DIY Video and Photography Projects

Cheap Video Stabilizer Load Vest
November 12, 2012






Guess what came in the mail recently? It’s that cheap video stabilizer load vest I posted about a few weeks ago. I’ve had a bit of time with the gear, and as with any product there’s Pros and Cons. Pros: The cheap vest is a combination of snap buckles and velcro, while the Steadicam Merlin […]






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DSLR Video Stabilizer with Gun Stock
July 16, 2012






New Gun Stock shooter style Video Stabilizer rig. This stabilizer configuration uses just a few rods, clamps, single handle, camera stage, and gun stock (chest support) that are found on other popular shooters like the Zacuto Striker (seen here at B&H), or as in the Wondlan Stabilizer (seen here on eBay). It’s not exactly like […]






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DSLR Rigs Curved Top Handle Shoulder Brace
July 12, 2012






More variations of DSLR Rigs are showing up. These new style DSLR Rigs not only sport the blue accents of popular RedRock Micro rigs, but you can tell they try to mimic the texture of the RedRock Micro Hand Grips (as seen here) and very close design of the RedRock Micro Body Brace (seen here). […]






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Canon 5D Mark III + Sigma 20mm on Skyler MiniCam
April 9, 2012






Today I decided to try and balance the Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 20mm F/1.8 lens on the Skyler MiniCam. Sorry I don’t have any interesting test footage right now, but i’ll be shooting something later on today (which is why i’m balancing it). Still very happy I was able to find one […]






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GH2 on Baby Merlin (modified Steadicam Smoothee)
February 15, 2012






The GH2 or other small video cameras are very lightweight and the selection for a quality stabilizer are few. Lately, there’s been some interest around modifying a Steadicam Smoothee to work with such light cameras. I was able to modify one successfully, but I never got around to showing it’s full capabilities. So it’s great […]






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Steadicam Smoothee (modified) Test
February 2, 2012






Made some slight mods to support a heavier camera and lens. Now it’s a Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16mm on a Giottos quick release plate. I needed to pull the front heavy camera a bit backwards. Threw on some extra counterweights from a Flycam Nano, and then performed a slight test. Brings me back to […]






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Steady Dragon Camera Stabilizer
January 23, 2012






There’s a million different little stabilizers on the market, but about a month ago (maybe a bit longer), the Steady Dragon brand upgraded the Gimbal to a universal joint. This type of gimbal provides the maximum amount of range compared to the little Ball-and-Socket type like found in the Hague MMC. The Steady Dragon seems […]






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$15 Dollar DIY Steadicam
December 31, 2011






Vimeo member Jorge shares his $15 dollar DIY steadicam build along with some test footage. Shot on a Canon T2i, with a Bower 14mm Ultra Wide Lens. The process to build your own coming soon. [Thanks Jorge] Related Articles You May Like:Steadicam Merlin Vest with CAME 7000 3 Axis GimbalBower 16mm T/2.2 Cine Lens DealBUILD […]






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