a motorized Pan / Tilt head to a video crane, you’re going to come up with some interesting [...]

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TIP: Fit a Benro Video Monopod in Carry On Sized Luggage
June 25, 2013


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I’m packing up for a short trip this week and planning to shoot video with a couple of small GH3 cameras, so I thought I would just share this little tip. I’m a fan of video monopods with folding feet, but this week I want to pack light and the $300 dollar Manfrotto 561BHDV is [...]

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FREE Diva Ring Light Giveaway – by DVEStore
June 19, 2013


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Here’s another product Giveaway and this time it’s a Diva Ring Light sponsored by the DVEStore.com. If you’re not familiar with the Diva Ring light, it’s a round CFL Continuous light with dimming capabilities. There’s a few example videos below showcasing the product in use.
Here’s an example of the Diva Ring light from YouTube member [...]

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