DIY Video and Photography Projects

Testing a Stabilizer w/ Vest and Arm
July 15, 2011


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Testing out some new gear here. Purposely a very poor image with badges erased. The vest and arm are very impressive, but we’ll see how the actual stabilizer performs. It’s not a Steadicam or Glidecam brand name. Unless you can tell which one this is by the image, i’ll have a review on this item [...]

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Budget DSLR Follow Focus
June 5, 2011


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Thanks to a tip from Jarrod, here’s a look at a very inexpensive DSLR Follow focus with universal lens gear. The R.J. Follow Focus states that it’s made mostly out of Aluminum with a reversible gear to be used both left and right handed. There’s a large marking disc area and standard knob to accept [...]

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Steadicam Merlin – Quick Overview
May 25, 2011


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No matter how many Honda Civics are out on the road, there will always be the other guy who’d rather drive the more expensive Porsche. Sure it’s apples to oranges, but if you just need to make a trip to the grocery store, the end result is the same. My point being that a flying [...]

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Flycam Nano Stabilizer Test
May 14, 2011


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Vimeo member Satva Leung shares a Flycam Nano stabilizer test with me. It’s pretty nice to see someone fairly new to stabilizers get great results, especially from such a cheap piece of equipment. Flying a Canon T2i + Tokina 11-16mm (same lens I used on a few tests), check out the results. I haven’t flown [...]

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IndieHardware Stabilizer Mod
May 8, 2011


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Aaron of Winnipeg shows us how he mods the IndieHardware Video Camera stabilizer. This is one of the cheapest stabilizers I’ve reviewed on this blog that was able to balance a 5D Mark II + Sigma 20mm Lens. That’s about all I was willing to push, but Aaron’s managed to practically double that up while [...]

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DIY DSLR Cage / Fig Rig
April 24, 2011


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Another video with a few different additions to the DIY DSLR Cage project. This time, YouTube member browncowvideo uses a Miter Track channel for the top rail. This allows the mounted accessories to be adjusted left and right. Another added addition is the swing out feet that allows you to rest the Cage on a [...]

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Sunpak Carbon Fiber Pro Monopod
April 9, 2011


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Ok, so i’ll be off to NAB next week and this time I thought about just traveling light. Instead of a shoulder rig, I wanted to bring a tall standing Monopod as my main support. Much easier to travel with instead of a cumbersome Tripod which I have to level out. I didn’t have time [...]

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Lensse Gimbals for DIY Steadicam Stabilizers
April 9, 2011


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When I first started messing around with DIY builds, one of the most difficult projects to try and tackle were the Stabilizers a.k.a. or what most people associate with ‘Steadicams’ (that’s actually a brand name). Piecing together a stage and a set of counterweights was the easiest part, but trying to locate an effective off [...]

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BlackBird DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer
April 8, 2011


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First off, sorry on this one. This little stabilizer was a tough one to talk about. There’s so many different features on this stabilizer, it’s mind blowing. I had to totally skip any mention about balancing it and just spent several minutes going over the different parts. If you want to learn about balancing, the [...]

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Small Camera Chest Pod Video Shooter
March 22, 2011


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Reader Jip shares a camera support find. Taking a few tips from the big guys about Camera Shoulder Shooter designs, this ‘Chest Pod’ acts like a shoulder stock or placed on the knee as a monopod. There’s a sling strap included so i’m not sure if it can be worn in any other configuration. Pricing [...]

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Varavon’s DSLR Armor
March 6, 2011


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Varavon’s new Armor adds a few extra handles as well as accessory mounting points. It’s a cross between a cage and a hand held stabilizer. I think it looks pretty cool, but i’m not sure how you actually set the thing down. Either way, it keeps the camera looking fairly low profile while still adding [...]

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DIY Video Stuff with PVC
January 16, 2011


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Using aluminum broom sticks and some PVC T connectors, Vimeo member Jorge comes up with a simple $5.00 dollar slider solution. Inside the PVC T connectors is a bit of felt to reduce friction and allow some smoother slides. There is a bit of movement during some of the video footage, but I think that’s [...]

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Another Hollywood Lite VS1 Stabilizer Back Online
December 14, 2010


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Above is the only example I know of showcasing a Hollywood Lite Camera Stabilizer. When I first mentioned the stabilizer on this blog, the auction sold lighting fast from this article: http://cheesycam.com/hollywood-lite-video-camera-stabilizer/. This is a discontinued type of stabilizer that is designed to support cameras up to 4 lbs. I can’t imagine it was very [...]

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Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16mm – Will She Fly?
December 6, 2010


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The Flycam Nano video I posted recently with the Canon 60D + Sigma 20mm seems to have been a big hit. eBay seemed to have sold quite a few of them, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they would be out of stock soon. It’s happened a few times before. After posting my video with [...]

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Flycam Nano DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer
December 1, 2010


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I’ve talked about this particular video camera stabilizer before, and have been suggesting it to many people. In my older posts i’ve always shown demo videos of other people using this Flycam Nano stabilizer. This time around, i’m actually doing the demo. It’s an affordable stabilizer with a Gimbal bearing handle that has more range [...]

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The infamous $24 dollar Shoulder Support
November 11, 2010


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This $24 dollar shoulder rig just won’t quit. Well, we may have to change the name as the popularity of this cheap plastic design gains popularity, the price has since inflated. This unit also is being sold under different names, but I have never heard of any one designed better than the other. There’s an [...]

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