DIY Video and Photography Projects

Konova Tripod Stability Arm for Video Sliders
May 6, 2015


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Video sliders are one of the easiest tools to add smooth dynamic camera movements. One of the problems you might face though is when you have to mount it over a single tripod. The weight of the camera when traveling from end to end can cause the slider to sag. In this case we often [...]

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NEW Dual Arm Stabilizer Vest vs Steadicam Merlin Vest
December 10, 2012


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I have used and abused my Steadicam Merlin Vest over the years, and although the ISO Arm has lasted me this long, the actual worn vest has slowly been degrading. I love the Steadicam Merlin Vest, and highly recommend the performance it gives, but even at $1500 dollars for the vest only (seen here) this [...]

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Life After Death – Steadicam Vest
January 4, 2012


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Preparing for a last minute shoot today, I found my Steadicam Merlin Vest had cracked on the upper chest piece. Crap. The quick fix for me today was to use the top portion of the Konova Vest and mate it with the Steadicam Merlin Arm (which is held on with the waist area). There was [...]

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Smallism Video Camera Slider Review
July 18, 2011


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It looks similar to the Konova and Varavon, but hardly up to the same standards. The bearings are adjustable. I’ve seen these Smallism sliders before, but they were always expecting way too much. Seems like they know where they stand and have finally brought prices down below Konova. Although the feet/legs aren’t anything to brag [...]

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144 LED Bi-Color Video Light
May 6, 2011


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The 144 LED Video light was quite elusive. I’ve seen this light available from a few retail companies with pretty inflated prices for a few months now. Unavailable on the big auction site up until a few days ago, the 144 Bi-Color LED Video lights are now available via eBay at more than half off [...]

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Varavon Slidecam ‘Slim’
April 30, 2011


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Olivia talks to Eric from International Supplies about a few of Varavon’s products. One product is the Slidecam Slim slider that is said to hold up to 41lbs (that’s pretty hefty), comes with a Video Head, legs, and travel bag. This new all aluminum Slim Slider will weigh about 2.5kg and be available in 1m [...]

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Test Drive SpiderTrax Clone – Korean Dolly
February 19, 2011


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The original SpiderTrax Dolly is no longer available via PhotographyAndCinema.com, but the Korean company Konova copied the design pretty much dead on. This would be the better alternative aside from making one on your own. Here’s some friends working with the dolly during Valentine’s day. They let the dolly control all the camera movements with [...]

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Slider Tips and Mounting Solutions – Going Vertical
January 18, 2011


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First few hours with the new budget camera slider, and trying to figure out the best way to to use it. Here’s what I came up with. First thing you need to know, is that the slider requires a tripod head of some sort. If you’ve been following my Spider Trax dolly project, I went [...]

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