Yes! You Can Make Some Awesome Films With A $20 Jib

Awake in the Woods is a short film by Chad Bredahl. The first thing that I noticed is the extensive use of jib shots. I love jib shots (and jibs), as they are an interesting way to add movement when you tell a story.

Chad made his jib, dubbed the KrotoCrane, at minimal cost – about $20 including the fuel to get to Home Depot. And the results are pretty impressive.

Here is the best part: Chad, being the nice guy that he is, made a couple of videos showing both how to build the KrotoCrane and how to use it we share them right after the jump. [Read more…]

Fitting A Sony NEX 5N With A Fan To Shoot Extended Videos

Fitting A Nex 5N With A Fan To Shoot Extended Videos

I remember the days that all we cared about was getting bigger fans in our PC chassis so we can cool the CPU and have it run at higher speeds. Those were fun days.

Seems like the Sony NEX 5N has a similar issue with its sensor getting to the overheat lockdown after 16-20 minutes depending on the ambient conditions.

This may be a don’t care if you are only shooting short clips, but for an interview or a sequence of car shots it can really slow you down.

Aron Anderson of trinityfxmg came up with a mod that reminds me of the old days- adding a fan to the NEX 5N. [Read more…]

How To Make a Kickin’ POV Helmet Cam

If you wanna shoot first person footage, one of the easiest ways to do so is using a helmet cam. Well, you can always go with a GoPro, but if you want the quality that is coming from a Canon 7D, you may wanna build your own rig.

The good folks at DakaKin came up with a sweet tutorial on how to mount a DSLR on a helmet. The simple rig is made with a pink helmet, a metal bar, a cheap tripod head and some weights. The nice thing is that once the camera is mounted, it is roughly at eye level so it will see whatever the shooter is seeing.

If you’re not sure what this is good for, wait for the awesome Max Payne samples at the end of the clip. (not sure Ol’ Max will wear pink though)

[How To Make The Best Helmetcam Ever via planet5D] [Read more…]

How To Build The Easiest Motorized Slider

Here is one memorable quote, “It is a slider, not a roller after all“. This comes from Dan Colvin, a film maker and a unicyclist that was set to build a slider that would be easy to build, even if you are not a certified maker. To meet this end, Dan removed any complicated mechanisms from his slider, eliminating wheels, pipes, metal work and leaving only a felt covered 2 by 4 and a stretch of plywood as the basic elements of the slider.

How To Build The Easiest Motorized Slider

The slider is powered by a K’nex motor that pulls the felt covered 2 by 4. I must say that I was kind of skeptic about how smooth the action would be. I was surprised. It is very smooth. See for yourself in the footage below followed by a build guide. While the footage shows a small smart phone for cam, I think it would work for larger cameras too.

Following is some demo footage, followed by an instructional video

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Optical Low-Pass Filter Removed From 5D Mark III

Looks like today is hacking new cameras day. After the unobtrusive $30 WiFi hack for the D4 comes a much braver hack for the 5D MKIII. Film maker James Miller was brave enough to break open his brand new 5D MKIII and removes the anti aliasing filter (or Low Pass Optical Filter – LPOF) from his camera.

The anti aliasing filter serves an important function in the camera’s digital workflow. It removes some of the “real world” data so it matches the resolution of the camera sensor. This artificial “downgrade” contributes towards a smoother image.

But anything comes with a cost, and the cost of using an Anti Aliasing filter is decrease in resolution.

Optical Low-Pass Filter Removed From 5D Mark III

So, here comes James Miller and surgically removes the anti aliasing filters from his 5D mkIII. On the plus side the modified Canon now produces drastically sharper movies. On the down side, he must have had a heart attack. On the down side, it seems that a piece of glass needed to replace the filter to prevent back-focusing. [Read more…]

A $25 DIY Micro Jib

As we start getting into video production in DIYP (see our steel wool tutorial) I am constantly amazed with the production quality that can be brought to ghetto productions like ours.

I anticipate that as video gets bigger and bigger, small productions will have higher and higher production value, even if made at home with a limited budget.

One of the ways to increase production value is by using a jib (or a crane). A jib allows for a wide range moving shots, and after getting a slider, this will probably be your next piece of gear.

A $25 DIY Micro Jib [Read more…]

The Unruly Headcase Is Tough Enough To Match A GoPro

The Unruly Headcase Is Tough Enough To Match A GoPro

GoPro has made a great name for themselves when it comes to action cams. It turns out that the while the camera itself is an amazing piece of hardware its mount is the source of frustration for some pro shooters who have to make sure it won’t fall-into-the-ocean / shoot-it-self-off-a-race-car / drop-off-a-flying-balloon.

It is that frustration that drove Jim Clark to design and kickstart the Unruly case system for GoPro. [Read more…]

Use A Rubber Band For Smooth Panning Shots

Have you ever tried to take a panning shot with your DSLR and a crappy tripod? If you have, you know that the results are usually jumpy and un-smooth.

Seems like the solution for this abruptness is as simple as using a rubber band. Placing a band on the tripod’s head handle helps even out the tension on the start and the end of the shot, and also averages out any small movements that would have caused shakiness in the shot.

This video by brusspup has been floating about for a while, but it explains the trick very well.

Thanks for sending the tip over, Graham [Read more…]