A while back we featured a nifty way to slide your camera while taking time lapse movies. At the core of that system there was a BBQ rotisserie motor. It is a very common item, but hell to carry on location.
Photogrpher Miguel Vicente build one of a most complete steadycam systems I’d ever seen DIYed. This is one of the projects where a workshop and free time can save big time. A commercial version will set you back about $700. [Read more...]
Seems like vidoe is getting bigger and bigger. I am considering to add a video category instead of having it hide under the Camera Hacks section.
After the impressive table top dolly design, Martin Taylor shows how to build a Slider Dolly.
As more and more people get into video the number one accessory they seem to want after a shoulder rig is a slider. A slider allows short trucking camera movements. Commercial sliders run the gamut in price (from several hundred to several thousand) and design. A slider usually has a captive body that you mount a tripod head to. The body runs on a track on mechanical bearings or some low friction material. The tracks seem to run anywhere from 2 to 5 feet and can mount on a tripod themselves or some have feet that allow you to lay the slider on the ground for a low profile shot, or rest it on a convenient table or counter top. [Read more...]
The good guys over at Age of Rockets are sharing their DIY design for a video dolly. Me likey. Unlike the iPhone Dolly or the PVC Skater Dolly which are for small cameras, this one allows you to mount a full fledged tripod on it. Probably a light camera only, but still better than a skateboard :).
The dolly also comes with a set of cheap aluminum angle bars rails (~$10 for 96″ @ HomeDepot) for smooth motion.
Basically it is nothing more than a few pieces of aluminum angle, some wood and bolts and 6 roller blade wheels. Did I say quick and dirty yet? [Read more...]
Photographer Tony Carretti came up with a pretty twisted way to make a cheap follow focus.
Tony uses a $2.49 Bed Bath & Beyond twist jar opener with the focus ring on the lens replacing the jar lid. As Tony says it is not solve 100% of your follow focus problems, but for $2.49 it really is a sweet solution.
If you are looking for a more complete DIY solution, prepare your workshop and check out the friction based follow focus that we features a while ago.
User knoptop of Instructables came up with a video to show how you can make an HDSLR shoulder rig from PVC pipes.
For the most basic configuration all you’d need is a bunch of PVC pipes and fitting and a conduit box.
If you want a little bit extra you can add insulation foam as padding. I really like these kind of projects I wish we’d see more of them. [Read more...]
With the blast of HDSLR comes the need to create a more comfortable way of shooting video with SLR shaped bodies. You can get one for about $2000 or make your own for about 7$.
All you would need for that is a IKEA cutting boards, a stove, and some pipes.
Yes, I did say IKEA cutting board. [Read more...]
Just in case you did not notice, DIYP has a slight obsession with shaped bokeh. While we covered almost any “regular” aspect of this technique, I am pleased to learn that there are always new applications for some good old shaped bokeh.
This one made by Kaleb Wentzel-Fisher (Supernormals) is a short movie that uses type bokeh. i.e. shaped bokeh with words. The movie, some tips on type bokeh and a short BTS after the jump [Read more...]
In the following post, Eric Au will share his making of A DIY follow focus mechanism. We did feature a KNE’X follow focus before, however, this one mounts on a rig., and has a very pro look to it. While the specifics of this build are oriented towards a specific HD-DSLR mount, the concept and process can be adopted to other rigs by changing some of the measurements.
Bear in mind that this project does require some uncommon hardware tools, yet considering the price drop, you may want to ask your neighborhood iron man for some assistance. …and The floor is all yours Eric. [Read more...]
This time we are taking it up a notch and adding some movment to the movie. The idea is simple, using a mechanical kitchen timer (I used a fancier one and a bolt we created a rotating camera. Movie with tutorial and samples after the jump. [Read more...]