The Wooster Sherlock Is A Clever Single Bar DIY Jib

Most video jibs that we share have a similar design, they are build with dual bars. It is those dial bars that keep the camera in the same orientation no matter how you tilt the jib. Think those ancient desk lamps.

The Wooster Sherlock Is A Clever Single Bar DIY Jib

The Wooster Sherlock design by Noack is kinda different, and is more like the CobraCrane Single Bar series where jibs only have one bar and a parallel wire that keeps the camera in a constant orientation. [Read more...]

[UPDATE] Edelkrone Launches Sliderplus Motion Control Kit – Has Sweet Responsive Target Tracking

UPDATE: for pricing and features head down the post

A few minutes ago Turkish company Edelkrone released a Motion Control Kit for their SliderPlus slider.

Edelkrone Launches Sliderplus Motion Control Kit - Has Sweet Target Tracking

While motion control is nothing new (and Redrock Micro has a solution to a similar problem) Edelkrone did something a bit different when they gave a mounted camera independent responsive targeting, enabling the kit to slide while the camera stays on target. This can be quite handy for one man interviews.

Here is a video showing the capabilities of the Motion Control Kit with the Targeting System: [Read more...]

Building A Creative GoPro Glider For Capturing Orbital Footage

Point Of View (POV) can be a major factor in storytelling. Finding new interesting points of view is not trivial, and every bit of innovation helps keeping viewres on their toes. This is why we got to hand it to Steven Prael for coming up with this cool GoPro rig idea that captures an orbital view of a scene.

Building A Creative GoPro Glider For Capturing Orbital Footage

The idea in general is pretty simple – get a go pro on a rope and turn, turn, turn it around. But execution may be tricky. By building a simple rig Steven overcame two problems that has to do with spinning – The first is how to keep the camera facing the center and the second is how to reduce vibrations.

Both issues were dealt with by adding a small wing to the rig, creating a makeshift glider. Pretty clever. If you were wondering how durable a GoPro is just check out the failed footage at 1:10 and 1:20 . [Read more...]

Interesting Test On Overexposing And Salvaging Blackmagic Footage

By now, we are kinda used to the fact that RAW images can be pulled or pushed to recover details in what were once lost photos.

Intersecting Test On Overexposing And Salvaging Blackmagic Footage

It seems though that with “cheap” camera that produce RAW footage like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (or a Magic Lantern loaded Canon), pulling overexposed movies is becoming a viable option for amateurs / advance amateurs videographers too. (It was always an option for the pros).

Swedish videographer Mattias Burling did a short test showing how much burnt data you can recover when shooting RAW with a Blackmagic camera. [Read more...]

HDSRL Recording Primer – Which Microphone To Use?

If you made the switch from stills to video and are now using your DSLR as a video camera, you probably already know that aside the change in the way you capture visuals, you now also have to deal with audio.

HDSRL Recording Primer - Which Mic To Use?

Audio, as photography, is complete world on its own and it demands the same level of training and expertise. Starting with what gear to buy – microphones, recorders, cables (yes! more gear! yes!) through what gear to use for each scenario. Sounds familiar?

Fenchel & Janisch have a great tutorial that goes through the basic microphones and how each one effects the noise, ambiance and directionality of voice. Hit the jump for the full video. [Read more...]

A Quick & Dirty $4 Follow Focus

A follow focus is one of those things you don’t get until you shoot a bit of video. It its most simple form a follow focus allows you to easily focus a lens and to “remember” focus spots for later use.

A Quick & Dirty $4 Follow Focus

There have been countless follow focus DIYs over the year and we have featured many of the ideas from uber simple Jar Opener and Postit Notes to complex K’NEX controlled rigs. [Read more...]

A Beautiful Camera Stabilizer. With Build Beautifully Filmed

This DIY stabilizer by Youtuber 朗 岩本 is one of the best DIY Stabilizers I’ve seen. It was made specifically for the EOS 7D, but is so adjustable that it can probably carry any other camera as well.

A Beautiful Camera Stabilizer. With Build Beautifully Filmed

But the fact that it is a darn good build is actually not why I am featuring it today. I am featuring this stabilizer because it is one of the most beautiful build BTSs I’ve seen to date. [Read more...]

How To Build A Functional Awesome Looking Steampunk DSLR Shoulder Rig From Plumbing Supplies

Sometimes the looks of something makes just as much as difference as its function. I am not 100% positive that this steam punk rig by youtube user StrugglingWriter76 is the most comfortable thing in the world, but I would admit that it looks pretty cool.

How To Build A Steampunk DSLR Shoulder Rig

The rig is based around plumbing supplies, 15mm copper pipes, split rings and foam. All could be bought in the plumbing section at homedepot or such. [Read more...]

Magic Lantern’s Dual ISO Feature May Boost Dynamic Range To 14 Stops (Or Fry Your Sensor)

One of the recent Magic Lantern announcements is in my eyes a real bomb on the photo industry. Their Dual ISO feature (announcement here) may increase dynamic range by three stops. (video sample below).

Magic Lantern's Dual Iso Feature May Boost Dynamic Range By 3 Stops (Or Fry Your Sensor)

This feature is a bit different from adding zebra lines or removing automatic gain, or even providing RAW video as it changes low-level sensor parameters directly. It also is the first time, AFAIK, that Magic Lantern does imaging R&D rather than simply enabling camera hidden features. The analysis can be found on this PDF. [Read more...]

The eSteady Is a $200 Home Brew 2 Axis MōVI

So, after the dust has fallen on the MōVI announcement, photographers and makers are starting to pop up with home brew versions.

The eSteady by Tom Parker is not a full MōVI in the sense that it only manipulates 2 axis rather than the 3 axis stabilization done by MōVI. Of course it is also 75 times cheaper, price-wise you are giving up one axis for $14,800. Sounds like a good bargain to me. Also it is used for light weight camera like the GoPro.

The eSteady Is a $200 Home Brew MōVI

It is not surprising that in addition to his photography background, Tom also has aerial photography and makering experience. [Read more...]